Secretary Linda A. Carlisle of the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources announced the appointment of Caroline (Cal) Shepard (MSLS '77) as the new State Librarian of North Carolina replacing former State Librarian Mary Boone (MSLS '73), also a SILS alumna, who retired in January.
She began her career in public library children’s services, first in the Nantahala Regional Library System in western North Carolina, then at the Forsyth County Public Library in Winston-Salem. Shepard worked at the State Library of North Carolina from 1993 until 1999, first as Youth Services Consultant and then as the chief of library development, supervising statewide library services and overseeing state and federal grant programs for North Carolina’s libraries.
Beginning in 1999, Shepard worked with SOLINET, the regional library consortium based in Atlanta, Ga., as educational services manager. She developed and implemented strategic and operational plans including marketing, service and project development, financial management, performance appraisal and salary administration. She created and managed training programs and presentations that were delivered to national and international audiences and established SOLINET’s first distance education program.
Following the creation of the expanded consortium LYRASIS in 2006, Shepard became director of Consulting Services, managing projects in the areas of strategic planning, staff development planning and five-year LSTA plan evaluation. She has provided facilitation for statewide initiatives for state libraries around the country and has been responsible for planning and presenting programs on library leadership and emerging issues such as technology and privacy.
The State Library is part of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources, which annually serves more than 19 million people through its 27 historic sites, seven history museums, two art museums, the nation’s first state-supported Symphony Orchestra, the State Library, the N.C. Arts Council and the State Archives. Cultural Resources champions North Carolina’s creative industry, which employs nearly 300,000 North Carolinians and contributes more than $41 billion to the state’s economy.