Public Library Section

2015 Conference Programs Sponsored by PLS -- coming soon

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 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!

PLS Officers and Committee Chairs -- 2013-2015

Decca Slaughter, Chair
Forsyth County Public Library
Winston-Salem, NC  27101

Vice Chair/Chair Elect

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

Billy King, Past Chair
Forsyth County Public Library
Winston-Salem, NC  27101

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

Morgan Paty, Adult Services Chair
Wake County Libraries
Morgan [dot] Paty [at] wakegov [dot] com

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

Awards Chair

Circulation & Customer Service Committee Chair
Marian Lytle

Circulation & Customer Service Committee Co-Chair
Andrea Pearlstein

Collection Management Chair


Collection Management Vice Chair

Jennifer Daugherty, Genealogy & Local History 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

State Library Liaison
tate Library of North Carolina
109 E. Jones St.
Raleigh, NC 27601     

PLS Planning Council Minutes:
March 2014
May 2014
August 2014
November 2014
ebruary 2015

PLS Committees:

Adult Services and Outreach Committee

Awards Committee

Circulation & Customer  Service Committee

Collection Management Committee

Genealogy and Local History Committee

Marketing Committee