Upcoming webinar: new NC Public Library Data Website 2

Upcoming webinar: new NC Public Library Data Website
UPDATE: the recorded version of this webinar can now be viewed online here. Please join us on September 11 from 2:00-3:00pm for a free webinar introducing a new website out of the State Library: North Carolina Public Library Data. This webinar will provide a tour of the new site and the resources available, and also ...

Presenting the new “NC Public Library Data” website

Presenting the new
In August 2013 the State Library launched a new website focused on North Carolina public library data. This website is meant to be a resource for North Carolina public libraries, policy makers, and the general public. We hope that this content will assist North Carolina libraries in exploring data about themselves and their peers, support ...

LSTA grants: dates for 2014-2015 applications

LSTA grants: dates for 2014-2015 applications
 LSTA grant guidelines, applications, and other materials for the 2014-2015 grant cycle will be posted on the State Library’s LSTA webpage on September 6th, 2013. Below is a list of deadlines and dates related to the 2014-2015 application cycle. September 6, 2013 Annual Program Plan postedEZ Grant Guidelines and Applications postedProject Grant Guidelines posted Letter of ...

PEW report: Younger Americans’ Library Habits and Expectations

PEW report: Younger Americans' Library Habits and Expectations
Recently, the PEW research center released another new public library report as part of the Internet & American Life Project, “Younger Americans’ Library Habits and Expectations.” You can download the full report here (PDF) or read the summary of the report below. You can also find more PEW reports about libraries here. Summary of Findings Younger ...

NC Cardinal: sharing library resources and expanding opportunities 2

NC Cardinal: sharing library resources and expanding opportunities
NC Cardinal is a consortium of North Carolina public libraries that share an online catalog and integrated library system (ILS), and share resources with other member libraries.  The program’s mission is to maintain and continually develop a working, efficient, and sustainable ILS for public libraries and library staff within North Carolina. It is a program of the State ...

NC: one of 7 Edge Initiative soft launch partners

Much of the information for this post was taken from the Edge Initative’s webpage. The State Library of North Carolina and twenty North Carolina public libraries are currently participating in the soft launch of the new national “Edge” initiative. The Edge Initiative is a voluntary assessment program that provides libraries with benchmarks, best practices, tools ...

New blog series on programming

We are going to begin a new series of blog posts on innovative library programming. We hope to do at least one post per month in this category. Our hope is to facilitate the exchange of some programming ideas and to provide a bit of  inspiration among colleagues near and far! We’ll feature programming for any ...

Durham Public Library: First Library In Space!

On the morning of July 27th, the Durham County Library became the “First Library in Space” by launching a capsule — equipped with digital cameras and a GPS unit — into near space. Watch this amazing video taken by the capsule of it’s video into space. Space flight footage begins around 1:06. A crowd gathered ...

Granville Public innovates with new library express sites

Granville Public innovates with new library express sites
  When a library bond was passed in 2008, one of the concerns community members wanted addressed was the expansion of library services across the county. Granville County Library looked at a number of solutions: bookmobiles, drop collections, etc. But the one that caught their eye was that of “express sites.” These sites are outdoor, ...

North Carolina compared to peers: FY2010 Public Library Survey 1

North Carolina compared to peers: FY2010 Public Library Survey
In February 2012, a few months after the IMLS had released its final reports on the national FY2010 Public Library Survey datasets, the State Library released a short follow up report. This report looks at NC libraries specifically, addressing the question “how do we compare to peers on a national level?” You can download the two-page ...