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December 2019

TLDR:

  • On Thursday, January 30 from 2:00-4:00pm, TRLN will host a screening and panel discussion of Change the Subject, at Carolina Theatre. Register your interest in attending via this form. We hope to see you there!
  • You are invited to attend TRLN Employee Orientation on Thursday, January 16 from 9:00-11:00am at the NC Biotechnology Center. 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’s a great time to get involved! Register via this form.
  • To close out 2019, there were a number of meetings across TRLN, including the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Interest Group, TRLN Discovery Working Group, and the Steering Committee for the provosts’ forum on scholarly communication. Below, we provide a brief roundup summary of the groups that met and the work being planned for 2020 and beyond.
  • 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. More information about the BTAA-ASERL partnership is available here. 
  • This month’s DEI FYI features the Native Land map, available online and via the Native Land app. The Native Land map allows users to see the traditional indigenous territories and languages in their region and also includes an education guide that might be of use to faculty.

Change the Subject Screening & Panel Discussion on January 30

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.

After the film screening, a panel discussion with local colleagues will be held: 

  • Moderator, Monica Figueroa (UNC-Chapel Hill), Music Cataloging Librarian
  • Maria Gonzalez (Student Action with Farmworkers), Into the Fields, Program Coordinator
  • Maggie Dickson (Duke), Metadata Architect
  • Meg McMahon (UNC), SILS student
  • Christina Manzella (Duke), Monographs Description Librarian

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

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

TRLN December Meetings Roundup

To close out 2019, there were a number of meetings across TRLN. Below, we provide a brief roundup summary of the groups that met and the work being planned for 2020 and beyond.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Interest Group

TRLN’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Interest Group met at The Frontier on December 13 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, please reach out to the interest group’s chair, Ciara Healy (ciara.healy@duke.edu) or info@trln.org.

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 13 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 16, the product owners and development team held its quarterly in-person meeting at the Archie K. Davis Conference Center to discuss longer term priorities for the shared index. Also in attendance was Tim McGeary, Duke’s 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 at The Frontier on December 16 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: http://www.aserl.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/2019_08_BTAA-ASERL_Library_Accessibility_Partnership.pdf

More information about Ashmore is available here: https://www.lib.ncsu.edu/news/staff-news/ashmore-named-associate-head-acquisitions-discovery-serials

As TRLN explores more areas of collaboration and work to be done in the area of DEI, we have been in the process of learning, discussing, and thinking carefully about land acknowledgements. 

Part of our work led us to discover the Native Land map, available online and via the Native Land app. Native Land started with the goal to help right the wrongs of injustice experienced by indigenous people of North America. To see the traditional indigenous territories and languages in your region, simply type in your address using the Native Land map.

The Native Land website also includes an education guide that might be of use to faculty. Read more about the organization that created Native Land on their about page.

The new DEI FYI feature will provide a snapshot of a particular TRLN area of interest, collaboration, program, or service related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Are you currently involved in supporting new or ongoing interinstitutional DEI work? To be featured in DEI FYI, please email McKenna Lakin, Program Administrator, at mckenna@trln.org.

Upcoming Meetings & Events

TRLN Discovery Development Meeting
Tuesday, January 7
11:00am–12:00pm
Via Zoom

TRLN Discovery Product Owners Meeting
Wednesday, January 8
11:00am–12:00pm

Via Zoom

Professional Development and DEI Meeting
Monday, January 13
2:00pm-4:00pm
The Frontier, Blue Ridge (first floor)
800 Park Offices Dr., RTP 27709

TRLN Employee Orientation
Thursday, January 16
9:00am-11:00am
NC Biotechnology Center, Dogwood Room
15 T.W. Alexander Dr.
Durham, NC 27709

Electronic Resources Management Working Group Meeting 
Friday, January 17
1:30pm–4:00pm
The Frontier, Dive (third floor)
800 Park Offices Dr., RTP 27709

Change the Subject Screening and Panel
Thursday, January 30
2:00pm–4:00pm

Carolina Theatre, Cinema One
309 W. Morgan St.
Durham, NC 27701

Advisory Council Quarterly Meeting 
Friday, January 31
9:00am–11:00am
Archie K. Davis Conference Center, Briefing Center

12 Davis Drive, RTP 27709

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