2024 Annual Meeting Call for Proposals

For the first time since 2019, the 2024 TRLN Annual Meeting will be a fully in-person event! On Monday, July 29, we’ll be convening in Chapel Hill, to reunite and regroup in the newly renovated Friday Center. Given that five years have passed since we last met in person, the Annual Meeting Steering Committee is structuring plenty of time and space to gather around timely topics that will help us take stock and chart our course into the future.

We are inviting proposals for three types of sessions:

  1. Presentations (5, 20, or 45 minutes), to inform colleagues about projects and activities, such as a mentoring program, a digitization project, or an exhibition. (You can take advantage of this opportunity to practice presenting for future conferences or professional meetings.)
  2. Workshops (1 or 2 hours), to educate or train colleagues on a particular skill or domain of knowledge, such as copyright, including cataloging, licensing of electronic materials, developing a budget, project management.
  3. Discussions (1 or 2 hours), to engage with colleagues on a timely and relevant topic, such as artificial intelligence, Alma transitions, international area studies and global collections, ASERL professional development retreats, finance and administration, accessibility, library communications.

Submit a proposal by 11:59pm on June 3 at

We encourage proposals from anyone who works in a TRLN member library. Collaborative sessions with colleagues from multiple institutions also are encouraged. 

All submissions will be reviewed by the Annual Meeting Steering Committee and selections will be announced by June 14.

For more information about the 2024 Annual Meeting, visit the event page at  Reach out to if you have any questions!


Announcing the Return of TRLN Remote Rap Sessions

The first iteration of the TRLN Remote Rap Sessions took place April through June 2020 and was created in response to the number of library employees working from home due to COVID-19. To keep staff connected and encourage engagement between TRLN colleagues on a variety of topics, we are continuing the series through all of 2020. We see this as an opportunity for staff to learn new things about topics at least tangentially related to the work of our libraries, share their own expertise, and meet new colleagues across TRLN, while also enjoying and discussing a variety of films, podcasts, or readings.

Once per month, we have selected a title for discussion that you can watch, listen to, or read at a time that fits your schedule. Then we will have a scheduled discussion via Zoom for participants to discuss the title and what resonated with them. We will add information for specific titles and discussions to TRLN’s website as we schedule them.

Upcoming Titles

TitleTypePlatformZoom Discussion
Crazy/Genius: Why Should We Care About Privacy?PodcastMultiple options10/14 @ 11am
Outlaws of the Airwaves: The Rise of Pirate Radio Station WBADPodcastMultiple options11/11 @ 11am
Lena Richard: America’s Unknown Celebrity ChefPodcastMultiple options1/22 @ 11am

We are also looking for people to help facilitate discussions so please feel free to reach out to if you or someone you know is interested. Interest in the topic is more important than expertise on the topic.

Below are the discussions hosted to date. Slides from the previous sessions are available and contact if you want a recording of any of these sessions.

Past Titles

TitleTypePlatformZoom Discussion
99% Invisible – Curb Cuts (Episode 308)PodcastMultiple options4/29 @ 11am
The Next Black – A Film about the Future of ClothingDocumentary filmYouTube5/13 @ 11am
Lost Notes – Imagining Billy Tipton (Episode 6)PodcastMultiple options5/27 @11am
Kitchen Sisters – The Pack Horse Librarians of Eastern KentuckyPodcastMultiple options6/10 @ 11am

TRLN to Host Nationally-Recognized Library Management Skills Institute

The Triangle Research Libraries Network (“TRLN”) will host the Library Management Skills Institute I: The Manager (“LMSI I”) workshop, presented by DeEtta Jones and Associates (“DJA”), from April 8-10, 2019, at the Rizzo Center in Chapel Hill, NC. Registration is now open at the following link: The deadline to register is Monday, March 11, 2019. 

About the Workshop

LMSI I is a highly interactive experience that brings together tried-and-true management principles with best practices in libraries. Over 3 days, expert DJA facilitators engage up to 40 participants in case studies, personal reflection, practical application, and group discussions on the following principles and skills that are key to effective management:

  • Management in context
  • Behavioral styles
  • Power dynamics and influencing skills
  • Participatory decision making
  • The helping relationship
  • Motivation
  • Coaching for performance

The content is designed to be particularly beneficial for supervisors, department heads, coordinators, managers, administrators, team and project leaders, or anyone interested in growing as a leader or manager. Widely respected across the library profession, all DJA programs are designed with the adult learner in mind and have a strong reputation of equity, diversity, and inclusion; collaborative learning; practical application; and expert facilitation.

Given that TRLN will host LMSI I in 2019, the TRLN Management Academy will not be offered this year.

For all participants, visits to libraries at Duke, North Carolina Central University (NCCU), North Carolina State University (NCSU), and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-Chapel Hill) may be arranged depending on interest.

Registration and Tuition Details

TRLN will offer the workshop at a tuition rate of $1,200. This fee covers all materials for the institute, as well as breakfast and lunch each day. Slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis until the event cap of 40 participants is met.

TRLN aims to encourage a diversity of perspectives in the LMSI cohort. To this end, three of the 40 slots are available at a reduced rate of $600 for participants from minority-serving institutions (MSI).  As with the slots for non-MSI registrants, these three slots will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis. The seven MSI categories are described at

All participants are responsible for covering the full cost of travel, lodging, and evening meals.

Registration is available at the following webpage: 

(Library personnel from TRLN member institutions will be invited by their director, supervisor, or human resources representatives and therefore should not use the above registration link.)

Travel and Lodging Details

The closest airport is Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU). A block of hotel rooms is available at the Rizzo Center’s on-site hotel for a special group rate. Additional nearby hotels are listed below.

The Rizzo Center (on-site hotel at meeting location): $197/night plus tax (includes room + breakfast)
150 Dubose Home Lane, Chapel Hill, NC 27517
>>>RESERVATION LINK FOR TRLN GROUP RATE. Must make reservation by 3:00pm EST on Wednesday, March 15, 2019.

Aloft Chapel Hill (1.5 miles from Rizzo Center)
1001 South Hamilton Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27517

Courtyard by Marriott Chapel Hill (1.7 miles from Rizzo Center)
100 Marriott Way, Chapel Hill, NC 27517

Questions about this or any other TRLN event may be directed to


Triangle Research Libraries Network Establishes Shared Print Monographs Program

The Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) announces the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to establish a network-scale Shared Print Monographs Program. This new initiative will leverage the power of resource sharing to help member libraries:

  • Build and retain collections more intentionally, preserving bibliographic diversity while avoiding redundancy in the face of budget and space constraints.
  • Capitalize on long-standing relationships with one another to develop and oversee practices that are in line with national standards, thus ensuring seamless integration of our program into the emerging national network of retention programs.

The program has been established in response to a formal recommendation made by the TRLN Task Group on Analyzing Print Monographs and Expanding Their Cooperative Retention, which carefully studied the landscape and progress made by other institutions and within other regions. Based on the task group’s recommendations, no more than two copies with the same OCLC number will be recorded as retention copies within the TRLN program. Materials under this program will be retained until January 1, 2044 (i.e., 25 full years after the execution of the MOU).

The MOU was signed by Deborah Jakubs, Ph.D., Rita DiGiallonardo Holloway University Librarian & Vice Provost for Library Affairs at Duke University; Greg Raschke, Interim Vice Provost and Director of Libraries at North Carolina State University; Theodosia Shields, Ph.D., Director of Library Services at North Carolina Central University, and Elaine Westbrooks, Vice Provost of University Libraries and University Librarian at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. 

The TRLN Advisory Council will charge a Collaborative Print Monographs Working Group to oversee the terms of the MOU. The group will establish standards for, and provide guidance and support to, all TRLN monograph retention activities.