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TRLN Annual Meeting

Thursday, July 29, 2021 @ 9:45 am Friday, July 30, 2021 @ 3:20 pm

“Caring for Our Communities, Our Spaces, Ourselves”

The 2021 Annual Meeting will be held virtually on Thursday, July 29 and Friday, July 30. This year’s theme will be “Caring for Our Communities, Our Spaces, Ourselves.”

The meeting will feature two keynote speakers, a University Librarian panel discussion related to the theme, and a student panel discussion about privacy, equity, and surveillance capitalism. Throughout the week of July 19, we will be offering three workshops.

This page will continue to be updated with details as we get closer to the Annual Meeting. If you have any questions, please contact


Registration is open for the 2021 TRLN Annual Meeting via the registration form

Registration is required for both the Annual Meeting and the workshops. Registration in advance helps with our planning and is much appreciated, though there is no deadline to register.  Regardless of when you register and what you register for, you will receive Zoom information via email either a few days before the event and/or on the morning of the event.

Schedule & Program

Thursday, July 29

9:45 – 10:00am Opening Remarks & Introductions Lisa Croucher (TRLN)
10:00 – 11:00am Keynote Speaker Jessamyn Stanley
Moderator: Katryna Robinson (Duke)
You can submit questions for Jessamyn prior to the keynote using this form. You will also be able to ask questions live.
11:00 – 11:15am 15 Minute Break
11:15am – 12:30pm Taking Action Against Systemic Racism Deborah Jakubs (Duke), Greg Raschke (NC State), Theodosia Shields (NCCU), and Elaine Westbrooks (UNC-CH)
Moderator: María R. Estorino (UNC)

In this session, University Librarians will share their plans for action (underway and forthcoming) to address systemic racism in academic libraries, broadly as well as in the specific organizations that they lead. Panelists will be revisiting some of the themes they addressed in the Black Lives Matter panel at the 2020 TRLN Annual Meeting. Participants will be invited to submit questions before and during the session.

You can submit questions prior using this form. You will also be able to ask questions live.
12:30 – 1:30pm 1 Hour Break
1:30 – 2:00pm Deepfakery: Disinformation’s Future and How We Fight Back Don Gates (NCCU)

What is ‘deepfake’ technology, where did it come from, and where might it go? Deepfakes have the potential to create a world in which “Seeing is Believing” is no longer tenable, and we’ll need to come to terms with how deepfakes can change how we determine what information is credible.
Engaging with E-Resource Accessibility Issues at TRLN Virginia Martin (Duke), Beth Ashmore (NC State)

Members of the Electronic Resources Management Working Group will provide an overview of their recent work on e-resource accessibility issues, including engaging with the Library Accessibility Alliance, updating their licensing principles and guidelines, and creating a toolkit for negotiating accessibility language in e-resource licenses.
Copyright Update: APIs, Appropriation Art, and New Approaches to Licensing and Liability Will Cross (NC State), Arnetta Girardeau (Duke), Anne Gilliland (UNC), Dave Hansen (Duke)

*Prerecorded presentations that we recommend viewing before this session.
From historic Supreme Court decisions to new federal legislation, it’s been a big year for copyright. Join copyright librarians from UNC, Duke, and NC State as we discuss what’s happening in copyright and what it all means for libraries, universities, and scholarly communication as a whole.
DUL Environmental Monitoring Program Beth Doyle (Duke)

DUL Conservation Services monitors several library environments across campus. This presentation will outline the equipment and software we use to collect this data, and explain how we analyze the data to to identify and respond to environmental issues.
2:00 – 2:05pm 5 Minute Break
2:05 – 2:35pm Race and identity in the American Slavery Documents collection Jessica Janecki (Duke)

We are individually cataloging The American Slavery Documents Collection, which includes bills of sale, wills, and leases. How do we describe the race and identity of enslaved persons who are only described by others? How can we name them? Are our descriptive choices respectful of the people we are describing?
A Wolfpack Solution to a Wicked Problem: The Innovation Studio, the ‘Thing From the Future’, and Teaching Remotely Tori Culler and Adam Rogers (NC State)

The Innovation Studio is a new teaching program from NC State University Libraries that has been grappling with translating in-person methods to a virtual context. We will discuss how transforming the card game “The Thing From the Future” into an interactive website addressed the challenges of scale and learner engagement.
Partnerships that Drive Student Success: Building an engaging community for engineering graduate students Sarah Park and Sue Mathias (Duke)

What do graduate engineering students need to be successful? At Duke University, communications instructors in the School of Engineering and science and engineering librarians collaborate to find that answer. Together, we have developed programs that support student success and engagement. Join us to hear about our engaging partnership.
Make Do and Mend: Best Practices for Team Work in the Free Tier of Trello Tessa Minchew (NC State)

As was inevitable, Atlassian has disincentivized team use of the free tier of much-beloved project management tool, Trello. This presentation will discuss best practices developed by NC State University Libraries’ Acquisitions & Discovery Department to support the continued management of a wide variety of work within the latest product constraints.
2:35 – 2:40pm 5 Minute Break
2:40 – 3:00pm
Lightning Talks Set #1
How to query Solr
Genia Kazymova (TRLN)
This lightning talk will briefly explain a very basic query Solr syntax and demonstrate some examples searching TRLN catalog by using the Solr Admin page or the catalog link.

Aligning a Discovery Project with a Complicated Year: How a Novel Project Management Approach Saved our Bacon
Ashley Evans Bandy and Andreas Orphanides (NC State)
How do you keep a project on task when reality seems to insist otherwise? We describe how a novel project management approach that we call “micro-teams” helped our discovery project weather both the pandemic and the loss of our initial project manager at the project’s halfway point.

Sustaining the Animal Turn
Alyssa Robinson (NC State)
Alyssa Robinson, Project Librarian for the Animal Turn project, will discuss the opportunities and challenges of managing and sustaining a large, collaborative, grant-funded digitization project, the “Animal Turn,” during a difficult year.
3:00 – 3:20pm
Lightning Talks Set #2
Authority Data in Discovery
Dennis Christman (Duke)
TRLN Discovery was recently enhanced to provide indexing of name authority data for our bibliographic records. Come learn about what this actually means, and how it helps our patrons with a variety of examples, from simply providing additional access points to advancing DEI initiatives and goals.

Facilitating Access: Remediating Accessibility in the Carolina Digital Repository
Rebekah Kati and Deseree Stukes (UNC)
In 2020, the Carolina Digital Repository launched a service to create screen-reader friendly PDFs upon request. In this presentation, we will describe the on-demand service, workflows and steps to create accessible PDFs. Additionally, we will reflect on best practices and lessons learned.

4 Collections, 2 Systems, 1 MAP: Creating an Oral Histories Metadata Application Profile for the DCR
Kaylin Blount (UNC)
This presentation will describe the creation of an oral histories Metadata Application Profile for the Digital Collections Repository. It will discuss the challenges of evaluating metadata from two different systems, the decisions made to support community generated metadata, implications for our migration out of CONTENTdm, and future plans.

Friday, July 30

9:45 – 10:00am Opening Remarks & Introductions Lisa Croucher (TRLN)
10:00 – 11:00am Keynote Speaker Fred Stutzman
Moderator: David Woodbury (NC State)

You can submit questions prior to the keynote using this form. You will also be able to ask questions live.
11:00 – 11:15am 15 Minute Break
11:15am – 12:30pm Access, Privacy, and Equity: The Student Experience Jazzi Brown (Florida International University), Eric Johnson (Miami University), Nick Sengstaken (UNC), and Sheariah Stevens (NCSU)
Moderator: David Tully (NC State)

This panel features student leaders from universities across the country, including NCSU and UNC, discussing their unique experiences with surveillance and proctoring technology, intensified during the pandemic, as well as their organizing around access and equity issues. Panelists will share their thoughts on the role of students in effecting change in higher education. Participants will be invited to submit questions before and during the session.

You can submit questions prior using this form. You will also be able to ask questions live.
12:30 – 1:30pm 1 Hour Break
1:30 – 2:00pm What’s an “Open Knowledge Center,” and how does it fit in with the library’s work? Will Cross, Micah Vandegrift, Scott Bailey, Ashley Evans Bandy, and Kelsey Dufresne (NC State)

In the spring of 2021 the NC State University Libraries introduced the new Open Knowledge Center. Join us to learn about our work and how we partner with other units in the Libraries, across campus, and with our TRLN colleagues.
Taking Notice: Our Approach to Building Better Library Emails Silvia Sheffield, Mia Partlow, and Dawn Pearce (NCSU)

We implemented a large-scale improvement to our patrons’ experience of our libraries by updating our automated emails. Using a tone evaluation, UX principles, and user research insights, we rewrote 18 email templates. We’ll share how we wrestled with ILS limitations and why we focused on presenting information to stressed users.
Auditing Accessibility with Remote User Testing Nora Burmeister and Felicity Walston (UNC)

When COVID-19 hit, many UNC-Chapel Hill Libraries employees needed remote tasks. The UX department saw an opportunity for these employees to perform remote accessibility testing of subscription e-resources with freely available digital accessibility evaluation tools. We will outline the procedures, outcomes, and next steps of this accessibility audit.
2:00 – 2:05pm 5 Minute Break
2:05 – 2:35pm Inclusive Description Through Improvement of Subject Vocabulary Natalie Sommerville (Duke) and Michelle Cronquist (UNC)

Descriptive metadata used in libraries relies on standards, but the creation and stewardship of metadata for description are not neutral activities. This presentation will address how TRLN librarians have been working to improve subject vocabulary and ways in which all library staff can participate in making subject terminology inclusive.
Creating Partnerships in Showcasing Innovation and Futures Thinking Victor Betts, Adam Rogers, and Erin Willett (NC State)

This presentation will share stories of the new Innovation Studio at NC State University Libraries and its partnerships with a creative agency, Special Collections, and campus community centers to develop interactive, content driven exhibits of student work with a focus on technology, innovation, reimaginings, and futures thinking.
Coming to you Live! Using Live Streaming Platforms for Student Engagement Claire Cahoon, Colin Nickels, Lara Fountaine, and Alex Valencia (NC State)

During the shift to online services, our team began live streaming events using Instagram Live, Facebook Live, and Twitch. We’ll cover which types of events worked well, technology used, lessons learned, and how we tried to create a welcoming and engaging virtual space for students to interact with the Libraries.
2:35 – 2:40pm 5 Minute Break
2:40 – 3:00pm
Lightning Talks Set #3
An Update on Support for Open-Access Journals at a Mission-Driven University Press
Kimberly Steinle (Duke)
The acquisition of Demography represents a major publishing development – Duke University Press has transitioned the journal from a subscription model to a platinum open access model.
We have a community-based open-access funding model in partnership with population research centers, foundations, academic research libraries, and individuals. Partners of all levels ($100 to $4,000 annually) help to cover the journal’s publishing costs and help us to disseminate its content as widely as possible.

The Service One-Pager
Mike Nutt (NC State)
The service one-pager is a simple and flexible tool that allows colleagues to develop a shared, working understanding of a new service. Attendees will learn how to use the tool and see how it was used for the launch of NC State’s new Data Experience Lab.

The Departmental Blog as a Platform for Outreach, Instruction, and Advocacy
Ernest Zitser (Duke)
This presentation will describe the use(s) to which a departmental blog can be put. It will focus on two blog series that resulted from DUL IAS department’s choice to engage with the consequences of the COVID pandemic and the racial rights movement that followed the murder of George Floyd.
3:00 – 3:20pm Closing Remarks Lisa Croucher (TRLN)

Keynote Speakers

Jessamyn Stanley – speaking on Thursday, July 29 – is an author, body liberation advocate, and internationally acclaimed voice in wellness, highly sought after for her insights on 21st-century yoga and intersectional identity. Stanley is the author of Yoke: My Yoga of Self-Acceptance and Every Body Yoga: Let Go of Fear. Get on the Mat. Love Your Body. 

Fred Stutzman – speaking on Friday, July 30 – is founder and CEO of Freedom, an app and website blocker to increase productivity and wellbeing by reducing digital distractions. Prior to founding Freedom, Stutzman was a researcher and faculty member at UNC-Chapel Hill and Carnegie Mellon University.


As part of the annual meeting, we will be offering the Racial Equity Institute’s Groundwater Presentation, a workshop hosted by the Library Freedom Project about privacy and surveillance issues, and Information Access for People Incarcerated in North Carolina: A Teach-In for Academic Librarians. You are able to register for each of these workshops via the registration form. Although Groundwater will not be recorded, the other two workshops will be recorded and available for people who cannot attend live.

  • Privacy in the Library: Understanding the Issues and Working on Practical Strategies for Change
    Monday, July 19, 10:00am – 12:00pm
    Recording and slides
    Privacy is one of the core values of librarianship, but often our practices don’t line up with our ethics. In this workshop, we’ll be talking about how to bridge that gap with Alison Macrina of Library Freedom Project. Alison will give an overview of privacy issues in libraries, covering vendors, library websites, public computers, and more. She’ll talk about our rights and responsibilities in protecting patron information, how to talk about and teach privacy to various stakeholders, and other steps to better privacy practices that can create a culture of privacy in the library. This workshop will be partly interactive; participants are asked to come ready to share their own experiences and ask questions.
  • Information Access for People Incarcerated in North Carolina: A Teach-In for Academic Librarians
    Tuesday, July 20, 10:00am – 11:00am

    Recording and related links
    Biff Hollingsworth, Collecting and Public Programming Archivist, Southern Historical Collection, UNC-Chapel Hill Libraries will lead a short workshop meant to introduce fellow information professionals to the landscape of information access for people incarcerated in North Carolina. The session will include information on becoming involved in prison support work and discussion about the potential role of academic librarians in information mutual aid.
  • Racial Equity Institute Groundwater Presentation
    Wednesday, July 21, 9:00am – 12:00pm

    100 participant cap
    REI organizers will use stories and data to present a perspective that racism is fundamentally structural in nature. By examining characteristics of modern-day racial inequity, the presentation introduces participants to an analysis that most find immediately helpful and relevant.

Communication During the Annual Meeting

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.