Sunday, November 15, 2009

NCSLA Annual Officers' Installation Dinner, Holiday Gala...Thursday, December 03, 2009 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.

NCSLA Annual Officers' Installation Dinner, Holiday Gala, and Awards Ceremony
Thursday, December 03, 20096:30 – 9:30 p.m.

Biaggi's Ristorante Italiano
1060 Darrington Drive
Cary, NC 27513 919-468-7229

6:30 to 7:00 Registration / Networking
7:00 to 8:45 Family Style Dinner & Awards Presentations
8:45 - 9:30Officers Inauguration and Closing

Dress for the occasion and join us for a fun-filled evening. Spouses/significant others are welcome to attend as guest. However, please register your guest as there is a 60 person maximum.

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Tuesday, October 13, 2009



Each year the North Carolina Chapter of the Special Libraries Association (NCSLA) sponsors the Sara Aull Student Paper Award. This competition recognizes the best student paper of publishable quality relating to special libraries. The winner of the Sara Aull Student Paper Award receives the following:
  • A $1000 cash prize, to be presented at the NCSLA annual banquet Dec. 3, 2009 at Biaggi's in Cary, NC
  • An abstract of his/her paper published on the NCSLA Web site and distributed through NCSLA Communicates!, the Chapter newsletter.
  • You must either be currently enrolled in a Master of Library Science or Master of Information Science program within the State of North Carolina – OR – have graduated from such a program within 12 months prior to the submission deadline.
  • The paper should be 5,000 words or less. (In some cases exceptions can be made for longer papers if given prior permission by the award committee.) It should not have been previously published, nor should it be currently under consideration for publication.
  • The paper will be judged on originality, professional significance, clarity of expression, and relevance to the field of special librarianship.
  • The award will be presented at the NCSLA Banquet, December 3rd at Biaggi's in Cary, NC.
  • The paper may be considered for online publication on the NCSLA Web site and may also be submitted to other publications by the author.
  • Students are strongly encouraged to enter this competition that recognizes the importance of adding to the literature of the field of special librarianship and, as such, rewards students for excellence in writing.


This award was initiated in 1981 to honor Sara Aull who served as editor of the NCSLA Bulletin from 1975 to 1981. Sara had been an active member of the Special Libraries Association from 1952 (then as Science Librarian at the University of Houston in Texas) until her death in January 1998 in Landis, NC. In 1973 Sara Aull received the honor of being inducted into the SLA Hall of Fame.


Papers must be received by the awards committee no later than 5 PM, Wednesday, November 25, 2009, and may be submitted electronically (Word or WordPerfect attachment) to Jill Robinson Morris at or via mail to Jill Robinson, NCSLA Student Academic Relations Chair, NC LIVE, D.H. Hill Library, NCSU Campus Box 7111, Raleigh, NC 27695.


Contact Jill Robinson, NCSLA Student Academic Relations Chair, at or (919) 513.0447.

NCSLA Web Integration Webex

If you are interested in learning how to integrate RSS feeds into your website or Share Point, if you want to learn how to embed photos, or to upgrade your twitter background image, this workshop is for you!

On November 13th at 1:00pm EST I will hold a free "How to" Webex on Web Integration. During the call I will review some of the more popular networks tools and provide some helpful hints to improve your experience using these services. Here is exactly what I will cover:

Google Ajax RSS Feeds Displayer
Share Point RSS Reader
Image embeds (Facebook and Flickr)
Your LinkedIn Profile
Twitter background image

Register now because spaces are limited. Only 23 spots available via Webex. As a special offer to those in remote locations in North Carolina, I would like you to register first! Between October 13th through the 28th the lines will be open. For those living in the RTP area please begin registering after the 28th.

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Friday, September 11, 2009

ANCHASL Fall 2009 Meeting November 13 in Asheboro

The Fall 2009 meeting of the Association of North Carolina Health and Science Libraries will take place November 13th at the Schindler Learning Center at the N.C. Zoo in Asheboro. The keynote speaker will be Dr. Mike Loomis, Chief Veterinarian of the zoo. A course will also be presented, "The Animal-Human Health Connection" (4.0 MLA contact hours).

Registration details will be posted soon on the ANCHASL website:

Posted by:
Margaret Cobb
ANCHASL CE Committee Chair

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

NCSLA Government Information Workshop

Friday, September 25, 2009
8:45am - 12:00pm
Sponsored by Reprints Desk

The world of government information covers a vast array of subjects. Join the NC SLA chapter as we delve into three exciting facets of government information. This workshop will feature informative presentations on Patents, GIS (Geographic Information Systems) and scientific and technical information. Whether you are new to government information, or just looking to update your knowledge, this workshop is for you! In addition to three great presentations, you will also have the opportunity to network with your colleagues while enjoying a continental breakfast.

The World of Patent Information – Resources for Librarians
Jean Porter, Reference Librarian, Meredith College
Formerly Patent Librarian at NC State University

Ever need to find patent information but don’t know where to start? Are you on a tight budget but sometimes need to find patents? This session will help you gain insight into the sometimes confusing universe of patent information, focusing on freely available electronic resources.

Geographic Information Systems – Resources and Applications
Amanda Henley, Geographic Information Systems Librarian
Davis Library University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Get acquainted with geospatial resources! This presentation will provide an overview of Geographic Information Systems, geospatial data, and online mapping resources. This technology is no longer just for the expert. Online mapping resources put GIS in everyone's hands.

Finding Government Scientific and Technical Information

Susan Forbes, Assistant Director
US EPA-RTP Library (UNC)

The US Government is a prolific publisher of scientific and technical information in many areas. Finding your way to the information you need can be challenging. This session will provide an overview of the resources available for locating all types of government sci tech information, with special attention given to environmental information and locating research that supports regulatory actions.

Date: Friday, September 25, 2009

Schedule of Events:

8:45 – 9:15 Registration & Continental Breakfast
9:15 – 9:30 Announcements & Introductions
9:30 – 10:15 Patent Information
10:15 – 11:00 GIS
11:00 – 11:15 Break
11:15 – 12:00 Sci Tech Information
12:00 – EPA-RTP Library tours and lunch (on your own at the on-site café).

Location: US Environmental Protection Agency, Research Triangle Park Campus
Building C – Room C111A
Directions to EPA:

You will be directed to parking at the gate. Please bring a photo ID and allow a few extra minutes to pass through security.

Registration Details:

NCSLA members: $10
Non-members: $15
Students: $5

Breakfast is included with registration!

Space is limited, so register today at

Registration deadline: Monday, September 21st

Questions? Contact Susan Forbes at or 919-541-0095

Wednesday, April 15, 2009

NCSLA and UNCG presents: SLA President-Elect Anne Caputo

On Tuesday, May 19, 2009
from 10:00am - 1:30pm

In the Cone Ballroom A of the Elliot University Center on the beautiful campus of UNC Greensboro, the Special Libraries Association President-Elect Anne Caputo will visit the North Carolina chapter to talk about this year's SLA Centennial and how NCSLA chapter members can get involved. In addition, Anne will discuss SLA goals with respect to how we should prepare for the future as information professionals.

Directly after Anne's talk, the NCSLA chapter will have a business meeting. All in attendance are welcome to stay for the meeting. After the business meeting there will be a catered lunch in the adjacent room from 12:00 to 1:30pm. If you desire to have lunch, please be sure to register and check the appropriate registration status. UNCG staff may also contact Mary Krautter( to register.

The registration deadline is Wednesday, May 13th so sign up today! Feel free to forward this registration to other information professionals outside NCSLA.

Please note, parking is available in the Walker Avenue Parking Deck for a fee of $1.00 per hour.

Click here to register

Monday, March 23, 2009

Leverage Your Career Workshop, Sponsored by Inmagic

Want to find out more about careers in special libraries?

Looking for a job?Hoping to brush up on your skills?

Want to have your résumé reviewed?

The North Carolina Chapter of the Special Libraries Association is happy to present “Leverage Your Career,” a new workshop aimed atspecial librarians, graduate students, job seekers, and potential employers.

This workshop will feature a panel presentation on careers in speciallibraries, searching for jobs, and staying current in the field, aswell as one-on-one résumé review, an opportunity to network withspecial librarians, and a chance to hear about what employers arelooking for in candidates.

Bring your resume and learn about how tofind a job and improve your career!

Where: The Friday Center, UNC Chapel Hill (Directions available from:

When: Thursday, April 9th, 1:00 – 4:00 PM


$20 – Members

$15 – Students

$25 – Non-members & Guests

Space is limited, so please register online by Tuesday, April 7th, at:

For questions or more information please contact Jill Robinson or visit:

This event is sponsored by:

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Thursday, March 12, 2009

Iconitel Consulting Services Inc. presents, "Copywrong to Copyright"

Date: Friday, April 3rd
Time: 1:30pm
Place: The Carrington RoomDuke Conference Center at Perimeter One 3005 Carrington Mill Blvd, Suite 125 Morrisville, NC 27560

Target Audience:Library Professionals, Contract Managers, Copyright offers

What you will learn: Common misconceptions regarding terms of use How to identify potential concerns How to correct copyright concerns quickly and efficiently

Supportive Facts: The law and where to find it Some tricky terms What does your contract really say How to ensure Copyright vs. Copywrongmoving forward: User profiling Education Negotiations

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Wednesday, February 18, 2009

NCSLA's 2009 Events Schedule

Hi everyone,

Below is a sneak peek of NCSLA's 2009 Events Schedule. Some titles are a "work in progress", so as these events receive more press you may find programs are being advertised with a different name:
  • Copywrong to Copyright - Friday, April 3rd
  • Career & Membership Day - April
  • A Talk with SLA President-Elect Anne Caputo - May
  • The NCSLA Summer Roast - July/August
  • Web Integrable tools (Learn how!) - September (via webex & conference call)
  • Government Documents & Resources - October
  • Year End Officer Installation & Awards Banquet - December

Stay tuned for more details to come!

Jamal Cromity
President-Elect 09'

Thursday, January 29, 2009


Happy New Year NC/SLA! Make a resolution to get involved or stay active in your professional organization. Begin now by volunteering to host a neighborhood networking dinner – or breakfast or lunch. This mid-winter tradition is a fun way to gather informally for networking with fellow librarians and students. Select a date, time, and place (it can be a restaurant or your home). Then send the information to this discussion list to invite NC/SLA members in your town. Be sure to include your e-mail address for RSVP’s so you can make reservations or make plans at home. I’d love to hear about the plans in every community so be sure to let me know!

Monday, January 26, 2009

First Board Meeting of the New Year

Happy Chinese New Year to everyone!

The first board meeting of the new year will take place on Thursday, February 5, 2009, from 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM EST at the NC Biotechnology Center in RTP. The room will be available to us for another hour after the meeting concludes for anyone interested in meeting with their predecessor/successor to hand over files or exchange ideas. The meeting agenda is below.

Call to Order

Approval of December 4, 2008 board meeting minutes -- Susie Corbett, Secretary (do we have minutes from this "meeting"?)

Officer and Committee Reports
  • Review 2009 budget - Mary Krautter, Treasurer
  • Program plans - Jamal Cromity, President Elect
  • 2008 reports to SLA - Joanie Olivier, Past President
  • Membership - Erin Iannacchione
  • Third Year Director - Karin Shank
  • Second Year Director - Susan Forbes
  • First-Year Director - Mary Lane
  • Career Guidance & Employment - Tamika Barnes McCollough
  • Student Relations - Jill Robinson
  • Archives - Rebecca Vargha
  • Discussion List Manager - Barb LeBlanc
  • Communications / PR - Amy Davis
  • Strategic Planning - Sperry Krueger
  • Webmaster - Amy Johnson

Old Business
  • Report on Leadership Summit - Jamal & Mary K.
  • Video contest - Tamika Barnes McCollough
  • Can we combine two banquets into one annual banquet for awards and officer installation?

New Business
  • SARC involvement
  • Sponsoring an SLA member in a developing country



I'm looking forward to meeting everyone. Can't wait to join the team.

Amy Johnson

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Post SLA 2009 Leadership Summit notes

Hi Everyone,

I just wanted to give a few quick comments about the SLA 2009 Leadership Summit I attended in Savannah, GA this past week. It was truly a privilege to be there and I learned a great deal. As SLA celebrates its 100th year in existence, the conference theme focused on efforts to continue making SLA the best networking association possible for many years to come. The leadership of SLA has engaged in an alignment project which studies the library profession, seeking to bring cohesiveness of our positions, to express the core purpose of the vocation, and to enforce more effective communication about the value of SLA and those in the occupation.

I am inspired and I hope that I convey my excitement through the programs which we will develop in the coming year. I have had an opportunity to share and listen to both current and past presidents concerning best program practices. I look forward to implementing what I have learned and working with many of you during the coming year.

Stay tuned for the first board meeting of the year which we will announce in the coming weeks.

Kind regards and all the best!

Jamal Cromity
President-Elect NC SLA