During March 2023

Inside ZSR

Thomas at the AWS Carolinas Library Summit

Thomas at the AWS Carolinas Library Summit On March 23, 2023, I attended a meeting held at the Atkins Library, UNCC, hosted by Amazon Web Services. AWS has been making a conscious push into higher ed in the last few years, and they wanted to showcase a couple of library-oriented projects in the region and... more

ZSR at the Universities Studying Slavery Conference, Chapel Hill

Last week, five of us attended “At This Place: History: Race and a Way Forward, Universities Studying Slavery Spring Conference” at UNC Chapel Hill. See the blog posts below. Tanya Zanish-Belcher: I always learn something new whenever I attend the Universities Studying Slavery conference and would highly recommend it to anyone interested in the continual... more

Colleen & Heather at the Empirical Librarians Conference – “It Rocked”

The 2023 Empirical Librarians Conference (EmpLibs) took place on March 9 & 10 at Virginia Commonwealth University Monroe Park Campus in Richmond, VA. With the last conference in 2021, organizers and participants were eager to reconnect with each other and share “research supported and done by librarians…” which happens to be the conference motto. This... more

Morgan & Summer at SOUCABL

Over Spring Break, Summer and I attended the annual Southern Conference of Academic Business Librarians (SOUCABL) at the University of Georgia in Athens, GA. This is, as the name suggests, a very “boutique” conference – with a narrow focus and familiar faces regularly attending. It’s also (in)famous within the Business Librarian community for being the... more

Carol at ER&L and Charleston

Last week I attended the virtual version of the ER&L Conference. There was a mix of live and pre-recorded sessions (and eventually recordings of the live sessions). Since I dedicated all of Spring Break week to it, I’ve already seen everything interesting. By contrast I attended the much larger Charleston Conference in-person in November, which... more

Leslie at MLA 2023

Another joint meeting of the Music Library Association and the Theatre Library Association this year, with a program rich in interdisciplinary and DEI topics. In a session titled “Beyond the Land Acknowledgement,” we learned about the contributions Native Americans have made to the literatures libraries collect. Graduates of the notorious boarding schools pursued professional careers... more

Lauren at ER&L 2023

Scan for your angle: AI, UX, Open Access (ILL impacts), privacy (Open Athens helps), finding library resources via Google, e-resource librarian vacancies in 2022…. So many angles got covered at the E-Resources & Libraries Annual Conference this week! A lot of people might want to know just one thing! Carol and I both attended and... more

Kevin at Designing for Digital 2023

Earlier this week, I attended Designing for Digital (D4D), a conference for UX and libraries. It’s the 3rd or 4th time I’ve been—it’s held in Austin but I was there online. All sessions were available live—and on demand later—via the online conference platform (which wasn’t completely awful like a lot of them are but certainly... more

Rodrigo at the 2022 (which took place in 2023) Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (JCLC)

The 2022 Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (JCLC) took place in Tampa, Florida. Although the conference ran from February 8 through February 12, I attended the first 3 full days. The first session I attended ran from 8:30am to 3:30pm, and focused on the role of outreach initiatives to promote equitable, diverse, and inclusive... more