September 2022

Volume 3.8

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Jenny Umbarger

NCSLMA President


President’s Corner September 2022

Happy New Year - new school year, anyway! I know most of you are finishing up your first week of school and I know how exhausted you are. But no matter the challenges and frustration we face in this first week, there is always excitement in the air. I hope you find that the excitement outweighs the frustration and exhaustion, and wish everyone a great start to the school year!

Speaking of excitement, I am SOOOO excited for our upcoming conference! Have you registered yet? Because #NCSLMA22 “We Are Not Alone in the Library” is right around the corner and it is going to be fantastic - AND IN PERSON! While connecting virtually is great, nothing beats the networking opportunities at a face-to-face conference. Visit the 2022 conference website for more information and to register for the October 6-8 event. And a final reminder about last year’s conference - if you “attended” the 2021 virtual conference, you have until the end of September to access that content.

As our summer break comes to an end (although it definitely still feels like summer out there on carpool duty each afternoon!), I want to give a shoutout to NCSLMA Advancement Chair Faith Huff for coordinating the 2022 Summer Learning Series, and thanks to the Leadership Academy participants and other presenters who shared their knowledge and expertise through these sessions.

Thank you to those who have submitted nominations for our elected positions! As Cindy said in her recent email blast, it is a lot of work but so rewarding in the relationships we build while striving to better our profession and ourselves. Members, be sure to cast your vote during the election window.

Have a great school year, and please continue to take time to practice self-care and collective care, as mentioned in the July issue of the newsletter.

-Jenny Umbarger, NCSLMA President


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Jennifer Abel

Conference Chair, President Elect

Registration for our in person conference is open! Make sure to register today to secure your spot at the conference and your free author luncheon with Scott Reintgen.

Registration ends Saturday September 9th. If you register on site you will not be guaranteed a ticket for the luncheon.

Visit the conference page for more information about registration and special conference hotel rates!

Member rate is $175, Non member rate is $225



NCSLMA has a small blog on our website. If you would like to contribute to it, please send submissions to We're looking for news items, stories about your library, fun events you have had, etc. Pictures can be included and are welcomed. There are no minimum or maximum length requirements. Share some of the great things going on in your library!

Treasure Hunt!!

What awesome finds have your discovered this summer?  

As we all head back to school, share with us any cool and unique library finds you have discovered this year!  Share your ideas with us via email  

Check out the cool find discovered by Carolyn Levy:

A swivel book display stand.  It will continue to allow her to offer books cover facing patrons.  So excited to find!  How are other media coordinators displaying their books for students?  Show us your cool finds!

Caryn Levy

Leicester Elementary

Buncombe County Public Schools

Missed the Summer Learning Series???

No worries!! 

Life happens but your NCSLMA team has your back!

Access recordings of the Summer Learning Series sessions here!


NCSLMA Sections

Director: Faith Huff

Director: Susan Sawin

Awards, Grants, Scholarships
Director: Sarah Justice

AASL Delegates

Laura Aldridge & Jenny Umbarger

Book Programs
Director: Stacy Hersey

Director: Cindy Sturdivant

Director: Shelly Cloninger

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Michelle Burton & Ness Shortly

Regional Directors:
Lead: Robin Rhodes

Social Media
Director: Alicia Luke

Director: Kristy Sartain


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Would you like to 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 Kenisha Smith ( 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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