Category: Event

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:

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):

Sign up to Attend a Cultural Humility Workshop!

TRLN will host a workshop on cultural humility that is open to any who work in TRLN libraries. The workshop will be presented by Sunny Kim, Teen Services Librarian at The Seattle Public Library, and Nicky Andrews, NCSU Libraries Fellow at North Carolina State University.

The workshop will be offered in two separate sessions, capped at 60 participants each, on Wednesday, April 24, at the Archie K. Davis Conference Center in Research Triangle Park.

Workshop overview:
This interactive workshop will introduce participants to cultural humility, clarify how it is different from cultural competence, and demonstrate why it is an essential framework for resisting racism and bias in library work. Participants will:

  • Gain a deeper understanding of the cultural humility framework
  • Name and reflect on their own privilege and identities
  • Get practice in interrupting scenarios of bias and problematic behavior
  • Receive resources and recommendations for continuing to engage in cultivating cultural humility

Workshop logistics:
WHEN: Wednesday, April 24, 2019, 9:30am-11:30am OR 12:30pm-2:30pm
WHERE: Archie K. Davis Conference Center, Meeting Rooms A&B, 12 Davis Dr., Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
PARKING: Plenty of free parking at the Archie K. Davis Conference Center.
OTHER DETAILS: Light pastries, coffee, tea, and water will be available during the morning session. Light snacks, coffee, tea, and water will be available during the afternoon session. Please arrange to eat breakfast or lunch before your respective session, if desired. 

The sign-up form is available here: Indicate your preferred time slot, and a TRLN staff member will follow up with you to either confirm your registration or to notify you that you are on a waitlist. The deadline to complete the form is Friday, April 5. Waitlisted individuals will be notified on or around Monday, April 8 if a spot is available for them.

Questions? Contact

Save the Date for the 2019 TRLN Annual Meeting!

Please save the date of Thursday, July 11 for the next TRLN Annual Meeting! After having hosted the 2018 Annual Meeting at the Durham Convention Center, this year we’ll be returning to the William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education in Chapel Hill, NC. 

We are delighted to announce that our keynote speaker will be Louise Bernard, founding Director of the Museum of the Obama Presidential Center. Dr. Bernard was formerly Director of Exhibitions at the New York Public Library. As a Senior Content Developer and Interpretive Planner in the New York office of the museum design firm Ralph Appelbaum Associates, she worked on the design team that developed the National Museum of African American History and Culture, Smithsonian Institution, along with other international projects. She previously served as Curator of Prose and Drama for the Yale Collection of American Literature at the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale, and as Assistant Professor of English at Georgetown University. She received her Ph.D. in African American Studies and American Studies from Yale, and her current research engages with the literary archive, material culture, museology, public history, and interpretive planning and design. She is a scholarly advisor to the International African American Museum in Charleston, SC, and sits on the Board of the Yale Graduate School Alumni Association.

A lunchtime program and other details, including registration and the call for proposals, will be announced in the coming months.

Please mark your calendars and plan to join us at the Friday Center on July 11!

Questions? Contact

Triangle Scholarly Communication Institute Announces 2019 Theme and Call for Proposals

The Triangle Scholarly Communication Institute (SCI) is now welcoming proposals from teams wishing to participate in the 2019 SCI taking place from October 13 through 17, 2019, in Chapel Hill, NC.

The Institute is part retreat, part seminar, and part unconference. Based on a theme that changes every year, participants set their own agenda and define their own deliverables; the Institute supplies the environment and a network of peers to help stimulate and develop creative thinking aimed at promoting positive change in research methods, publishing, digital humanities, digital archives, and other topics related to transformations in scholarly communication. Each year, about 5 teams with 4 to 6 participants each are invited to attend based on successful responses to a request for proposals, and the Institute covers all of their expenses to attend a 4-day program in Chapel Hill, North Carolina, funded by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Ideally, teams are comprised of people who may not otherwise have the opportunity to interact and who wish to use this as an opportunity to launch new collaborations and projects. Teams whose participants represent a variety of backgrounds, disciplines, professions, and a broad diversity of perspectives are especially encouraged to apply.

This year’s theme is Equity in Scholarly Communications, described in part on the SCI 2019 theme page in this way:

Discussions around scholarly communications, at this Institute and elsewhere in North America and Europe, tend not to account for the wide range of factors that influence whether and how different communities create and access scholarship: not all stakeholders are from well-resourced institutions or nations; not all of us speak, write, read, search, and think in the same language; not all of us enjoy robust support for scholarship, or reliable access to the Internet, or modern research tools, or easy access to libraries, or means of keeping in touch with colleagues and abreast with global developments in our disciplines. Too many platforms, standards, systems, publications, projects, and discussions move forward with only some of us in view.

For the 2019 Triangle Scholarly Communication Institute we invite proposals from teams that aim to build a more inclusive and equitable global network of scholarship. SCI is an opportunity to spend a few days with a diverse set of people to investigate challenges, develop plans, test processes, come to agreements, and launch initiatives. SCI is an ideal place to bring together perspectives and expertise that may not normally intersect, and to build understandings and new models based on them. We encourage pragmatic, proactive optimism, and hope participants will use SCI as a platform to nurture positive change.

We especially encourage teams with participants from the “global south”, historically black colleges and universities, Hispanic serving institutions, tribal colleges and universities, community colleges, K-12 schools, independent scholars, and other institutions and backgrounds whose needs and perspectives are too often overlooked in discussions about scholarly communications and the infrastructures and processes that support it.

Project proposals are due April 24, 2019. You can read more about SCI 2019 at the following links:


Library Management Skills Institute: Registration Closed

***Update 3/8/19: Registration is now CLOSED. If you would like to be added to the wait list for this event in case of any cancellations, please email***

TRLN will host the Library Management Skills Institute I: The Manager (“LMSI I”) workshop, presented by DeEtta Jones and Associates (“DJA”), from April 8-10, 2019, at the Rizzo Center in Chapel Hill, NC. 

About the Workshop

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.

Given that TRLN will host LMSI I in 2019, the TRLN Management Academy will not be offered this year.

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.

Registration and Tuition Details

TRLN is offering the workshop at a tuition rate of $1,200. This fee covers all materials for the institute, as well as breakfast and lunch each day. Slots were filled on a first-come, first-serve basis until the event cap of 40 participants was met.

TRLN aims to encourage a diversity of perspectives in the LMSI cohort. To this end, three of the 40 slots were available at a reduced rate of $600 for participants from minority-serving institutions (MSI). The seven MSI categories are described at

All participants are responsible for covering the full cost of travel, lodging, and evening meals.

Travel and Lodging Details

The closest airport is Raleigh-Durham International Airport (RDU). A block of hotel rooms is available at the Rizzo Center’s on-site hotel for a special group rate. Additional nearby hotels are listed below.

The Rizzo Center (on-site hotel at meeting location): $197/night plus tax (includes room + breakfast)
150 Dubose Home Lane, Chapel Hill, NC 27517
>>>RESERVATION LINK FOR TRLN GROUP RATE. Must make reservation by 3:00pm EST on Wednesday, March 15, 2019.

Aloft Chapel Hill (1.5 miles from Rizzo Center)
1001 South Hamilton Road, Chapel Hill, NC 27517

Courtyard by Marriott Chapel Hill (1.7 miles from Rizzo Center)
100 Marriott Way, Chapel Hill, NC 27517


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





Orientation Program Introduces New Library Staff to TRLN

What is the Triangle Research Libraries Network? How can I participate in its collaborative projects and take advantage of its professional development offerings? Who else across the Triangle is working in my area of expertise?

These are all questions likely to occur to a library professional who is new to the Triangle or new to a library at Duke, NCCU, NCSU, or UNC. To answer those questions, TRLN recently hosted two New Employee Orientations for library staff from all four member institutions. These events had been on hiatus since 2017 due to ongoing discussions and decision-making regarding the consortium’s evolving work priorities and structure.

The orientations took place on October 12 and 19 at the Frontier in Research Triangle Park and were attended by nearly 60 people representing a wide array of professional backgrounds and roles. At each event, attendees were provided with an overview of TRLN’s history, membership, structure, and work priorities. The program also included discussions with panelists who currently participate in the following TRLN interest groups and working groups:

  • Project Management Interest Group
  • Technical Services Interest Group
  • Research Data Interest Group
  • Electronic Resources Management Working Group
  • Collaborative Print Working Group
  • Resource Sharing Working Group

According to attendees, the events equipped them with useful information and networking opportunities:

“I use TRLN for ILLs, etc., so it was helpful to see how much more it is. The goals, councils, meetings – how it all comes together.”

“I especially enjoyed hearing from interest & working groups. It made me think about who I’d like to connect with in the future.”

“I do not have a library background so this was very informative!”

“I feel like TRLN is a valuable collaboration between libraries and I am glad to be made aware of it.”

“It was important to see a bit about the consortium in context away from other distractions of the workplace. It is also good to meet those from other institutions.”

The TRLN New Employee Orientation program will continue in 2019. While the program is designed primarily with new employees in mind, anyone interested in a “TRLN refresher” will be welcome to attend. Dates have yet to be announced, but information will be shared via TRLN’s website, newsletter, and social media, and distributed via email by Library Human Resources representatives on each campus.

TRLN Executive Director Lisa Croucher outlines upcoming changes to TRLN’s work program and structure at the October 19 orientation.

Announcing Resource Sharing Technology Provider Information Sessions

TRLN is pleased to join with the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL), the Boston Library Consortium (BLC), and the Washington Research Library Consortium (WRLC) to co-host online “demo days” on October 26 and October 29, 2018, to share information from Resource Sharing technology providers.  These sessions are free and open to any interested librarian.

Presenters will be provided a standardized list of questions/scenarios, and time will be allotted for additional questions specific to a product or provider and any additional questions from attendees.  Each session will be recorded and made publicly available under a standard Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License via the ASERL Archive page (  Recordings will be available beginning on Oct 30 (after all the ‘live’ online demo sessions are complete.)


Session #1: Clio

Oct 26,2018 – 12pm ET / 11am CT / 10am MT / 9am PT


Session #2: Project ReSHARE

Oct 26, 2018 – 2pm ET / 1pm CT / 12pm MT / 11am PT


Session #3: OCLC — Relais D2D and Tipasa

Oct 29, 2018 – 12:30pm ET / 11:30am CT / 10:30am MT / 9:30am PT


Session #4: ExLibris — Alma Resource Sharing

Oct 29, 2018 – 2:30pm ET / 1:30pm CT / 12:30pm MT / 11:30am PT


Session #5: RAPID and RAPID-R

Oct 29, 2018 – 3:30pm ET / 2:30pm CT / 1:30pm MT / 12:30pm PT


After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.  System requirements to attend these webinars:

Questions? Contact Ben Heet, TRLN Program Officer (


Upcoming Open Access and Research Data Opportunities

All TRLN member libraries staff interested in Open Access and/or Research Data issues are invited to take advantage of two exciting opportunities coming up later this month:

1. Open Access Week, October 22 – October 26

The University Libraries at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill invite all TRLN colleagues to attend a series of presentations and interactive events coming up to promote Open Access efforts. UNC supports and celebrates community efforts to expand access to information and “to disseminate the fruits of its research and scholarship as widely as possible.”

This year’s programming will highlight the WiderNet Project and its ongoing efforts to deliver offline libraries of both open and proprietary information resources to underserved groups. Please encourage your colleagues to learn more about Open Access and its impact on research both locally and globally.

All events are FREE and open to the public. Join us!

For more information about the events or to get involved, contact Jennifer Solomon (, Open Access Librarian for the University Libraries. See all OA Week Events:

2. Research Data Lunch Chat, October 26

Do you work with research data on a regular basis? What challenges do you encounter? What opportunities are you looking for? The TRLN Research Data Management and Use Interest Group invites you to come talk about your experiences with other research data professionals over a casual lunch at the Frontier!

Feel free to bring your own lunch or purchase something from the Frontier’s food truck rodeo. We will meet at the lobby of the Frontier (800 Park Offices Drive, RTP, NC 27709) and then walk to the food trucks located between the 800 building and the 700 building.

Questions? Contact: Lorin Bruckner (, Sophia Lafferty-Hess (, or Alison Blaine (

TRLN Orientations for New Staff

Recently-hired employees of any TRLN library are invited to attend a TRLN Orientation in October! These fun and informative events will provide an overview of TRLN’s structure and activities, will introduce you to ways you can get involved, and will provide opportunities to network with colleagues from other institutions.

The last TRLN Orientation took place in April 2017, so anyone who has joined a TRLN library since then is welcome to attend.

WHEN: Friday, October 12 from 9:30am-11:30am, OR Friday, October 19 from 9:30am-11:30am. The program on both dates will be identical; indicate your date preference when registering.
WHERE: The Frontier, Classroom (1st floor), 800 Park Offices Drive, Research Triangle Park, NC 27709
REGISTER: Click this link to register: 

Registration closes at 5:00pm on Friday, October 5.