Public Library Section

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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.

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 

Jason Rogers, Chair
Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library
102 E. 7th Ave.
Tampa, FL  33602
(813) 204-2659
jrogers [at] alamancelibraries [dot] org (R)ogersJM [at] HCFLGov [dot] net
minganc [at] gmail [dot] com

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

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

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
5801 Rea Road
Charlotte, NC 28277
lhighfill [at] cmlibrary [dot] org

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

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

Elizabeth Skinner, Awards Committee Chair
Forsyth County Public Library
Central Library
660 W. Fifth Street
Winston-Salem, NC  27101
skinneej [at] forsyth [dot] cc

Marian Lytle, Circulation & Customer Service Committee Chair
Marian Lytle
Mooresville Public Library
304 S. Main St.
Mooresville, NC  28115
mlytle [at] mooresvillenc [dot] gov

Andrea Pearlstein, Circulation & Customer Service Committee  Vice Chair
Andrea Pearlstein

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

Jeffrey Hamilton, State Library Liaison
Jeffrey Hamilton, Technology Consultant
State Library of North Carolina
109 E. Jones St.
Raleigh, NC 27601
jeffrey [dot] hamilton [at] ncdcr [dot] gov ">jeffrey [dot] hamilton [at] ncdcr [dot] gov    

PLS Planning Council Minutes:

March 2014
May 2014
August 2014
November 2014
ebruary 2015
uly 2015
ay 2016
uly 2016
ovember 2016
arch 2017
ay 2017
ugust 2017


PLS Committees:

Adult Services and Outreach Committee

Awards Committee

Circulation & Customer  Service Committee

Genealogy and Local History Committee

Marketing Committee