Carolinas Community (CSLA) Community Blog

CSLA Charlotte Chat Flier

Recently, the NE Community hosted an informal chat for members to gather ahead of SLA Annual Conference in Charlotte, NC, and we loved the idea so much that we decided to do it for the Carolinas Community!

Join us June 24 at 09:00 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Register in advance for this meeting:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Whether you have specific questions about the conference or Charlotte, or you just want to hang out and chat about the upcoming event, we’d love to have you!

The latest announcements will be posted here in our brand new CSLA blog. Announcements created prior to May 2021 are listed below the blog entries.
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CSLA Special Webinar Event

When: May 19th at 2:00 PM

Take a break from the hustle and bustle of teleworking to join CSLA on May 19th at 2:00 PM. In place of an open community call this month, hear how libraries across North Carolina are supporting response efforts during the COVID-19 pandemic. Several CSLA members will present on activities within their organizations and there will be time to share among friends afterwards.

Webinar details:

Announcing Student Deals for the SLA 2020 Conference in Charlotte!

Student Deals for SLA 2020 Conference

2 Networking Dinners in March!

CSLA Hosting 2 Networking Dinners in March!

Charlotte Networking Dinner

CSLA Dinner Flyer
When: Tuesday, March 10th at 6:00 PM
Where: 300 East, 300 East Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28203
RSVP to Jean Moats by Friday, March 6th

Cary Networking Dinner

Wednesday, March 19th at 5:45 PM
Where: Tribeca Tavern, 500 Ledgestone Way, Cary, NC 27519

Networking Dinner

Join CSLA for a Networking Dinner

Wednesday, February 12th 6:00 PM
Brixx in Brier Creek
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CSLA Meeting: Jan 30, 2020

CSLA January Meeting
Thu, Jan 30, 2020 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM (EST)

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (669) 224-3412

Access Code: 360-050-205

Announcing the CSLA Annual Summit in Concord, NC: Nov. 14-15


Registration is now open for the Carolinas Chapter of the Special Libraries Association 2019 Inaugural Annual Summit: Optimizing Ourselves & Our Libraries. Join us at Great Wolf Lodge in Concord, NC November 14th and 15th as we think about developing a clear vision for how we want to excel in 2020 both within and beyond our organizations. This Thursday-Friday event offers one-and-a-half days of interactive programming, information sharing, and networking. Registration includes the CSLA Awards Banquet Dinner on Thursday as well as breakfast and lunch on Friday.

Highlights include:

Full program available at: 

Price: $75 for CSLA members and students, $100 for nonmembers

Deadline for booking room at discounted rate: October 18th

Deadline for registration: November 7th 

Act Soon!

Discounted room rates will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis, so register today! Interested in extending your stay? Great Wolf Lodge has a limited number of rooms available at a discounted rate through Sunday.

Call for Volunteers! 

We are seeking presenters to demonstrate during our InfoTools Expo. If you are interested in showing us your favorite tool for 5-15 minutes during the morning session of Day 2, complete the last question on the registration form.

Questions? Contact Taylor Johnson or ( or Jessica Reece (

Webinar: What We Learned at SLA

The Carolinas Chapter of SLA invites you to join us for a webinar on August 6th at 11:00 a.m. on what we learned at SLA 2019 in Cleveland.

Speakers will be:

  • Susie Corbett, VP, Life Science Intelligence, NC Biotechnology Center
  • Susan Forbes, Director, EPA Library
  • Howard Franklin, Data Analyst, NC Biotechnology Center
  • Laura Fu, DAM Practice Lead, EMMSphere
  • Janel Kinlaw, Manager, Refining Workflow


We’ll share what’s happening with the association as well as highlights from our favorite sessions.  Hope you’ll join us!


Register in advance for this meeting:

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

Bowling and Networking Event: April 4th, 2019

Register for the InfoTools Sharing Roundtable 2018!

We’re excited this year to offer a fun session learning about virtual and augmented reality, followed by lunch and our informal sharing session.  All attendees will get an Unofficial Cardboard device to take with them to explore the virtual reality technology further.  After lunch, we’ll share and demonstrate those tools that we all use and find helpful in our daily work.

When: Wednesday, July 18, 2018

10:30    Registration

11:00    The Future of Virtual and Augmented Realities in Special Libraries

Noon     Lunch and networking

1:00       Info Tools sharing

Where: North Carolina Biotechnology Center, 15 T. W. Alexander Drive, RTP.  Directions at


CSLA Member: $25

Students: $20

Non-members: $30

The Future of Virtual and Augmented Realities in Special Libraries 

Virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) are getting a lot of media attention these days. Have you tried them? Do you wonder why you, as a special librarian, should try them? This session will introduce you to what VR and AR are, what the general opportunities and challenges are for serious use (ie. not for gaming!) and will suggest some specific opportunities for use in special libraries. Come prepared to put your thinking caps on, because you'll be helping with that last part!

This session will be presented by Elizabeth A. (Libby) Evans.  Libby coordinates the Duke Digital Initiative (DDI) at Duke University. The DDI explores potential uses of new and emerging technologies in teaching and learning. Over the past few years, those technologies have included virtual reality, augmented reality, drones, motion capture, 3D video, 360 degree video, lightboards, and more. Previously, she was at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill for over 25 years. She has presented at numerous conferences on topics that have changed as technologies have evolved. She has experience teaching in the NC public schools, in the NC community college system, and in higher education. She holds a BA in English and psychology and an MS in library science, both from UNC. She loves technology and is committed to considering both its opportunities and its challenges in higher education.

Info Tools Sharing

Feel free to come and share or just come and learn. We’ll hear about tools ranging from Canva to Meltwater to Zotero! Are you using Softchalk?  Browzine?  Any tool that makes your work easier will be of interest to the attendees.  This part of the day belongs to you, so tell us what you want to learn about or what you want to share when you register.

After completing the registration survey, click the PayPal button below to pay for your registration. Please register by July 1, 2018. 


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Durham Bulls Game and Pregame Happy Hour!

Come join the Carolinas Chapter of the Special Libraries Association for a night of baseball and networking on Friday, April 20th!
The game starts at 7:05 PM and will be followed by an outstanding fireworks show. We will meet for a Happy Hour beforehand at Tyler's Taproom. If you have not been to a Durham Bulls game recently, there are great eats and drinks available in the park, including a special food truck event for this game.
To purchase tickets visit our page at :
Who: CSLA members, prospective members, and friends
What: Durham Bulls baseball game and pregame Happy Hour
When: Friday, April 20th 2018 ~ 5:30 PM for Happy Hour, 7:05 gametime
Where: Happy Hour - Tyler's Taproom; Game - DBAP (409 Blackwell St)
Questions? Contact Taylor Abernethy ( Please buy your tickets as soon as possible so we will have time to expand the block if needed. Tickets are transferable in the event of weather-related cancellations. Hope to see you there!

CSLA March Networking Events!

Below is a list of the CSLA neighborhood networking gatherings being held in March. You do not need to be a member of SLA to attend, and students are welcome at all events.

Please RSVP to the host of the lunch or dinner you plan to attend. 

Raleigh Networking Dinner
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
5:30 pm
Cameron Bar and Grill
RSVP to Susan Craft,

RTP Networking Lunch

Friday, March 16, 2018
Page Road Grill
RSVP to Janel Kinlaw,

Cary Networking Lunch
Friday, March 23, 2018
11:00am – 1:00pm
11000 Regency Parkway, Suite 103
Cary, NC 27518
(The Cary Lunch will feature a presentation by Phil Painter: Blackbelt in Six Sigma Lean Principles)
RSVP to Joanie Oliver,  (RSVP no later than March 19th)

Chapel Hill Networking Dinner
Saturday, March 24, 2018
7:00 pm
Vimala's Curryblossom Café
RSVP to Erin Rutherford,

Cary Networking Dinner
Wednesday, March 28, 2018
5:45 pm
Tribeca Tavern
RSVP to Nicole Duggins,

CSLA Thank You Happy Hour, Dec. 8 - RSVP!

Come join fellow CSLA members at a happy hour on Friday, December 8th to say thank you to the outgoing board members Jaime Christopher, Jennifer Evans, Tiffany Lopez and Earl Smith!

Date: Friday, December 8th

Time: 5:30 - 7:00 pm

Location: Cantina 18 in Cameron Village

RSVP: To help us plan, please RSVP by Wednesday, December 6th to Janel Kinlaw (

CSLA Annual Banquet 2017 - RSVP today!

Please join us for our first annual banquet as the Carolinas Chapter of SLA. This is our most popular event of the year. Let’s get together and discuss chapter business, reflect on the year, honor colleagues with chapter awards, and perhaps most importantly - catch up with old friends while making some new ones!

What: Reception with a buffet meal

Where: Dos Perros Restaurant (Durham)

When: Thursday, November 2nd, 5:30-8:30pm

Register now!


We are pleased to announce that we have two vendor partners for this event:

Silver Level: WT Cox Information Services



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Because of space, attendance will be capped, so be sure to get your registration in early! The deadline for registration is October 26.

Cost of the reception includes buffet meal, dessert, tea, sodas and coffee.

Click here to register, and use the PayPal button below to complete your payment.


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October events and Annual Banquet save the date!

Hi everyone,

October is here! I've gathered some fun library-related events going on this month.

Anything else going on this month that I am missing? Respond to this post and let us know!

Don't forget to mark your calendars for the evening of Thursday, November 2! The CSLA Annual Banquet will be at Dos Perros in downtown Durham. Join us for networking, delicious dinner and hearing about the events and business of the chapter. Registration and more information about the event will be sent out later this week.

CSLA Happy Hour on Tuesday, Sept. 26 - RSVP!

Don't forget - next Tuesday, September 26 at 5:30 we are having a CSLA happy hour at Cameron Bar and Grill in Raleigh - Tuesdays are $5 burger night!

If you are planning on joining, please RSVP to

August Happy Hour and Annual Banquet save the date!

Join us for an August Happy Hour on Tuesday, August 29 at 5:30 pm at Cantina 18 in Morrisville. Please RSVP to Jaime ( by Wednesday, August 23rd.

Also - save the date for our Annual Banquet! It will be the evening of Thursday, November 2 at Dos Perros in Durham. Stay tuned for more information!

Member Spotlight - Janel Kinlaw

This edition of Member Spotlight focuses on Janel Kinlaw, Data Analyst at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, 2nd Year Director for NC SLA and 2018 Conference Planner for LMD.Member Spotlight: Janel Kinlaw

Janel KinlawCan you tell us a bit about your background? How did you first become involved in the information profession? I was an Information Systems undergrad and went into the benefits consulting world right out of college.  I did some programming and systems analysis which helped grow my problem solving and listening skills and eventually moved up into a project manager role. I also learned a lot of healthcare rules and regulations and came to appreciate all the hard work that happens behind the scenes to support a benefits annual enrollment every year.

What prompted your choice of a career? I was wanting to go back to graduate school to become a teacher and instead I found the library science programs.  When I think about my childhood, the library was the one place that I enjoyed going back to again and again.  And it turned out that library science was a good fit for my interests and has allowed me to continue to learn every day

What kind of libraries have you worked in throughout your career? I've been in special libraries my whole career, but during graduate school I thought I would end up in an academic library.

What advice would you give to someone just starting out as information professional? Get involved in your local chapter and network with other librarians.  If you are fortunate to attend a SLA conference

Why did you become involved with SLA? I joined SLA (and ALA) as a student, because I didn't know what kind of library I would end up in after graduate school.  I moved to the DC area after getting my degree and was fortunate to volunteer with a very active and supportive SLA chapter.  I joined the DC/SLA programming committee and helped to plan the chapter's monthly events.  Being active at the local chapter level or at the national level helps you learn more about how SLA works and the challenges that other chapters or librarians are facing around the country.

 What reasons would you give other professionals for joining SLA? For taking an active role in SLA at some level? Keep an eye out for a call for volunteers and say yes!  Look for opportunities to expand your skills or gain new ones that you might not be able to get in your day job. A former colleague of mine became the chapter treasurer because she was looking for budgeting experience that she couldn't get in her day job.

What do you wish you had learned in graduate school? What is the most important thing you learned? Data visualizations is one skill that I wish I could have learned more about in graduate school.  Being able to explain data sets in an easy way is becoming more and more important.

What will be the most important skills librarians will need as they move into the future? Be adaptable and willing to learn.  Our profession is always evolving and changing which is a challenge for all of us to stay current and up-to-date.  With all the change in technology, perceptions of libraries and services offered, it is important to remember that sharing our love of reading, technology or information needs is still the same no matter the format.   

What do you like to do outside of the information professional world?  With multiple small children, my hobbies are limited these days.  Singing classical music, watching baseball and taking long walks have occupied me in the past.

Is there a cool project or particular part of your job that you really like and can share? I've been using my project management skills to help lead a cross-unit team to identify new software to manage our award process.  We've been using the current software for 20+ years and it has been interesting to learn the day-to-day workflow of how we manage the process currently.  It took us a few months to get a set of high-level requirements and capture the current workflow as well as find the "pain" points that we want the new software to address.  For me this project has been like a 500 piece jigsaw puzzle and I've enjoyed putting all the pieces together.

What is the best book or article you’ve read recently that you would recommend to others? I'm a working mom and have found the only way to read books these days is to listen to them.  As You Wish by Cary Elwes and Hungry Heart by Jennifer Weiner are two of my recommendations for audiobooks


NC Museum of Art Library tour - July 20 @ 3 p.m.

CSLA will be visiting the NC Museum of Art Library on Thursday, July 20, from 3-4 p.m.

Please sign up via Signup Genius (click here for link) if you are planning to go. I'll send more information to those of you who sign up as we get closer to the event.

NCSLA Information Tools Roundtable

At the National Humanities Center

Thursday, June 29, 12:00 – 4:00 pm

NCSLA members (and students) $5; non-NCSLA members $15. Lunch will be included with registration.


Are you interested in learning about information tools that other librarians have used and found to be valuable and time-saving? Would you like to hear about new information tools and how some librarians are using them?

Join us as we have round table discussions, short presentations and demos around information tools we all use and find helpful in our daily work – we will discuss tools for data visualization, project and request management, big data, metadata and other topics of interest.

Come learn about Canva, Tableau, R, Python, IBM Watson, Quid, SmartSheet, Quosa, and more!

After completing the registration survey, click the Paypal button below to pay for your registration.

I’m looking forward to seeing you all there!



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