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Three prominent library consortia comment on proposed rule of CASE Act

ASERL, GWLA, and TRLN issue news release on comments on CASE Act.

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New TRLN Direct Dashboards

We recently published the first iteration of new dashboards for TRLN Direct to help surface and share information about how much our institutions are lending and borrowing across the consortium.

Currently, these dashboards only include data from OCLC/Relais D2D, but we are working on incorporating data from ILLiad and other sources and hope to publish these soon.

These dashboards were created under the guidance of TRLN’s Resource Sharing Working Group to provide centralized reports for TRLN Direct. They are updated every six months and maintained by TRLN staff.

Have ideas for additional information to include in these dashboards? Please reach out to with any feedback or questions.

Special thanks to Geneva Holliday, Mia Partlow, Maurice Parker, Andrea Loigman, and the entire Resource Sharing Working Group for their feedback and expertise in creating these dashboards.

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TRLN COVID-19 Updates

In response to COVID-19, we have made a few changes to upcoming TRLN events, which may be transitioned to a virtual format, postponed, or cancelled. In addition to limited operations on our campuses, The Frontier, a frequent meeting space for TRLN interest groups and working groups, is closed through March 27. 

As we continue to monitor COVID-19 and communicate with TRLN library staff, we will update event pages with the most current information. The events listed below have been updated.

Electronic Resources Management Working Group Meeting, March 20 rescheduled for March 27

Professional Development Meeting, March 23 

Kristin Antelman Sustainable Scholarship Discussion, March 26

Library Management Skills Institute I: The Manager, May 5-7

At this time, no changes have been made for the Annual Meeting on July 31.


TRLN campus updates in response to COVID-19:

If you have any questions or concerns regarding TRLN programs or services, please email

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Save the Date: TRLN Annual Meeting, July 31, 2020

The 2020 TRLN Annual Meeting will be held Thursday, July 30 and Friday, July 31 at The Friday Center in Chapel Hill. Please save the date for what is shaping up to be one of the most engaging TRLN Annual Meetings yet.

We are excited to announce that the keynote speaker will be Rhondda Thomas Robinson, Calhoun Lemon Professor of Literature at Clemson University and creator of the project Call My Name: African Americans in Clemson University History

The Call My Name team works to research and document the stories, acknowledge the contributions, and honor the legacy of six generations of people of African descent at Clemson University. You can hear Dr. Robinson speak about her work in her TED talk “The Power in Calling a Name.” 

More information about the Annual Meeting, including announcement of the lunchtime speaker and information about proposal submissions, is coming soon! Please check the event page, Twitter, or our monthly newsletter for updates.

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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”), May 5-7, 2020, in Durham, NC. More details and a registration link are available at Registration will close on April 6, 2020 or when the institute reaches capacity. 

About the Institute

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. 

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.


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

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TRLN Meeting Roundup

To close out 2019, there were a number of meetings across TRLN so we thought it would be good to provide a brief roundup summary.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Interest Group

TRLN’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Interest Group met on December 13th to reestablish the group and discuss possible areas to collaborate as a consortium. The group plans to meet on a quarterly basis and staff from across TRLN libraries are welcome to attend. For more information reach out to the interest group’s chair, Ciara Healy ( or

TRLN Discovery

A newly formed team co-chaired by Jacob Shelby, NC State’s Interim Lead Librarian for Metadata Technologies, and Kelly Farrell, TRLN’s Program Officer, held its first meeting on December 13th and plans to meet monthly. The TRLN Discovery metadata team will be a forum for discussing metadata-related discovery topics for the catalog that the team would want to build shared policy or infrastructure around. The team will investigate use cases, issues, and approaches, interface with stakeholders, and ultimately propose recommendations for the TRLN Discovery development team.

On December 16th, the product owners and development team held its quarterly in-person meeting to discuss longer term priorities for the shared index. Also in attendance was Tim McGeary, Associate University Librarian for Digital Strategies and Technology, Jill Sexton, NC State’s Associate Director for the Digital Library, and Tim Shearer, UNC-Chapel Hill’s Associate University Librarian for Digital Strategies and IT.

Provosts’ Forum on Scholarly Communication Steering Committee

The steering committee held its kick-off meeting on December 16th to discuss the initial charge for the committee and begin developing a forum proposal. The committee will continue refining the scope of the forum and present the proposal to the TRLN Executive Committee.


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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!

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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: and Library Acquisition Patterns (2019: 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.

Since Duke University, North Carolina State University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are full members of SPARC, the Executive Committee believes it is important to publicly support these principles and adopt them as targets across TRLN “to ensure that services are transparent, open, and support the aims of scholarship. These principles can be used by users/clients to make decisions about which services they will contract with, and by service providers to improve their practices and governance.”

“Endorsing these principles is further recognition that the Triangle provides a unique concentration of expertise in scholarly communication, digital humanities, open science, data curation, and open pedagogy. We are eager to expand our existing transformative partnerships, promoting the Triangle as a center of excellence in this sphere” said Greg Raschke, Senior Vice Provost and Director of Libraries at NC State and Chair of the TRLN Executive Committee.

Learn more about the SPARC Good Practice Principles for Scholarly Communication Services at

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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.