College & University Section

Link to the CUS Virtual Conference 2017 archived sessions

College and University Section and North Carolina Chapter of the ACRL

Established:  June 1978

The CUS Section gives college and university librarians the opportunity to discuss issues affecting academic libraries of all types and sizes.

CUS Executive Board for the 2015-2017 Biennium:

Kelly McCallister
Appalachian State University- Belk Library and Information Commons
Phone: (828) 262-2782
Email: mccallisterkc [at] appstate [dot] edu
Vice-Chair /
Steve Bahnaman
Campbell University - Wiggins Memorial Library
Phone: (910) 893-1760
Email: bahnamans [at] campbell [dot] edu
Past Chair
Randall Bowman
Elon University - Belk Library
Phone: (336) 278-6571
Email: rbowman [at] elon [dot] edu
Andrea Kincaid
Central Piedmont Community College- Harris Campus
Phone: (704) 330-7695
Email: andrea [dot] kincaid [at] jwu [dot] edu (a)ndrea [dot] kincaid [at] cpcc [dot] edu
Mollie Peuler
Central Piedmont Community College-Central Campus
Phone: (704) 330-2722
Email: mollie [dot] peuler [at] cpcc [dot] edu
William Gee
East Carolina University - Joyner Library
Phone: (252) 328-2268
Email: geec [at] ecu [dot] edu


The College and University Section (CUS) of NCLA welcomes your participation in Webinar Wednesday! CUS Webinar Wednesday is an online statewide professional development opportunity to present your research, knowledge and experience to your peers within NCLA and beyond, regardless of specialization. We welcome all librarians from all the represented groups to submit a proposal. CUS Webinar Wednesdays are intended as shorter presentations, with a maximum presentation time of 40 minutes.


September 28, 2016
Through Flame and Flood: Basics of Disaster Planning
11:00-12:00pm EST
Hannah Pollard
Florida State University
Most librarians recognize the importance of having a disaster plan in place, and yet due to perceived costs of money and time, few libraries actually have one. This presentation walks librarians through the stages and behaviors of a disaster and explains how to create a basic disaster plan.
October 26, 2016
It’s Never Too Late: Making the Transition into Librarianship as a Second Career
1:00-2:00pm EST
Dawn Behrend
Lenior-Rhyne University
Nancy Willard
Brevard College
Many individuals enter librarianship as a second career. Presenters will discuss their own experiences in transitioning into librarianship from careers in other fields. Presenters will identify the challenges and benefits of librarianship as a second career. Presenters will recognize the variation in career paths, and discuss the external and intrinsic factors that lead to librarianship as a mid-career change. Finally, presenters will suggest viable ways in which mid-career entrants to librarianship can develop their careers.
November 16, 2016
E-Textbooks: Two Approaches
2:00-3:00pm EST
Beth Bernhardt
Joseph Thomas
East Carolina University
Attitudes towards college textbooks and other course content are rapidly changing. Spiraling costs have made textbooks a political issue in some states. As a result, librarians have begun to take notice, reversing course on the traditional library view of textbooks. A number of libraries are looking for more affordable ways for students to access textbooks. Many are leveraging open educational resources (OER) as alternatives to expensive, commercially-published textbooks. Hear how UNC Greensboro and East Carolina University had two different approaches to help with this issue and how they came together to learn from each other and assist each other with their expertise.
February 24, 2017 CUS Virtual Conference 9:30-5:00pm EST Presenters from across the country View past sessions The College and University Section of the North Carolina Library Association in partnership with Appalachian State University’s Center for Academic Excellence is hosting its first Virtual Conference on February 24, 2017! This new web-only conference will focus on innovation, whether in terms of technology, services, outreach, instruction, or anything else. Brief, 30-minute presentations will focus on a success, lessons learned from a not-so-successful innovation, or both! The best part: You don't even have to leave your office for this free event!
April 12, 2017
Build an Engagement Plan for Successful Outreach
2:00-3:00pm EST
Jennifer Natale
Appalachian State University
Outreach is critical for engaging with those who need our library services, especially when they are under-prepared or a member of a student population with unique needs. Making these connections doesn’t magically happen but requires thoughtful consideration and planning! This webinar will guide you through the process of creating an engagement plan that strategically improves and invigorates your current outreach and campus collaborations. We will discuss several stages of creating an engagement plan, from the initial stage of identifying student populations with whom to connect through the final stage of impact assessment. Engagement plans are living documents that build on initial research and investigation, work through action steps necessary to achieve your outreach goals, and assess impact with new and existing data.
May 24, 2017 The Importance of Mapping to the ACRL Standards for Distance Learning Library Services 2:00-3:00pm EST

Natalie Bennett

University of Tennessee: Chattanooga

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Do you use the ACRL Standards for Distance Learning Library Services? They may not be considered a trendy topic, but they certainly have concrete applications and benefits of use. Mapping your library services to the Standards can help you increase your understanding of the services you offer, identify any weak points, assist in communicating with stakeholders, and create a strategic plan for meeting the needs of distance learners at your institution. In 2014, Natalie Bennett completed an environmental scan of UTC (University of Tennessee at Chattanooga) and its peer institutions’ distance learning library services. Now, three years later, Natalie is returning to that same study to see how things have changed at those institutions. Using criteria points derived from the ACRL Standards for Distance Learning Library Services, the survey examines 18 universities’ websites. During this webinar, Natalie plans to share the results of this survey, and more importantly, discuss the implications and importance of using the Standards to examine an academic library’s services for distance learners. Participants of this webinar will leave with a template for charting their own services to the Standards. 
June 14, 2017 Creating an Asynchronous Course for Embedded Librarians 2:00-3:00pm EST

Victoria Raish

Penn State

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This webinar will go over the evolution and process of creating an asynchronous course for subject librarians to take prior to being embedded in online courses. With over 17,000 World Campus students I cannot take the time to attend and participate in all embedded librarian meetings. However, an asynchronous course that covers the necessary content and prepares librarians who may have never been embedded before on how to embed successfully fills my absence in these conversations. A course like this allows the online or e-learning librarian to focus on coordination of the program at a higher level. Specific topics that will be covered are the balance between personalization and scale in online learning, the decision to make this course an open educational resource for other librarians to use and take, and the assessment and evaluation of the course. 
June 21, 2017 Emerging Issues in Copyright: A Jaunt Through Some Common Problems 2:00-3:00pm EST

Justin M. White

Hodges University

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This webinar will take a stroll through some issues in copyright that show there is a serious need to rethink how we conceptualize copyright, authors’ rights, and fair use. There are no easy solutions, but it’s important to understand the questions. Issues will include: remixing, reusing, fair use, piracy, non-legal rule-making (from digital content platforms), encryption and copying, and the economic and cultural effects of near-costless copying. It will touch on how various economies intersect, such as the prestige economy of academic publishing vs. the economics of plenty. Obscure journals no longer need Elsevier to stay afloat, they only need institutional support, a website, and a good sitemap that can be indexed by Google. Optionally, these journals can also publish in platforms like Scholar Commons (bepress), and again have their metadata immediately indexed by Google Scholar. Open Educational Resources and the textbook industry will come up, along with the non-academic topics of artistic creation in platforms that are constantly policed by our copyright laws. The primary purpose of the webinar will be to give librarians some food for thought: a few cautionary tales from the world of copyright, and perhaps a few ideas to act upon. Recommended for anyone who enjoyed the book The Inevitable: Understanding the 12 Technological Forces That Will Shape Our Future (2016).
June 28, 2017 Collaborating on Course Design: Part II 2:00-3:00pm EST

Mollie Peuler & Mark Coltrain

Central Piedmont Community College

Register for webinar here Does starting an embedded librarian program seem impossible? The Central Piedmont Community College Library has started on a path to integrate information literacy competencies and outcomes at the curriculum-level. CPCC is doing this through sustainable instructional design by partnering with faculty (and others) to develop and implement course-level content that supports course, program, college, and national outcomes. Librarians coordinate with appropriate faculty and collaborate in three main areas: Content, Assignments & Rubrics, and Support. This Webinar is a follow-up to the previous CUS Virtual Conference Webinar panel discussion and will provide attendees with specific tips and examples of how to collaborate with faculty to create content.
July 19, 2017 Gamifying Library Instruction: Using Technology to Make Learning Engaging 2:00-3:00pm EST

Brittany O'Neill

Hodges University

Register for webinar here Looking for new methods to make your instruction more captivating? Struggling to find a way to reach distance learners? Gamification might be the route for you! Gamification is the application of game principles such as rules, challenges, and rewards to non-game environments. Recent research shows that gamified learning can have a positive impact on student engagement. There are tons of free tools out there for developing engaging and interactive lessons and tutorials, including Twine, Sway, Kahoot!, and many others. This presentation will introduce you to some of these free gamification tools and show you their practical applications for academic libraries, including interactive orientations, tutorials, quizzes, presentations, and training. This information will be particularly useful to reference, instruction, and access services professionals. Participants will leave with a toolkit for gamifying their own library instruction and the inspiration to develop new ways to approach learning.
August 9, 2017 Accessibility in Online Courses and Materials: Applying Universal Design for Learning 2:00-3:00 pm EST

Samantha Harlow

UNC- Greensboro

Register for webinar here Making our online teaching and materials accessible for all students is important and challenging. Universal Design for Learning (UDL) is an important educational framework to teach educators to provide multiple means of representation in instruction, but it’s also important to apply UDL to creating materials for online - videos, Libguides, document tutorials, and more. In this webinar, UNC Greensboro’s Online Learning Librarian will cover the basic principles of UDL and teach about specific strategies for applying UDL to online instruction and material creation. This will include free resources to help with image alt captions, video captions, and more.



The College and University Section (CUS) of NCLA is issuing a call for proposals to participate in Webinar Wednesday! CUS Webinar Wednesday is an online statewide professional development opportunity to present your research, knowledge and experience to your peers within NCLA and beyond, regardless of specialization. We welcome all librarians from all the represented groups to submit a proposal. CUS Webinar Wednesdays are intended as shorter presentations, with a maximum presentation time of 40 minutes. If you are new to online instruction, additional assistance is provided (please see below).


The web conferencing system used for the webinars is Zoom. Tech support, webinar construction and hosting is provided.  Some great how to videos are located here: If you need additional training, help, or have questions, contact Kelly McCallister at mccallisterkc [at] appstate [dot] edu



All presenters will be required to:

  • Present on the day selected.

  • Give at least 48 hours notice if you cannot present.



Webinar proposals will be evaluated by the CUS executive board. Applicants will be notified via email of their proposal acceptance.



Submit your proposals via the google form:



What do I need to attend an online workshop?

  • PC or Mac with Internet Explorer, Safari, Firefox or Chrome.

  • A minimum of a 56K modem.

  • Speakers or headphones are required.

  • A microphone or the ability to text Chat.

How do I register for an online workshop?

Register for online workshops by clicking the Register Here link.



What if I cannot fit a session into my schedule?

All webinars will be recorded and archived on the CUS webpage: