Continuing Ed. opportunities: August 2014

There are close to 50 learning opportunities (many free of charge) available for library staff during August.  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 opportunities. In the list below, anything ...

Youth Services Staff in North Carolina Public Libraries

Youth Services Staff in North Carolina Public Libraries
The Youth Services consultant at the State Library conducted a census of youth services staff working in NC public libraries in 2008 and a survey of youth services staff in 2014. This blog post summarizes findings and highlights changes in educational attainment in staff over six years. Note on generalizability of the data In 2008 a census was ...

North Carolina results: Library Edge Assessment

North Carolina results: Library Edge Assessment
Download a PDF version of this report here. Keeping up with our communities’ needs for access to technology is becoming increasingly difficult for our public libraries in today’s economic environment.   We’re seeing reductions in library staff and services hours despite evidence that our communities need us, and use us, more than ever for things like ...

NC-Book – The Listserv for Adult Services Library Staff 2

For many years North Carolina’s public library directors and youth services staff have had access to their own listserv, a place to share ideas, voice concerns, and learn from each other.  Now adult services staff have a place of their own where they can share ideas, concerns, what worked and what didn’t in their efforts ...

Statewide results: the public library Impact Survey

Statewide results: the public library Impact Survey
Understanding your community is essential to providing library patrons with the technology services they need. The Impact Survey[1] is an online survey tool designed specifically for public libraries that want to better understand their communities and how people use their public technology resources and services. The Survey asks patrons how they use library technology services such ...

New library director: Granville County Public Library

New library director: Granville County Public Library
Please join us in welcoming Dave Trudeau as the new director of Granville County Public Library. Dave started work at Granville on June 16 after serving 5 years as the Director of Library Services at Vance-Granville Community College. Here is a little bit about Dave in his own words:     I am very excited to be assuming ...

State Library monthly report: June 2014

Activities / Accomplishments Staff Joshua Berkov was hired as a Library Supervisor at the Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped (LBPH) effective June 15, 2014. Mitzi Townes, Collections Librarian in the Government & Heritage Library, resigned to take a job as Collections Assessment Librarian at Alabama State University in Montgomery, AL. Mitzi’s last day ...

How does your community’s engagement compare to the rest of the country?

 Compare the library engagement of your library with the rest of the country using the PEW research center’s new “community quiz” tool! This tool was developed as part of the PEW Internet & American Life Project. Their work on libraries can be seen on their blog. From their blog: With the community quiz tool, you can ...

Innovative programming: “Books In Jails” in Western NC 2

Innovative programming:
The information for this blog post comes from this article on the WCU website, this publication by Ellern and Mason, and email exchanges with Ellern and Gregg. The collaborative research of a Western Carolina University librarian and a criminal justice faculty member into library services in rural Western North Carolina jails has inspired innovative programming with Fontana Regional Library system (FRL) to diversify and ...

U.S. House passes Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act

Today the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Workforce Investment and Opportunity Act (WIOA), H.R. 803, in a bipartisan vote 415-6. The passage of the bill comes after the U.S. Senate passed this legislation on a 95-3 vote on June 25th. “We would like to thank Senator Reed and Representative Holt for their many years ...