Continuing Education Opportunities: October 2015

There are over 70 learning opportunities (many free of charge) available for library staff during October. The sessions cover a wide range of topics, such as copyright, privacy, financial literacy, early literacy, NC LIVE, and more. Also, there are two NC conferences taking place this month: NCLA, October 20-23 and NCSLMA, October 22-24. Be sure ...

Meet NC Live’s New Director Rob Ross

Meet NC Live's New Director Rob Ross
We’re pleased welcome NC Live’s new director, Rob Ross, to North Carolina and our library community.  Below is more about Rob and his background in his own words: Who I am My professional bio can be found online, so I won’t duplicate that here.  Instead, I’ll share a few personal tidbits so that, when you ...

New IMLS Director Confirmed by US Senate

New IMLS Director Confirmed by US Senate
From the IMLS press release: Washington, DC — Dr. Kathryn K. Matthew’s nomination to be director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) was confirmed by the United States Senate on Tuesday night. The Institute, an independent United States government agency, is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries ...

Monthly Report: August 2015

Personnel Keisha Parris, a graduate student in library science at NCCU began an internship in the Government & Heritage Library at the end of August. Keisha will be digitizing brochures and other related publications from North Carolina State Parks as well as some older, more fragile reports from the North Carolina State Penitentiary. She will ...

Save the date: 2016 ALSC National Institute will be in Charlotte, NC

Save the date: 2016 ALSC National Institute will be in Charlotte, NC
ALA has announced Charlotte, NC as the 2016 Association for Library Service to Children National Institute site, September 15-17, 2016. This two and half day conference is the premier event for programs and ideas related to children’s library service and is expected to draw over 300 attendees. This intensive learning opportunity with a youth services ...

In case you missed it

North Carolina related news: Did you miss the Author talk with Wayne Wiegand at UNC? Check out this interview with him form the Daily Tarheel. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library’s Makerspace featured on NBC news and how they convinced 13,000 people to come back to the library. NC State’s Hunt Library one of only 10 US libraries that ...

Last minute scholarship opportunity: NC Rural Assembly

Last minute scholarship opportunity: NC Rural Assembly
The 2015 N.C. Rural Assembly will be held September 28 and 29 in the Raleigh area. Organized by the N.C. Rural Center, this conference is the largest annual gathering of rural leaders in the state. This year’s conference, “Cultivating Connectivity: Leveraging Broadband to Accelerate Opportunity,” will focus on expanding high-speed Internet to underserved rural communities. ...

Pew Report: Libraries at the Crossroads

Pew Report: Libraries at the Crossroads
A new report released by the Pew Research Institute finds that the American public continues to believe libraries are important community institutions and that losing their local public library would have a large negative impact on their community.  Americans also show increasing interested in seeing new library services focused on digital literacy, education, economic development ...

Alexander County Featured in Edge Initiative Newsletter 2

Last year, the State Library of NC was pilot state for the Edge Initiative, an assessment and tool kit aimed at helping public libraries assess their technology and create an action plan for improvement.  We’re happy to announce that our own Alexander County was highlighted in the Edge Initiative newsletter last month.  See the full ...

ALA 2016 Scholarship application now available

ALA is now accepting applications for their 2016 scholarship program which will award more than $300,000 to students pursing masters of library science studies. Scholarships range from $1,500 to $7,000 per student per year.  They include scholarships for students who are interested in Children’s Librarianship, Youth Librarianship, Federal Librarianship, new media and Library Automation.  In ...