October 2021

Volume 2.12

Welcome to the North Carolina School Library Media Association's Monthly newsletter!

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PRESIDENT'S CORNER


Cindy Sturdivant

NCSLMA President

2020-2021


As I am writing this newsletter entry, we are in the midst of Banned Books Week. I have noticed some discussion on Librarian Twitter recently about the appropriateness of “celebrating” the fact that the freedom to read is being attacked. Honestly, this discussion gave me pause and encouraged me to view this week from a different perspective. Is a display drawing attention to something always a celebration? As part of my reflection, I looked up the American Library Association’s Library Bill of Rights. While these do not directly address Banned Books Week, the first four points are quite clear on the responsibility of libraries to challenge censorship and to provide free access to ideas representing all points of view. While on ALA’s website, I checked out the Banned Books page. Even though the page header is “Celebrate Banned Books Week”, the theme for this year, “Books Unite Us, Censorship Divides Us,” isn’t really about a celebration.

I think another important aspect of Banned Books Week is that it is a reminder to review your book challenge policies to make sure they are in place and will work in the event that a community member challenges one of our library books. As a librarian who has had books challenged in the past, I can attest to the importance of these policies!

After much thought and discussion, I realized that I haven’t ever thought of Banned Books Week as a celebration, rather as a time to reflect on our freedom to read. Part of this reflection has led me to decide to guide my students through a “Readers’ Bill of Rights”. I look forward to seeing what my students feel should be included in this document and to posting it in a very visible location of my library.

#NCSLMA2021

Jenny Umbarger

President-Elect and 2021 Conference Committee Chair

#NCSLMA2021: Reflect, Refocus, Reconnect, & Rejuvenate

Our virtual conference is almost here! We know that there is disappointment with the recent switch to the virtual format, but we have so many great things planned to Reflect, Refocus, Reconnect, & Rejuvenate virtually Oct. 7-9.

The virtual conference will have a combination of over 50 pre-recorded and 17 live concurrent sessions, along with opportunities to come together as a whole group for our keynotes, author panels, and virtual networking. We have several vendors participating in our Virtual Vendor Fair, and appreciate their generosity in providing prizes for our attendees. 

We are excited to have Matt de la Peña join us live as our author keynote on Friday evening, and are eager to hear from our featured authors in their sessions and as part of a panel discussion Friday afternoon. Check out the virtual conference schedule to plan accordingly.

There is still time to register for the #NCSLMA21 virtual conference, and attendees will have access to all the recorded material until September 30, 2022. Visit the conference website for more information and to register for #NCSLMA21.



INSIDE NCSLMA

From Kristy Sartain:

You may have noticed some changes to the NCSLMA website over the past month. The Tech team has been working on making our website ADA-compliant along with updating information and making things easier to find. Instead of drop-down menus, we now have landing pages for each topic so you can see all the options regardless of screen size. There is also a new member landing page that has links to our members-only pages and a new Library-Specific Calendar on the Technology Page. Finally, we are working on a super-secret project that will benefit all NCSLMA members. Okay, it's not that super-secret, but it's not quite launch-ready. Look for more information about it leading up to Conference!

If you have any questions or comments about the website, please e-mail me at kristysartain@ncslma.org

I would like to take a moment to announce some Tech Team changes.

Alicia Luke has been promoted from our Facebook Group Coordinator to Social Media Director. In addition to making sure our Social Media accounts keep being awesome, she will also help out with graphics so we have some consistency. We are very excited for this change and look forward to some bigger and better things happening with Social Media!

Tammy Hancock has agreed to take on the role of Resource Forums Committee Chair. She will be managing the new Resources and Lesson Plans Forum on our website.

Terence Fernung is our new Instagram Coordinator. He will be making sure all our Instagram followers are kept up to date on everything we have going on. 

Deb Christensen has stepped down from her Website Forum Coordinator position and I am grateful for all her work over the years with NCSLMA. You will be missed Deb!

Erin Bradley has stepped up to be our Facebook Coordinator. She will be in charge of the NC School Librarians Group and the NCSLMA Facebook Page. 

I am moving from Information Director to Website Director. This will allow me to focus more on making sure links and pages work and that you are better able to find what you're looking for. My goal is for our website to be a one-stop-shop for everything Librarian. There will be changes and updates over the year so make sure you visit www.ncslma.org frequently!

And I want to send out a special Thank you!! to Bitsy Griffin and Laura Aldridge for the collaborative effort that making these changes to the website has taken. These amazing women truly put the TEAM in teamwork and I am grateful for both of you!

Membership Update

At the NCSLMA 2020 fall board meeting, the board of directors agreed on a change to shift our membership calendar to January through December.  This change was prompted to alleviate some of the challenges members faced with trying to pay for dues around the start of a new fiscal year or over the summer.  We also understood the dilemma of slow school finance procedures and conference deadlines and Battle of the Books compliance.  Active members in the winter of 2021 saw their renewal date change from July to December 2021. A prorated membership is not currently being discussed as an option.  However, understanding the hardships of the past year, NCSLMA is extending grace towards those who renew or join (and make payment of dues) in 2021 by extending their renewal date to December 2022.

As a reminder our mailing address is 151 NC Hwy 9 Ste B #188, Black Mountain, NC 28711.  Please ensure that payments are being sent to Black Mountain as mail is not forwarded from the old Raleigh address.

This change is done manually by NCSLMA volunteers.  Please be patient as we make adjustments for those eligible

Happy Fall from Book Programs!

Stacy Hersey, Director

Many of you are gearing up for your Battle of the Books season.  We have some resources on each level's webpage that may be good to get you started.  These resources have been moved to the members-only page.  You need to make sure you are signed in to the website so that you can view them.  There are premade bookmarks with the titles, an author/title quiz ready to use, a link to Teaching.net so you can be sure you are pronouncing the author's names correctly and some other helpful resources.  Be sure to log in and check them out today!

Hopefully, you and your students are beginning to read the books on the list.  Here are a few of my favorites so far:

EBOB:  Save Me a Seat by Sarah Weeks and Gita Varadarajan

MBOB: Etiquette & Espionage by Gail Carriger

HBOB: The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes

Which ones have YOU loved????

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Advancement
Director: Faith Huff

Advocacy
Director: Crystal Joyce

Awards, Grants, Scholarships
Director: Sarah Justice

Book Programs
Director: Stacy Hersey

Regional Directors:
Lead: Robin Rhodes

Information
Director: Kristy Sartain

Membership
Director: Laura Aldridge

G-Suites
Director: Bitsy Griffin

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NC MEMBER SPOTLIGHT

Adventure Bound Books

We have a Spooky Season Passport full of virtual events for children of many ages.  The details of the Passport can be found here - https://www.adventureboundbooks.com/youth-events.  The specific virtual events are as follows:

The Passport is set up so that participants only need to attend 3 of 6 events and collect clues for their stamps (virtual attendees who are outside of traveling distance to the bookstore can submit their passports by email).  There are 3 events for the youngest of readers (under 8) and older readers (8-12).  It is not necessary to complete the Passport to attend any of the free events!

We're also hosting Alan Gratz in a virtual event on November 4th at 10am in partnership with Gold Leaf Literary.  Any educators and librarians interested in having their classes participate should email Angela at events@adventureboundbooks.com by 10/15/21.  Alan will talk about his journey as a writer and discuss a variety of his books (it is different content than his Ground Zero talks).

Contribute to the next NCSLMA News & Notes!

We want to hear from you! Do you have an upcoming multi-school or district event, were you recognized in some way, are you involved in the coolest collaboration, or did you contribute in some other spectacular way that shows the value of school libraries and librarians? We know you did! So we want to share the fabulous things school librarians are doing across the state! Please submit links to articles, published materials, and/or graphics to Bitsy Griffin (bitsygriffin@ncslma.org). Materials should be "copy and paste" ready. Submissions will be edited and published at the discretion of the NCSLMA News & Updates Editorial Team.

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