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The Mission of the Public Library Section of NCLA is:

  • To unite NCLA members interested in Public Libraries
  • To provide an opportunity for discussion and activity
  • To seek to fulfill the objectives of NCLA

If you work in a library in North Carolina, it is important to be a member of NCLA, the professional organization for North Carolina librarians. Membership in NCLA entitles you to one section or roundtable at no additional cost. If you work in a public library, the Public Library Section is your best choice.

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PLS Officers and Committee Chairs:

Sandra Lovely, Chair
Assistant Director for Planning and Facilities
Durham County Library
300 North Roxboro Street
Durham, NC  27701
Office 919-560-0168
Fax 919-560-0137

Decca Slaughter, Past Chair
Forsyth County Public Library
Southside Branch
3185 Buchanan Street
Winston-Salem, NC  27127
336-703-2981
slaughdr@forsyth.cc

Position Vacant, Secretary

Laura Highfill, Director
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
5801 Rea Road
Charlotte, NC 28277
lhighfill@cmlibrary.org
704-416-6601

Lindsey Shuford, Director
Union County Public Library
316 East Windsor Street
Monroe, NC 28112
lindsey.shuford@unioncountync.gov
704-283-8184 ext. 5221

Martha Sink, Web Master
Alamance County Public Libraries
342 South Spring Street
Burlington, NC  27215
msink@alamancelibraries.org
336-513-4754

Morgan Paty, Adult Services Chair
Wake County Libraries
919-570-7169
Morgan.Paty@wakegov.com

Nora Armstrong, Adult Services Vice Chair
Cumberland County Public Library
300 Maiden Lane
Fayetteville, NC  26301-5000
narmstro@cumberland.lib.nc.us
910-483-7727

Elizabeth Skinner, Awards Committee Chair
Forsyth County Public Library
Central Library
660 W. Fifth Street
Winston-Salem, NC  27101
336-703-2665
skinneej@forsyth.cc

Marian Lytle, Circulation & Customer Service Committee Co-Chair
Marian Lytle
Mooresville Public Library
304 S. Main St.
Mooresville, NC  28115
mlytle@mooresvillenc.gov

Position Vacant, Circulation & Customer Service Committee  Co-Chair

Shelia Bumgarner, Genealogy & Local History Interim Chair
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
310 North Tryon Street
Charlotte, NC  28202
704-416-0150
sbumgarner@cmlibrary.org

Karen Feeney, Genealogy & Local History Interim Vice-Chair
Forsyth County Public Library
660 West 5th Street
Winston-Salem, NC  27101
336-703-3073
feeneyke@forsyth.cc

Rachel Webb, Marketing Chair
Union County Public Library
316 East Windsor Street
Monroe, NC 28112
704-283-8184
Rachel.webb@unioncountync.gov

Joan Sherif, Teens & Youth Services Section Liaison
Northwestern Regional Library
111 North Front Street
Elkin, NC  28621
jsherif@nwrl.org
336-835-4894

Jeffrey Hamilton, State Library Liaison
Jeffrey Hamilton, Adult Services Consultant
State Library of North Carolina
109 E. Jones St.
Raleigh, NC 27601
919-814-6792
jeffrey.hamilton@ncdcr.gov    



Participation: PLS is able to 

  • Fund and present programs of interest to public librarians at conferences and workshops
  • Support projects of value to all North Carolina libraries
  • Give awards to public librarians for outstanding service
  • Give scholarships to public librarians for NCLA activities

Leadership: PLS members are able to

  • Serve as committee chairs or PLS officers
  • Mentor with experienced librarians all over the state
  • Plan workshops, conference programs and other statewide projects, guided by librarians with expertise in these areas

Sharing: PLS allows members to

  • Develop a wide network of valuable contacts
  • Form instant peer groups through membership on committees
  • Join listservs for PLS members
  • Meet possible employers

When filling out your NCLA application, be sure to check Public Library Section as your free section choice. It's a great way to support public libraries and contribute to your own professional development!


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