Professional Development

Conference reports and more from ZSR Librarians

ASERL Fall Meeting 2023

On Nov. 28-29, I attended the fall meeting of the Association of Southeastern Research Libraries (ASERL) on the campus of the University of Central Florida in Orlando. This was my first meeting in six years where I was not a board member or presenter and I enjoyed not having to worry about meeting administrative details.... more

Ashelee at OHA 2023

Ashelee @ OHA in Baltimore It’s been a couple of week since I attended the Oral History Association’s annual conference in Baltimore and it was maybe-probably one of the best conferences I have had the pleasure of attending. I started my conference with an oral history project planning workshop, “What Does Done Look Like?” The... more

Molly at NCLA & Charleston 2023

In the past month, I’ve been to two conferences, one close to home and one farther afield: NCLA in October, and the Charleston Conference last week. Here are highlights from each conference. NCLA, October 17-20 I kicked off my NCLA by co-facilitating a two part, day-long pre-conference, “Cultivating Copyright Knowledge: Developing Support Strategies for Library... more

Steve at 2023 Core Forum

The 2023 Core Forum was held from October 19 to 21 in New Orleans, a town that is always a delight to visit. The Core Division was formed by the merger of three ALA Divisions in 2020, during the height of the pandemic lockdowns, so this was just the second Forum that has been held.... more

RIO @ NCLA 2023

Many members of the Research, Instruction, and Outreach team either helped organize, attended, and/or presented at the recent NCLA State Biennial Conference held close to home at the Benton Convention Center in downtown Winston-Salem, October 16th – 20th. Below is a round-up of reflections and takeaways from some of our experiences there. Morgan @ NCLA... more

Maia at NCLA

Recently, I had the pleasure of attending my first library conference–NCLA–conveniently located in my own backyard of downtown W-S! I attended on Thursday, October 19th, when the New Members Round Table had organized programming especially geared towards current MLIS students and recent graduates. Session focuses included the job search process and how to excel in... more

Carolyn and Lauren at Core Forum 2023

This was the second Core Forum ever to be held since Core is a new division of the American Library Association. “Core: Leadership, Infrastructure, Futures is the national association that advances the profession of librarians and information providers in central roles of buildings & operations, leadership & management, metadata & collections, and technology.” Lauren is... more

Jemma at NCLA

After looking forward to it for my tenure at ZSR, I had the pleasure of attending my very first NCLA conference last week. From the moment I walked into the conference venue, the buzz of excitement and camaraderie among fellow librarians filled the air. It was a fantastic opportunity to connect with old colleagues and... more

Adapting and Evolving: Thoughts from the North Carolina Library Association Conference

While I had the opportunity to attend the North Carolina Library Association (NCLA) Conference for only a single day, even this brief exposure provided a profound insight into the multifaceted roles and responsibilities that contemporary libraries are expected to fulfill. The sessions I attended represent just a sampling of the many enlightening topics discussed at... more

2023 Guild of Book Workers Standards of Excellence Seminar

I was fortunate to attend the 2023 Standards of Excellence Seminar (referred to as Standards) in San Francisco. This meeting draws upon book binders, conservators, artists, and others who work in this general area. It is a unique opportunity to meet, and hear from these individuals and learn from the demonstrations that are presented. I... more