Professional Development

Inside ZSR

Fall ASERL Meeting

My favorite meetings each fall and spring are the ASERL membership meetings. It is a chance for library deans and directors from the southeast to gather, exchange information, and  learn from each other. While this organization provides many benefits to ZSR ranging from resource sharing to professional development webinars, it is also the group that... more

Leslie at SEMLA, OLAC, NASIG (virtually)

I think a number of us have discovered one silver lining to a pandemic: the opportunity to take in additional professional-development events as they converted to a virtual format this year. For my part, I virtually attended conferences of my regional music library association, SEMLA, and a couple of other organizations that I’ve indirectly benefited... more

Preserving Muscle Memory During Quarantine

How does one, who primarily performs hand work in their job, keep their fingers nimble during a quarantine? For me it was taking a series of 10 book making workshops. The workshops were taught remotely through the Book Arts Program at the Marriott Library at the University of Utah. The university has had a Book... more

Going Public Online Conference

On Thursday, March 26th, Heather and Molly attended the half-day online conference, Going Public: Opening Scholarship to All, hosted by the University of Washington. Although the primary audience was UW librarians and researchers, the conference was open to anyone who wished to participate. Despite the shift to Zoom (which allowed us to participate, happily), the... more

Hu at the First-Year Experience Conference 2020 in DC! (and a quick visit to Wake Washington!)

As part of my professional development, I try to alternate between the ACRL and FYE conferences. Both are always amazing, and this year I attended the First-Year Experience conference in Washington D. C. (held at the historic Wardman Park Marriott.) In addition to attending a great conference, I also had the opportunity to join Roz... more

Summer @ USASBE

After a great (but cold) holiday trip to New Hampshire, I was lucky enough to get to spend 4 days in New Orleans for the USASBE (United States Association of Small Business & Entrepreneurship) Conference before heading back to Winston-Salem for the start of 2020. Nancy Lovas (Chapel Hill’s Entrepreneurship Librarian) and myself presented, “The... more

Sarah at ALA Midwinter 2020

I attended my 6th ALA Midwinter Conference last weekend in Philly, and it was a jam-packed weekend with an ACRL Science & Technology Section (STS) business meeting, an ACRL STS Executive Committee meeting, a Hot Topics Discussion Group on research metrics, meetings with science publishers, and two networking events that I organized. Two candidates running... more

TPD @ CNI

TPD @ CNI: I Am Big Data and So Can You! Back on the train this year. I tried to fly to DC last year and the weather gods weren’t having it (yes, I caused the 2018 Snowtastrophe – sorry, WTL committee). The CNI fall meeting continues to be the best three-day library tech conference... more

Carol at Charleston 2019

The last Charleston report for 2019! University of Houston (Kerry Creelman, Nancy Linden, and Nora Dethloff): The typical presentation on re-organizing collections, liaisons, and tech services. A few fresh nuggets: Establishing time-limited subscriptions wherein new resources will be reviewed after three years. Some resources are reviewed on an even quicker timetable. Houston, like WFU, has... more

Summer @ NCLA

It’s been awhile since NCLA, but I wanted to make sure you all got to read one more NCLA recap post! NCLA 2019 was my first NCLA and it was memorable! I was lucky to present twice and do a poster during this conference, so most of my time was spent preparing myself!  On Thursday,... more