2020 NC LIVE Annual Conference

Register for the conference here

Note: if you're a staff member at an NC LIVE member library the conference is free! All other interested parties will be asked to pay a small registration fee.

Conference Info: Theme  |  Keynote  |  Call for Proposals |  Location |  Hotel Information  |  #NCLIVE2020

Theme: The Power of Us

Libraries collaborate every day, working together to solve problems, enhance services, and support our communities. Across departments, libraries, and consortia, when we work together we can accomplish much more than when we work alone. In sundry ways, North Carolina libraries demonstrate the power of collective engagement, coordinated action, and shared resources. Examples include:

  • Partnering with affinity organizations
  • Initiating diversity, equity, and inclusion practices
  • Forming innovative resource sharing agreements
  • Launching collective offsite storage programs
  • Reaching out to new communities
  • Creating community-based programming 

Our 2020 theme, The Power of Us, celebrates the collective potential of our 205 member libraries to enact change, innovate, find solutions, and persevere in the face of challenges. 



Kate Lasky

Kate Lasky, Library Director, Josephine Community Library District 

Kate Lasky has been the executive director of Josephine Community Libraries, Inc., since 2010 and recently began her new role as library director of the newly formed Josephine Community Library District in October 2017. Kate is active in the Oregon Library Association having served as a board member for the Public Library Division for two years and elected as vice president/president elect in 2019. She is also an active member of the legislative and development committees for both the Oregon Library Association and the Josephine County Chamber of Commerce. She serves on the board of Oregon Humanities and is passionate about equity, diversity, and inclusion for all. 

Kate holds a master’s degree in education from Northern Arizona University and is pursuing a master’s in library science from San Jose State University. Her career path has included positions in publishing, journalism, and all levels of education from kindergarten to university. She has received awards for her service to the community from the Josephine County Chamber of Commerce, Oregon Library Association, and Library Journal.

Call for Proposals

We invite librarians, library staff, community partners, scholars, and students to share your research and creative endeavors with your colleagues at the NC LIVE Annual Conference. While we encourage proposals that feature NC LIVE resources and services, we give equal consideration to proposals not specific to NC LIVE. Special attention will be given to submissions that exhibit efforts related to:

  • Partnering with affinity organizations
  • Initiating diversity, equity, and inclusion practices 
  • Forming innovative resource sharing agreements
  • Launching collective offsite storage programs
  • Reaching out to new communities
  • Creating community-based programming 

Session Formats

We are accepting three types of proposals for the 2020 conference. Each will be 50 minutes:

  1. Presentation: This is the traditional conference session. Presenters will deliver engaging content for 40 minutes and allow 10 minutes for audience Q&A.

  2. Peer-guided Roundtables: This is a more informal opportunity for attendees to exchange ideas, discuss best practices, and network with peers working on similar projects. Facilitators will present for 10-15 minutes and lead 35-40 minutes of structured discussion around a topic of their choice.

  3. Panel: This session format offers 2-5 presenters the opportunity to share practical experiences, discuss innovative projects and fresh approaches to library issues, or critically reflect on a topic.

Please submit your proposal by February 28, 2020. Submit your propsals here


Highsmith Student Union
1 University Heights
Asheville, NC 28804
(828) 251-6600

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Highsmith 2nd Floor Layout


At NC LIVE, we work to keep conference expenditures low to boost accessibility for library folks from all around the state. Apart from offering free registration, NC LIVE has compiled a list of hotels close to the conference center with affordable rates.

Country Inn & Suites by Radisson - 1.9 mi away (@$114)

22 Westgate Parkway; continental breakfast


Hyatt Place Asheville/Downtown - 1.6 mi away (@ $180)

199 Haywood Street; parking additional $16/day


Downtown Inn and Suites - 1.8 mi away (@$95)

120 Patton Avenue; continental breakfast; pets allowed for $12 per pet, per night


Cambria Hotel Downtown Asheville - 1.7 mi away (@$190)

15 Page Avenue; parking additional $17/day


Kimpton Hotel Arras - 1.8 mi away (@$259)

7 Patton Avenue; pet friendly


Crowne Plaza Resort Asheville - 1.8 mi away (@$125)

1 Resort Drive


Hotel Indigo Asheville Downtown - 1.6 mi away (@$185)

151 Haywood Street; parking packages available; pet friendly packages available


Hilton Garden Inn Asheville Downtown - 1.8 mi away (@$149)

309 College Street; breakfast packages available; pets allowed with $50 non-refundable pet fee


Four Points by Sheraton Asheville Downtown - 1.6 mi away (@$117)

22 Woodfin Street; breakfast packages available; parking additional $10/day


Renaissance Asheville Hotel - 1.6 mi away (@$199)

31 Woodfin Street


Aloft Asheville Downtown - 1.9 m away (@$200)

51 Biltmore Avenue; parking additional $10/day


AC Hotel Asheville Downtown - 1.8 mi away (@$199)

10 Broadway Street; parking additional $15/day; pets allowed with $75 non-refundable pet fee

See the archived page from the 2019 Annual Conference here.