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The Library Association at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (LAUNC-CH) Conference will be held virtually on Monday, March 8, 2021.

Conference Theme

The 2021 conference theme is Imagining a New Normal: Working Through Change and Changing Our Work

Conference Recordings and Presentation Slides

Digital Accessibility 101
Session 1.1 
Session 1.2 
Session 1.3 
Session 2.1 
Session 2.2 
Session 2.3 
Poster room 1
Poster room 2 
Session 3.1 
Session 3.2 
Session 3.3 
Session 4.1
Session 4.2 
Session 4.3

Conference Schedule



Speakers and Details

9:00 – 10:10 AM

Opening Remarks and Keynote with with Fobazi Ettarh Imagining a New Normal: Decolonizing Vocational Awe 

10:10 – 10:15 AM


10:15 – 11:15 AM

Digital Accessibility 101 with UNC-Chapel Hill’s Digital Accessibility Office

11:15 – 11:30 AM


11:30 – 12:10 PM

Concurrent Sessions 1 (40 minute sessions) Session 1.1

Accessibility Audit Through Remote User Testing

Nora Burmeister (UNC-Chapel Hill), Felicity Walston (UNC-Chapel Hill)

Session 1.2

Keep Your Programs Relevant: Transforming Communities Through Virtual Social Justice and Service-Related Programs

Cearra Harris (Charlotte Mecklenburg Library), Sabrina Robinson (Charlotte Mecklenburg Library)

Session 1.3

Other Duties As Assigned: Adapting Your Professional Skillset Beyond Typical Library Work

Mary Jordan (Elizabeth City State University), Cynthia Horne (Elizabeth City State University), Juanita Midgette Spence (Elizabeth City State University)

12:10 – 12:15 PM


12:15 – 12:55 PM

Concurrent Sessions 2 (40 minute sessions) Session 2.1

We Had to Start Somewhere: Applying the Anti-Racist LibGuide Framework Created by Jaime Ding and the Cal Poly Team

Stacy Torian (UNC-Chapel Hill), Jamie Conklin (UNC-Chapel Hill), Michelle Cawley (UNC-Chapel Hill), Sarah Asuquo (UNC-Chapel Hill), Carolyn Welker (UNC-Chapel Hill), and Jaime Ding (Cal Poly)

Session 2.2

Enhanced Connection: Research Instruction in the Remote Environment

Melissa Hyland (UNC-Chapel Hill), Aaron Kirschenfeld (UNC-Chapel Hill)

Session 2.3

Data Literacy Every Day: What Data Literacy Can Look Like in Public & Academic Library Roles  

Nancy Lovas (UNC-Chapel Hill), Morgan Ritchie-Baum (Greensboro Public Library)

12:55 – 1:00 PM


1:00 – 1:45 PM

Lunch and poster viewing

1:45 – 2:00 PM

Posters Q&A Poster room 1

  • Realigning Print Collections for Religious Studies (pre-recorded video) — Kayla Olson (UNC-Chapel Hill)
  • The Chan’s Great Continent: Business Proposal for Expanding the Sinology Collection (pre-recorded video) — Frank Zhang (UNC-Chapel Hill)
  • Going Virtual with Genealogy (pre-recorded video) — Grace May (Forsyth County Public Library)
Poster room 2:

  • Recovering and Learning From COVID-19: Library Services Now and in the Future (pre-recorded video) — Bryan Nicholls (High Point University) and Jennifer Erdmann (High Point University)
  • Does Anyone Even Like Us? Social Media Assessment in an Academic Branch Library (pre-recorded video) — Emily Simmons (UNC-Chapel Hill)
  • 3D Printing at the Kenan Science Library Makerspace (pre-recorded video)— Jordan Green (UNC-Chapel Hill)

2:00 – 2:05 PM


2:05 – 2:45 PM

Concurrent Sessions 3 (20 minute sessions) Session 3.1

  • Taking Care: A Well-being Initiative (Zoom link) — Christine Fischer (UNC-Greensboro), Marcie Burton (UNC-Greensboro), Lea Leininger (UNC-Greensboro)
  • Do I Have To?: Change Management Principles for Academic Libraries (Zoom link) — Scottie Kapel (Western Carolina University), Allison Cruse (Western Carolina University)
Session 3.2

  • Expanding the Libraries’ Responsibilities at a Land Grant Institution (Zoom link) — Hillary Fox (NC State), Tisha Mentnech (NC State)
  • Finding Our Way to a Virtual Gathering Space: What Crowdsourced Zines, VR, and Web Design Have in Common — Amanda Dahill-Moore (NC State), Cas Saroza (NC State), Colin Keenan (NC State)
Session 3.3

  • Your Story Matters: Building the UNC Story Archive in a Virtual Space — Cassie Tanks (UNC-Chapel Hill)
  • Creating Connections to the Community: A One Branch Public Youth Services Librarian Journey — Amanda Yetter (Perry Memorial Library)

2:45 – 2:50 PM


2:50 – 3:30 PM

Concurrent Sessions 4 (20 minute sessions) Session 4.1

  • Creating Space for Equity Education in the Library — Amy Curtis (East Carolina University), Colise Hunt (East Carolina University), Ashley Moore (East Carolina University)
  • Conversations Around Identity: A Book Club Community in the Midst of a Pandemic — Allison Bryan (Elon University), Dr. Lisa Buchanan (Elon University)
Session 4.2

  • A Case Study in Ethical Description: Improving the Library of Congress Subject Headings — Michelle Cronquist (UNC-Chapel Hill)
  • Cataloging in the time of COVID-19: The Pros and Cons of Remote Technical Services Work — Jessica Janecki (Duke)
Session 4.3

  • Learning Across Consortia: Expanding Access to Free Professional Development for Library Workers — Devon Waugh (NC Live)
  • Virtual Circulation Desk Assistance: Pros, Cons, and Lessons Learned — James Britt (Duke)