August 2022

Volume 3.7

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Jenny Umbarger

NCSLMA President


It's time to let your leadership skills shine!

Nominations for this year’s NCSLMA elections will be opening up soon and we hope you will consider serving the NC school library community through one of our elected offices.

The following positions will be open for nominations and included in the September election:

  • President-Elect (serves for three years as President-Elect, President, and then Past President)

  • Region 1 Regional Director (2 year term)

  • Region 3 Regional Director (2 year term)

  • Region 4 Regional Director (1 year term)

  • Region 6 Regional Director (2 year term)

  • Region 7 Regional Director (1 year term)

  • Region 8 Regional Director (2 year term)

  • Secretary (2 year term)

Job descriptions can be found in our Bylaws, which will soon reflect the recent change of expanding our Regional Director positions to 9. We thank our members who participated in the vote for this change, which will create more localized and accessible support for our members while increasing the leadership opportunities on the NCSLMA board. Regions 4 and 7 are included in this year’s election with a special 1-year term to fill all the Regional Director positions for this upcoming year and get them on the alternating cycle. You may also find more detailed information about the roles and responsibilities in the Board Handbook accessible to our members. 

You must be a current NCSLMA member to run for an office and maintain membership to serve in a position of leadership (officers and committee members) in the organization. Directors must live in the regions in which they are a candidate for the Regional Director positions.

If you have any questions about the nomination process or upcoming elections, please reach out to Past President Cindy Sturdivant:

Thank you for considering running to help our organization grow!


Jennifer Abel

Conference Chair, President Elect

Registration is now open for our 2022 in-person conference

"We Are Not Alone in the Library"
The conference will be held October 6- 8, 2022 at the Benton Convention Center in Winston Salem.

For more details, visit the conference webpage: NC School Library Media Association - 2022 Conference.

Early Bird Registration (through 8/20/22)

Early Bird Member registration: $150

Early Bird Non-member registration: $200

Early Bird Out-of-State Member Registration: $150 (with proof of membership to state organization)

Registration is complete when payment has been received. Early Bird Registrations end 8/20/22! 



NCSLMA has a small blog on our website. If you would like to contribute to it, please send submissions to We're looking for news items, stories about your library, fun events you have had, etc. Pictures can be included and are welcomed. There are no minimum or maximum length requirements. Share some of the great things going on in your library!

Summer Finds!!

What awesome finds have your discovered this summer?  

As we all prepare to head back to school, share with us any cool and unique library finds you have discovered this year!  Share your ideas with us via email  

Check out the cool find discovered by Carolyn Levy:

A swivel book display stand.  It will continue to allow her to offer books cover facing patrons.  So excited to find!  How are other media coordinators displaying their books for students? 

Caryn Levy

Leicester Elementary

Buncombe County Public Schools

Also thank you to Caryn for the awesome idea! 


NCSLMA Sections

Director: Faith Huff

Director: Susan Sawin

Awards, Grants, Scholarships
Director: Sarah Justice

AASL Delegates

Laura Aldridge & Jenny Umbarger

Book Programs
Director: Stacy Hersey

Director: Cindy Sturdivant

Director: Shelly Cloninger

Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Michelle Burton & Ness Shortly

Regional Directors:
Lead: Robin Rhodes

Social Media
Director: Alicia Luke

Director: Kristy Sartain

In Memoriam of Shelia Robertson

It is with heavy hearts that we share news of the passing of our Middle School Battle of the Books Committee Chair and long-time NCSLMA member Shelia Robertson. Shelia served on the MBOB committee for many years before taking on the role of chair. She led the committee throughout the pandemic years–not an easy task, but she did so with grace and diligence to keep the MBOB program running smoothly. As the Media Coordinator at Riverside Middle School in Martin County, Shelia led her MBOB team to a state championship this past spring. While Shelia requested that her arrangements be kept private, our thoughts and prayers go out to Shelia’s family and school community, and we will miss her dearly.


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Would you like to contribute to the next NCSLMA News & Notes?

We want to hear from you! Do you have an upcoming multi-school or district event, were you recognized in some way, are you involved in the coolest collaboration, or did you contribute in some other spectacular way that shows the value of school libraries and librarians? We know you did! So we want to share the fabulous things school librarians are doing across the state! Please submit links to articles, published materials, and/or graphics to Kenisha Smith ( Materials should be "copy and paste" ready. Submissions will be edited and published at the discretion of the NCSLMA News & Updates Editorial Team.

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