Thursday, January 19, 2023

SLNC News - January 2023 Winter 2023 Edition

SLNC News Winter 2023 updates featuring NC Cardinal and LSTA grant opportunity updates and SLNC staff updates.
Jan 19, 2023

NC Cardinal  

We're happy to welcome Gibsonville Public Library to NC Cardinal. 

Gibsonville Public Library serves the residents of Gibsonville, NC, and the surrounding area.Through resource sharing, Gibsonville Public Library users now have access to over 7 million items in other NC Cardinal libraries In the coming months, NC Cardinal will welcome Clayton’s Hocutt-Ellington Memorial Library in February and Stanly County in May. 

Each fall, the State Library accepts applications from libraries interested in joining the NC Cardinal Consortium the following fiscal year. Applications are due November 1, 2023. Libraries pay no fees during their migration year and their first full year of membership. If you are interested in an estimate for your library system, please get in touch with Benjamin Murphy, NC Cardinal Program Manager, at  

NC Cardinal is a program of the State Library of North Carolina, supported by grant funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services under the provisions of the Federal Library Services and Technology Act. To learn more about NC Cardinal and its services, please visit  

LSTA Grant Opportunity Reminder 

The 2023-2024 fiscal year LSTA grant program is now open and accepting applications. Applications for EZ Grants and Project Grants are both due March 1, 2023. Learn more about LSTA Grants at  

SLNC Staff Updates

NC Cardinal

Will Szwagiel has recently joined the NC Cardinal staff as NC Cardinal Project Manager. Will received his Master’s in Library Science from North Carolina Central University in 2015.  He began his library career with the Franklin County Public Library as a Library Assistant before moving to Florida to work for Ave Maria University as its library’s sole cataloger.  Upon returning to North Carolina, he began working as a Reference Librarian with the Wayne County Public Library in Goldsboro.  He was later promoted to the position of Technical Services Supervisor.

SLNC Accessible Books and Library Services

We are pleased to announce that Catherine Rubin has been named the Director of SLNC Accessible Books and Library Services. Catherine has 22 years of experience working in libraries serving those with visual or reading impairments, including 14 years as an Assistant Regional Librarian for SLNC Accessible Books and Library Services and eight with the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled Library. She’s also worked in academic and special libraries. In her time at SLNC ABLS, she has piloted and expanded the programming available to our patrons and built strong relationships with other government and community organizations.

SLNC Government & Heritage Library

Clarisa Arguello joins the SLNC as the new Government & Heritage Library Outreach Librarian, serving as Outreach Team Lead and overseeing all aspects of GHL events and programming. Clarisa has a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Studies from Florida International University, a Master’s Degree in International Administration from the University of Miami, and an MLIS from Florida State University. She has held positions at the US Department of State–US Mission to the United Nations, the University of Miami, and has most recently served as a Branch Manager for the Miami-Dade Public Library System.

Heather Riggs has joined the GHL Core Reference Team as the Reference Technician Librarian. She received her bachelor’s degree in History from Meredith College and has spent ten years in the healthcare industry, working in regulatory affairs before moving into the library field. Since moving into libraries, she has worked at Wake and Harnett County public libraries in reference and public services, Cardinal resource sharing, outreach, education, and assisting special populations. Most recently, she worked at the SLNC Accessible Books and Library Services. Heather is also currently working on her master’s in library science at East Carolina University.

Laura Stirling recently started as the GHL’s Library Collections Technician, working primarily with Collection Management and Resource Sharing. Laura has a Diploma in Library and Information Technician from Mohawk College, Hamilton, ON. Laura has worked as an Information Specialist and Public Services Assistant for over six years at the Owen Sound & North Grey Union Public Library, Owen Sound, ON.

SLNC Events

SLNC Show & Braille: National Braille Literacy Month

January 23, 2023

Join the State Library of North Carolina to celebrate National Braille Literacy Month! Staff from SLNC Accessible Books and Library Services (SLNC ABLS) will share an overview of their role within the State Library and the services they offer. The presentation will also highlight the history of braille and the evolution of equipment, along with braille material and resources available to North Carolinians. Please register for this in-person presentation at

LINC, North Carolina’s One-Stop Data Source: A Hands-on Virtual Workshop

January 30, 2023

LINC (Log Into North Carolina), from the North Carolina Office of State Budget and Management, allows users to search, chart, and map North Carolina data. This workshop will provide participants with essential information for using LINC, tools, search and navigation strategies, and hands-on practice.

Hosted by Elizabeth Hayden at the SLNC Government & Heritage Library, the workshop will feature guest speaker Bob Coats, the North Carolina Office of State Budget and Management State Data Center Coordinator, and the Governor’s Census Liaison. Coats will share an overview of LINC, available information, and navigation and search strategies. There will be time for focused, hands-on practice with search questions and support from facilitators and presenters.

Participants will leave with in-depth knowledge of LINC as a tool to apply to work situations, business planning, decision-making, and grant writing. The workshop will conclude with information on how to access SLNC Government & Heritage Library services, resources, and research support. Please register for this virtual workshop at


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