Skip to content

Being A Team of One: A Panel on Community College Libraries

October 4, 2021 – 2:00pm to 3:00pm EST

How does a librarian juggle teaching information literacy, staffing the desk, managing the collection, and building relationships on campus? These questions are at the center of many community college librarians’ daily routines. Panelists from community colleges around NC will share practical advice for being a librarian at a small campus or branch, lessons they’ve learned along the way, and strategies for managing your time/presence wisely. Staff from small public/academic libraries are encouraged to attend.

Presented by Joel Ferdon (Stanly Community College), Erik Sugg (Wake Tech Community College), Mary Anne Caudle (Martin Community College), Eva Earles (Carteret Community College), and Liza Palmer (Brunswick Community College).

Media Landscapes: What’s New in Digital Citizenship

October 5, 2021 – 3:00pm to 4:00pm EST

COVID-19 has changed the landscape for teaching and learning, with scores of students learning from home, more devices being rolled out in 1:1 initiatives, and more use of digital resources. In this session, we will talk about digital citizenship elements and what are some of the new thoughts and trends in helping students navigate this landscape.

Mary Mehsikomer has worked in Minnesota’s education system at a state and regional level for just over 40 years. Mary worked at the Minnesota Department of Education for over 28 years and also worked as a network administrator for the NW-LINKS consortium of 70 school districts and four regional public library systems at Region 1 in northwest Minnesota. She has been employed at Sourcewell Technology for the past 10 years as an instructor and outreach facilitator.
Register for this event.

The Application of 3D Printing Services in the Academic Library – Part 1

October 6, 2021 – 3:00pm to 4:00pm EST

Driven to democratize access to emerging technologies and the knowledge it affords, the Academic Library is well positioned to provide access to 3D Printing services to support the design learning pedagogy in higher education. Rapid prototyping technologies allow you to design, 3D print, and test your designs in real time. In this 2-part series, you will learn about 3D Printing and develop an understanding for how the technologies can be implemented in the Academic Library.

Register for Part 1 – October 6, 2:00 p.m. CST: Learn about the hardware and software that drives 3D Printing, see a live demo, and learn about what technologies are currently available.

Register for Part 2 – October 20, 2:00 p.m. CST: Learn about the role of 3D Printing in the Academic Library, see examples from across the nation, and learn tips for how to implement your own 3D Printing service.

Elisandro Cabada is an Assistant Professor and the Medical and Bioengineering Librarian at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he provides emerging technology services to support higher education. His research interests include studying the barriers to access, pedagogical affordances, and application of emerging and immersive technologies in research and instruction. Elisandro is a recipient of the 2021 Best Emerging Technology Award, awarded by the ALA RUSA Emerging Technologies Section.

Job Searching After a Pandemic

October 13, 2021 – 1:00pm to 2:00pm EST

During the last year and a half of living under COVID, have you found yourself evaluating your career path, where you work, whether you like it, if you feel supported, feel safe, or feel like you matter? And have your answers led you to begin reevaluating your priorities? A better work/life balance, perhaps? Flexible schedule, remote work options? A workplace culture of inclusion and collaboration? Perhaps you’ve considered whether you could live and work in another country, or branch off on your own and start your own business! Join Naomi House, CEO of the popular webzine and jobs list (formerly I Need a Library Job), as she discusses how the pandemic has affected what we consider desirable traits in our workplaces and jobs, and shares her experiences and tips for how and where to search for library-related jobs.

Presenter: Naomi House, CEO of

Media Landscapes: Faith and Fake News: Helping Churches Address Misinformation

October 14, 2021 – 11:00am to 12:00pm EST

How can information professionals use existing community structures outside of libraries to teach people information literacy and critical thinking skills? What does it look like to take our professional skills into spaces in our personal lives? In this session we’ll explore how one librarian took information and news literacy workshops to local churches, helping them address misinformation and distrust within their communities. These workshops use existing structures in church congregations to provide space for people to learn information literacy skills as well as reflect on the ways their faith impacts their online habits.

Rachel Wightman is an academic librarian and a firm believer in connecting people to people and people to information. By day she is the Associate Director for Instruction and Outreach at Concordia University, St. Paul but during evenings and weekends, she has taken her passion for teaching to church congregations, offering workshops in news and information literacy.

One is the Loneliest Number: DEI Perspective

October 14, 2021 – 2:00pm to 3:30pm EST

Join us for a panel discussion where librarians share their diverse perspectives on being the “only one” or “one of the few” BIPOC librarians in their library.
These discussions will reveal their varied lived experiences while navigating in a predominantly white profession and predominantly white library institution.
During this important talk, panel members will discuss what support, if any, they receive from leadership, navigating workplace politics, balancing diversity work within their traditional job duties and any advice they would give organizations for future DEI recruitment strategies.


Michael Fitts – Assistant Dean for User Access & Diversity, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Melinda M. Livas – Student Services Librarian, University of California, Davis
Fatoma Rad – Acquisitions Librarian, Farmingdale State College

Library Design in the 21st Century: Historic Legacies and New Trends

October 14, 2021 – 2:00pm to 3:00pm EST

Libraries are important community hubs and one of the most essential public building types in the 21st century. This presentation offers a visual comparison of well-known historic and contemporary examples to illustrate how libraries have evolved over time, addressing social and technological changes. What lessons have designers learned from the past, and what innovations in library design are creating vital public places, strengthening communities, and offering new opportunities to learn?

Presenter: David Hill, Professor and Head of the School of Architecture at NC State University

Libraries for All: Accessible Library Services for Children with Disabilities and Their Families

October 19, 2021 – 2:00pm to 3:00pm EST

According to the CDC, 1 in 6 children have a disability. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, children with disabilities and their families are disconnected from their communities now more than ever before. How can libraries connect with these families and deliver more inclusive and accessible experiences to support disabled children and their families? In this webinar, Renee Grassi will share tips for inclusive customer service, ideas for accessible library programs, and strategies for community engagement to support welcoming library experiences for all.

Learning Outcomes:

Participants will acquire at least 5 accessibility tools or strategies to support disabled children and their families at the library.
Participants will learn at least 5 strategies for adapting existing library programs to be more inclusive to children with disabilities and their families.
Participants will increase their awareness of the value of accessibility and inclusion in libraries.

Presenter: Renee Grassi

Author, blogger, speaker, and trainer Renee Grassi is a recognized library leader and advocate for equity, diversity, inclusion, and accessibility in libraries. In 2012, she was named a Library Journal Mover & Shaker for creating new programs for individuals with disabilities at the Deerfield Public Library. A graduate from Dominican University’s Library and Information Science Program and an Illinois librarian for nearly ten years, Renee relocated to Minnesota in 2016 where she now resides with her husband and feline family. She currently works at Dakota County Library, where she is Youth Services Manager and Chair of her library’s Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee.

What is a Theological Librarian?

October 27, 2021 – 12:30pm to 2:00pm EST

Information Coming Soon

Teaching Digital Literacy with Google’s Applied Digital Skills Program

October 28, 2021 – 1:00pm to 2:00pm ESTIn this webinar, Jamillah Scott-Branch and Danielle Colbert-Lewis from NC Central University will introduce, discuss, and demonstrate how librarians can promote digital literacy skills among students and staff by incorporating Google’s Applied Digital Skills curriculum. During this session, attendees will gain an understanding of how to navigate this learning tool, create courses, and use the many helpful features available for instruction. This resource will be a great addition to librarians in search of freely available video content designed to enhance digital competencies among learners of all ages.