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BLINC: Business librarianship in north carolina

BLINC is a community of public, academic, and special librarians who value networking, supporting each other, and offering frequent and free workshops

We focus on how libraries support community engagement, economic development, entrepreneurship, small business, nonprofits, job hunting, and business education. However, many of our members are not business librarians. We are a welcoming and inviting group. 

Every year since we formed in 2003, BLINC has met for free, quarterly workshops open to allWe gather in different cities each time. The workshops feature peer-training, peer-mentoring, discussions, resource sharing, and sometimes outside-experts.

BLINC uses a Google Group to allow its members to communicate with each other (share news, ask questions, recruit a project partner, etc.). If you would like to be added, just email one of the officers (see below).

Upcoming Events:

Next free quarterly workshop:

Friday, Oct. 28, 2022
Hybrid: UNC Chapel Hill (Davis Library) & Zoom


9:30-10 Networking
10-11 BLINC updates/sharing (hybrid)
11-12 Session 1: five idea sharing sessions (hybrid)

  • The Incubator (free co-working space at Durham County Main Library)
  • Creating workflow diagrams for patrons on guides
  • Evidence synthesis institute: An overview
  • Introducing students to their new "home" in Alamance County through archival data on textile families, textile mills and economic change
  • plus 1 more TBA

12-1:30 Lunch on Franklin Street
1:30-2:30 Session 2: review and updates on NC small business/entrepreneurship ecosystem partnerships (hybrid)
2:30-3 Networking
3-? Franklin Street fun

Officers, 2021-2023:

Chair: Morgan Ritchie-Baum
Wake Forest University

Vice-Chair: Nancy Lovas
UNC Chapel Hill

Secretary: Steve Cramer
UNC Greensboro

Treasurer:  Ophelia Chapman
UNC Wilmington

Directors at Large, 2022-2023:

Kassie Ettefagh

Greensboro Public Library

Shaun Bennett

NC State

Documents and Links:

Past 2022 BLINC workshops

  • Monday, April 25th, 1-4:30 pm virtual via Zoom. 
  • Friday, January 22nd, 1-4:30 pm virtual via Zoom. 

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