On Wednesday, September 23, 2020, the NCCCLA Executive voted to approve the equity statement as proposed by the Equity Subcommittee.
North Carolina Community College Library Association (NCCCLA) seeks to raise awareness of
the need to provide access to opportunities, resources, and support for all members of the
communities we serve and to build a platform from which marginalized members of our
communities can share their voices. All users have a right to feel safe in a welcoming
environment that will foster opportunities for academic success and encourage integrity. We
acknowledge equity, diversity, and inclusion as foundational principles of librarianship. It is
critical for library communities to recognize and practice cultural awareness and condemn
discrimination. NCCCLA will empower all library staff and our community partners to model
and promote these principles in advancing issues of fairness and social justice. We remind our
communities that libraries are for everyone, and we will continue to serve all users.
Bridget Braddom, student at East Carolina University, is awarded the Mertys Bell scholarship for the year 2020.
Bridget began her career as a teacher and has twenty-six years of teaching experience in grades kindergarten through 8th grade. She enters librarianship as her second career. Bridget is currently a school media specialist at Walter Bickett Elementary School in Monroe, NC.
Bridget chose librarianship because she wants to expose under-privileged children to the joy of reading. She also has a strong belief in exposing her students to technology. Bridget’s love of “her kids” spills over as she speaks about her role in their education. She wants to open the world of reading to them. Bridget would like to thank the NCCCLA for their influence and leadership in providing the scholarship. The scholarship will help with the financial burden of completing her degree. It will also allow her to continue her education so that she be an influence in the lives of her students.
Sherry Barnes is awarded the Scottie W. Cox Memorial scholarship for the year 2020. She is currently a student at East Carolina University.
Sherry’s first career was an elementary school teacher for twenty-two years. School librarianship is her second career. She is a school media specialist at Bertie Middle School in Windsor, NC. Sherry loves books and loves sharing the joys of reading with students at the middle school. Sherry deeply appreciates the scholarship. This will help her with tuition so that she can continue in her job and education. The scholarship is a prayer that came true.
Learn more about NCCCLA awards.
Our summer series of professional development webinars will begin on Thursday, June 18, 2020, at 2 p.m. For more information, visit our Events page.
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The Scottie W. Cox and Mertys Bell scholarship application deadlines have been extended to May 15th. Application materials and requirements can be found on our awards page.
The Mertys Bell scholarship application and supporting documentation should be sent via email to Alisha Webb at firstname.lastname@example.org
No late submissions will be accepted.