About

Join us at the 3rd ASERL Professional Development and Networking Retreat, where collaboration meets innovation! In partnership with the TRLN (UNC Chapel Hill, NC State, NC Central, and Duke University), we’re diving into dynamic topics that empower library professionals:

  1. Makerspaces: Unleash creativity and transform library spaces.
  2. Strengthening Personal Influence: Elevate your impact and amplify your voice.
  3. Rebuilding Trust: Forge resilient connections in challenging times.
  4. AI and Productivity: Navigate the digital frontier for streamlined workflows.
  5. Networking and Connecting: Connect, share, and learn from regional library colleagues.

Expect two full days of inspiration, plus an optional day to explore TRLN libraries firsthand. Evening events include dine-arounds, happy hours, and warm welcome receptions.

Register when you can because spaces fill up quickly!  If you have any questions, contact Elaina Norlin enorlin@aserl.org.  For TRLN related questions, contact Lisa Croucher at lisa@trln.org

Video Overview

ASERL Professional Development Retreat from ASERL on Vimeo.

Venue

AC Hotel exterior at nightThe Conference Hotel is the AC Marriott Chapel Hill.

We have a limited number of rooms at the conference rate of $249/King or $259/2 Queens on a first-come/first-served basis.  Here is the direct link to the Hotel to book a room.

 

 

 

 

Schedule

Wednesday April 17, 2024

Schedule Apr 17, 2024

9:00 am – 10:00 am
Check In, Wellness Event and Breakfast

Wellness Presenter: Nadia Clifton

Postcards from Miami - Group photo

10:00 am – 11:00 am
Welcome and Introductions

Schedule Apr 17, 2024

11:00 am – 1:00 pm
Let’s Talk (BIPOC Professional Development Retreat Alumni)

 

Presenters:

Giao Luong Baker is the Digital Production Services Manager at Duke University

Candace Jacobs is the Assistant Professor/STEM Liaison Librarian at UNC Greensboro

Karina Soni is the Outreach Projects Librarian at UNC Chapel Hill

Tarida Anantachai is the Director, Inclusion & Talent Management Librarian at NC State University

Adebola Fabiku is the Department Head, Access Services at NC State University

Schedule Apr 17, 2024

1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Lunch

Schedule Apr 17, 2024

2:30 pm – 3:45 pm
Tour of UNC Chapel Hill

Schedule Apr 17, 2024

4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
TRLN Dean’s Panel

 

Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN) is a collaborative organization of Duke UniversityNorth Carolina Central UniversityNorth Carolina State University, and The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the purpose of which is to marshal the financial, human, and information resources of their research libraries through cooperative efforts in order to create a rich and unparalleled knowledge environment that furthers the universities’ teaching, research, learning, and service missions.

Schedule Apr 17, 2024

5:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Welcome Reception

Thursday April 18, 2024

Schedule Apr 18, 2024

9:00 am – 10:00 am
Check In, Wellness Event and Breakfast

Wellness Morning Activity Presenter:  Nadia Clifton

 

 

Schedule Apr 18, 2024

10:00 am – 11:30 am
How to Build Trust When the Love is Gone

Nancy Kirkpatrick

Presenter

Nancy S. Kirkpatrick is the Dean of Libraries at Florida International University in Miami. She joined FIU in Fall 2023 after nearly five years as the Executive Director and CEO of OhioNet, a multitype library consortium representing a diverse membership throughout Ohio and the region. Nancy practiced non-profit law and advocacy before entering the library space, where she has over 15 years of experience. An ALA Spectrum Scholar, she holds an MS in Library and Information Science from the iSchool (formerly GSLIS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a JD from the School of Law at the University of Richmond, and a BA in Journalism from Drake University.

Nancy has been a board member on the Open Library Foundation since 2021, and currently serves as Vice-Chair for the Florida Virtual Campus (FLVC) Members Council on Library Services. She is interested in using Open Scholarship to advance equity in librarianship and higher education, and is also passionate about leading with intention and creating organizations where people can thrive.  Nancy is certified in Human Centered Design and Creating Workplace Wellbeing and has recently completed coursework for certifications as a Facilitator in Appreciative Inquiry and Conversations Worth Having.

Schedule Apr 18, 2024

11:30 am – 1:00 pm
Lunch

Schedule Apr 18, 2024

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Building Inclusive Communities: The Role of Spatial Equity in Makerspace Design and User Engagement

Dr. Maggie Melo

Dr. Maggie Melo (she/her) is an assistant professor in the School of Information and Library Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her research resides at the intersection of critical making and the development of equitable and inclusive STEM-rich learning spaces (e.g. makerspaces) in libraries. Dr. Melo’s research is funded by an NSF CAREER Award entitled, Equity in the Making: Investigating Spatial Arrangements of Makerspaces and Their Impact on Diverse User Populations.”  She is also the Principal Investigator (PI) and Director for the Equity in the Making Lab.

Schedule Apr 18, 2024

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
AI and Productivity: How to Make Your Work Life Easier

Denice Lewis

Presenter

Denice Lewis started at the Z. Smith Reynolds Library in March 2019. She received her BS and MS in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) and graduated with her MLIS from Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) in 2019. In between Electrical Engineering and Library Science, Denice picked up an Associates in Culinary Arts from Le Cordon Bleu Scottsdale. She is a member of the American Library Association (ALA), the Association of College & Research Libraries (ARCL), the North Carolina Library Association (NCLA), and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE). Denice’s research interests are the digital information literacy skills of incoming freshmen, mentoring for BIPOC early career librarians, as well as the intersection of artificial intelligence (AI), data science, and information literacy.

Schedule Apr 18, 2024

5:30 am – 7:00 pm
Happy Hour

Franklin Street and Columbia intersection in Downtown Chapel Hill

We have scheduled happy hours and dine arounds for participants.  More information will be provided at the event.

 

Friday April 19, 2024

Schedule Apr 19, 2024

10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Optional: TRLN Library Tours

 

Spend the day visiting the TRLN Libraries (Complimentary but will need to register in advance)

Complimentary Shuttle Pick up at AC Hotel Chapel Hill at 10:00am

Stops at:

  • NC State University Library
  • Duke University (lunch)
  • NC Central Library

Schedule Apr 19, 2024

5:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Optional Evening Activity: Wine Tasting (Melenated Wine)

Join us at Melanated Wine, Durham’s first Black-owned winery opened on Wednesday in the Southside Industrial Park of Durham. The owner aims to pour inspiration into others while making fine wine more accessible to all.

Wine tasting, Charcuterie Boat and Complimentary Tasting Glass  $35

Speakers

Speakers Professional Development Apr 2024

How to Build Trust When the Love is Gone

Speakers Professional Development Apr 2024

AI and Productivity: How to Make Your Work Life Easier

Speakers Professional Development Apr 2024

Building Inclusive Communities: The Role of Spatial Equity in Makerspace Design and User Engagement

Sponsors

A Big Thank You to our SPONSORS!!  Their support is what keeps the registration costs low!