Voting is now open for seats on the CARLI Board of Directors. Each of the CARLI constituencies—Community Colleges; Private Colleges and Universities; and Public Universities—will elect one new Board member for a three-year term (July 1, 2015–June 30, 2018).
Voting will remain open until 5 pm on Friday, May 8, 2015.

April 20, 2015
By: Michelle Huls

From: MacMurray College

Illowoco (1943)

April marks the beginning of baseball season, and these young women are ready for the next pitch. This photo from the 1943 yearbook for MacMurray College features players on the school’s softball team.





April 17, 2015
By: Digital Collections

From Undergraduate Research Repository  (Roosevelt University) in CARLI Digital Collections.

I had forgotten the excitement that comes when you first encounter Big Ideas and realize that you have the power to contribute to them.


April 8, 2015
By: Digital Collections

CARLI staff are investigating the problem that's preventing libraries from connecting to the CARLI Reports Server ( this morning. Thank you for your patience.

April 3, 2015

This Sunday, April 4th between 6AM and 10AM, the VuFind service ( will experience multiple outages while we upgrade three Linux servers running the SOLR indexes and MySQL database.

If you encounter any problems after 10AM, please report them to

Brandon Gant

April 1, 2015
By: Brandon Gant

2015 Board of Directors Election

CARLI is seeking nominations for candidates to fill seats on the CARLI Board of Directors, the governing authority of the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois.

March 30, 2015
By: Michelle Huls

The I-Share Next Task Force continues to work on the system specifications that will be included in a Request for Proposal for a library management system to ultimately replace Voyager. After putting out a call for volunteers who have expertise in various functional areas, the Task Force assembled membership rosters for four “Specification Teams” to review the draft specifications and take them to a higher level of detail.

March 30, 2015
By: Margaret Chambers

From Railroads in the Midwest: Early Documents and Images (Knox College) in CARLI Digital Collections.

I had a difficult time choosing a single photo from this collection to feature this week because I fell in love with so many. But, finally, I could not tear myself away from these two guys eating lunch. Although the photo was taken over a hundred years ago, it feels as fresh as if it were taken yesterday.

March 27, 2015
By: Digital Collections

Each year CARLI has a number of opportunities to serve on various committees. Service on CARLI committees affords individuals a unique opportunity to use their experience and expertise to help shape the future of the consortium and its services. CARLI is now seeking volunteers to serve on 9 advisory committees. Volunteers chosen will serve a three-year term, July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2018. Faculty and staff members from all CARLI member libraries, with all levels of experience, are encouraged to apply.

March 23, 2015
By: Michelle Huls

Registration is now open for the following 3 Resource Sharing Open Houses. At each location there will be a work flow tour and discussion period. These events, sponsored by the Resource Sharing Committee, are open to all CARLI members. 

March 16, 2015
By: Michelle Huls