Technology and Trends

The Technology and Trends (TNT) Round Table gives interested NCLA members the opportunity to meet, discuss, and learn about new and current technologies and explore their advancement and application to libraries.  We maintain a Google group for discussion among members.

TNT Roundtable bylaws


Executive Committee members:

Chair: Kathy Shields, High Point University, kshields [at] highpoint [dot] edu

Vice-Chair: Jenny Dale, UNC Greensboro

Secretary/Treasurer: Julie Raynor, High Point Public Library

Director: Suvanida Duangudom, Wake Technical Community College

Director: Chad Haefele, UNC Chapel Hill


Upcoming Events for 2013: 

NCLA 60th Biennial Conference Events:


Wednesday, 10/16:

4:00-5:00: Business meeting (with elections) (Room TBA)

7:00: Evening Social Event at Finnegan's Wake

Join us at the NCLA Pub Crawl!  We'll be at Finnigan's Wake at 7pm with an appetizer to share.


Friday, 10/18:

8:30-9:30: Share Your App! (Room TBA)

This flash presentation will allow presenters to demonstrate their favorite apps for smartphone or tablet. Each presenter will be given 5 minutes (up to 10 presenters) to talk about the app and its application to libraries. The featured apps will cover a wide range of uses in libraries, from those that we may use with patrons to those that we use to keep our libraries and ourselves organized. Participants will have a chance to ask questions about the apps and will be given a list of all apps demonstrated with information on where to download them, device compatibility, and key features of each application.


11:45-12:45: Web Design for Libraries (Room TBA)

Libraries state-wide are using a variety of free and low-cost tools to make their websites both functional and visually appealing. In this panel presentation, librarians from academic, public, school, and special libraries will highlight their website and discuss the nuts and bolts behind their websites (such as which content management platform/software they are using, why they chose it, or how they created their website).  Whether you are currently in the process of redesigning your library website, making plans to do so in the near future, or want to learn more about different software available, this presentation will provide you with real-life examples and how-to advice.


11:45-12:45: Up With e-Books: Best Practices for Staff Training (Room TBA)

With the recent increase in demand for electronic books, libraries are trying to find the best ways to teach our community how to effectively use the library’s eBook collection.  Some libraries have created staff training programs to better prepare staff to assist their patrons with eBook questions.  Panelist will discuss their training programs and troubleshooting techniques, which can be easily adapted to meet the needs of your library’s staff and patrons.   








Past events:


  • Wednesday, March 20 2013, 3-4pm

    Teach Yourself How to Program
    Leader: Chad Haefele, UNC-Chapel Hill

    Programming skills are in demand, but it often seems like an intimidating topic to learn.  When we surveyed roundtable members, the number one thing we heard was that you wanted to learn to program.  While we can't quite do that in one short session, we can do the next best thing: teach you how to teach yourself.  Many programmers have little or no formal training, and picked it up as they went along instead.  You can do that too!  We'll talk about what it's like to learn to program, provide some guidance on what language to learn, and look at a number of free web-based teaching tools and resources.  No prior experience is necessary.

    Please RSVP by Wednesday, March 20 at 8am using this link:

    All webinars will be conducted using Blackboard Collaborate. A link will be sent out to all participants on the morning of March 20.

    If you have any questions, email Kathy Shields at kshields [at] highpoint [dot] edu (kshields[at] or Jenny Dale at jedale2 [at] uncg [dot] edu (jedale2[at]

  • Please take our brief survey about future directions for the roundtable.
  • Love technology? Love talking about technology and technological trends? Want to get some new ideas or share something you've learned?  
    Then join the Tech and Trends Round Table  Nov. 9, 2012 from 12pm-1pm for a virtual discussion of all kinds of technology and how we're using it in our libraries and in our daily work. 
    This discussion is open to members and non-members alike and we welcome participants from all kinds of libraries!
    Who: All Technology and Trends Round Table Members (and non-members) 
    What: A Virtual Discussion
    When: Friday, 11/9 from noon-1pm
    Why: To chat with others who are interested in tech and trends of all kinds! 
    Questions? Please contact me at kshields[at] or Jenny Dale at jedale[at]