North Carolina FY2012 Comparison Report

North Carolina FY2012 Comparison Report
In April of 2015, IMLS released its Public Libraries in the United States Survey: Fiscal Year 2012 report of key statistics and trends using data reported from 97% of public libraries in the U.S.  Although the statistics are already dated, the report provides a telling picture of libraries emerging from the recession years ending in ...

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A weekly round-up of library related news and interesting reads North Carolina Stories Carteret County kicks off summer reading Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools team up to beat summer slide Forty years of Interns – UNC-Chapel Hill and Roots Music Legends Donate Audio Recordings to Southern FolkLife Collection Braswell Memorial Library chosen as a ...

2015 White House Council on Aging

Mark your calendars! On July 13th policy makers and experts will gather for the 2015 White House Conference on Aging.  This conference has been held every 10 years since 1960 to bring together key stakeholders to look ahead at the issues that will shape the lives of seniors in the coming years. Among the issues ...

2014-2015 LSTA EZ Edge Technology Grant Winners

Congratulations to the 2014-2015 LSTA EZ Edge Technology Grants, Round 2 winners!  This out-of-cycle mini grant was open to public libraries who had completed the Edge Technology Assessment and created an action plan to improve their library’s technology infrastructure. LSTA funds are distributed to state library agencies by the Institute of Museum and Library Services ...

LSTA Stories: TabLab Mobile, Catawba County

LSTA Stories: TabLab Mobile, Catawba County
Project Title: TabLab Mobile Grant Category: EZ Literacy & Lifelong Learning About the project: Catawba County Library (CCL) partnered with Catawba County Seniors Morning Out (SMO) to offer iPad training sessions to help bridge the digital divide for seniors in their community. CCL developed fun, interactive classes for seniors that utilized various capabilities of iPads ...

Become a pilot library for ALA and ProLiteracy’s adult literacy initiative!

ALA and ProLiteracy are accepting applications to become pilot sites for their new adult literacy initiative to further the goals outlined in the National Library Literacy Action Agenda.  This project funded through IMLS‘ Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program will develop freely available resources to allow libraries to create custom literacy action plans for adult ...

Public Library Survey Search and Compare Tools updated with 2013 data

Public Library Survey Search and Compare Tools updated with 2013 data
The Institute of Museum and Library Services has just updated their search and compare tools with fiscal year 2013 data.  Use the compare tool to see how your library stacks up against libraries nationwide and the search tool is a great resource for pulling information about your library together quickly.

Monthly Report: May 2015

Activities / Accomplishments The State Library Commission met on May 18 in Raleigh. They heard updates about State Library activities and engaged in a rousing discussion about the future of public libraries. Library Legislative Day was held in Washington DC on May 5. State Librarian Cal Shepard accompanied NC’s student ambassadors as they visited their ...

2015 Letters About Literature Winners Announced

This is a guest post by Molly Westmoreland, State Library Consultant for Public Library Management.   Dear Margaret Peterson Haddix, I have a bone to pick with you. I don’t like to be sad. That’s why I don’t watch sad movies or read sad stories too often. When I do indulge, at least I know ...

School libraries shown to have measurable impact on student success

School libraries shown to have measurable impact on student success
A study conducted by the Washington Library Media Association (WMLA) has shown that students at schools with a school library program and certified teacher librarian perform better academically and have a better chance of graduating.  This Washington based study looked at 1,486, K−12 public schools and found that those with a school library had a ...