Continuing Ed. opportunities: July 2014

There are close to 70 online and in-person learning opportunities, many free of charge, available for NC library staff during the month of July.  The sessions cover a wide range of topics.  See all the options below, and learn more about each one on the Train Station, your one-stop destination for NC continuing education and professional development ...

Apply for our scholarships to ARSL

The State Library of North Carolina is now accepting applications for scholarship funds to attend the Association for Rural and Small Libraries Conference in Tacoma, Washington from September 3-6, 2014.  Since there are limited funds available, this is a competitive scholarship.  Priority will be given to first time conference attendees in libraries serving rural/small populations.  ...

Register your library by Tuesday: virtual program “Science + Aviation”

Register your library by Tuesday: virtual program
The State Library has partnered with the North Carolina Forest Service (NCFS) to host a FREE webinar for your patrons entitled Science + Aviation: Fighting Wildland Fires in North Carolina on July 22, 2014 from 6:30-7:30 pm. You can register your library to host a viewing for patrons through SurveyMonkey until Tuesday, June 24, 2014 at 3:00 ...

Report: Children, Teens, and Reading

Report: Children, Teens, and Reading
On May 12, Common Sense Media released a research brief called “Children, Teens, and Reading.” The group researched children’s reading habits in the United States and how they have changed in recent decades as technology has been on the rise. See the group’s infographic, key findings, or read the full report below. Key findings (read more ...

Check out the first class of LSTA Innovation Grants

Check out the first class of LSTA Innovation Grants
This year the State Library introduced a new LSTA grant category: Innovation Grants (originally announced here). Libraries requested $5-$25,000 and no matching funds were required. Applicants submitted brief answers to eight questions and for those libraries whose ideas were selected, the State Library paid to bring a the applicant to Raleigh to pitch their innovative idea live to the LSTA Advisory Committee. The State Library received a ...

State Library monthly report, May 2014

Staff Josh Berkov has been hired to fill the Collections Librarian position at the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (LBPH).  He will join us on June 16. John Jones, Circulation Processing Assistant II at the LBPH, has been selected to fill the vacant Circulation Processing Assistant III position. He will start in the ...

2014 North Carolina Letters About Literature winners 2

2014 North Carolina Letters About Literature winners
“Dear Malala Yousafzai, When I opened your autobiography, I Am Malala, I was certain I knew what to expect. I had heard a great deal about you, how you are an activist who was shot by a member of the Taliban. I was sure the book would be sad and inspiring, and with a happy ...

2014-2015 LSTA grant awards 2

The State Library of North Carolina is pleased to announce Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant awards for 2014-2015. These awards are made possible by LSTA grant funding from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), a federal grant making agency. This year North Carolina received and will distribute a $4,173,865 federal ...

Meet our Staff: Rachel Trent, Digital Collections Manager

Meet our Staff: Rachel Trent, Digital Collections Manager
This is part of a series of posts introducing State Library staff who are here to assist you! See all posts in series. Rachel Trent Areas of Expertise: Rachel is Digital Collections Manager at the Government & Heritage Library, which means she spends her days thinking about digital preservation and digital libraries. She manages the State ...

Innovative programming: library gardens

Innovative programming: library gardens
The following librarians co-authored or were interviewed for this blog post: Mark Taylor (High Point Public Library), Nic Covington (High Point Public Library), Mannie Dalton Crone (Haywood County Public Library). Across the state, public libraries are pioneering innovative programming in response to their communities’ interest in food production and gardening. An earlier post on our ...