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Wednesday, May 15, 2024

SLNC News – Bimonthly Newsletter

SLNC News updates include announcements of Community Partnerships for Literacy Grant recipients, highlights from NC Library Week, and recent additions to the SLNC Government & Heritage Library's collections.
Raleigh, NC
May 15, 2024

Community Partnerships for Literacy Mini-Grants Announced

The eight awards totaling $65,982.00 go to local library projects that support the creation of literacy and learning centers in local community places. Libraries with community partners can establish an environment of familial and intergenerational learning in their communities.
Beaufort County Community College plans to partner with Open Door Women's Shelter to facilitate the establishment of a Navigation Room within the shelter. The Navigation Room will provide a private meeting space for residents to meet with social workers or case managers, for children to do homework, read, and play, allow for residents to work on resumes, job searches, or connect with family, and a space to offer enrichment classes. This multipurpose space aims to address the limited privacy within the living facility and empower families and individuals to access resources and progress towards independence.

The Davidson Literacy Center project is a collaboration with the Davidson County Department of Social Services and will provide furnishings, educational toys, and books to create two literacy centers located within Social Services. The centers will serve as visitation rooms for foster children and their families who need a comfortable, safe, and fun home-like environment to visit with each other, interact in a healthy manner, and build, rebuild, or sustain relationships. The books and educational toys will provide a way for family members to interact so that they connect and build literacy skills. A complete list of awardees appears at https://slnc.info/CPLG.

Grant awards are made possible by funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (IMLS grant number LS-253645-OLS-23).

LSTA grants are awarded in response to specific needs of public, academic, and community college libraries. These federal funds are investments that help libraries deliver relevant and up-to-date services to their communities.

NC Library Week

North Carolina Library Week was celebrated from April 8-12, 2024, to honor libraries and staff across the state. The SLNC shared on social media and in the Library Development Newsletter about how libraries support their communities, including how libraries are leading the way in creating inclusive, accessible, and safe outreach efforts and the impact of public libraries. Additionally, a special message from State Librarian Michelle Underhill was shared to celebrate Library Workers Day and acknowledge library staff's hard work.

Scholarships for Evergreen Online Conference

The State Library provided scholarships for 82 library staff across the state to attend the 2024 Evergreen International Online Conference. Forty-one went to staff at public libraries, and 41 went to staff at community college libraries.

Evergreen is an open-source integrated library system software used by the majority of public libraries in North Carolina. Just this year, 24 community college libraries began using the Evergreen software, and 25 more are expected to implement it this fall. The four-day online conference covered topics ranging from cataloging to resource sharing to software development and concluded with a HackFest. Members of the NC Cardinal team gave four presentations.

Scholarships and NC Cardinal are supported by grant funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the NC Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (IMLS grant number LS-253645-OLS-23). To learn more about NC Cardinal and its services, please visit https://slnc.info/nccardinal.  

Recent Additions to the Collections of the GHL 

New to the North Carolina Digital Collections 

North Carolina General Statutes 
The North Carolina Digital Collections offer access to the North Carolina General Statutes from 1821 through 1999. The ongoing digitization project aims to cover the entire collection.

Our State Magazine 
Our State Magazine's 2020 issues are now available in North Carolina Digital Collections. The February 2020 issue features a guide to the best restaurants across the state and an interesting article (Coin Toss) about artist Selma Burke's connection to Franklin D. Roosevelt's profile on the US dime. You can also explore issues dating back to 1933 in the North Carolina Digital Collections.

Statistics of North Carolina public libraries [1973-2000]
Statistics include a list of libraries participating in state aid, size of collections, circulation data, a directory of public library and State Library staff, and more.

New titles available in Proquest Black Historical Newspapers

Proquest Black Historical Newspapers
These historical newspapers provide genealogists, researchers, and scholars with online, easily searchable first-hand accounts and unparalleled coverage of the time's politics, society, and events. Titles include the Atlanta Daily World, Baltimore Afro-American, Michigan Chronicle, New York Amsterdam News, and the Norfolk Journal and Guide. These titles are available with an SLNC Government & Heritage Library card.




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