Previous Events

May 2022 Share-out

Wednesday, May 18

3pm EST, via Zoom

Please join us for our first event of Spring 2022: A Share-out on May 18, 2022 from 3-4 pm.

Recall that NCLINe’s Share-outs are semi-structured live events where a small slate of presenters share 5-10 minute talks with time for questions.

What topics are invited? From fun virtual icebreakers to effective discussion prompts, we want to hear about the practical teaching strategies you use to engage learners. You can also share about instruction-related research you’re doing. Proposals will be accepted on a rolling basis and grouped together as appropriate. Graduate students and new professionals are especially encouraged to submit proposals.

March 2022 Hangout

Wednesday, March 23

3pm EST, via Zoom

Please join us for our first event of Spring 2022: A Hangout on March 23, 2022 from 3-4 pm.

Our discussion topics will continue along similar thematic lines: What is the end of the semester looking like? What outreach ideas do you plan to implement? Any exciting summer projects? And how are we caring for ourselves and our colleagues?

February 2022 Hangout

Wednesday, February 9

3pm EST, via Zoom

Please join us for our first event of Spring 2022: A Hangout on February 9, 2022 from 3-4 pm. To refresh your memory, NCLINe Hangouts are live, open conversations for the NCLINe community where we can workshop problems and celebrate success stories.

Our topic of discussion is: how it’s going. We’re nearly mid-way through yet another odd semester and what we’re all doing at our respective schools may end up being what library instruction looks like for the foreseeable future. So, we’ll talk about what that looks like, how it’s going, and how we’re thinking about instruction in this new reality. As the pandemic continues to evolve and our institutions respond in varied ways, we are left to figure out what is working, and what still needs work.

December 2021 Share-out

Wednesday, December 8
3pm EST, via Zoom

Our December 2021 Share-out featured three lightning talks. Thank you to all of the presenters!

  • Marc Bess, First Year & Online Learning Librarian at UNC Charlotte, shared about Atkins Library’s Digital Media Literacy instruction program

  • Garrison Libby, Assistant Director of Instructional and Research Services at Central Piedmont Community College, shared about his work on building a community of instruction librarians in the Charlotte area

  • Kevin Vickers, School Library Media Coordinator, Shiloh Valley Elementary School, shared about using graphic novels to help a group focus on complex issues

October 2021 Hangout

Wednesday, October 13

3pm EST, via Zoom

With half the semester nearly in the rearview mirror, we’re continuing on a familiar theme and are interested to hear about how your instruction/learning is going as well as how you’re caring for yourselves, each other, and your students.

August 2021 Hangout

Wednesday, August 11

3pm EST, via Zoom

For this Hangout, we’re preparing a series of guiding questions and small group discussions that address how things are shaping up at your institution and what your plans, hopes, and fears are heading into a new semester.

April 2021 Share-out

Wednesday, April 14
3pm EST, via Zoom

Our April 2021 Share-out featured four lightning talks centered on the theme of inclusive teaching practices. Thank you to all of the presenters!

  • "Information Privilege and Digital Divides: Using Critical Pedagogy in the Library Classroom" by Hannah Rozear,, Duke University, Librarian for Instructional Services

  • "Introducing Undergraduate Students to Information Privilege" by Cara Evanson,, Davidson College, Research and First Year Experience Librarian; and Meggie Lasher,, Davidson College, Research and Academic Engagement Librarian

  • "Critical Thinking Strategies in Academic Research at Digital Age" by Nurhak Tuncer,, Elizabeth City State University, Librarian

  • "Citational Politics in a First-Year Writing Class" by Mark Coltrain,, Appalachian State University, First Year Experience Librarian

March 2021 Hangout

Wednesday, October 13

3pm EST, via Zoom

This month's theme was taken directly from the poll you completed after last month's Share-out and centers on what we’ve learned about engaging students in online library instruction during the pandemic. We look forward to an informal hour of sharing and learning.

February 2021 Share-out

Wednesday, February 10
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

January 2021 Hangout

Wednesday, January 13

3pm EST, via Zoom

We’ll have the opportunity to reconnect and think about our plans, challenges, and goals for the coming year. Please bring your Big Fails, Big Wins, and Big Dreams to share with the other attendees.

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