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2022 TRLN Annual Meeting

Monday, July 11 @ 8:30 am Tuesday, July 12 @ 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

Call for Proposals

TRLN is now inviting proposals for presentations and the deadline to submit a proposal is June 1. Learn more about submitting a proposal.

Schedule & Program

Monday, July 11

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. The keynote from Keith Knight will begin at 9:30 am followed by a screening of Woke and then Q&A. We will wrap up by 12 pm so you are free to grab lunch around Durham afterwards.

Tuesday, July 12

Tuesday will be held entirely online and start at 9:45 am with a keynote from Rebekkah Smith Aldrich followed by a selection of panels and presentations throughout the rest of the day until we conclude at 4 pm.


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.