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TRLN to Host Nationally-Recognized Library Management Skills Institute

The Triangle Research Libraries Network (“TRLN”) will host the Library Management Skills Institute I: The Manager (“LMSI I”) workshop, presented by DeEtta Jones and Associates (“DJA”), May 5-7, 2020, in Durham, NC. More details and a registration link are available at Registration will close on April 6, 2020 or when the institute reaches capacity. 

About the Institute

LMSI I is a highly interactive experience that brings together tried-and-true management principles with best practices in libraries. Over 3 days, expert DJA facilitators engage up to 40 participants in case studies, personal reflection, practical application, and group discussions on the following principles and skills that are key to effective management

  • Management in context
  • Behavioral styles
  • Power dynamics and influencing skills
  • Participatory decision making
  • The helping relationship
  • Motivation
  • Coaching for performance

The content is designed to be particularly beneficial for supervisors, department heads, coordinators, managers, administrators, team and project leaders, or anyone interested in growing as a leader or manager. Widely respected across the library profession, all DJA programs are designed with the adult learner in mind and have a strong reputation of equity, diversity, and inclusion; collaborative learning; practical application; and expert facilitation. 

For all participants, visits to libraries at Duke, North Carolina Central University (NCCU), North Carolina State University (NCSU), and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-Chapel Hill) may be arranged depending on interest.


Questions about this or any other TRLN event may be directed to:

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TRLN Meeting Roundup

To close out 2019, there were a number of meetings across TRLN so we thought it would be good to provide a brief roundup summary.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Interest Group

TRLN’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Interest Group met on December 13th to reestablish the group and discuss possible areas to collaborate as a consortium. The group plans to meet on a quarterly basis and staff from across TRLN libraries are welcome to attend. For more information reach out to the interest group’s chair, Ciara Healy ( or

TRLN Discovery

A newly formed team co-chaired by Jacob Shelby, NC State’s Interim Lead Librarian for Metadata Technologies, and Kelly Farrell, TRLN’s Program Officer, held its first meeting on December 13th and plans to meet monthly. The TRLN Discovery metadata team will be a forum for discussing metadata-related discovery topics for the catalog that the team would want to build shared policy or infrastructure around. The team will investigate use cases, issues, and approaches, interface with stakeholders, and ultimately propose recommendations for the TRLN Discovery development team.

On December 16th, the product owners and development team held its quarterly in-person meeting to discuss longer term priorities for the shared index. Also in attendance was Tim McGeary, Associate University Librarian for Digital Strategies and Technology, Jill Sexton, NC State’s Associate Director for the Digital Library, and Tim Shearer, UNC-Chapel Hill’s Associate University Librarian for Digital Strategies and IT.

Provosts’ Forum on Scholarly Communication Steering Committee

The steering committee held its kick-off meeting on December 16th to discuss the initial charge for the committee and begin developing a forum proposal. The committee will continue refining the scope of the forum and present the proposal to the TRLN Executive Committee.



Ashmore Named to BTAA/ASERL Accessibility Partnership

Beth Ashmore, Associate Head, Acquisitions and Discovery (Serials) at NC State University Libraries, has been selected to represent both TRLN and the Association of Southeast Research Libraries (ASERL) on the Steering Committee for the E-Resources Accessibility Partnership. ASERL and the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA) entered into a two-year partnership to advance accessibility for library electronic resources, with the goal of providing equal access to information for all library users. The Steering Committee to guide the partnership is comprised of five BTAA representatives and three ASERL representatives. Given the institutional overlap between TRLN and ASERL, one of ASERL’s three Steering Committee members will also represent TRLN.

Ashmore came to NC State University Libraries in January 2019 to provide leadership and management for the Acquisitions and Discovery department. She brings extensive experience with electronic resources management to the Steering Committee.

More information about the BTAA-ASERL  partnership is available here:

More information about Ashmore is available here:


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:

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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!

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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: and Library Acquisition Patterns (2019: 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.


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.