October 16th brought Keith Gorman, Kathelene Smith, and I to the North Carolina Library Association conference in Winston-Salem for our first presentation with Curtis Rogers from the South Carolina State Library.
|Evolution of the South Carolina Literary Map|
Dr. Curtis R. Rogers
The project had stagnated in the last decade, having outdated information as well as hard to navigate features. Curtis worked with SLIS at USC to launch a revamped site (www.scliterarymap.org) which went live just days before our presentation.
He then discussed future plans for sustaining the project, which included having a 'memorandum of understanding' with SLIS to define roles and responsibilities of each party and creating an author submission form for users to suggest writers to be added to the map.
|The North Carolina Literary Map: |
How to sustain online projects once they are launched
Keith, Kathelene, and I presented on sustaining the North Carolina Literary Map (http://library.uncg.edu/nclitmap). We discussed the push for state online literary maps from the National Center for the Book as well as the differences in mission and institutional support between our map and other state map projects.
Research of other online literary maps lead us to some surprising discoveries. Of the 22 state maps, only 6 had been updated in the last 2 years. Sustainability is definitely an issue with these projects!
In seeking to sustain the North Carolina Literary map, we set the foundations for sustainability by identifying the map's audience, securing funding, and promoting outreach. We then redesigned the website and enhanced search functions. And finally, we are continuing to evolve by adding new collaborators to our advisory board who can assist with funding and assessment.
|Reception at the Upcountry Museum,|
But organizing the conference wasn't enough for us...we needed to present as well! Keith, Kathelene, and I, along with Gene Hyde from the University of North Carolina at Asheville presented current students, recent graduates, and those re-entering the job market with tips for creating quality cover letters and CVs as well as important considerations for each step of the interview process.
|Keith beginning our talk on Career Planning 101|
Kathelene gave considerations for creating cover letters and resumes, including practical advice such as spellchecking the documents and avoiding confusing fonts and colors. I presented the real-life example of my recent job search, citing examples of how I tailored my cover letter and CV to highlight how I fit the qualifications listed in the job posting. Keith talked about both phone and in-person interviews, giving tips for how to prepare and successfully navigate the process. We concluded by working one-on-one with those who had submitted cover letters and resumes to us prior to the conference, giving personalized
On Monday, October 21st, Kathelene and I set out to once again promote the North Carolina Literary Map. This time we presented with Gail Buckner at the North Carolina Association for Elementary Educators (NCAEE) Conference.
As part of the 2012-2013 LSTA grant for the NC Lit Map, Gail had worked on creating lesson plans
|A slide from our NCAEE presentation|
This was a busy week in October...we are all still recovering...