Continuing Education Opportunities: April 2016

There are almost 70 learning opportunities (many free of charge) available for library staff during April. The sessions cover a wide range of topics, such as marketing, universal design, supervising, creativity, cataloging, portfolios, and more. Be sure to check out the listings at the Train Station, your one-stop destination for continuing education and professional development ...

IMLS releases Public Library Survey Report for FY2013

IMLS releases Public Library Survey Report for FY2013
The Institute of Museum and Library Services just released the latest Public Library Survey report for fiscal year 2012/2013.  According to the report, FY2013 was a year of stabilization for libraries across the nation. Prior years saw steep declines, first in funding and staffing due to cuts during the recession, followed by a period of ...

New Chiefs Hired at the State Library 1

We are excited to announce the appointment of Tanya Prokrym to Chief of Library Development and Michelle Underhill to Chief of the Government and Heritage Library effective April 1. Both Tanya and Michelle are familiar faces at the State Library with Tanya currently serving  NC Cardinal Program Manager and Michelle as Manager and Head of ...

LSTA Stories: Teen Tech Learning Lab 1

LSTA Stories: Teen Tech Learning Lab
This post is part of a series of posts highlighting ongoing or recently completed LSTA grant projects in NC. Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) monies are federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, distributed by population via the federal Grants to States program. The  State Library of North Carolina uses a portion of these ...

New tools: County Health Reports & Roadmaps to Health

New tools: County Health Reports & Roadmaps to Health
The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has just released a new suite of tools to make finding county health statistics easier. The County Health Rankings & Roadmaps is a robust tool to help community leaders understand health factors influencing their communities. The data includes high school graduation rates, access to health foods, tobacco use, obesity and ...

ALA Leadership Institute: Leading to the Future

ALA Leadership Institute: Leading to the Future
ALA is currently accepting applications for their 2016 Leadership Institute: Leading to the Future to be held in August 8-11, at the Eaglewood Resort in Itasca, IL.  The institute is designed, “to help future library leaders develop and practice their leadership skills in areas critical to the future of the libraries they lead.” Past ALA ...

LSTA Highlights: Supporting Archival Diversity – Digitizing Minority Group Collections in Forsyth County 1

LSTA Highlights: Supporting Archival Diversity - Digitizing Minority Group Collections in Forsyth County
This post is part of a series of posts highlighting ongoing or recently completed LSTA grant projects in NC. Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) monies are federal funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, distributed by population via the federal Grants to States program. The  State Library of North Carolina uses a portion of these ...

LSTA funding up in the air

LSTA funding up in the air
The Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) is the the only federal program exclusively for libraries.  Funds from the Act are used by State Libraries in a variety of ways including statewide projects and competitive sub-grants.  Last year North Carolina was awarded $4.3 million dollars, half of which was awarded to libraries across the state ...

Monthly Report: February 2016

Cause for Celebration: NC Museum of Natural Sciences Library holdings migrated into the GHL Catalog! Approximately 22,000 records for holdings of the NC Museum of Natural Sciences’ Library has now been incorporated into the Government & Heritage Library’s catalog and into OCLC’s WorldCat. The process took almost two years, but is a success that both ...

In Case You Missed It!

Let us know if your library was in the news! Email Amanda Johnson to make sure your library is featured. North Carolina libraries have a lot to celebrate this week! Davidson County Public Library won an ALA programming grant to teach teens about electricity.  Congratulations to Joanna Cox and the staff at DCPL! Susan Wolf ...