Leading the Way with Project Compass
I find the great thing in this world is not so much where we stand, as in what direction we are moving – we must sail sometimes with the wind and sometimes against it – but we must sail, and not drift, nor lie at anchor. Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.
North Carolina libraries have a great deal to be proud of in spite of these trying times. Here at the State Library we are not only sailing forward but also leading the way nationally, in partnership with WebJunction, with Project Compass.
Through a grant announced in September 2009 by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), WebJunction and the State Library of North Carolina launched a one-year initiative to gather and share best practices among state libraries nationally for providing library-based employment services and programs to the unemployed.
Project Compass featured four regional summits where state library staff from around the country shared strategies for meeting the workforce needs of their communities. Content for these summits was created by the very talented Library Development staff here at the State Library, including Jennifer Pratt, Pam Jaskot, and Raye Oldham. Summits were then held in Atlanta, Georgia; Portland, Oregon; Providence, Rhode Island; and Denver, Colorado in March and May 2010, with representatives from all 50 states in attendance. Program manager Betha Gutsche observed that Project Compass has great potential for national impact because states are coordinating their efforts and sharing information and resources. WebJunction and our Library Development staff are continuing Project Compass online with a webinar version of the summits which have so far attracted over 40 participants from libraries around the U.S.
Just today IMLS announced a follow-on grant for 2010-2011 with which WebJunction and the State Library of North Carolina will conduct an impact and needs assessment on unemployment across the U.S. and create a corresponding curriculum that can be tailored to meet local needs. In addition to one train-the-trainer workshop, WebJunction will deliver up to 75 local workshops for public library staff working in the highest unemployment areas – and we expect that this will include public libraries here in North Carolina.
For more information about Project Compass, please visit WebJunction at http://www.webjunction.org/project-compass.
Check out the new self-paced courses added to the catalog at WebJunction North Carolina:
Spanish Language Outreach
Spanish Language Outreach is for any library staff interested in learning specific, concrete steps they can take to improve their library’s outreach efforts to identify and meet the needs of their local Spanish speakers. The information, tools, and techniques it contains will help you understand how to help bridge the digital divide that separates many Spanish speakers from the benefits of information technology.
The course contains best practices, case studies, and resources to support outreach. During the course, you will create your own outreach action plan that will define ways to build the partnerships and implement the outreach activities to reach and involve the Spanish-speakers in your community.
Web 2.0 Fundamentals
Windows 7: Getting Started
The latest Microsoft operating system, Windows 7, is efficient, fast, and available in a variety of editions to suit different business and personal computer needs. This course introduces the main features of Windows 7 and provides an overview of the desktop, including the taskbar and the Start menu. It also demonstrates how to manage files and folders using Windows Explorer and how to use Windows Search to locate files and folders on your computer.
Setting up and Securing Windows 7
Windows 7 provides tools that enable users to easily manage and maintain the operating system, programs, printers, and system and personal files. This course demonstrates how to use the Control Panel to install and manage programs and printers, and it shows the role User Account Control plays in security. This course also demonstrates how to use Backup and Restore, system protection, power plans, and the Action Center to ensure the computer is properly maintained.
Customizing Windows 7
Windows 7, Microsoft’s newest operating system, enables users to customize their Windows experience by modifying and adjusting many of the features that Windows 7 provides. Using Windows 7, you can change the programs that appear on the Start menu and taskbar, and how they appear, which ensures quicker access to features and programs you use most. Windows 7 also provides different desktop themes and gadgets to personalize and enhance the Windows 7 interface. This course introduces customization in Windows 7 and provides detailed instructions that enables you to customize the desktop, Start menu and taskbar. So instead of working with the generic Windows 7 interface, you can work in a customized way that improves your productivity and user experience.
Be sure to look through all the course offerings at http://nc.webjunction.org/catalog.
Standing on the Shoulders of Giants
“If I have seen a little further it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants,” Issac Newton, 1676
Throughout our lives, we have all had teachers, professors and mentors who have had a significant influence upon us, how we think, and even what we do with our lives. For me, Dr. Edward G. Holley, who recently passed away, was one such person. Dr. Holley was Dean of the School of Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel when I was a student there in the 1970’s. Although I did not take a class with him, his influence permeated the school. I would like to share with you some of the things that I learned from Dr. Holley:
- The key to successful administration: A distinguished scholar, historian and educator, Dr. Holley was also a very successful administrator. He understood the importance of leadership, and demonstrated it in all his endeavors. But he also understood that the leader is not the “whole show.” In an interview with Tommy Nixon, published in the Summer 1998 issue of North Carolina Libraries, Dr. Holley talks about the development of the graduate library school in Chapel Hill, and he says, “The key to having a first-rate program is having good people and letting them do their thing.” Following his lead, I have marveled throughout my career at the remarkable accomplishments that occur when library staff members are allowed “to do their thing.”
- The importance of library associations: Dr. Holley was the incoming president of the American Library Association when I was a student, and he made sure that all of us understood and appreciated the value of library associations. He even hired a bus and took a group of us students to the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Washington, D.C. – and I have been a active member of the American Library Association ever since. Through him I have learned that we are members of a powerful profession, and connectivity with other librarians enhances that power, both for ourselves and for the profession itself.
- The good of the order: Robert’s Rules of Order describes the part of a meeting called “the good of the order” as an open forum in which general discussion on any topic regarding the work of the organization may occur. For Ed Holley, this phrase took on a much greater meaning; it serves both as the title of a festschrift published in his honor in 1994, and, finally, his epitaph. Interim Dean Dr. Barbara B. Moran recently noted that Dr. Holley “always put the ‘good of the order’ before his individual needs.” She describes him as a “truly remarkable person” who was “always concerned with the good of others.”
I am truly grateful to have had the opportunity to stand upon the shoulders of this giant in our field of library and information science.
Has your library just deployed Microsoft Office 2007? Considering a move from Office 2003 to 2007? Wondering how you’ll be able to assist your library patrons with the substantial differences in the user interface? WebJunction North Carolina offers approximately 70 self-paced courses that can help you get up to speed with the 2007 office suite or specific applications, such as Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. Here’s just a sampling of the courses available:
- New Features for End Users in Microsoft Office 2007
- Microsoft Office: Using Templates in Word and Publisher 2007 (LE@D)
- Word 2007: Advanced Document Features in Word 2007
- Word 2007: Advanced Formatting in Word 2007
- Word 2007: Getting Started with Word 2007
- Word 2007: Using Tables, Charts, and Graphics in Word 2007
- Excel 2007: Analyzing Data in Excel 2007
- Excel 2007: Formatting in Excel 2007
- Excel 2007: Formulas and Functions
- Excel 2007: Getting Started with Excel 2007
- PowerPoint 2007: Getting Started with PowerPoint 2007
- PowerPoint 2007: Creating Custom Slide Shows in PowerPoint 2007
- Publisher 2007: Creating Customized Publications with Publisher 2007
- Access 2007: Getting Started with Access 2007
If you’re still using Office 2003 and need to brush up on your skills, there are around 70 course listings in the catalog as well. You can take any of these courses for FREE, and complete the class on your schedule and at your convenience. Browse the complete course listings for more information.
The State Library of North Carolina purchased a block of course units for eligible North Carolina library staff (those employed by NC LIVE libraries). These online courses are taught by professional instructors and will remain available until the units are exhausted, or June 30, 2010, whichever comes first. Read the full description of the program as well as step-by-step registration instructions.
Being a SURVIVOR in the Library and Media Center
Much to my surprise and delight, I recently learned that the television reality show SURVIVOR has a great deal to offer us librarians and media specialists.
Each year in January the great folks at the Joyner Library’s Teaching Resources Center at East Carolina University host a Librarian to Librarian Networking Summit. This year’s fifth annual program, held on January 9, 2010, was entitled Survivor – Media Center and drew school librarians and media specialists and coordinators from all over eastern North Carolina.
My panel was entitled Surviving During the Lean Years, and among my fellow panelists was Kelly Brannock, Media Coordinator, Wendell Creative Arts & Science Magnet Elementary School. Kelly is also the President of the North Carolina School Library Media Association this year. Kelly’s presentation was so outstanding that I wanted to share it with you.
Based on her knowledge of SURVIVOR techniques, Kelly presents the top ten strategies of the ultimate survivor – and they are relevant and useful to all of us as we negotiate the jungles, deserts and mountain tops that we face everyday in these challenging times.
Read, enjoy, and survive!
Recordings of the HeritageQuest and ReferenceUSA NC LIVE online workshops are now available from the State Library of North Carolina’s website <http://statelibrary.ncdcr.gov/ce/ncliverecordings.htm>. These archived training sessions are available for viewing at your convenience, 24/7.
Feel free to download the accompanying PowerPoint presentation and adapt for use in your library’s training sessions. Also available are any handouts from the session in PDF format.
Simply click the workshop title to view the session with your Internet-connected computer and web browser. To hear the audio portion of the recording, please make sure that your computer speakers are turned on and that the sound level on your computer is not muted.
In order to view the recordings, you must have Java Runtime Environment (JRE) version 1.5 or higher running on your system. If necessary, you can download the current Java Runtime Environment for your system from Sun’s Java website: http://www.java.com/en/download/manual.jsp
Back by popular demand, the State Library of North Carolina is pleased to announce the return of NC LIVE online workshops for Spring 2010. Workshops will cover the following NC LIVE health and medical resources in March and April:
- Consumer Health
- Mental Health
Registration is now open. Check the NC Events Calendar at WebJunction North Carolina for dates, workshop descriptions, and registration details http://host6.evanced.info/ncarolina/evanced/eventcalendar.asp.
A workshop covering eAudiobooks will be scheduled later in the spring season, so check the Events Calendar often.
There’s still time for your library to apply! Applications for the following 2010-2011 EZ LSTA grant categories are due February 18, 2010.
- Basic Equipment Grant ($25,000 maximum; 25% match)
- Planning Grant ($20,000 maximum; no match)
- Strengthening Public and Academic Library Collections Grant ($20,000 maximum; 25% match)
- School Library Collection Development Grant ($10,000 maximum; 25% match)
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) federally-funded grants are made available to eligible North Carolina public, community college, academic, public school, and special libraries by the State Library of North Carolina with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Complete guidelines and applications are available at:
For more information, contact Penny Hornsby, Federal Programs Consultant at the State Library of North Carolina: 919-807-7420; firstname.lastname@example.org.
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