Public Library Section

Fabulous Fridays 2014: Reconnect, Refresh, and Recharge -- Programs now available!

Join PLS and keynote speaker, State Librarian Cal Shepard, for the 2014 Fabulous Friday mini-conferences to be held:

Friday, September 26th at Pack Memorial Library in Asheville 
Friday, October 3rd at ImaginOn: the John and Joan Martin Center in Charlotte
Friday, October 10th at the Headquarters Library in Fayetteville

The Fabulous Fridays one-day conferences are an opportunity for professionals and paraprofessionals to go to workshops on current topics that are relevant and meaningful to the public library world. Attendees are also given the opportunity to share ideas, and network with other library professionals.

Registration will begin in early August, more information on registration and conference agendas, will follow.

The next meeting of the Public Library Section will be Friday November 7 at 10:30 a.m. at the South Regional Library in Durham.

2013 Conference Programs Sponsored by PLS


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 Libraries
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

Nora Armstrong, Adult Services Vice Chair
Cumberland County Public Library
300 Maiden Lane
Fayetteville, NC  26301-5000
narmstro [at] cumberland [dot] lib [dot] nc [dot] us

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

George Taylor, Branch Services Vice Chair
Randolph County Public Library

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

Janet Oliver, Collection Management Vice Chair
New Hanover County Public Library
201 Chestnut Street
Wilmington,, NC  28401
joliver [at] nhcgov [dot] com

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

Jennifer Daugherty, Genealogy & Local History Vice Chair
New Hanover County Public Library
201 Chestnut Street
Wilmington, NC  28401
jdaugherty [at] nhcgov [dot] com

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

Sara 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:
March 2013
June 2013
September 2013
March 2014

PLS Committees:

Adult Services and Outreach Committee

Awards Committee

Branch Services Committee

Collection Management Committee

Genealogy and Local History Committee

Marketing Committee