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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 Registration

Registration for the 2021 LAUNC-CH Conference is now open!
Please note that fees for this year’s virtual LAUNC-CH conference have been waived.
For questions, please contact: Donna Nixon ( or Linda Jacobson (


Registration closes Monday, March 1st

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 

Keynote Zoom link

10:10 – 10:15 AM


10:15 – 11:15 AM

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

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)

1.1 Zoom link

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)

1.2 Zoom link

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)

1.3 Zoom link

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)

2.1 Zoom link

Session 2.2

Enhanced Connection: Research Instruction in the Remote Environment

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

2.2 Zoom link

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)

2.3 Zoom link

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

Room 1 Zoom link

Poster room 2:

Room 2 Zoom link

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)

3.1 Zoom link

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)

3.2 Zoom link

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)

3.3 Zoom link

3.3 presentation slides

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)

4.1 Zoom link

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)

4.2 Zoom link

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)

4.3 Zoom link