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2023 TRLN Annual Meeting

Monday, July 17, 2023 @ 1:00 pm Tuesday, July 18, 2023 @ 5:00 pm

The 2023 Annual Meeting will be on July 17 and 18. Day one will be entirely via Zoom and day two will be in-person, except the featured speaker will also be available via Zoom. We are excited to offer both virtual and in-person events this year and hope you will be able to join us for both! Highlights from this year’s annual meeting include:

  • Two featured speakers
  • Presentations, workshops, and lightning talks from TRLN colleagues
  • Food and refreshments on day two
  • Social gathering at Fullsteam at the Boxyard

All Zoom links will be emailed to registrants prior to the events.

In-person sessions, workshops, meetings, and social gatherings will take place in or near the Frontier in RTP. Learn more about the event spaces.

Contact with any questions.

Program & Schedule


All sessions were recorded on July 17 as well as the featured speaker on July 18. Access the recordings.

July 17 – Via Zoom

1:00-2:00pm Featured Speaker: Dr. Sara Acevedo – Plenary
Dr. Sara Acevedo will kick the annual meeting off with a featured talk about her work advancing Disability Justice praxis cross-culturally.
Moderated by Rachel Cohn (Duke)

2:00-2:10pm Break

2:10-2:35pm Block One of Concurrent Sessions – Select one

  1. Homosaurus, the best dinosaur: Digging into improving discoverability of LGBTQIA+ collections
    Kurt Blythe, Wendy Isicson, Kristan Shawgo (UNC)
    Members of the LGBTQIA+ metadata clean-up project team and the gender, sexuality studies, and LGBTQ Center librarian discuss a project to increase discoverability for LGBTQIA+ collection materials. Providing an introduction to project workflows and challenges, use of Homosaurus, tools, and reclassification in service of inclusivity and harm reduction.
  2. Lessons Learned from a Publishing Workshops Pilot
    Bertha Chang, Hilary Davis, Cole Richard, and Silvia Sheffield (NCSU)
    This spring we launched a new workshop series on academic publishing, and interest from campus far exceeded our expectations, with over 200 sign-ups across the three workshops! We’ll discuss the work that went into making the series a success, from outreach strategy to identifying topics and presenters.
  3. Beyond the Frame : Appraising, Describing, and Researching Photograph Collections
    Paula Jeannet (Duke), Kimberly Kresica (MSIS UNC-CH), and Erik Zitser (Duke)
    This talk led by Paula Jeannet, Duke’s visual materials archivist, aims to expand perspectives on the value of photographs and how institutions can articulate and prioritize their visual collections projects. Tips (and cautions) on interpretation and description will be shared, along with examples from a recent digitization and reevaluation of the Joseph Conrad album at Duke’s Rubenstein Library.

2:40-3:05pm Block Two of Concurrent Sessions – Select one

  1. Licensing Language For Accessibility
    Beth Ashmore (NCSU), Kelly Farrell (TRLN), Megan Kilb (UNC), Virginia Martin (Duke), and Abigail Wickes (Duke)
    Learn more about what licensing language is important for securing robust accessibility assurances in your contract, and how you can have effective conversations with vendors when licensing for accessibility.
  2. Native American Studies: Forging New Collaborations
    Rebekah Cowell (Duke)
    Supporting Native American/Indigenous faculty and students through collection development, focused research guides, and community engagement.
  3. Accessing Data Using Library’s Databases: A Hands-on Introduction to Library Database APIs
    Sarah Park (Duke)
    Without assuming prior programming experience, this presentation offers librarians practical strategies for harnessing library databases for data analysis and text and data mining (TDM) using APIs. In addition, it introduces API programming, demystifies relevant jargon, and showcases its research potential using examples of database APIs.

3:05-3:15pm Break

3:15-3:40pm Block Three of Concurrent Sessions – Select one

  1. Building a Learning Community for Middle Managers and Supervisors at the NC State University Libraries
    Kim Duckett, Laura Blessing, Hilary Davis, Kim Duckett, Mike Kastellec, Maria Rice, and David Woodbury (NCSU)
    Supervisor Share-Outs are monthly opportunities for middle managers and supervisors of all experience levels to have facilitated discussions of important issues, with each Share-Out centered on a single topic and supported by group readings, podcasts, or videos. We’ll discuss our program’s goals, how we’re building community, and what we’ve learned.
  2. Skills + Outreach: Bringing Library Instruction to Graduate Student Responsible Conduct of Research
    Haley Walton (Duke)
    Graduate students are required to complete training in Responsible Conduct of Research. Duke’s libraries offer numerous RCR workshops on topics in research practice, scholarly communications, and the diverse communities within higher education. This session explores recent assessment of library RCR programs: their benefit to students and effectiveness as library outreach.
  3. Cross-Departmental Collaboration: Designing an Inclusive Space for Duke’s New and Noteworthy Collection
    Brandon Britt, Arianne Hartsell-Gundy, and Annette Tillery (Duke)
    This talk will discuss a successful cross-departmental collaboration at Duke University to design a more inclusive space for our New and Noteworthy Collection. We will reflect on the challenges and successes of the project and discuss our future plans for the space. Through this presentation, we hope to inspire other institutions looking to create inclusive spaces for their collections.

3:45-4:20pm Lightning Talks – Plenary
Join us for a bundle of lightning talks from TRLN colleagues on a variety of topics.

  1. Ideas at lightning speed: Using AI in the Libraries
    Danielle Colbert-Lewis, Hafsa Murad, and Eric Morris (NCCU)
    During this lightning talk, we will investigate the benefits and drawbacks of incorporating ChatGPT into libraries. Furthermore, we will showcase the numerous ways in which ChatGPT can be a valuable resource for libraries, capable of addressing a broad range of inquiries. By utilizing ChatGPT, libraries can enhance their accessibility, user-friendliness, and efficiency, resulting in an enhanced user experience.
  2. Which review is right for you? Training non-health sciences researchers on systematic reviews
    Jenna Strawbridge (Duke)
    Several science librarians at Duke University were invited to speak at a conference on how to conduct a systematic review. We provided an overview of systematic reviews, as well as other types of reviews, the stages of a systematic review, and tools for searching, organizing, and documenting the review.
  3. Analyzing Duke University Libraries’ Ukrainian-language collections
    Alaina Economus (Duke)
    This lighting talk aims to discuss an ongoing project to analyze Duke University Libraries’ Ukrainian-language holdings. I will highlight ongoing findings and elaborate on their significance in a global context, as well as receive feedback and advice from TRLN members on how best to proceed with methodology and data collection.
  4. Getting It Published: A Collaborative Series of Workshops to Help STEM Graduate Students Learn and Develop Necessary Skills for Academic Publishing
    Deric Hardy (Duke)
    Young researchers face challenges in developing necessary skills for academic writing and understanding the academic publishing landscape. Getting it Published is a series of workshops through Duke University Libraries and the Pratt School of Engineering to help STEM graduate students effectively navigate the stages of the scholarly publication life cycle.
  5. Estimating 2022 APC spending for the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center
    Collin Drummond and Jamie Ede (UNC)
    Based on publicly available metadata and APC lists, we were able to estimate what Lineberger authors paid in APCs in 2022. We will outline our methodology and offer recommendations on how to undertake a similar project in other fields of research.
  6. ERM Working Group Update: It’s Been a Minute
    Tessa Minchew (NCSU)
    The Electronic Resources Management Working Group (AKA “ERMWG”) has not presented an update on its work since TRLN Annual 2020. Unsurprisingly, a few things have changed! Join us to hear about the state of our e-resources deals and how we’re restructuring the group’s work to meet a changing landscape.

4:20-4:30pm Day One Closing Remarks – Plenary

July 18 – In-Person (Mostly)

9:00-9:30am Coffee and Snacks – Foyer Outside of Frontier Classrooms A&B

9:30-10:50am Block One of Concurrent Sessions – Located in Frontier Classroom A/B or Eagles Meeting Room

  • Frontier Classroom A/B
    3 consecutive presentations
    1. Database Accessibility Evaluations at Duke University Libraries
      Barb Dietsch, Amelia Rodarte, and Abigail Wickes (Duke)
      In summer 2022 DUL launched a pilot database accessibility evaluation project to more closely assess e-resources under consideration for acquisition during trials. This presentation is an overview of Duke Library’s experience developing accessibility evaluations for databases on trial and incorporating accessibility evaluations into departmental workflows. We’ll also share an example evaluation and lessons learned.
    2. Universal Design Learning for Instructional PowerPoints & Slides
      Aasta Thomas (NCSU)
      When teaching one-shot library instruction sessions, how our PowerPoints look is often not a major focus. However, they are our primary visual teaching tool, and as such they should accommodate multiple learning styles while being accessible to those with visual disabilities. I will discuss how the goals of Universal Design Learning apply to PowerPoint design and highlight major design choices that affect accessibility.
    3. Fostering Creative Partnerships & Services For Accessibility in North Carolina
      Claire Leverett and Devon Waugh (NCSU)
      This presentation will share the steps that NC LIVE has taken in the past year to address accessibility for its resources and member libraries. The end of the presentation will include a facilitated discussion for improving accessibility at your institution and NC LIVE.
  • Frontier Eagles Meeting Room
    1. Metadata Interest Group Meeting
      Attendees of the Metadata Interest Group meeting would informally share information about their practices and challenges surrounding metadata at their respective institutions.

11:00am-12:00pm Featured Speaker: Dr. Emily Knox – Via Zoom or Frontier Classroom A/B – Plenary
If you are in-person, join us for a watch party of the featured speaker or you can join the Zoom to attend a great talk! Dr. Emily Knox will speak about her work in information access, intellectual freedom, and censorship.
Moderated by Hillary Fox (NC State)

12:00-1:30pm Lunch at Top Box of Fullsteam at the Boxyard
*Registration required

1:30-3:00pm Block Two of Concurrent Sessions – Located in Frontier Classroom A/B, Top Box of Fullsteam, Eagles Meeting Room, or Tar Heels Meeting Room

  • Frontier Classroom A/B
    3 consecutive presentations
    1. Postcards from Miami: Stories from the ASERL-BIPOC Leadership and Networking Retreat
      Giao Baker (Duke), Brandon Britt (Duke), Adebola Fabiku (NCSU), Candace Jacobs (UNC Greensboro), and Karina Soni (UNC)
      Join Staff from NC State, Duke, UNC-Greensboro and Chapel Hill for discussion on the benefits of engaging in thoughtfully curated affinity spaces that lend themselves to empowered librarianship. Expect reflection on mindfulness practices, professional development, work styles and ways to support BIPOC staff in their daily work.
    2. Giving Behind the Veil A New Digital Life: Interns’ Insights on a Multimedia Historical Endeavor
      Slides and additional materials
      Sarah Waugh, and Kristina Zapfe (Duke)
      This presentation focuses on interns’ experiences with the ongoing Behind the Veil: Documenting African American History in the Jim Crow South oral history digitization project at Duke University Libraries. It touches on themes guiding our work: collaboration, project management, and navigating firsthand accounts of a watershed period in US history.
    3. Food or Textbooks: How Duke Libraries have attacked course materials affordability through a variety of avenues
      Jeremy Martin (Duke)
      Textbook prices have increased by an estimated 1000 percent since 1977. Increasingly, you hear about students who have to decide whether they eat for two weeks or buy a textbook for a class that they cant afford to fail. Duke Libraries has had textbooks for the top 100 courses for the last five years and began a textbook donation program in Spring 2022. Join this session to learn about how the work is done and how the program is enhanced by campus partnerships.
  • Top Box of Fullsteam
    3 consecutive presentations
    1. Conducting Pop-up User Research that Moves a Project Forward
      Robin Davis and Beatrice Downey (NCSU)
      Throughout 2022-23, we coordinated a series of user research events — for patrons and library staff —to get feedback on our proposed homepage redesign. In this presentation, attendees will learn how to conduct pop-up user research, with minimal overhead, to obtain data that can result in moving a project forward.
    2. Google to Matomo: An Analytics Journey
      Chad Haefele and Sharon Luong (UNC)
      UNC Libraries migrated from Google Analytics to Matomo, an open source self-hosted web analytics platform, in Spring 2023. Learn about Matomo and its differences from Google Analytics, how we set it up, and the plusses and minuses of working with it on a daily basis.
    3. Dropping Google Analytics: Piloting a Transition to Matomo, an Open-Source, Privacy-Focused Alternative
      Patrick Conway and Sam Dalsheimer Patrick Conway (UNC-CH MSIS)
      A group of UNC-CH SILS master’s students partnered with Duke Libraries for their master’s practicum and conducted a pilot investigation of the privacy-focused web analytics platform, Matomo. This presentation will outline the impetus behind the project, share methods and findings, and encourage peer institutions to prioritize patron privacy.
  • Frontier Tar Heels Meeting Room
    1. Envisioning Trans-Inclusive Public Libraries
      *Please note this workshop requires registration and is capped at 12 people.
      Sophia Hutchens and Dr. Elliott Kuecker (UNC)
      In this workshop, library professionals will learn how to utilize trans-inclusive language and create welcoming spaces and resources for transgender and nonbinary patrons. Attendees will review trans-inclusive language and practices, such as utilizing gender-neutral pronouns, and why this is important information for public library workers. We will then explore examples of public libraries’ actions and resources to better understand their impact on trans individuals and communities. Through prompts and activities, we will generate innovative ideas on how to make our collections and programs more inclusive.
  • Frontier Eagles Meeting Room
    1. International and Areas Studies Community meeting
      Please joins us for a meet-and greet of International and Area Studies librarians, and librarians who support international research broadly in the disciplines, at TRLN institutions. The meeting will be held in a round-robin format. Please come prepared to introduce yourself, to introduce new colleagues, and to give an update on collections, international research and teaching support, exhibits, outreach, or other interesting initiatives at your institution.

3:00-5:00pm Social Gathering at Top Box of Fullsteam
Join us for a social gathering at the Top Box of Fullsteam and catch up with TRLN colleagues! Kids and families welcome.

Dr. Sara M. Acevedo

Dr. Sara María Acevedo is an Autistic Colombian-born scholar-activist and critical educator. Her research is committed to anti-colonial, anti-racist, and anti-ableist praxis, and is informed by transnational feminism, the study of subjugated knowledges, and posthumanism, among others. She is an Assistant Professor of disability studies at Miami University, where she advances Disability Justice in the classroom and across campus. Her work as an educator blends critical pedagogy, research, and activism, building on the knowledge of historically marginalized communities. Sara has received numerous recognitions for her community-based work and transnational contributions to the Neurodiversity Movement. She is currently leading a research project on neurodivergent culture, activism, and autonomous forms of governance funded by the Ford Foundation’s Disability Rights Program. 

Sara will be starting a Distinguished Visiting Scholar position at the University of Buffalo in the Fall semester of 2023, where she will share her critical disability studies expertise with the UB community along a cohort of talented scholars, artists, and community practitioners working to create more sustainable, fair, and socially just futures for all.

Sara served a three-year term on the Board of Directors of the Society for Disability Studies; her leadership was instrumental in developing the organization’s fifteen guiding principles. She serves on the Editorial Boards of Disability and the Global South and Ought: The Journal of Autistic Culture. 

Emily J.M. Knox, PhD, MSLIS

Emily is an associate professor in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her research interests include information access and intellectual freedom and censorship. She is a member of the Mapping Information Access research team.

Her most recent book Foundations of Intellectual Freedom (ALA Neal-Schuman) won the 2023 Eli M. Oboler Prize for best published work in the area of intellectual freedom. Her previous book, Book Banning in 21st Century America (Rowman & Littlefield) is the first monograph in the Beta Phi Mu Scholars’ Series. Emily’s articles have been published in the Library QuarterlyLibrary and Information Science Research, and the Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy.

Emily serves on the board of the National Coalition Against Censorship. She is also editor of the Journal of Intellectual Freedom and Privacy.

Emily received her PhD from the doctoral program at the Rutgers University School of Communication & Information.

In-Person Meeting Spaces

Day two (July 18) will take place in-person in and around Frontier RTP – a co-working and meeting space. Presentations, meetings, and workshops will take place in a number of spaces on the first floor. There are also lots of publicly accessible spaces to work and catch up with TRLN colleagues.

Frontier RTP

800 Park Offices Dr, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709

The spaces we will be using throughout the first floor of Frontier RTP include:

  • Classroom A
  • Classroom B
  • Eagles Meeting Room

Fullsteam in Boxyard RTP

900 Park Offices Dr, Durham, NC 27703

Boxyard RTP is a collection of restaurants within walking distance of Frontier RTP – including Fullsteam! Several in-person events will take place on the second floor of Fullsteam, called the Top Box, including the Social Gathering from 3-5pm on July 18.

Read more about what is available at Boxyard RTP.

Parking & Public Transit

There is lots of free parking surrounding Frontier RTP and Boxyard. There is also a Go Triangle bus stop in front of the complex. More details about getting to Frontier RTP and Boxyard.

Contact & Communication

You can email with any questions, but we have also setup a Slack channel to allow attendees to chat with each other and receive announcements from organizers.

How to Join Slack

You can join the TRLN Slack workspace to chat with other attendees, report issues to organizers, or get updates.

To join, go to If you already have a Slack account, you can add the TRLN workspace at

Once signed into Slack, join the #annual-meeting channel by selecting “Add channels” then “Browse all channels”. Select “Join” for the #annual-meeting channel.

#annual-meeting should now display in your list of channels. Select it and say hello to fellow attendees! Throughout the TRLN Annual Meeting you can chat with attendees about the sessions taking place and ask organizers questions. Organizers will also post announcements to this channel.

Respectful Space

TRLN is dedicated to providing a harassment-free space for everyone, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, physical appearance, age, race, ethnicity, political affiliation, national origin, or religion—and not limited to these aspects. Our consortium does not tolerate any form of harassment. Sexual language and imagery is not appropriate at any TRLN event. Any participants violating this policy may,  at the discretion of the organizer or facilitator, be asked to leave a TRLN event. Read the full Respectful Space Statement.