Previous Events

April Share-out Lightning Talks

Hannah Rozear

Duke University

Librarian for Instructional Services

Title: Information Privilege and Digital Divides: Using Critical Pedagogy in the Library Classroom Description: I will share an information privilege activity I created with co-instructors for a semester-long course taught at Duke and at DKU (Duke Kunshan University in Kunshan, China). By reflecting on the concepts of info privilege, info ethics, and info disparities, students in our course critically examined ways in which access to information does not only impact them as individuals, but is truly a global social justice issue. I will discuss some possible ideas for simple ways to spark these conversations in library one-shot sessions.

Cara Evanson

Davidson College

Research and First Year Experience Librarian

Meggie Lasher

Davidson College

Research and Academic Engagement Librarian

Title: Introducing Undergraduate Students to Information Privilege

Description: In the NCLINe Share-Out we will discuss how we introduced social justice concepts into the information literacy classroom. During spring semester 2020 we worked with four classes in the social sciences to facilitate student learning of information privilege. Our instruction materials included scholarly publishing models, journal price comparisons, and examples of how people have worked to create a more just information world.

Nurhak Tuncer

Elizabeth City State University


Title: Critical Thinking Strategies in Academic Research at Digital Age

Description: During this presentation, I will talk about the challenges and efforts that I had for demonstrating the importance of critical thinking and evaluation efforts of resources along with exercises that I used in classes/in person instructions. Critical thinking and evaluation of resources are essential parts of academic research that is highly related with library instruction strategies.

Mark Coltrain

Appalachian State University

First Year Experience Librarian

Title: Citational Politics in a First-Year Writing Class

Description: This talk will provide an overview of an activity I collaborated on with a writing instructor (who is also a librarian) during the spring 2021 semester. It focuses on evaluating sources based on the politics of citation, e.g., the implications of the lack of citations of scholars of color in the scholarly conversation. It is an extension of a talk presented at NCLINe’s February Share-out.

February Share-out

February 10th
3pm EST, via Zoom

NCLINe's first Share-out featured four lightning talks followed by Q&A sessions. Thank you to all of the presenters!

  • “An Innovation Icebreaker: '100 Ways Anything Can be Different in the Future'” - Tori Culler, North Carolina State University

  • “Flipping our Classroom to Increase Interaction,” - Amanda Dahill-Moore, North Carolina State University

  • "H5P Basics" - Angela Davis, Pitt Community College, and Samantha O’Connor, Central Carolina Community College

  • “Information Literacy Critical Reflection in Writing” - Dusty Ross, Appalachian State University

Prepping Library Instruction for a Weird Fall Semester: An NCLINe Open Lab

Thursday, July 9th, 2020, 2pm EST, via Zoom.

As we await the details of what our campuses will be doing this fall, academic library instructors are preparing for the inevitable -- we will be teaching online. Many COVID-19 teaching resources were rolled out this spring, but they focus on providing faculty with guidance for moving their semester-long courses online. Library instructors are often engaged with students in “one shot” sessions -- a context where building rapport with students and communicating with faculty are already challenging. It can be overwhelming to contemplate all the possible tools and methods for this new reality when we’re working from home and strapped for resources.

We invite you to join NCLINe for an open lab we’re calling Prepping Library Instruction for a Weird Fall Semester. This session will bring together library instructors from across North Carolina to share lessons learned from this spring’s successes and epic failures, as well as simple strategies for how we can engage students online and advocate for our vital role in the online classroom.

Library instructors experienced in online learning will be on hand to help facilitate discussions on the two break-out topics below.

Attendees are encouraged to share any best practices their libraries have developed around instruction. The intended outcome is a crowdsourced resource of practical strategies libraries are using to teach online.

Break-out discussion topics:

  • Online teaching strategies: how to engage students and incorporate active learning, both synchronously and asynchronously.

  • Communication challenges: how to build a communication & outreach strategy for library instruction; how to coordinate communication between and within library departments.

In the interest of privacy, this meeting will not be recorded.

  • Time: Thursday, July 9th, 2020, 02:00 PM EST

  • Location: Zoom

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Feel free to forward to your instruction colleagues at other NC institutions!

NCLINe Open Lab: "This is Weird."

Tuesday, April 7, 2020, 2pm EST, via Zoom.

There’s no adequate way to describe the degree to which COVID-19 has so quickly and fiercely disrupted our personal and professional lives and, perhaps more importantly, the lives of the students we’re here to support. For those of us who weren’t already involved in online learning, either as a direct part of our jobs or through “other duties as assigned,” the last several weeks have been a massive scramble to replicate, as much as possible, our physical services in the online environment. For library and information literacy instruction, this is particularly challenging as we debate “synchronous vs. asynchronous” and balance the realities of reacting, while hopefully seeing the opportunities for positive change in our work when this crisis ends. This is inevitably tangled up with issues of accessibility, access to tools and tool know-how, timely communication with colleagues and patrons, and the number of hours in the day. We are stronger when we work together and, fortunately, we have a close-knit, knowledgeable, and creative community of academic librarians and library workers in North Carolina to lean on in times of crisis.

We invite you to join the North Carolina Library Instruction Network for an open lab we’re calling, “This is Weird.” This is not another webinar with a panel of experts showcasing more tools or best practices. This is an informal, unstructured, judgement-free hour of colleagues sharing our experiences, good, bad, and ugly, riding the waves of the last few weeks. Bring questions and share reflections about how you and others have handled the transition to remote library services and instruction, or just feel free to listen to what others have to say. In the interest of privacy, this meeting will not be recorded.

  • Time: Apr 7, 2020 02:00 PM EST

  • Location: Zoom