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Thank you for attending our Winter Tune-Up Mini-Conference!  How will it work?

Expert presenters from across the state are offering a mix of pre-recorded and live sessions.

Pre-recorded sessions will be released each day during the week of February 13-17. Click on the link next to the session to access the sessions scheduled. Each presenter will provide virtual access to email, social media, or presentations to answer any questions you have about the information they share in their videos. Presentations are for NCSLMA members who registered for the Winter Tune-Up event. We encourage you to watch each session as many times as you'd like whenever it fits into your schedule, and to contact the presenters with any questions you have, but please do not share the links. The recordings will be available through March 31, 2023. 

Live sessions will take place on the Day/Date/Time listed below. Presenters are excited to meet with you to share their expertise.

Live sessions with the regional directors will take place on the Day/Date/Time listed below.  Note that these important regional sessions are live so schedule accordingly. 

Attendance Certificate:  The Certificate of Attendance for the 2023 Winter Tune-Up is located the top of this page.  The link will become active at noon on Friday, February 17. You will need to make a copy of the form, complete it, and submit to your district, school, or charter organization for renewal credit. Participants are responsible for determining the number of hours to submit.


 Session  Presenter  Title and Description
 Jennifer Abel

Lori  Munroe

 Welcome and Information

Join NCSLMA President Jennifer Abel and Lead Regional Director Lori Munroe as they provide important NCSLMA updates for members, as well as information about the Winter Tune-Up. 

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 Elizabeth Joyce 

Media Specialist Sessions are Coming to NCCAT

The mission of the North Carolina Center for the Advancement of Teaching (NCCAT) is to "advance teaching as an art and a profession'.  If you've ever talked with a teacher who has attended one of the  seminars offered at NCCAT, you know that it can be a life-changing event.   Save the date for the return of the summer seminars for librarians. 

Link to Presentation:

Live at 7:00 PM. 

Julie Stivers

The Way Forward: A Look at librarianship from the NC Library Media Coordinator of the Year 2022

Julie Stivers is the librarian at Mount Vernon Middle School in Raleigh. Her work has been published in Knowledge Quest, School Library Journal, and YALS and she is the Author/Editor of Include (ALA, 2022). As an ALA Emerging Leader, she helped develop AASL’s Defending Intellectual Freedom: LGBTQ+ Materials in School Libraries. She served as the Chair for the YALSA Presidential Taskforce: Youth Activism through Community Engagement and is a facilitator in her district’s Office of Equity Affairs Summer Writing Institute for high-school students. She's proud to have recently been named NC's Library Media Coordinator of the Year. Her research and practical interests center inclusive library spaces, culturally sustaining pedagogy, reimagining school book fairs, and exploring the power of manga and anime with her students.

Google Meet joining info: 

Tuesday, February 14, 2023

 Session  Presenter  Title and Description


at 4 pm

Robin Williams


Help Desk

Want help in your library? Want to build a connection with students similar to that of our classroom teachers? Help Desk may be for you! Help Desk is a SMALL, independent class that focuses on: information literacy, makerspace activities, library skills and technology skills!  Find the library leaders in your school and get them to help you! This session is for Middle and High Schools and will provide some sample curriculum, ideas and takeaways for each of you!




Michelle Underhill 

 Recharge and Renew  from the State Library of North Carolina

Michelle Underhill serves as the State Librarian of North Carolina. She has over 20 years of experience working in libraries, 14 of which have been at the State Library of North Carolina. 

 Explore free resources available from the State Library of North Carolina and learn about opportunities to collaborate to expand programs and services. Included are online resources from the SLNC Government and Heritage Library, information about new youth programs at the SLNC Accessible Books and Library Services, and free continuing education for library staff, volunteers, and more available from SLNC Library Development. State Librarian Michelle Underhill moderates this session featuring State Library team members as they highlight available opportunities and resources.

Handouts:  SLNC Accessible Books and Library Services application:


SLNC Government and Heritage Library application:

Wednesday, February 15, 2023

 Session  Presenter  Title and Description
Live at 4pm 

Julie Stivers and Christine Zaccardi


Supporting Our Queer Students and Battling Soft Censorship

In this session we will tackle how to guard against self-censorship, specifically in regard to Queer authored and Queer-centered literature. Book talks for age-relevant titles and action items will be included.

Julie Stivers is the librarian at Mount Vernon Middle School in Raleigh. As an ALA Emerging Leader, she helped develop AASL’s Defending Intellectual Freedom: LGBTQ+ Materials in School Libraries. Her research and practical interests center inclusive library spaces, culturally sustaining pedagogy, reimagining school book fairs, and exploring the power of manga and anime with her students.

As an educator for almost 20 years, Christine is passionate about creating safe, welcoming spaces for students in the library. A transplant from NYC, Christine began her career in education as a first grade teacher before finding her place, and her love, in the library. When she's not in the library, she's probably at home wondering how much sleep is too much for teenage children, or trying to avoid cooking.

 Pre recorded

Amy Ralph 

 Collaboration on a Fixed Schedule: Making Collaboration a Reality in your Building

My name is Amy Ralph and I have been an educator for thirteen years. I am currently in my eighth year as a media specialist in Lexington City Schools.  I have a strong passion for teaching both students and teachers. One of my greatest strengths is providing and planning professional development for educators. Over the last 7 years I have provided a monthly professional development for my staff at the school level. I have also presented at our district’s beginning on the year professional development every year.

Thursday, February 16, 2023

 Session  Presenter  Title and Description
 Live at 7pm
 Sara Levin 


 Leveraging Collection Development for Funding 

Most libraries struggle to get money for books, programming, and facility improvements.  This session will focus on how to organize and use your library's data to leverage for funding with a focus on your collection.  We will touch on grants and pitching to administrators and community groups.

Sara Levin is in her 17th year as a Media Coordinator and 20th year as a librarian. She is a graduate of the ECU MLS Program who enjoys writing grants and has received close to $180,000 in the past 6 years. She has presented grant writing sessions at NCSLMA and NCTIES. She is the Media Coordinator at Kinston High School.  She is also the Region 2 NCSLMA Director and Region 2 High School Battle of the Books Chair.

Recorded Presentation 

Pre recorded

Trudy Garris

Amy Hahn


Weeding is an important part of maintaining your collection.  In this presentation, we discuss how to determine what to weed and the Destiny reports you may find useful.

Trudy Garris, National Board Certified media coordinator at Stokes School in Stokes, NC, has been a K-8 librarian for 20+ years.  She has a background in scientific research, and Middle Grades Science and Social Studies education., Trudy enjoys building relationships with the students and families of her community.  Her professional interests include analyzing data to ensure her collection meets the needs of her school and collaborating and her personal interests include gardening, beekeeping, sewing and teaching Sunday school.

Amy Hahn, media coordinator at Grifton School in Grifton, NC, has been a K-8 librarian for 16 years.  She has a background in K-8 elementary education, focusing on grades 4th and 5th.  Amy works building relationships with the students, staff and families of her community.  Her professional interests include building a collection to meet the needs of all levels of readers,  including the reluctant readers, and collaborating with all subject areas.

Her personal interests include homesteading, raising farm animals, painting, and running a family farmhouse market.

Slide deck:

Friday, February 17, 2023

 Session  Presenter  Title and Description
            BJ McCormick Johnson 


Building a Love of Books and Strengthening Reading Skills in Kinder and First Graders

I am the newly elected NCSLMA Director of Region 4 and an elementary school librarian. I am employed at Sunnyside Elementary School in Cumberland County. I have had the honor of working with children in grades k through 5 for more than 15 years. In 2000, I was invited to attend NCCAT in Cullowhee as a candidate in pursuit of National Board. I achieved National Board Certification in 2001 and was later invited back to NCCAT as facilitator for others pursuing certification. I earned my MLS from NCCU in Durham. Additionally, I worked for eight years in the public library system. Prior to becoming a librarian, I taught career and technical education courses to high school students for 9 years.  One thing that has consistently remained at the forefront of all of these pursuits, experiences and accomplishments is the importance of students falling in love with stories being read to them and developing the skills to read independently. This is an ongoing goal that I work to incorporate daily as a librarian.

Live Regional Sessions

 Not sure which region you are in?  Click here.

Region 1: with Meredith Hill:   Thursday, February 23 at 7:00 pm.

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Region 2 with Sara Levin:   Thursday February 23 at 7:00

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Region 3 with Chris Tuttell:  Thursday, March 2 at 7:00 pm

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Region 4 with BJ Johnson:  Wednesday, Feb. 22 at 5:30

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Region 5 with Amy Ralph:  Thursday, Feb. 16th at 4:00

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Region 6 with Robin Williams:  Tuesday, Feb. 21st at 7:00 pm.

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Region 7 with Kecia Hopper and Vanessa Lail:  Tuesday, Feb. 21st at 5:00

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Region 8 with Maggie Skroski:  Thursday, Feb. 23rd  at 6:30

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Region 9 with Holly Christensen:  Feb. 23rd at 6:30

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