Gaston College Librarian elected to statewide position
Libby Stone, Public Services Librarian at the Morris Library on the Gaston College Dallas campus, has been elected Vice-President/President-Elect for the North Carolina Library Association (NCLA). The election was held online just prior to the NCLA Biennial Conference, which took place October 15 through 18 at the Winston-Salem Benton Convention Center.
The election represents a six-year commitment. Stone will serve as Vice-President/President-Elect for the next biennium, 2019-2021. She will be in charge of planning the next conference, which will be held in October 2021, and she will be sworn in as President at that conference. After her two-year term as President, Stone will rotate to the position of Past-President and will chair the nominating committee to select new officers.
Stone has been a member of the NCLA for 20 years, joining shortly after graduating with her Masters of Library and Information Studies from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro. She attended the NCLA Leadership Institute in 2008 and then became involved with the organization’s Scholarship Committee. She served on the NCLA Executive Board as chair of that committee for four years. “Being elected as Vice-President is very humbling,” said Stone. “It is an honor and a privilege for me to serve my peers in this way. I have been granted a tremendous opportunity to lead a talented group of librarians and to plan our 2021 Biennial Conference.”
Stone has been with Gaston College since January 2005. She was the Coordinator of Library Services at the Lincoln campus for two years and then moved to the Dallas campus in 2007. As the Public Services Librarian, she manages and supervises the library’s Public Services Area, which includes circulation, reserves, inter-library loan, and serials management. Stone also assists with Information Access services, including reference and bibliographic instruction.
The NCLA, founded in 1904, is an affiliate of the American Library Association and the Southeastern Library Association, and is the only statewide organization concerned with the total library community in North Carolina. Membership includes librarians from all types of libraries in the state—school, academic, public, and special. The purpose of the organization is to promote libraries, library and information services, librarianship, intellectual freedom and literacy. The organization currently has 1,083 active members; 893 members attended the Biennial Conference in October.