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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Trello Board

TRLN has been busy exploring diversity, equity, and inclusion events, programs, resources, training, and more activities we could do as a consortium. One example of upcoming programming is the screening and panel for Change the Subject – registration open now!

Trello board with TRLN ideas for diversity, equity, and inclusion.

To track all the ideas we receive, we’ve created a Trello board that anyone can access. On this board you will find a card for each idea and by selecting a card, you can get more information. Many ideas have been shifted into quarters throughout 2020 and we will keep updating this board as new ideas are shared and planned for the coming years.

TRLN staff are reaching out to all TRLN groups over this quarter and next to garner more ideas and feedback for DEI work we can undertake together. The Change the Subject screening is one result of this outreach.

We want to structural build DEI into all the work TRLN does. This will take time and lots of work, but we think documenting our current and future activities is a step in making positive change. If you have any ideas or feedback to share about what TRLN can do to weave DEI throughout our work, please don’t hesitate to reach out to info@trln.org!

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Charleston Conference Recap

Lisa Croucher, TRLN Executive Director, traveled to Charleston, SC, November 4 to November 6, to participate in various meetings associated with the Charleston Conference. The International Coalition of Library Consortia (ICOLC) meeting included a presentation by James Wiser, Library Consortium Director, Community College League of California, on the accessibility lawsuit ongoing in the Los Angeles Community College System. A federal court recently ruled in favor of the National Federation of the Blind due in part to accessibility issues with the library. Mention of the case and ruling were repeated in a few subsequent meetings and conversations serving as a wake-up call about the importance of ensuring accessibility of library resources. There was general belief that this was the first of many such suits coming down the pike and that all of our institutions should be vigilant and prepared.

GOBI hosted its annual gathering of libraries, consortia, and publishers to focus on the future of print books in academic libraries. The session on Textbook Affordability, Open Access, and the Institutional Mission included a presentation by Dean Smith, director of Duke University Press. DeGruyter hosted a meeting led by Michael Zeoli, formerly of EBSCO and now with DeGruyter, that focused on similar topics, using two publications as fodder for conversation: Cost of Publishing Monographs (2016: https://sr.ithaka.org/publications/the-costs-of-publishing-monographs/) and Library Acquisition Patterns (2019: https://sr.ithaka.org/publications/2019-report-library-acquisition-patterns/). The meeting included an exercise to help participants view the publishing ecosystem from each other’s perspective.

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TRLN Executive Committee Endorses SPARC Good Practice Principles for Scholarly Communication Services

The Executive Committee of the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) has endorsed the SPARC Good Practice Principles for Scholarly Communication Services. At its October quarterly meeting, committee members discussed scholarly communication actions with potential for consortial collaboration. Endorsement of the SPARC principles is part of larger work to build upon and bolster scholarly communication services undertaken across TRLN member institutions.

For more information, please read our press release.

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Change the Subject Screening & Panel in January 2020

TRLN is planning a screening of Change the Subject scheduled for January 30, 2020, from 2:00-4:00pm at Carolina Theatre in downtown Durham. The screening of the film will be followed by a panel discussion. To express your interest in attending, please complete the registration form.

Change the Subject shares the story of a group of college students who, from their first days at Dartmouth College, were committed to advancing and promoting the rights and dignity of undocumented peoples. In partnership with staff at Dartmouth, these students – now alumni – produced a film to capture their singular effort at confronting an instance of anti-immigrant sentiment in their library catalog. Their advocacy took them all the way from Baker-Berry Library to the halls of Congress, showing how an instance of campus activism entered the national spotlight, and how a cataloging term became a flashpoint in the immigration debate on Capitol Hill.

The event page will be updated with further details or follow @TRLN_main on Twitter.

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Blacklight Summit 2019 Registration is Now Open

TRLN will host Blacklight Summit at Duke University Libraries Wednesday, October 9 through Friday, October 11.

Blacklight Summit will include demonstrations of Blacklight applications, sessions about enhancing Blacklight applications, and ample time for community engagement, code exchange, and development.

Registration is open until seats are full (40 attendees). Please visit this web page for more information about the agenda, registration, accommodation, and travel.

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TRLN to Host Blacklight Summit

TRLN will host Blacklight Summit 2019 at Duke University Libraries in Durham, NC on October 9th, 10th, and 11th.

Registration will open in August, at which point we’ll be able to provide more information about accommodation and travel options. Keep an eye on this webpage for updates.

Until then, if you’re interested in participating in planning the agenda, have ideas about what you’d like to see happen this year, or want to lead a workshop, please contact Cory Lown (cory.lown@duke.edu).

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New to a TRLN Library? Attend an Orientation!

Were you recently hired by a library at Duke, NCCU, NC State, or UNC-Chapel Hill? If so, you’ve hopefully heard that your institution participates in a consortium called the Triangle Research Libraries Network — but it might not be clear to you what the consortium actually does or what opportunities it holds for you! Alternately, you might have worked at a TRLN member library for a long time, but you still have questions about how TRLN is structured or how you can connect with people working in similar specializations.

Whichever of these scenarios most closely resembles yours, you are invited to a TRLN New Employee Orientation taking place on Thursday, May 30th, in RTP! 

The orientation has the following objectives:

  • To introduce Duke, NCCU, NC State, and UNC-Chapel Hill libraries staff to the Triangle Research Libraries Network’s history, activities, and opportunities.
  • To provide staff an opportunity to network with library professionals from other TRLN institutions.

Event logistics:

  • Date & time: Thursday, May 30, 9:00am – 11:00am
  • Location: North Carolina Biotechnology Center, Dogwood Room, 15 T.W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27703
  • An agenda will be made available to registered participants before the event.

Sign up at this link: https://forms.gle/zgZiToSgevgcAesGA

If you’d like to attend an orientation but are unable to make the May date, sign up at this link to be kept informed about the Fall 2019 orientation (date TBD): https://forms.gle/YKu55BGNsqw2MiBh6

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Call for Proposals: TRLN Annual Meeting Presentations

TRLN is now inviting proposals for presentations at the TRLN Annual Meeting, which will take place on Thursday, July 11, at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill.

Who may submit a proposal? Anyone who works in a TRLN member library. We welcome submissions from people of any domain, area of expertise, library, level of seniority, or title.

What presentation topics are welcome? Topics could include interesting activities or programs at your library; current projects or those in the planning stages; or things happening on your campus which people on other campuses might find instructive or want to replicate. Presentations could also highlight current TRLN working group or interest group projects or accomplishments.

How long can presentations be? Depending on the length of time you think is best for your topic, you can propose a 5-6 minute lightning talk, a 25-30 minute presentation, or a 45-60 minute presentation.

How do I submit a proposal? Complete and submit this form by Wednesday, May 15.

When will I hear if my proposal has been accepted? All submissions will be reviewed by the Annual Meeting Steering Committee, which includes representatives from all four member institutions. Selection decisions will be announced by Thursday, May 30.

More questions? Contact Events@trln.org.

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Vacancy Announcement: Program Officer

TRLN seeks a knowledgeable, enthusiastic and collaborative colleague to serve as Program Officer for technology-related consortial programs, services, and activities and to provide support for its standing programmatic and governing bodies. The TRLN Program Officer will manage and support the work of the TRLN to explore and solve some of the complex issues facing academic libraries today. This position offers an excellent opportunity to work with talented and motivated staff across four research institutions to support long-standing cooperative collection development efforts and the discovery and delivery technologies necessary to service those materials.

Learn more about the role and how to apply by visiting the position listing: https://library.duke.edu/about/jobs/trlnprogramofficer

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Sign Up to Attend a Cultural Humility Workshop!

TRLN will host a workshop on cultural humility that is open to any who work in TRLN libraries. The workshop will be presented by Sunny Kim, Teen Services Librarian at The Seattle Public Library, and Nicky Andrews, NCSU Libraries Fellow at North Carolina State University.

The workshop will be offered in two separate sessions, capped at 60 participants each, on Wednesday, April 24, at the Archie K. Davis Conference Center in Research Triangle Park.

Workshop overview:
This interactive workshop will introduce participants to cultural humility, clarify how it is different from cultural competence, and demonstrate why it is an essential framework for resisting racism and bias in library work. Participants will:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the cultural humility framework
  • Name and reflect on their own privilege and identities
  • Get practice in interrupting scenarios of bias and problematic behavior
  • Receive resources and recommendations for continuing to engage in cultivating cultural humility

Workshop logistics:
WHEN: Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 9:30am-11:30am OR 12:30pm-2:30pm
WHERE: Archie K. Davis Conference Center, Meeting Rooms A&B, 12 Davis Dr., Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
PARKING: Plenty of free parking at the Archie K. Davis Conference Center.
OTHER DETAILS: Light pastries, coffee, tea, and water will be available during the morning session. Light snacks, coffee, tea, and water will be available during the afternoon session. Please arrange to eat breakfast or lunch before your respective session, if desired. 

Registration:
The sign-up form is available here: https://goo.gl/forms/Fwc9MxezjcJAxEvJ2. Indicate your preferred time slot, and a TRLN staff member will follow up with you to either confirm your registration or to notify you that you are on a waitlist. The deadline to complete the form is Friday, April 5. Waitlisted individuals will be notified on or around Monday, April 8 if a spot is available for them.

Questions? Contact Events@trln.org.