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Registration Now Open for TRLN Employee Orientation on Thursday, January 16

You are invited to attend TRLN Employee Orientation! While this orientation is designed for “new” employees, we welcome participation by anyone who works in a TRLN library and who might want a refresher. It is a fun and informal introduction to the people, priorities, and activities of the consortium. Attendees will have time to network with colleagues from other institutions, learn about the services that TRLN provides, and learn about ways to get involved in numerous areas of collaboration.

Dates, location, and registration link are below. This is an excellent opportunity to build connections with a community beyond your home library and institution. We plan to offer two additional orientation sessions in 2020 for any who are unable to attend the January session.

When: Thursday, January 16 from 9:00am-11:00am. (Light breakfast starting at 8:30am.)
Where: North Carolina Biotechnology Center, Dogwood Room, 15 T.W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
Register by 5pm on Wednesday, January 8: https://forms.gle/z7Y3LT5wFzWALByB9

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TRLN Discovery Update for Q4 2019

Since the release of TRLN Discovery, we’ve been hard at work planning for how to maintain and build upon our work in a sustainable way. Currently, TRLN Discovery team members meet monthly to discuss issues in the backlog – prioritizing, refining, and moving them into sprints. In addition to remote monthly product owners and developer meetings, we hold an in-person quarterly meeting with all team members to discuss longer term priorities, big ideas, and process changes.

We’ve also recently formed a TRLN Discovery Metadata Team to inform development related to metadata. This team will be co-led by Jacob Shelby, Interim Lead Librarian for Metadata Technologies and Kelly Farrell, TRLN’s Program Officer. This team will have an initial kickoff meeting on December 13th.

Recent updates made to TRLN Discovery:

  • We made configuration changes to the shared Solr index to improve stability and performance.
  • Implemented alarms and recovery methods to better monitor Solr.

Upcoming TRLN Discovery Meetings:

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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 info@trln.org!

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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: https://sr.ithaka.org/publications/the-costs-of-publishing-monographs/) and Library Acquisition Patterns (2019: https://sr.ithaka.org/publications/2019-report-library-acquisition-patterns/). 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.

For more information, please read our press release.

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Change the Subject Screening & Panel in January 2020

TRLN is planning a screening of Change the Subject scheduled for January 30, 2020, from 2:00-4:00pm at Carolina Theatre in downtown Durham. The screening of the film will be followed by a panel discussion. To express your interest in attending, please complete the registration form.

Change the Subject shares the story of a group of college students who, from their first days at Dartmouth College, were committed to advancing and promoting the rights and dignity of undocumented peoples. In partnership with staff at Dartmouth, these students – now alumni – produced a film to capture their singular effort at confronting an instance of anti-immigrant sentiment in their library catalog. Their advocacy took them all the way from Baker-Berry Library to the halls of Congress, showing how an instance of campus activism entered the national spotlight, and how a cataloging term became a flashpoint in the immigration debate on Capitol Hill.

The event page will be updated with further details or follow @TRLN_main on Twitter.

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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.

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TRLN to Host Blacklight Summit

TRLN will host Blacklight Summit 2019 at Duke University Libraries in Durham, NC on October 9th, 10th, and 11th.

Registration will open in August, at which point we’ll be able to provide more information about accommodation and travel options. Keep an eye on this webpage for updates.

Until then, if you’re interested in participating in planning the agenda, have ideas about what you’d like to see happen this year, or want to lead a workshop, please contact Cory Lown (cory.lown@duke.edu).

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New to a TRLN Library? Attend an Orientation!

Were you recently hired by a library at Duke, NCCU, NC State, or UNC-Chapel Hill? If so, you’ve hopefully heard that your institution participates in a consortium called the Triangle Research Libraries Network — but it might not be clear to you what the consortium actually does or what opportunities it holds for you! Alternately, you might have worked at a TRLN member library for a long time, but you still have questions about how TRLN is structured or how you can connect with people working in similar specializations.

Whichever of these scenarios most closely resembles yours, you are invited to a TRLN New Employee Orientation taking place on Thursday, May 30th, in RTP! 

The orientation has the following objectives:

  • To introduce Duke, NCCU, NC State, and UNC-Chapel Hill libraries staff to the Triangle Research Libraries Network’s history, activities, and opportunities.
  • To provide staff an opportunity to network with library professionals from other TRLN institutions.

Event logistics:

  • Date & time: Thursday, May 30, 9:00am – 11:00am
  • Location: North Carolina Biotechnology Center, Dogwood Room, 15 T.W. Alexander Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27703
  • An agenda will be made available to registered participants before the event.

Sign up at this link: https://forms.gle/zgZiToSgevgcAesGA

If you’d like to attend an orientation but are unable to make the May date, sign up at this link to be kept informed about the Fall 2019 orientation (date TBD): https://forms.gle/YKu55BGNsqw2MiBh6

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Call for Proposals: TRLN Annual Meeting Presentations

TRLN is now inviting proposals for presentations at the TRLN Annual Meeting, which will take place on Thursday, July 11, at the Friday Center in Chapel Hill.

Who may submit a proposal? Anyone who works in a TRLN member library. We welcome submissions from people of any domain, area of expertise, library, level of seniority, or title.

What presentation topics are welcome? Topics could include interesting activities or programs at your library; current projects or those in the planning stages; or things happening on your campus which people on other campuses might find instructive or want to replicate. Presentations could also highlight current TRLN working group or interest group projects or accomplishments.

How long can presentations be? Depending on the length of time you think is best for your topic, you can propose a 5-6 minute lightning talk, a 25-30 minute presentation, or a 45-60 minute presentation.

How do I submit a proposal? Complete and submit this form by Wednesday, May 15.

When will I hear if my proposal has been accepted? All submissions will be reviewed by the Annual Meeting Steering Committee, which includes representatives from all four member institutions. Selection decisions will be announced by Thursday, May 30.

More questions? Contact Events@trln.org.