Prep for the NCLA Conference with Two Free Webinars

The NCLA Technology & Trends Roundtable is pleased to announce TWO webinars to enhance your NCLA 2019 Conference experience.

Both webinars are free and open to all, but do require registration.

We’ll send out access links the evening before each webinar. Recordings will be available afterward.

Conference Prep, Part 1: Level Up Your NCLA Cred With Sched!

August 14th at 2 PM

For this conference, NCLA is using an online platform for the conference schedule called, SCHED. Julie Raynor, Readers’ Services Supervisor at High Point Public Library will provide tips and trips on how to navigate and use SCHED to connect with colleagues before and during Conference.

Register by 5 PM on August 13th.

Conference Prep, Part 2: Poster Presentations & Design

September 19th at 2 PM

Congratulations on getting a poster accepted for a conference! Designing a poster that pops can often be the difference between folks stopping to talk to you or not. Join Amanda Glenn-Bradley, User Engagement Librarian & CrAFT Studio Coordinator at UNC Asheville for a breakdown of the basics of poster designing and discover how to make the best poster ever!

Register by 5 PM on September 18th.


Please contact Chad Haefele ( or Julie Raynor (

TNT 2019 Conference Offerings

The 63rd NCLA Biennial Conference is just around the corner, and TNT has a great line up of events! See the details below or visit the NCLA Conference schedule for all events.


Libraries: Spaces for Everyone – Web Accessibility Basics and Beyond

  • Tuesday, October 15
  • 1:30-4:30 PM
  • Ardmore 2, Embassy Suites

This will be an interactive workshop that allows attendees to learn about digital accessibility guidelines, laws, and practices and gain hands-on experience putting these into practice with their own platforms. We will also work to build empathy and better understanding of how our work can impact our users with accessibility needs and concerns. We will walk through the Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG 2.1), review how to use various tools and methods to audit a website, and provide time to work with colleagues or other workshop attendees on your websites and online tools. In addition, we will look at how accessibility can affect subscribed electronic resources, focusing on steps you can take to be aware of accessibility before you purchase a resource and methods you can employ to work with vendors after a resource is purchased.

Concurrent Sessions

Libraries: Spaces to Teach and Troubleshoot Technology

  • Wednesday, October 16
  • 2:30-3:20 PM
  • Winston 3A

This interactive session focuses on the idea that technology support and teaching could become an integral dimension of reference and adult services work. The session starts with mini-talks of 10 minutes in which the three panelists each discuss their work related to this topic: Lenstra discusses results from a year-long community informatics study of tech support at adult services desks at three public libraries. House discusses building collaborations with campus Information Technology Services (ITS) such that ITS becomes embedded in every library space across the community college. Williams discusses the Library “Senior Geek Squad,” which exists to help older adults become familiar and comfortable with various types of technology and to become active users of their digital devices, with sessions both held at the library and off-site in the community.

The session will then transition into an interactive discussion of the perils and possibilities associated with bringing technology support and teaching into reference and adult services work. This session will prepare you to embed tech support and instruction into your library’s reference and information services.

TNT’s Library Tech Resource Networking Meetup

  • Thursday, October 17
  • 11:00-11:50 AM
  • Salem 1B

The purpose of this session is for attendees to connect with fellow librarians and leave with knowledge about TNT’s Library Tech Resource List. This list provides a tech support network that everyone can use for tech advice and guidance. The session is open to everyone, but specifically to Early Career librarians and Students who want to learn from librarians who have manage technology day-to-day in their libraries. This session is also an opportunity to learn more about TNT’s Library Tech Resource List and how to participate, both as a “tech expert” and as a “tech learner”.

The format for this session is new, so it will be setup in “conversation stations” where “tech experts” who are included in the Library Tech Resource List will be available (at tech issue tables) and attendees will be invited to rotate among them and meet face-to-face. This format is reminiscent of the “speed dating” concept and very similar to the “Speed Interviewing” sessions that have been offered at previous conferences, just more focused and less about “speed”. The hope is that both “tech experts” and “tech learners” will leave with new contacts to reach out to as the need arises.

Tech Tools Lightning Talks from TNT

  • Thursday, October 17
  • 1:30-2:20 PM
  • Salem 3A

In this fast-paced lightning round, presenters from a variety of libraries will show off their tech tool or service of choice. Each panelist will have 5-10 minutes to demonstrate their pick in a practical, lively session.

Presenters will be recruited by the TNT board closer to the conference dates. Depending on response, we’ll accept 4-6 speakers.

TNT Business Meeting

  • Thursday, October 17
  • 4:30-5:50 PM
  • Re-Charge Space, Winston 2

In this meeting we will:

  • Hold the final election of the 2019-2021 Executive Committee Officers
  • Hear from the Outgoing and Incoming Chairs about the TNT’s accomplishments and goals going forward
  • Answer any questions from TNT members and potential members
  • Solicit feedback about new events/programs, etc. for the next Biennium

This meeting is open to all current and past members and any potential members.

Re-Charge Space

Co-sponsored with New Members Roundtable
  • Wednesday, October 16 to Friday, October 18
  • All Day
  • Winston 2

Are you looking for a quiet space to catch up on emails, re-connect with former co-workers and library school friends? Then the NCLA Re-Charge Space is for you! This space will be open to you for the majority of the conference and will be setup for informal conversations and time to “get away” from the conference hubbub. There will be plenty of round tables and chairs, extra outlets, and two charging towers to help you stay connected with the world outside the conference. Tech & Trends will be holding their “Library Tech Resource Networking Meetup” session and NMRT will setup a Career Center for resume review and interview help in the Re-Charge Space. This space is being sponsored by TNT and NMRT.

Save the Date: Emerging Technology Trends for Libraries

Technology has changed the face of libraries and is continuing to change how we work and how we deliver services to customers. This workshop introduces emerging technology trends, and how those trends are re-shaping library services. Examples of how to incorporate these emerging trends into libraries are provided.

Attendees will leave knowing what trends to look for, the difference between a technology trend and a fad, and will have new ideas on how their library can respond to emerging technology.

About the Presenter:

David Lee King

David Lee King is the Digital Services Director at Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, where he plans, implements, and experiments with emerging technology trends. He speaks internationally about emerging trends, website management, digital experience, and social media, and has been published in many library-related journals. David is a Library Journal Mover and Shaker. His newest book is Face2Face: Using Facebook, Twitter, and Other Social Media Tools to Create Great Customer Connections. David blogs at

Register on the State Library’s Train Station:

Registration opens on Monday, April 1, 2019.

May 21st: Cumberland County PL, Fayetteville

The library is located at 300 Maiden Lane, Fayetteville, NC 28301

Register for Fayetteville

May 22nd: High Point Museum (HP Library), High Point

The museum is located at 1859 E. Lexington Ave., High Point, NC

Register for High Point

May 23rd: Pack Memorial Library, Asheville

The library is located at 67 Haywood St., Asheville, NC

Register for Asheville

The library is located at 67 Haywood St., Asheville, NC 28801  (

These workshops will run from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with time included to eat lunch on your own. There is no charge to attend these events. (We are no longer allowed to provide lunches or snacks at workshops, so please bring any snacks or liquids you may need with you.)

TNT will be able to offer .6 CEUs for workshop attendees.

If you have questions, feel free to contact Julie Raynor at: or 336.883.3093.

This project is made possible by funding from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) as administered by the State Library of North Carolina, a division of the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (IMLS grant number LS-00-18-0034-18). 

#NCLA13 Web Design for Libraries recap

Thanks to all who joined us for the Web Design for Libraries session last Friday!  We had an almost full room.  Here’s a brief recap:

Alan Unsworth from Surrey Community College talked about his experience using LibGuides to run his library’s website (  He emphasized how easy the system made very complex tasks, like adding cover art from books and embedding a NC Knows chat widget.  He also talked about how robust the libguides community and technical support is, and that if you get stuck there’s always someone to ask for help.

Chad Haefele and Emily King from UNC demoed WordPress, which runs both the UNC Libraries’ website ( and the LAUNC-CH ( site.  They addressed the positives and negatives of WordPress.  One main point is that while WordPress is extremely flexible, it can take significant work to get it to do exactly what you want.  Their slides are available online.

Thanks again for joining us at the NCLA conference!

TNT events at the 2013 NCLA Conference

We have three conference sessions scheduled at the upcoming 2013 NCLA Conference.  There’s also an important business meeting where we’ll hold board elections, and we’re showing up at the pub crawl on Wednesday night.  Join us!

We’ll also have a table set up in the exhibits.  Stop by for your chance to spin a prize wheel and walk away with a souvenir!

Wednesday, 10/16:

4:00-5:00: Business meeting (with elections) (Room TBA)

7:00: Evening Social Event at Finnigan’s Wake

Join us at the NCLA Pub Crawl!  We’ll be at Finnigan’s Wake at 7pm with an appetizer to share.

Friday, 10/18:

8:30-9:30: Share Your App! (Room TBA)

This flash presentation will allow presenters to demonstrate their favorite apps for smartphone or tablet. Each presenter will be given 5 minutes (up to 10 presenters) to talk about the app and its application to libraries. The featured apps will cover a wide range of uses in libraries, from those that we may use with patrons to those that we use to keep our libraries and ourselves organized. Participants will have a chance to ask questions about the apps and will be given a list of all apps demonstrated with information on where to download them, device compatibility, and key features of each application.

11:45-12:45: Web Design for Libraries (Room TBA)

Libraries state-wide are using a variety of free and low-cost tools to make their websites both functional and visually appealing. In this panel presentation, librarians from academic, public, school, and special libraries will highlight their website and discuss the nuts and bolts behind their websites (such as which content management platform/software they are using, why they chose it, or how they created their website).  Whether you are currently in the process of redesigning your library website, making plans to do so in the near future, or want to learn more about different software available, this presentation will provide you with real-life examples and how-to advice.

11:45-12:45: Up With e-Books: Best Practices for Staff Training (Room TBA)

With the recent increase in demand for electronic books, libraries are trying to find the best ways to teach our community how to effectively use the library’s eBook collection.  Some libraries have created staff training programs to better prepare staff to assist their patrons with eBook questions.  Panelist will discuss their training programs and troubleshooting techniques, which can be easily adapted to meet the needs of your library’s staff and patrons.

Recent NCLA Tech and Trends presentations

Your NCLA Technology and Trends board has been busy!

Julie Raynor (Secretary/Treasurer) did a great job leading the first webinar in our series: E-Book Training: How to Get Started! If you missed it, you can find the link to the recorded session here, and her slides below:

After Julie kicked off our webinar series, our good friends at NCLA’s Reference and Adult Services Section (RASS) and the Distance Learning Interest Group (DLIG) graciously gave us a chance to present as part of their Virtual Conference on March 14. Yours truly (Jenny Dale – Vice-Chair) presented on tech tools for academic reference and instruction librarians.

Keep checking back here for more presentations! After Chad teaches us all how to teach ourselves to program, we’ll post his presentation slides as well. Click here for more information on TNT Webinar #2: Teach Yourself How to Program, and click here to register!

TNT Webinar #2: Teach Yourself How to Program

Please join the Technology and Trends Round Table for the next webinar in our series, coming up next week

Wednesday, March 20, 3-4pm
Teach Yourself How to Program
Leader: Chad Haefele, UNC-Chapel Hill 

Programming skills are in demand, but it often seems like an intimidating topic to learn.  When we surveyed roundtable members, the number one thing we heard was that you wanted to learn to program.  While we can’t quite do that in one short session, we can do the next best thing: teach you how to teach yourself.  Many programmers have little or no formal training, and picked it up as they went along instead.  You can do that too!  We’ll talk about what it’s like to learn to program, provide some guidance on what language to learn, and look at a number of free web-based teaching tools and resources.  No prior experience is necessary.

Please RSVP by Wednesday, March 20 at 8am using this link:

All webinars will be conducted using Blackboard Collaborate. A link will be sent out to all participants on the morning of March 20. 

If you have any questions, email Kathy Shields at kshields[at] or Jenny Dale at jedale2[at]

Interested in joining TNT? Visit to add it to your NCLA membership! It’s just $5!

Recording from TNT Webinar #1: Ebook Training: How to Get Started

If you weren’t able to attend our first webinar, or just want to go back and hear it again, here is the link to the full recording of the session:

Many thanks to Julie Raynor at High Point Public Library for putting together this fantastic webinar!

Mark your calendar for an upcoming TNT webinar!

Hi everyone!

You spoke, we listened! In this spring’s collection of webinars, we’ve done our best to reflect the topics you asked for in our survey last fall. We’ll continue to incorporate these ideas into our future programming efforts.

Coming up later this month:

Wednesday, February 27, 3-4pm

EBook Training: How to Get Started
Leader: Julie Raynor, High Point Public Library

With all the interest in EBooks recently, have you been wondering about the best ways to teach your community how to use your library’s eBook collection?  And what about the best ways to train staff so they can assist patrons with eBook questions confidently?  This webinar will cover the approach that the High Point Public Library took in doing both of these.  The techniques involved can be adapted to any size public library or customized for academic library settings.

Please RSVP by Tuesday, February 26 at 5pm using this link: 

And, more great webinars are coming your way soon….

March (Date TBD)- Learning How to Program

April (Date TBD) – Free Image Editing Tools

All webinars will be conducted using Blackboard Collaborate.

We’ll be sending out more information on these webinars in the coming weeks. If you have any questions, email Kathy Shields at kshields[at] or Jenny Dale at jedale2[at]