Thursday, May 15, 2008


Historic Castle McCulloch in Jamestown, NC was the site for our Annual Awards Banquet on April 22nd. (Click here for pictures). What a fitting site to be reminded of the noble past and exciting future of our profession!

Ann Stringfield received the Meritorious Achievement Award for her notable and enduring contributions to the chapter and to the profession. Dav Robertson remembered Ann’s many contributions to the chapter. Larry Skladanowski remarked on Ann’s professionalism at Lorillard and her service to NC libraries through Infocrofters.

Jamal Cromity received the Horizon Award as a relatively new chapter member who, through work and professional activities, shows promise of becoming an outstanding member of the profession. Debbie Balsamo and Barb LeBlanc noted Jamal’s newly-revised, more appealing and user-friendly chapter website. Although Jamal couldn’t be there to accept his award in person, he sent his thanks.

Guy St. Clair reminded us that special librarians have always been the gatekeepers of our organizations’ knowledge and the importance of growing our impact in this arena. He suggested that we value our “idea people” even when the avalanche of new ideas feels overwhelming; collaborate throughout our organizations, especially with IT; communicate upward; and get familiar with Web 2.0 technologies.

Joanie Olivier conducted a chapter business meeting with reports from our chairpersons.

Thanks again to our generous sponsors who made this evening a truly special occasion -- D&B, Ebsco, Iconitel, Infocrofters, and Inmagic!

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