2023 In-Person Workshops



Whether you’re staffing a reference desk, teaching information literacy classes, promoting library resources, or managing electronic databases, it’s important to know the ins and outs of your NC LIVE resources to help your communities succeed. In Resource Training workshops, you’ll get hands-on training with NC LIVE resources from the experts. We’ll explore content, navigate databases, and brainstorm ways to use them in your communities. 

Registration is free and includes breakfast and lunch.

September 8, 2023

Resource Workshop

Location: Union County Public Library in Monroe, NC

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October 13, 2023

Resource Workshop

Location: Henderson County Public Library in Hendersonville, NC

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NCLA along with the Leadership, Administration, and Management (LAMS) Section is pleased to partner with NC LIVE on regional workshops for library leaders.

“We are excited for the opportunity to see our mission of ‘Developing leaders, building skills, and creating networks’ come to life in this way.”- Brandy Hamilton, Chair, LAMS. North Carolina Library Association - Inform. Connect. Support.

Guest facilitators will share their knowledge on specific leadership competencies and guide you through common leadership challenges. Whether you are in a leadership position already, or aspire to be, consider registering for an upcoming Leadership Development workshop. Is there a local library leader that you'd like to suggest as a session facilitator? Send a message to help [at] nclive.org

Registration is free and includes breakfast and lunch.

June 22, 2023

Project Planning Workshop

Location: Hunt Library at NC State University in Raleigh, NC

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As all libraries wrangle budgets and technology, knowing how to think and act in terms of projects is critical. This hands-on workshop will cover key concepts as well as practical advice for starting a project at your library. Special attention will be paid to the process of before-action reviews. In the afternoon, there will be time for attendees to discuss potential projects and network across libraries.

If you're interested in learning more about the fundamentals of project management, this workshop is for you! 


  • Beth Ashmore, Associate Head of Acquisitions and Discovery for NC State Libraries
  • Kristen Wilson, Discovery Systems Manager for NC State Libraries
9:45 - 10am Check-In
10 - 10:45am Introduction to NC LIVE & LAMS
10:50 - 11:50am

Intentional Project Management: Setting Your Project Up for Success

Kristen Wilson and Beth Ashmore from NC State Libraries

While there are many project management tools and frameworks out there, they often can be too complex or rigid for a library setting. In many cases, simply taking the time to think deeply about a project before beginning and using a few lightweight strategies to share your ideas can be all you need to make progress. This workshop will provide attendees with practical tools and guidance on developing and leading projects in a library setting. It will encourage an intentional mindset that will help attendees develop their own thoughtful approaches to project management, geared toward their own organizations. Specific topics will include defining roles and responsibilities, building consensus, and choosing project tools and strategies. The workshop will also include two short hands-on exercises to help attendees apply these concepts to their own active projects or project ideas.

11:50 - 12:40pm Lunch
12:40 - 1:40pm

Intentional Project Management: Setting Your Project Up for Success

Kristen Wilson and Beth Ashmore

This will be the second half of the training session on project management.

1:40 - 1:50pm Break
1:50 - 2:50pm

Project Pitching Session

Members of NC LIVE's Continuing Education and Training Advisory Committee

This interactive session will invite attendees to pitch their potential projects to each other and begin crafting a project plan.

2:50 - 3:00pm Wrap Up & Raffle



September 22, 2023

Grant Writing Workshop

Location: High Point Museum in High Point, NC

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In this workshop, attendees will learn the fundamentals of grant writing and how to prepare a successful grant proposal for their libraries.

Grant writing is an essential skill for librarians who wish to secure funding for programs, services, and resources that can benefit their communities. This workshop will cover the entire grant writing process, from identifying funding opportunities to crafting a compelling proposal that stands out to funders.

In addition to learning how to write effective grant proposals, participants will also gain an understanding of the grant management process, including developing an effective steering committee and tracking project outcomes. The workshop will provide guidance on how to create a plan for project sustainability beyond the grant period and ensure that the library is well-positioned to receive future funding.

Participants will also engage in hands-on activities and group discussions to develop their grant writing skills and receive feedback on their proposals from the instructor and their peers.


  • Dr. Noah Lenstra (UNCG), Mary Sizemore (High Point Public Library), and Ross Holt (Randolph County Public Library)
  • Gerald Holmes (UNCG), Mike Crumpton (UNCG), and Wanda Brown (Winston-Salem State University)
  • Kathryn Kehoe (NC A&T University)




"This was time well spent! There was a lot of information packed in to a short amount of time. I have paid for leadership workshops that were less useful than this free one!"

"The presenters were very relaxed and approachable which created the feeling of a shared learning experience rather than a simple lecture designed to disseminate facts."

"Meeting NC LIVE staff and librarians on the various advisory councils makes me feel more comfortable about reaching out with feedback concerning future resources."

"I felt that the meeting was very productive. The subject-based handout was particularly helpful."

"Having the regional meetings was a great idea. Travel budgets are limited so it was nice to be able to take a day trip for professional development, refresh and meet the new NC LIVE staff! Please keep offering these regional meetings!!"