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). 

Tech to make the most of #NCLA17: Direct Communication and Networking Aids

Today’s contributor is Julie Raynor, your 2017 Technology and Trends Chair-Elect.

When I attend conferences I usually struggle with two challenges: how to easily keep in touch with other committee members and co-workers during the conference and anything pertaining to networking.

As I was seeking out tools to use next week I came across two apps that I thought would be worth sharing: GroupMe and Namerick.

groupme logo

GroupMe is a free communication app that allows you to easily message other people who have the app and are in your group. You can also setup private chat rooms. This would be perfect for working with co-presenters and coordinating a lunch spot with your co-workers.

It’s powered by Skype, so it works on all devices, tablets, smartphones, even computers–if you’ve forgotten something “mission critical” you can send messages to your co-workers who are at the library and not attending that day. You can even send SMS messages! This would definitely have potential uses beyond the conference.

Once you download the app you can easily create a group and add group members by phone numbers or email addresses.


Namerick is the type of tool that really comes in handy when knowing someone’s name and connections is vitally important. I have a really bad habit of forgetting a new person’s name almost immediately after meeting them. So, this tool was very appealing to me. Some limitations are that it only works on iPhones and it does cost $.99, but that seemed like a great value.

Namerick uses proven mnemonic techniques of association to aid in memory, especially of people’s names. It also employs repetition to enhance your memory. If memory is one of your weaknesses, this might just be the right tool for you.

At a conference where networking can lead to future career and partnership opportunities, being a successful networker is truly important.

These tools and many more are reviewed in the Sept. 7, 2015 Practical ECommerce article, “16 Mobile Apps for Networking Events” by Sig Ueland.

This post is part of a short series here on the TNT blog: Tech to make the most of the NCLA 2017 Biennial Conference. You’ll hear from TNT Board Members as well as guest authors about tech you can use as a conference presenter and participant to maximize your experience at #NCLA17. If you have an idea you’d like to contribute, email Jenny Dale at jedale2[at]uncg[dot]edu!

Free Friday: Engaging Library Users with Pokémon Go!

I’m sure you knew it was coming! Pokémon Go has exploded this month, and many libraries are getting in on the game. Whether or not you play, you can take advantage of this fad as a way to bring new people into your library  and to engage with current users!

If you’re not familiar with it, Pokémon Go is a free app-based augmented reality game that has people of all ages out and exploring their environments this summer as they capture and train Pokémon. Chances are, you’ve seen patrons with smartphones exploring your library spaces in new ways while they search for digital creatures.

School Library Journal recently published a rundown of the game, how it works, the privacy and safety implications, and ways that libraries are getting in on the trend. There are easy and free ways for libraries to get involved, including posting about the game on social media. Academic and public libraries across North Carolina are using Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to post about the game while also promoting their collections, spaces, events, and services.


Libraries are also creating digital content about Pokémon Go, like the PokéGuide: Pokémon GO @ FIULibraries, as well as physical displays of collections, like the San Jose Library PokéStop featured below that showcases Pokémon themed media from the collection.


Vineland PokeStop by San Jose Library on [CC BY-SA 2.0]

Are you using Pokémon Go for fun, at work, or both? Tell us about it!

-Jenny Dale, Chair, TNT RoundTable

Come back next Friday, July 29 for our next installment of Free Fridays!

Catching up! Tag! You’re It: RFID in the NCSU Libraries webinar follow-up

If you had to miss our February 25 webinar, “Tag! You’re It: RFID in the NCSU Libraries,” never fear – your recording and slides are here!

The recording of the live session is also available here.
Thanks again to Christee and Mara from NCSU Libraries for sharing their RFID knowledge with us!

TNT Webinar: Tag, You’re It! RFID in the NCSU Libraries

Join us on Tuesday, 2/25 at 2:30pm in Blackboard Collaborate for the next installment in the TNT webinar series: Tag, You’re It! RFID in the NCSU Libraries!


New Hunt Library, NC State University by kmoliver on (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Who: Christee Pascale (Associate Head, Acquisitions & Discovery) and Mara Mathews (University Library Technician, User Experience), NCSU Libraries

What: Tag, You’re It! RFID in the NCSU Libraries

In January 2013, NCSU implemented RFID in the James B. Hunt Jr. Library. This webinar will consider practical technical and public service aspects of NCSU Libraries’ planning, rollout, and current RFID operations. Please join to learn more about RFID, how NCSU Libraries setup our installation, and what we’ve learned in our first year!

When: Tuesday, 2/25 at 2:30pm

Where: Online in Blackboard Collaborate! Sign up online by 12 midnight on Monday, 2/24. You’ll receive a link and instructions on Tuesday, 2/25 by 11am.


Questions? Contact Jenny Dale at jedale2[at]uncg[dot]edu.

How to fail at a makerspace recap!

Thanks to everyone who joined us yesterday for our latest webinar: How to fail at a makerspace. Brown Biggers from UNCG University Libraries gave a great presentation about makerspaces and the magic that makes them happen.

If you had to miss the presentation, or if you’d just like to review the content, you can view Brown’s slides below:

For a more fully immersive experience, including Q&A from the session, take a look at the recording of the session.

And, just for fun, watch the UNCG University Libraries 3D printer at work!

Questions or comments about the webinar? Ideas for a future presentation? Want to lavish praise upon TNT? Email Jenny Dale at jedale2[at]uncg[dot]edu!