Seven academic librarians from the Eastern European Country of Moldova arrived in the United States last week with a mission to share ideas and explore partnership opportunities by visiting North Carolina libraries.
Their first library stop in North Carolina was to the Cape Fear Community College Library, Monday, November 5. Librarians from CFCC and Moldova shared an engaging and informative morning and agreed on several cooperative initiatives. Following their morning at the Library, there was a Moldova Day reception in their honor at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. NC Secretary of State Elaine Marshall, Chair of the NC Moldova Bilateral Partnership, attended, along with CFCC President Jim Morton and Executive Vice President Melissa Singler. Other notable individuals in attendance included Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo, Congressman David Rouzer, UNCW Chancellor Jose Sartarelli, and Dr. Joseph Pino, VP for Graduate Medical Education at NHRMC and Executive Director of SEAHEC. Local librarians in attendance included Catherine Lee, CFCC dean of the learning resource center, UNCW University Librarian Lucy Holman, and New Hanover County Library Director Harry Tuchmayer.
The Moldovan librarians also visited UNCW’s Randall Library, the James B. Hunt Library and the Veterinary Medicine Library at NC State University, as well as the Davis and Wilson Libraries at UNC-Chapel Hill.
The visit by the Moldovan librarians was coordinated by Donna Flake, Library Director for the South East Area Health Education Center (SEAHEC) at NHRMC, and funded by the US Congressional Open World program.