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Catie Roche
Catie Roche
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I recently attended the North Carolina Public Library directors meeting and would like to share some news from the State Library.

The Government Heritage Library has created and maintains a website, NCPedia, to highlight the unique culture, history, arts and resources of North Carolina. This website has more than 4,000 entries on topics, including North Carolina government, business and economics, education, the environment and more. This is an entertaining and informative resource for students and anyone interested in discovering more about our state. You will find NCPedia online at ncpedia.org or you can navigate to this resource by clicking the link on the library’s website.

The North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources maintains the digital preservation site with the goal “to provide visitors with practical, introductory information about digital preservation, and to direct them to approachable ‘next step’ resources.” If you are interested in digitizing your family records, you can find a wealth of information to help you preserve and organize your documents. Learn tips and tricks on file naming, scanning best practices and preserving your records with cloud computing. As they report on the home page, “the more thoughtful you are about creating and managing your digital files, the longer they will be around in the future.” Find it at digitalpreservation.ncdcr.gov.

The Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped now has magazines in a digital format. This library is part of the State Library of North Carolina and provides materials to those who have a visual impairment or other physical limitations that decrease their ability to access services and books in other libraries. Despite the name, one does not need to be blind to take advantage of this wonderful service. If you think that someone you know would benefit from access to books and other materials for their enjoyment please contact the library for information. We should not allow age or physical limitations to shut anyone away from the world of reading.

The Friends of the Library will be holding its annual book sale in a few weeks. Donations of books in good condition are welcome.

The third annual Book ‘Em North Carolina Writers Conference will be held on Feb. 22 at Robeson Community College. Plan to attend for a terrific day that celebrates reading and literacy in Robeson County.

Catie Roche is the director of the Robeson County Public Library. You can reach her at croche@robesoncountylibrary.org. She is currently reading “The Bone Season” by Samantha Shannon.

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