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Wildcard Wednesday

We're so excited to feature our first Wildcard Wednesday NCSLMA blog post! The idea behind this column is that one Wednesday a month, a NCSLMA board member will write a guest post on any topic of his or her choosing. This is a great way for members to get to know the board and offer feedback.

To celebrate one of the most awesome conferences yet, our first Wildcard Wednesday post will be a recap of #NCSLMA15 from our new President-Elect, Sedley Abercrombie! We can't stress enough how much we love Sedley and how appreciative we are for her putting together this awesome post! Please enjoy and feel free to submit comments on any future Wildcard Wednesday topics you would like to see board members write posts about. 

Confucius once said, “  Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life.”  

Well, I can honestly say that the best decision I ever made was to become a school librarian.  Not only has that career move given me a ton of personal satisfaction, it has come with all kinds of wonderful opportunities.  One such opportunity is to serve as president-elect for the NCSLMA.  Yes, it’s work...lots of work.  And some may think I’m crazy for taking this on.  But I have met some of the most amazing people and advocates for libraries through NCSLMA.

The conference is just behind us.  Kudos to Walter Carmichael, for such a wonderful conference.  I hope as I spend these next 11 months planning next year’s conference, I hope to follow in Walter’s footsteps by providing opportunities for school librarians to connect, learn, grow and prosper.

Some feedback I collected from this year’s conference:

“I was pleasantly surprised with the conference this year. The keynote speaker was worth the registration price. Rebecca Constantino inspired me. My passion is for reading and getting books into the hands of my students. I am ready to work harder this year to provide reading material for my students and build their home libraries”.

“It is great to network with other SLMCs from around the state and see that you are not alone is the challenges, struggles and successes. It is great to share stories and ideas that you can take back to your own school, with the knowledge that you have resources to contact when you run into issues or have questions.”

“The speaker at our luncheon, Deborah Wiles, was so inspiring. Her struggles and life journey to become an author was amazing, as she shared through her photo slide presentation. Her life is a perfect example of how perseverance and hard work pay off!”

“This being my first year at the NCSLMA conference, the entire process was easy to figure out. The scheduling was perfect, the opening ceremony was very informative of all NCSLMA has to offer, and each speaker was very knowledgeable.  I enjoyed hearing the keynote speaker at the opening meeting. It changed my thoughts about the library being "just a library". I have always known the library is the hub of the school and that's where staff runs to for help, but it is so much more to so many students than just a room of books and information. It creates another world, an escape, for them! They can forget about the struggles they face for just a few moments as they get lost in a book! We take for granted the blessings we are given by having a full functioning media center in our school.”

So save the dates next year for NCSLMA 2016 - Oct. 20-22.  The theme will be “School Library Renaissance:  a cultural rebirth”.  Some guests we have already lined up?  Laurie Halse Anderson, Nikki Robertson and Mrs. P.  Stay tuned to see what else we come up with.  

So plan on joining us.  I hope to see you there!



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