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This year’s theme is Inclusion through Innovation: Building Community in the Library and Beyond.

The conference will explore how we in the library are using innovation to help create a more dynamic, inclusive, and empowered community.

Monday, March 12, 2018

William and Ida Friday Center for Continuing Education

Chapel Hill, N.C.

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Conference Schedule

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Thank you to our sponsors!





Speakers and Session Topics


Meredith Evans

Keynote Address: Dr. Meredith Evans

We look forward to welcoming our keynote speaker Dr. Meredith Evans. Dr. Evans is the director of the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library and Museum and is the first African American woman to direct a Presidential Library. She received her doctorate in Library and Information Science from UNC-CH and has worked extensively in archives and special collections. Her work has continually highlighted the importance of community archiving projects, from documenting the archival records of African-American churches in the Atlanta area to expanding the University of St. Louis’ Documenting Ferguson Project. She participated on an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded project to digitize the papers and books of Martin Luther King Jr., and has helped obtain numerous archival collections during her previous positions at George Washington University and UNC Charlotte. She has been elected Society of American Archivists Vice President/President-Elect and will become SAA’s 74th president in 2018-2019.



10:30 AM – 11:10 AM  |  40 Minute Sessions

Transforming Partnerships: Supporting the Gate City through Campus and Community Outreach  

A panel from the University Libraries at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro will discuss a series of campus and community workshops that grew out of partnerships within the University and beyond. The topics covered health literacy, finding reliable information resources, and developing videos and 3D objects. The audiences included middle school students and their parents, University staff, and the general public. Learn how the Libraries built on a variety of relationships with faculty, donors, and several community groups to develop enriching programs that greatly benefited participants and supported both Libraries and University goals and strategic plans.

  • Kathryn M. Crowe, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Jenny Dale, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Maggie Murphy, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Jenay Solomon, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Samantha Harlow, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
  • Armondo Collins, University of North Carolina at Greensboro


Project management: building community through shared processes and experiences 

This presentation will address community-building through the development of common project management best practices. In order to do so, it will cover 3 unique but shared initiatives: – Project Management communities of practice at UNC – Project Management training, templates, and practices at NCSU Libraries – Project Management Resources and Tools via TRLN

  • Rebecca Miksch, North Carolina State University
  • Jennifer Solomon, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Emily Brassell, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Jacob Shelby, North Carolina State University



11:20 AM – 12:00 PM  |  40 Minute Sessions

Outreach Events to Foster Innovation and Design among a Diverse Student Population 

The Kenan Science Library (KSL) offers many workshops that foster the development of skills in innovative thinking and creative design. Among our audience for these workshops are groups that focus on promoting the success of a diverse student population. The two groups of students this panel will focus on include underrepresented students in the sciences and military-affiliated students.

  • Therese Triumph, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • David Romito, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Jackie Stone, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Amber Mathwig, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Building community among library employees: the middle manager’s role 

What’s the middle manager’s role in developing and maintaining inclusive work environments? A recent study found that academic library employees expect their middle managers to develop and maintain smooth and effective working relationships within work units and across the entire library organization. This talk explores the ways in which middle managers can leverage their responsibilities and these expected competencies to encourage inclusion and build community among library employees. Managers will leave this presentation empowered with tools and techniques for action.

  • Dr. Ericka Patillo, Appalachian State University



1:15 PM – 1:55 PM  |  20 Minute Sessions

Fostering Diversity, Collaboration, & Community Engagement – “Beyond Bricks & Mortar: Revisiting the Sycamore Hill Community” 

“Beyond Bricks and Mortar: Revisiting the Sycamore Hill Community,” is a project that shares a missing piece in the history of an African American Community displaced by Urban Renewal. This library driven documentary project illustrates that a community is much more than the bricks and mortar used to construct its homes. The photographs and narratives featured show how the ties that bind are found in human connections. An example of the power of community engagement, this project will be the seed for more extensive outreach, collaboration, and collection of regional history, including the history of communities that have been underrepresented in archival collections. This project is a dynamic example of fostering diversity, collaboration, and community engagement in action.

  • Heather M. White, East Carolina University


An Exercise in Collaboration: Student-Curated Exhibitions in the Wilson Special Collections Library 

Every two years, UNC’s Wilson Special Collections Library hosts an exhibition curated by undergraduate students. It is the product of a semester-long course taught by a faculty member and embedded librarians who provide ongoing library-centered instruction focused on primary source literacy and the curatorial process. This presentation will discuss the strategies that have been developed to address the challenges of hosting student-curated exhibits, and will highlight the many benefits of this initiative.

  • Rachel Reynolds, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Emily Kader, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Design Stars! Partnerships for Active Learning Spaces 

The spaces where learning occurs matter, and the design of those spaces also matters. We will share how a team of experts at Elon University redesigned the library’s primary teaching space to focus on active learning concepts. Our Director of Interior Design will talk about the principles that guided the design decisions of the space. The Instruction Coordinator will discuss how all librarians were introduced to the concepts of active learning through partnership with experts from the Center for Teaching and Learning. We will also talk about new forms of collaboration with teaching faculty and students to make the best use of the new environment, enabling more freedom and engagement in classes. We will discuss the challenges of working together with so many partners.

  • Holly Hodge, Elon University
  • Shannon Tennant, Elon University
  • Patrick Rudd, Elon University


Engaging and Empowering High-Impact Educational Communities through Cross-Disciplinary Liaisonship 

Colleges and universities are investing in cross-disciplinary, high-impact educational practices, which present opportunities for embedding meaningful information literacy instruction into the curriculum. However, supporting cross-disciplinary programs presents a challenge for subject librarians, who possess mastery of discipline specific research tools. Two liaisons at the NCSU Libraries will present their experience combining business and science librarianship to support student entrepreneurship as an example of cross-disciplinary liaisonship in practice. We will close with practical strategies for attendees on how to identify partners and build collaborations around the strengths of each contributor in order to support emerging areas of scholarship and inquiry at their local institutions.

  • Alexander Carroll, North Carolina State University
  • Jennifer Garrett, North Carolina State University



2:05 PM – 2:45 PM  |  20 Minute Sessions

Interactive information literacy for all: creating accessible online learning modules with H5P 

Community college librarians discuss using H5P, a digital content authoring tool, to build accessible interactive modular content which can be embedded into learning management systems. This session will cover strategies for content creation, scaffolding, and assessment.

  • Nora Burmeister, Central Carolina Community College
  • Samantha O’Connor, Central Carolina Community College


Foundational programming instruction through community-building 

In Fall 2017, UNC Libraries piloted a new approach to computer programming workshops, based on an “Open Labs” model developed at Columbia University. This model emphasizes short instruction components delivered regularly to cement learning over time and a focus on collaborative practice to develop a community of engaged attendees. The open atmosphere fostered attendance from students, faculty and staff hailing from disparate departments. This presentation will describe the planning and structure of the R Open Labs offered at UNC Libraries’ Research Hub. We’ll discuss lessons learned and our design for future workshops.

  • Matt Jansen, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Starting with the A’s: Inventorying a large Regional government documents collection 

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has been a depository since 1884 and, like many libraries, much of its pre-1976 holdings are not represented in the online catalog. This presentation will describe the Government Documents Inventory Project — a long-term, comprehensive inventory and retrospective cataloging project that began in 2016. The project team includes staff from both public and technical services units, as well as library science students, so we’ll discuss project management strategies used to organize staff from different departments. We’ll also share training strategies, workflows, and ways in which we are assessing and measuring the project’s impact.

  • Renee Bosman, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Wendy Isicson, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Collaborative Enhancement of NC LIVE HomeGrown Ebook Records 

The NC LIVE HomeGrown Collection contains more than 3,400 ebooks from North Carolina publishers purchased through donations from NC LIVE member libraries and available across the state. NC LIVE receives base-level vendor-supplied MARC records for the collection and encourages libraries to load the records. In 2017, catalogers from NCSU, UNC and Duke worked collaboratively to enhance the vendor-supplied HomeGrown MARC records. In this presentation, the project participants will discuss how they developed the collaborative project and their process of creating shared standards and procedures for enhancing the records. We’ll close with a conversation on how NC LIVE is working to increase usage of the collection through MARC records and the role that enhancing vendor records could play in that process.

  • Claire Leverett, NC LIVE
  • Lynn Whittenberger, North Carolina State University
  • Natalie Sommerville, Duke University



3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Toxic Waste Information & Community Needs 

  • Jeremy Frye, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Out of the Box and onto the Web: Providing Access to a Collection of International Medical Theses

  • Taylor  Johnson, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Melissa Isaacs, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Removing Barriers to Lactation Support in Libraries

  • Heather Seibert, East Carolina University
  • Amanda Vinogradov, East Carolina University


Involving Books / Good Neighbor Project

  • Laura McPherson, Ashe County Public Library


Replicating our Instructional Capacity: Developing Shared Workshops across Institutions

  • Danica M. Lewis, North Carolina State University
  • Barrie Hayes, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
  • Alexander J. Carroll, North Carolina State University


Digital Devices in the Library

  • Lynn Eades, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Global Trekking in Virtual Reality: An Experimental Library Event

  • Pete Schreiner, North Carolina State University


OER/Open Access Week

  • Meredith Moore, Mitchell Community College
  • Beverly Rufty, Mitchell Community College


Common Reading Robot

  • Colin Nickels, North Carolina State University