Public Library Section

Don't miss these 2013 Conference Programs Sponsored by PLS!

From Community Reads to Readers' Advisory, Genealogy to Marketing, lunch with authors Allan Wolf or Charles and Caroline Todd, there's something for everyone at a PLS sponsored 2013 Conference program!

2012 PLS Fabulous Fridays Workshops

2012 PLS Leadership Institute Scholarships

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.

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 the NCLA Leadership Institute

 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!

PLS Officers and Committee Chairs -- 2013-2015


Billy King, Chair
Forsyth County Public Library
660 West Fifth Street
Winston-Salem, NC  27101
Kingwh [at] forsyth [dot] cc

Jason Rogers, Vice Chair/Chair Elect
Wake County Public Library
300 W. Ballentine Street
Holly Springs, NC 27540
JR [dot] Rogers [at] wakegov [dot] com

Arthur Erickson, Secretary
Greensboro Public Library
219 North Church Street
Greensboro, NC  27402
Arthur [dot] erickson [at] greensboro-nc [dot] gov

Laura Highfill, Director
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
230 Matthews Station St
Matthews, NC 28105
lhighfill [at] cmlibrary [dot] org

Lindsey Shuford, Director
Union County Public Library
316 East Windsor Street
Monroe, NC 28112
lshuford [at] union [dot] lib [dot] nc [dot] us

Pam Jaskot, Past Chair
1529 Sedwick Road
Durham, NC  27713
pam [dot] jaskot [at] gmail [dot] com

Martha Sink, Web Master
Alamance County Public Library
342 South Spring Street
Burlington, NC  27215
msink [at] alamancelibraries [dot] org

Sandra Lovely, Adult Services Chair
Durham County Public Library
4505 S. Alston Avenue
Durham, North Carolina 27713
slovely [at] dconc [dot] gov

Laura Weigand, Awards Chair
Forsyth County Public Library
660 West Fifth Street
Winston-Salem, NC  27101
weiganlr [at] forsyth [dot] cc

Decca Slaughter, Branch Services Chair
Forsyth County Public Library
3185 Buchanan Street
Winston-Salem, NC  27127
slaughdr [at] forsyth [dot] cc
336 703-2981

Catherine Rudelich, Collection Management Chair
Cumberland County Public Library
300 Maiden Lane
Fayetteville, NC  28301-5000
ccrudelic [at] cumberland [dot] lib [dot] nc [dot] us
910-483-7727 ext. 1353

Jane McAllister, Genealogy & Local History
Davie County Public Library
371 North Main Street
Mocksville, NC  27028
Jane [dot] mcallister [at] co [dot] davie [dot] nc [dot] us

Don Dwiggins, Marketing Co-Chair
Forsyth County Public Library
Winston-Salem, NC 27101
dwiggidr [at] forsyth [dot] cc

Sarah McGough, Marketing Co-Chair
Henderson County Public Library
301 N Washington St
Hendersonville, NC 28739
smcgough [at] henderson [dot] lib [dot] nc [dot] us

Joan Sherif, Teens & Youth Services Section Liaison
Northwestern Regional Library
111 North Front Street
Elkin, NC  28621
jsherif [at] nwrl [dot] org

Kelly Brannock, State Library Liaison
tate Library of North Carolina
109 E. Jones St.
Raleigh, NC 27601     
kelly [dot] brannock [at] ncdcr [dot] gov 


PLS Planning Council Minutes:
February 2012
May 2012
August 2012
November 2012
March 2013

PLS Committees:

Adult Services and Outreach Committee

Awards Committee

Branch Services Committee

Collection Management Committee

Genealogy and Local History Committee

Marketing Committee