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2022 TRLN Annual Meeting

Monday, July 11, 2022 @ 8:30 am Tuesday, July 12, 2022 @ 4:00 pm

“Sustainability: Social Equity, Economics, and Environment”

The 2022 TRLN Annual Meeting will be Monday, July 11 and Tuesday, July 12. This year we will be meeting in person at the Carolina Theatre on the first day and online for the second. This year’s theme will be “Sustainability: Social Equity, Economics, and Environment”.

The meeting will feature two keynote speakers, panels and presentations from your TRLN colleagues, and more! This page will continue to be updated with details as we get closer to the Annual Meeting. If you have any questions, please contact


All recordings from the second day of the annual meeting are available at

Schedule & Program

Monday, July 11 at the Carolina Theatre

The Annual Meeting will kick off at 8:30 am with coffee and breakfast treats at the Carolina Theatre. Meet up with TRLN colleagues you may not have seen in person since 2019! We will wrap at 11:30am so you are free to grab lunch around Durham afterwards and join us for a tour of the Main Branch of the Durham Public Library at 1:00pm.

Plenary8:30 – 9:30amCoffee & Breakfast
Plenary9:30 – 11:30amWelcoming Remarks
Keynote: Keith Knight
Woke episode screening
Break11:30am – 1:00pmBreak
Separate Registration Required
1:00 – 2:00pmTour of Durham Public Library’s Main Branch
Schedule for day one of the 2022 Annual Meeting

Tuesday, July 12 via Zoom

Tuesday will be held entirely online and start with a keynote from Rebekkah Smith Aldrich followed by a selection of panels and presentations throughout the rest of the day.

Plenary9:30 – 10:45amWelcoming Remarks
Keynote: Rebekkah Smith Aldrich
Break10:45 – 11:00amBreak
Concurrent Workshops
Select one to attend
11:00am – 12:00pmExhibition Language Guidelines: A Working Document for Academic Library Exhibit Professionals
Chris Tonelli (NC State); Margaret Brown (Duke); Linda Jacobson (UNC-CH); Rachel Reynolds (UNC-CH); Charles Samuels (NC State); Christopher Vitiello (NC State)

Libraries’ exhibitions should be equitable, diverse, and inclusive, and the writing in them should contribute to this. Building on efforts in conscious editing and ethical description, colleagues from TRLN institutions collaborated to provide a guideline for writing with sensitivity and topical specificity about a variety of marginalized groups
You Are Welcome Here: Customer Service Training for Inclusion
Jennifer Baker and Brooke Guthrie (Duke)

This workshop, based on the Rubenstein Library’s internal customer service training for staff, will provide participants with the opportunity to think deeply about customer service as a concept and consider how they might rethink their own methodologies through a series of questions and real world scenarios.
Break12:00 – 1:00pmBreak
Plenary1:00 – 1:30pmLightning Talks
Danielle Colbert-Lewis (NCCU)
Virginia Ferris (NC State)
Morgan McKeehan (UNC-CH)
Colin Nickels (NC State)
Brianna Nunez (UNC-CH)
Concurrent Sessions
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1:35 – 2:00pmThe Indian Art Project: Improving Access to Materials on Indigenous Art of the Americas
Denise Soufi and Sara Levinson (UNC-CH)

The Indian Art Project was created to improve access to materials on indigenous art of the Americas through reclassification, subject enhancement of bibliographic records, and the transfer of books to the Art Library. We will discuss challenges and considerations for improving access, the status of the project, and future directions.
Do you see what I see? : Creating a Collaborative Workflow for making Instructional Videos
Alison Edwards and Darrien Bailey (NC State)

Bringing information literacy videos into the world of visual and artistic appeal requires a collaborative workflow. We used simple tools to ideate, communicate, and create. We’ll discuss the tools we used and some tips for combining skill sets and expertise to create instructional videos.
Concurrent Sessions
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2:05 – 2:30pmVirtual Computing for Digital Special Collections
Brian Dietz (NC State); Shelly Black (NC State); Matthew Farrell (Duke)

Staff at NC State and Duke will discuss our explorations of virtual Linux computers for both staff processing workflows and remote researcher access to digital archival materials. (29) We will reflect on the affordances and challenges this work presents, as well as our goals for the near- to long-term.
Integrating FOLIO into ERM workflows at Duke University Libraries
Virginia Martin; Bethany Blankemeyer; Abigail Wickes (Duke)

This presentation will provide an overview of how FOLIO electronic resources management (ERM) apps have been integrated into and improved Duke University Libraries’ ERM and acquisitions workflows, as well as expectations for future integrations with additional FOLIO apps as they are implemented.
Break2:30 – 2:45pmBreak
Concurrent Sessions
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2:45 – 3:10pmThe Future of the Library Technology Career Jumpstart Program
Tori Culler, Kevin Beswick, Tarida Anantachai, and Meredith Wynn (NC State)

The Library Technology Career Jumpstart Program is a free, virtual experience for LIS students designed to confront the challenge of recruiting diverse candidates for technical positions in libraries. This presentation will outline the program goals and components, cover program assessment, and offer ideas about potential future directions for the program.
Change Management – A Microcosm
Bill Verner, Natalie Sommerville, Stephen Conrad, Sara Biondi, Bronwyn Cox, Dan Maxwell, and Fouzia El Gargouri (Duke)

Reflecting on a recent reorganization, staff from the Duke Libraries Monograph Acquisitions and Resource Description Departments will discuss its change management process, articulating successes and challenges that might extrapolate to larger scale transition efforts in any Library.
Concurrent Sessions
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3:15 – 3:40pmOur OCLC Reclamation Project
Dennis Christman (Duke)

DUL recently finished the main phase of our OCLC reclamation project. This presentation will discuss the different stages of the project, detail some peculiar problems we ran across, and give our overall thoughts on how the project went.
Information at Your Fingertips: Developing Browser Extensions for the Library
Sarah Park (Duke)

Have you created your browser extensions? Browser extensions offer customizable functionalities that are otherwise not readily available with the browser. With some programming knowledge, you can develop one to improve your workflow. The presentation will share basic concepts and demonstrate working examples on Amazon and Gobi.
Concurrent sessions
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3:45 – 4:10pmDesigning Effective Field Experiences
Nancy Lovas (UNC-CH)

Offering a field experience project for LIS graduate students can be a mutually rewarding endeavor, but as a site supervisor it can feel like an insurmountable amount of work. This presentation walks through the planning steps one business librarian took to design an academic libraries public services field experience project.
Here’s my number, so text me maybe: notes on a new SMS reminder service
Silvia Sheffield and Mia Partlow (NC State)

NC State University Libraries recently developed an SMS application that sends “due soon” and “overdue” text messages for high-demand items like tech devices and textbooks. We’ll share why we pursued this project, what we learned from user research, and how we applied those findings in the finished product.
Schedule for day two of the 2022 Annual Meeting


Keith Knight – speaking on July 11 at the Carolina Theatre – is one of the funniest and highly regarded cartoonists in America, as well as a rapper, social activist, father, and educator. His art has appeared in various publications worldwide, including  the Washington Post, the New Yorker, San Francisco Chronicle, the Nib, Ebony, ESPN the MagazineMAD Magazine, and  the Funny Times.

In 2020, the world was introduced to Knight’s work in a 
whole new way–as the inspiration for the live-action streaming television series, Woke, courtesy of Hulu. Knight serves as  co-creator, writer, and executive producer on the show, which is currently streaming season 2.

Rebekkah Smith Aldrich, MLS, LEED AP will offer the July 12 keynote online. Author of Sustainable Thinking: Ensuring Your Library’s Future in an Uncertain World and Resilience, Rebekkah has been a public library development consultant and advocate since 1998. Rebekkah is currently the Executive Director of the Mid-Hudson Library System in New York.

Rebekkah is a certified Sustainable Building Advisor (cSBA),  Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED AP) and holds an advanced certificate in Public Library Administration from the Palmer School of Library and Information Science at Long Island University where she is now an adjunct professor.

Currently the co-chair of the American Library Association’s (ALA) Special Task Force on Sustainability and advisory board member for ALA’s Center for the Future of Libraries, Rebekkah is a co-founder of the Sustainable Libraries Initiative and a founding board member of the ALA Sustainability Round Table (SustainRT).

Named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker in 2010, Rebekkah is the Library Journal’s sustainability columnist and a frequent presenter at libraries and conferences around the world.

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.