Welcome to the 2022 TALA Conference!

The 2022 Triad Area Library Association (TALA) Conference is an annual gathering of academic library staff from the North Carolina Triad area. The conference is a full day of informative relevant library topics led by staff and faculty from North Carolina universities. Attending the conference will provide an opportunity to paraprofessionals to converse with other library colleagues, network with presenters, and see the host institution’s library.

Program Schedule

All presentations except lunch are being held at UNCSA Library

9:00am-9:15am: Registration and Light Continental Breakfast

9:15am-9:30am: Welcome and introductions

9:30am-11:00am: “Mental Well-being: A Library Worker’s Toolkit”

Join us in an engaging workshop with our guest speakers from Elon University; Carol Smith and Evan Small, as they introduce Mental Health First Aid and the ALGEE action plan to teach us how to Approach, Assess, and Assist with any crisis.  With a combined approach of videos, case studies, and applying theory to practice they will cover primary and secondary trauma, anxiety, and the differences between Crises and crises, with special emphasis and tailored material to support the library worker.  Participants are sure to walk away understanding, not only how to better support their friends, family, and coworkers, but also with new methods of addressing and caring for their own mental wellbeing. 

11:00am-11:15am- Break

11:15am-12:00pm- “Looking Back to Move Forward”

To say the last two years have been a difficult time is an understatement. Yet, from challenging times can come great opportunities. Join Carlos Grooms and Mary Beth Lock as they reflect on how their institutions supported their library workers and what they learned that will be utilized going forward. There will be time for other thoughts and reflection from the audience.

12:15pm-2:00pm: Lunch

Lunch will be held in Eisenberg, Hanes Commons, Bldg 31 on map

2:00pm-2:30pm: Self-Guided Tour of library and campus at UNC School of the Arts

After lunch, please stick around and tour the beautiful library and campus at the UNC School of the Arts.

Presenter Biographies

Special Thanks to our Sponsors