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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.

Save the Date!

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

Position Vacant, Secretary

Laura Highfill, Director
Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
5801 Rea Road
Charlotte, NC 28277

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

Martha Sink, Web Master
Alamance County Public Libraries
342 South Spring Street
Burlington, NC  27215

Morgan Paty, Adult Services Chair
Wake County Libraries

Nora Armstrong, Adult Services Vice Chair
Cumberland County Public Library
300 Maiden Lane
Fayetteville, NC  26301-5000

Elizabeth Skinner, Awards Committee Chair
Forsyth County Public Library
Central Library
660 W. Fifth Street
Winston-Salem, NC  27101

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

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

Karen Feeney, Genealogy & Local History Interim Vice-Chair
Forsyth County Public Library
660 West 5th Street
Winston-Salem, NC  27101

Rachel Webb, Marketing Chair
Union County Public Library
316 East Windsor Street
Monroe, NC 28112

Joan Sherif, Teens & Youth Services Section Liaison
Northwestern Regional Library
111 North Front Street
Elkin, NC  28621

Jeffrey Hamilton, State Library Liaison
Jeffrey Hamilton, Adult Services Consultant
State Library of North Carolina
109 E. Jones St.
Raleigh, NC 27601

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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