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

        Registration has closed. Spring 2024 workshop offerings will be posted soon.

October 13, 2023

Resource Workshop

Location: Henderson County Public Library in Hendersonville, NC

        Registration has closed. Spring 2024 workshop offerings will be posted soon.




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 (help[at]nclive[dot]org)

Registration is free and includes breakfast and lunch.

August 29, 2023

Privacy and Learning Analytics: A Data Ethics Workshop for Library Professionals Workshop

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

       Registration has closed. Spring 2024 workshop offerings will be posted soon.


Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, Professor & Coordinator for Research and Teaching Professional Development, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign & PI, Prioritizing Privacy


Higher education institutions are facing significant accountability pressures to prove that their efforts produce valuable results and their resource expenditures are justifiable. In addition to traditional business intelligence strategies, colleges and universities have adopted learning analytics methods to investigate issues of student learning and success. Learning analytics are the “measurement, collection, analysis, and reporting of [student and other data] for the purposes of understanding and optimizing learning and the environments in which it occurs” (Siemens, 2012, http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2330601.2330605). Learning analytics have helped institutions optimize advising, predict student retention, and increase student engagement. Feeling the same pressures as their institutions, as well as the desire to contribute to student learning and success, academic libraries have begun to participate in learning analytics practices.

Nonetheless, regardless of the benefits that could accrue, learning analytics unquestionably presents challenges to student privacy, thus straining the professional ethics commitments that librarians make to uphold user confidentiality, respect privacy in information seeking and use, and support intellectual freedom. Librarians may feel a desire to refrain from engaging with campus learning analytics projects, meaning that librarian values around privacy and confidentiality are missing from campus conversations. This workshop seeks to overcome this hesitancy by providing training about privacy and other related ethical issues associated with learning analytics through structured, reflective activities that enable participants to plan for proactive engagement with campus learning analytics work and contribute to the development of privacy protections in learning analytics.

This workshop is an offering of Prioritizing Privacy, a multi-faceted continuing education program to train academic library practitioners to comprehensively address privacy and other related ethical implications of learning analytics projects. Prioritizing Privacy is supported by an IMLS National Leadership Grant. Additional information is available on the project website (https://prioritizingprivacy.org/).


8:45 - 9am Check-In and Light Refreshments
9am - 12pm


There will be a fifteen minute break halfway through the workshop. 

12 - 1pm 

Lunch & Raffle



September 22, 2023

Grant Writing Workshop

Location: High Point Museum in High Point, NC

          Registration has closed. Spring 2024 workshop offerings will be posted soon.

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 State University)
9:45 - 10am Check-In
10 - 10:45am Introduction to NC LIVE & LAMS
10:50 - 12:00pm

Teamwork Makes The Dream Work

Noah Lenstra, Mary Sizemore, and Ross Holt

A collaborative approach to grant seeking and project development can stimulate and reshape the culture not only of your library but of the wider community. This session features new insights for those who want to access grant funds and other resources by combining forces with community partners. Mary Sizemore will share her experience helping to lead a community-wide effort funded by the US Environmental Protection Agency, while Ross Holt shares his experience successfully pitching a pilot Community Navigator service to the Randolph County Board of Commissioners. These examples will be contextualized by Noah Lenstra, who will facilitate conversation among participants about how they too can team up with their communities to access new resources.

12:00 - 12:50pm Lunch
12:50 - 2:00pm

Turning to Grants when Funding is Scarce

Gerald Holmes, Mike Crumpton, and Wanda Brown

Are you unable to achieve your vision for the library because of your budget and no additional funding at your institution? Looking for ways to fund those new initiatives and innovative services, but you are unsure of how to get started? Mike, Wanda and Gerald plan to discuss determining the needs and making the connection (using wording, identifying collaboration opportunities and creating ways to add new funds and sustainability to continue the funding to sections of the grant proposal to boast the need for the grant. What you will learn: Articulating a compelling vision Identifying sponsors Why you cannot get that funding from your institution.

2:00 - 2:10pm Break
2:10 - 3:20pm

Telling Your Library’s Story: A Grant Writing Workshop

Kathryn Kehoe

The statement of need is a critical part of many grant applications. It defines a specific need of your library's community and makes a compelling case to a funder for why this need must be met. In this generative grant writing workshop, we will delve deeper into defining the statement of need and evaluate this statement in winning grants written for various library settings. Participants will then practice drafting a statement of need for their own library. Participants may attend the workshop with or without grant ideas, but must be willing to explore new ideas through writing.

3:20 - 3:30pm Wrap Up & Raffle




"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!!"