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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

Thomas in Denver/DC for LITA/CNI

A couple of weeks ago, I flew out to Denver for LITA Forum. By the way, the options for flying from Charlotte (major American Airlines hub) to Denver (major United hub) are pretty meager, so if you want to know what Highway 52 is like at 4:45am, I can tell you! As a recent LITA... more

December Book Repair Workshops

I recently taught two book repair workshops in Hickory on December 4th and in Chapel Hill on December 11th. Both workshops were sponsored by the NC State Library, part of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. On Monday, December 4th, I taught book repair to 12 participants at the Patrick Beaver Public... 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

One Week in October – A Newb at NCLA, Too Much Change, and Tech Fatigue

“What’s your vision for the library of 2027?” “The technology will finally work right.” (Audience participation moment at NCLA keynote address.) So with the state library association holding its biennial conference more or less in our back yard, I figured I should check it out (and, ahem, join NCLA). It seemed that half of ZSR... more

EllenD at NCLA 2017

I’ve missed a couple of recent NCLA conferences, but it was nice to pick up again in an attractive, renovated conference venue right here in Winston-Salem. (I’ve been told that the large wood panels came from old barns around the state—an example of showcasing North Carolina’s heritage.)  I was part of a session chaired by... more

Kathy S. at NCLA

While I’ve been attending NCLA for 10 years now (!) and have been involved on previous conference committees, this was my first year serving as a member of the conference programming committee (chaired by our very own Mary Scanlon). This meant my conference this year was less about my own presentations and more about trying... 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

Hu at NCLA 2017

NCLA was an awesome blur! I don’t have any great photos, but I did collaborate and celebrate, and I hope I innovated a bit in there somewhere too! As we all know, when a conference is local, it’s tough to devote yourself entirely, especially when it’s after Fall Break and there is the pull to... more

ZSR en la Noche 2017

On Friday, October 20th, fresh off an amazing NCLA conference, ZSR teamed up with OLAS and the Intercultural Center to host our second ZSR en la Noche! West End Mambo performed from 7:30-10:30, and the members of OLAS brought in food from local restaurants. This was the second time ZSR and OLAS have teamed up... more