CARLI News December 16, 2020

CARLI and ILDS Holiday Information

The CARLI office will be closed December 24 through Friday, January 1. Regular hours will resume on Monday, January 4.  The CARLI Office will also be closed for Martin Luther King's birthday on January 18, 2021.

The following is the list of days that ILDS will not provide service:
Thursday, December 24–Christmas Eve 
Friday, December 25–Christmas Day
Thursday, December 31–New Year’s Eve 
Friday, January 1–New Year’s Day
Monday, January 18 – Martin Luther King's Birthday
While the CARLI office is closed, please send an email to or call toll free 866-904-5843 to report any problems or concerns. Callers will have the option to page a tech support staff person to report a system outage or any other serious problem. CARLI staff will respond to all other issues and reports when regular business hours resume.

Wishing you all a safe and happy holiday season!

2020 CARLI Value Letter and Value Graphics

Every year CARLI staff prepares a customized analysis of the monetary value realized by each CARLI Governing member library as a result of its CARLI membership. There are three components to the analysis: an itemization of the funds invested by the library, a calculation of the cost to the library to provide or replace the products and services received through CARLI, and a calculation of the library's return on its investment.
The 2020 CARLI value letters and value graphics were sent to all Governing Directors by email on Wednesday, December 9. Please if you haven’t received your letter and we will resend the email. 

If you would like more information about the way the value letter is calculated, please see "Membership Value" .

E-Resources Webinar

Join the E-resources staff on Wednesday, January 13 at 2 p.m.for a webinar about the basics of CARLI's E-Resources brokering program. The webinar will provide a broad overview about the brokering program to new e-resources contacts at our member institutions, and will allow plenty of time for questions. We will also share data about the calendar year 2021 cycle and e-resources trends.

Registration for this program is required.

The Pandemic Made Me Do It: Changing Public Services

The CARLI Public Services Committee invites members to an informal discussion via Zoom about how public services have changed over the past year on Thursday, January 21, 2021 from 11:00–Noon.

This will be an informal chat to share successes and challenges so that others might adapt or adopt them. This event will not be recorded.

Please register from the registration tab on the CARLI Calendar. Registration is open through January 15, 2021.

Connection details for Zoom will be shared with registrants the week of January 18.

New Directors Institute

Registration is now open for CARLI's New Directors Institute which will be held virtually via Zoom on February 10-12, 2021 from 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. 

We are planning for three 50-minute segments each of the three days, for a total of nine segments. All sessions will be presented live with time for Q&A and will be recorded. Any CARLI Governing Member Director/Dean is welcome to participate. Attendees are self-identified, most having been in their positions for fewer than three years. There is no cost to attend.

Save the Dates: Messy Data? Clean it up with OpenRefine! Online Workshops

Join the CARLI Created Content Committee in February for two Zoom workshops introducing OpenRefine, a free, open source tool used to organize, clean up, and transform your data. Presenters Tricia Lampron, from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Greer Martin, from Loyola University Chicago, will provide an overview of this browser-based application, as well as use cases that show the benefits of working with your data in OpenRefine. 
Tuesday, February 9, 2021, from 1:00 – 3:00pm: The first workshop will demonstrate the basic functions to get you started on cleaning up your data. 

Wednesday, February 17, 2021, from 1:00 – 3:00pm: The second workshop will include more advanced functions of OpenRefine including activities to reconcile your data against Wikidata and library authorities using reconciliation services and APIs. This workshop will also teach how to import data from external data sources, and how to export your data in different formats such as XML and JSON, 

Registration information for both sessions will be shared with members in January.

Coming Soon! Faculty OER Workshop

The CARLI OER Committee is developing an online OER Workshop for Teaching Faculty to be offered in February 2021. Look for additional information in early 2021 through the CARLI-OER email list and in the CARLI Newsletter. All staff at CARLI member libraries interested in OER can subscribe to the OER email list.

Pressbooks Discount

Pressbooks has extended their discount offer to CARLI Governing Members until December 31, 2021.

CARLI Governing Members are eligible for a 25% discount on individual PressbooksEDU networks until the end of 2021. CARLI is not brokering this offer. Members will need to arrange a contract directly with Pressbooks.

PressbooksEDU is an online software platform that can be used to create/edit/adapt open educational resources (OER). If interested, please contact  directly.

Professional Development Alliance

The Professional Development Alliance continues to offer programs on a variety of subjects. Here is what is coming in December and January. 


Reader’s Advisory 101

Redefining Self-Care in the Midst of a Global Pandemic, Part 1      
Redefining Self-Care in the Midst of a Global Pandemic, Part 2

Please check the CARLI calendar for additions to these offerings.

We want to hear from you! If you have a topic you would like to see as a continuing education program, send your idea to CARLI Support.  

Kathryn Harris selected 2020 State Journal-Register First Citizen

Kathryn Harris, formerly division manager for library services at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library, has been selected as the 2020 State Journal-Register First Citizen Award winner. The award recognizes Springfield-area residents who give selflessly of their time and resources in service to others. 

Save the date, February 16, 2021, to join Harris for her portrayal of Harriet Tubman as a part of CARLI‘s Professional Development Alliance offerings. 

Meet Harriet Tubman

If you could step back in history, with whom would you like to have a conversation and lunch?  

If Harriet Tubman is your choice, please join Kathryn Harris as she presents her first-person presentation as "Harriet Tubman". Harriet Tubman is perhaps the most famous Conductor on the Underground Railroad and Ms. Harris tells her life story, including not only her own escape to freedom, but also the trips she made back South to free her family and others so that they could also experience the "sweet taste of freedom".

Alma Primo VE Update

On December 4, the CARLI Board of Directors approved a proposal from the CARLI staff, in consultation with the CARLI Resource Sharing Committee, to extend the term (i.e., fixed) due date for all I-Share resource sharing loans, i.e., where the patron is borrowing an item from another I-Share library though Alma and Primo VE, from the current setting of February 1, 2021, to May 7, 2021. These settings will be changed for every I-Share library by the CARLI office staff in late December, 2020.

Unlike in fall 2020, we will NOT do bulk renewals on all items that currently have the February 1, due date. Patrons in good standing whose Alma user record has an expiration date later than February 1, may be able to renew these materials themselves. 

CARLI is surveying the I-Share libraries to see if they would like to also use the new term due date of May 7 for their local circulation (their patrons/their items) and have CARLI apply that setting, or if they would like to use an alternative fixed due date of their choice, or to use their Terms of Use policies to determine due dates.

Also, as a reminder, the new consortial policy that stops fining for overdue materials (with the exception of some restricted loan collections such as equipment and reserves) and eliminates the charging of processing fees on lost material billings goes into effect January 1, 2021. 

Preservation Tip: Preservation Snapshot at the Chicago History Museum

Melina Avery, Conservator, University of Chicago

During 2020-2021, the CARLI Preservation Committee is gathering snapshots from the diverse range of perspectives of CARLI member institutions to explore various responses to the pandemic. With specific institutional action, impacts on preservation practices, and keeping up with developing information, we hope that these snapshots will provide the broadest range of responses to shed some light on how our work can continue as well as to provide a record of how libraries responded during this unprecedented time.
This month, Ellen Keith, Chicago History Museum Director of Research and Access and Chief Librarian, shares her experience.

Read the full interview.

Read additional interviews from the Preservation Committee’s Project Webpage.

Other Library News

ILLINET Survey Now Available 

The ILLINET Interlibrary Loan (ILL) & Reciprocal Borrowing Statistical Survey is now available . Libraries are required by administrative rule to complete the Illinois State Library's annual survey of interlibrary loan traffic. [23 Ill. Adm. Code 3030.200 (a) (2) (O)]

The FY2020 (Ju1y 1, 2019–June 30, 2020) ILLINET ILL Traffic Survey must be completed by March 31, 2021.

The ILLINET Interlibrary Loan Code [23 ILL. Adm. Code 3030 Exhibit A] governs ILL among ILLINET member libraries.  ILLINET member libraries should review the ILL Code to ensure that the library continues to meet resource sharing requirements that are necessary for continued system membership. See here for more detailed information about adherence to the ILL Code.

For questions regarding the ILLINET ILL Traffic Survey or for the username and password, contact the Illinois State Library at 1-800-665-5576, ext. 2. Contact Counting Opinions for technical assistance by email at or by phone at 1-866-850-8366.

Upcoming CARLI Events and Meetings

Important Dates

The CARLI Office staff will remain in remote work status until further notice.

December 24–January 1   CARLI Office Closed for the Holidays

January 10                      Alma Monthly Release
January 17                      Alma Release Update
January 18                      CARLI Office Closed for Martin Luther King’s Birthday

February 7                       Alma Monthly Release
February 14                     Alma Update


December 17       OER Committee

January 6            Resource Sharing Committee
January 11          Preservation Committee
January 19          Technical Services Committee
January 20          Collection Management Committee
January 20          Instruction Committee
January 21          OER Committee
January 25          Public Services Committee
January 26          Created Content Committee

February 3          Resource Sharing Committee
February 8          Preservation Committee
February 16        Technical Services Committee
February 17        Collection Management Committee
February 17        Instruction Committee
February 18        OER Committee
February 22        Public Services Committee
February 23        Created Content Committee
February 24        Executive Committee 

Webinars, Forums, Workshops and Training

December 17     PDA Series: Reader’s Advisory 101            
December 17     Option 2: Understanding and Promoting Open Educational Resources Session 3
December 17     Let’s Talk About Fulfillment
December 22     Let’s Talk About Fulfillment 

January 12         PDA Series: Redifining Self-Care in the Midst of  Global Pandemic Part 1
January 13         CARLI E-resources Brokering
January 14         Alma & Primo VE Open Office Hours
January 19         PDA Series: Redifining Self-Care in the Midst of  Global Pandemic Part 2
January 21         The Pandemic Made Me Do It: Changing Public Services
January 28         Alma & Primo VE Open Office Hours

February 10–12   New Directors Institute
February 11        Alma & Primo VE Open Office Hours
February 16        PDA Series: Meet Harriet Tubman
February 28        Alma & Primo VE Open Office Hours

Consult the CARLI calendar for the most current list of meeting times and locations.

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