By Tim Pyatt

Inside ZSR

Tim at NCLA 2019

This was my third NCLA conference and I really enjoyed the sessions I attended. I started the conference with a session lead by Chris, Monesha, and Molly. Called Diversity Delineated, Inclusion Integrated, it got off to an energetic start with the music video by Aerosmith and Run DMC of Walk this Way. A nice introduction... more

Tim at ASERL, May 2019

Last week I attended the spring meeting of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries. Always my favorite meeting, this was one of the best I have attended for reasons I will outline below. We met in Reston, VA, which if you have not been there, you do not need to add it to your must... more

Tim at ASERL and CNI

I’m behind on my blog posts! I attended two of my favorite meetings in the last few weeks. First I was in Atlanta for the fall meeting of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries. We started with an ASERL Board meeting on November 28th (I am ASERL’s Secretary/Treasurer) with the regular meeting on the 29th... more

Tim at SAA 2018

The annual meeting of the Society of American Archivists in Washington, D.C., was a special meeting for me this year. It was my first annual meeting since serving on SAA Council (the society’s governance board) which meant I was free of committee meetings and could actually chose what I wanted to attend! It was also... more

Tim at ASERL Spring 2018

The spring 2018 meeting of the Association of Southeast Research Libraries (ASERL) was held in Knoxville and hosted by the University of Tennessee. The focus of the meeting was how libraries contribute to student success and each dean/director was invited to bring a “student success librarian.” Meghan Webb represented ZSR and our work in this... more

Talking Special Collections North of the Border

On May 11th I participated in a colloquium at McGill University called “Kick-Starting ROAAr and More: Towards the Future.” ROAAr is the special collections library at McGill, recently formed out of four formerly separate units — Rare and Special Collections, Osler History of Medicine, Art, and Archives. The goal of the colloquium was to have the ROAAr staff... more

Tim at Fall 2017 NCICU meeting

The North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU) Library directors met at Guildford College on Dec. 19th. For private college and university libraries, NCICU is the organization through which we negotiate our participation in NC Live. NCICU also plays an important role in advocating for private colleges and universities and helps us lobby the NC... more

ASERL in Miami

Last week I was able to spend several days in beautiful Miami for the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries fall meeting. The city is still recovering from hurricane damage, although things looked surprising good with most services in place. While I still consider myself a “new dean,” I co-hosted a dinner for new deans to... more

Tim at ACCelerate

First I need to explain what ACCelerate was — it was the first Atlantic Coast Conference (hence the ACC) Festival of Innovation and Creativity. The ideas was for the ACC schools to showcase their academic excellence using the athletic conference framework. The Smithsonian’s Museum of American History hosted 48 exhibits from the 15 universities as... more

Tim, Susan, and Chris at NCLA

On Wednesday, Oct. 18th I attended the NCLA biennial meeting at the newly renovated Benton Convention Center. It was great to see colleagues from across the state as well as a great group from ZSR present. I enjoyed the opening keynote, which focused on how we tell the story of our library and its programs,... more