Session Proposals: You Me We Belong

Welcome to NCCCLA’s 2022 Conference, You Me We Belong. This year’s conference will once again be virtual and will take place during March 14-18, 2022, including a day of preconference sessions.


This year’s theme, You Me We Belong, focuses on encouraging sustainable changes in community college libraries that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion for all who utilize our library spaces. We welcome proposals that support our theme, however, if you have an idea for a session proposal that does not seem to fit the theme, we encourage you to submit it anyway. Please think about how diversity, equity, and inclusion concerns may have influenced your work or how such actions might fit into the next steps for your project.


Session slots are 50 minutes long, and the suggested presentation time is 40-45 minutes, with 5-10 minutes of Q&A. Fifteen minute prerecorded poster sessions are an option to consider as well. All sessions will be presented via Zoom. The conference planning committee will provide training and practice opportunities with the software prior to the conference. Collaborative presentations and roundtables are encouraged too.

Submit a Session Proposal

For further information, reach out to Shannon Paul, or Brittany Champion,

Keynote Speaker

Shamella Cromartie, MLS, is Associate Dean for Hunter Library at Western Carolina University. She is a graduate of North Carolina Central University’s Master of Library Science program and has worked in public and academic libraries. She began her college career and professional library career with community colleges and continues to believe in the values and experience of community colleges. Currently, her work emphasizes strategic planning, public relations and diversity, equity, and inclusion in library services. Her research agenda focuses on the library’s role in social justice and equity, as well as, equity in education. Cromartie takes a special interest in the recruitment and retention of underrepresented populations to the library profession and was honored by the Roundtable on Ethnic Minority Concerns of the North Carolina Library Association, as a Roadbuilder’s Award Winner for Academic Librarianship for exemplifying courage, integrity, and perseverance in the field of librarianship. In addition to a Masters in Library Science, Cromartie holds bachelor’s degrees in Criminal Justice and Political Science and is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Western Carolina University.

Save the Date: Conference 2022

Save the date!
The next NCCCLA conference will be held online the week of March 14-18, 2022.

Conference Theme:
To encourage sustainable changes in community college libraries that promote diversity, equity, and inclusion for all those who utilize library spaces. 

2022 Conference Planning Committee:
Brittany Champion (Pitt CC), NCCCLA VP, Conference Chair
Samantha O’Connor (CCCC), NCCCLA President
Shannon Paul (Richmond CC), Conference Sessions Coordinator
Maria Luisa Saldarriaga Osorio (Surry CC) & Alicia Hartley (Caldwell CC) , Treasurers
BJ Thompson (CCCC), Exhibitor Coordinator
Angela Davis (Pitt CC), Webmaster

Photo Challenge Winners

District 2 wins first place as it scored the most correct answers! District 4 is second, followed by District 6. Thanks to all who participated! Google Docs with answer keys and photo locations are linked below.

Answer Keys

District Photo Challenge

Entries for the district photo challenge are below. Larger versions of the images can be viewed in this Google Doc. Make sure to submit your answers as to which collage goes with which district by Monday, August 9. Let’s see which district gets the most correct answers. Good luck!

Challenge Details

Through pictures, tell us where your district is without telling us. Use this as an opportunity to work with your district members to submit at least one photo from each county or college in your district. Be creative! Photo entries will be featured on the NCCCLA website and are due no later than July 19, 2021, for consideration. 

A photo collage from each district will be posted by July 31st. You will have until August 6th to review the entries and submit your answers, which will be done via Google Form (coming soon!). The district having the most correct submissions will be rewarded…with lots of kudos and recognition for a job well done! 

Send your representative photos (8 photo limit) to Angela Davis, NCCCLA Webmaster & District 2 Vice-Director at with the subject line: NCCCLA District Photo Challenge. Make sure that you include the district number where your photos were taken, who took the photo (if applicable), and that any borrowed photos are CC licensed and/or public domain.