With School Library Month coming to an end, we hope you celebrated - and were celebrated - in a big way! We were appreciative to receive Governor Cooper’s proclamation (see copy linked here), and thank you to our Advocacy and Governance section for their work on making this happen. Spring is in full swing and while the exhaustion of this year is still a thing, I am also feeling a sense of rejuvenation seeing all of the budding and blooming of trees and flowers. This new growth extends into our own organization.
We are pleased to announce the creation of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Section, led by co-chairs Michelle Burton and Ness Shortly. Michelle has been serving as chair of the DEI Special Committee created back in September of 2020. The NCSLMA Board was in agreement with Michelle and her committee that this should be a standing committee to continue to address DEI issues as they arise in the daily life of our organization and in the world at large and to facilitate professional development and learning opportunities relating to diversity, equity, and inclusion. Thank you for the work you have done and will continue to do!
Laura Aldridge has moved from Membership Support Director to another new section within our organizational structure: AASL Delegate. As a state organization affiliated with AASL, we are required to have two delegates for the Chapter Assembly. Historically, NCSLMA’s President and Past President or President-Elect have served in this capacity. Having designated delegates will allow for a greater understanding of and involvement in the Chapter Assembly and allow the Presidents to focus more on our organization. Sarah Justice will join Laura as the second delegate in January when her term as Awards, Grants, and Scholarship Director ends.
Welcome to new board members Shelly Cloninger, who has been appointed Membership Director, and Elizabeth Pickering, elected to fill the secretary vacancy through the end of 2022. Katie Moose has taken over as Brew Crew Coordinator, and earlier this year we announced Stephanie Powell as our new Advocacy Chair and Lori Munroe was elected to fill the vacancy of Piedmont East Director through December 2022.
You can see a full NCSLMA Leadership Directory linked here.
Thank you to all of the board members for taking on these new roles, and we look forward to continuing to grow!