CARLI News December 20, 2016

Call for Proposals: CARLI Forum on Collections Data Analysis and Maintenance

The CARLI Technical Services and Collection Management Committees are organizing a spring forum on using data related to collection assessment, database maintenance, and measuring impact. We are seeking presentation proposals for our forum to be held on April 28, 2017 from 9:30-3:30 at Governors State University, University Park, IL. We are looking for presentations that share practical solutions for using collections data.

Example presentation topics include:

  • Demonstrating impact of collections to administrators
  • Data for librarians new to selection responsibilities and/or library administration
  • Data gone wrong: working with inaccurate or misleading data
  • Tracking and using e-book statistics
  • Tips and tricks for data cleanup and analysis
  • Data visualization: Excel, Tableau, etc.
  • Breaking out of big deals

We are also seeking an institution that has completed an assessment cycle or project that featured collaboration across various functional units (eg. cataloging, circulation, collection management, reference/public services, systems), who would be willing to report on their experience, tools used, process, outcome, etc. in a panel presentation.

The goal of this forum is to share our experiences working with data and to create resources for CARLI members to be hosted on the CARLI website. Please send your proposals (including name, position, institution, contact information, and a 50–200 word abstract) to and by January 19, 2017. Presenters will be notified by February 28, 2017.

CARLI Holiday Hours

The CARLI office will be closed from Friday, December 23 through Monday, January 2 and will reopen on Tuesday, January 3.

ILDS will not provide delivery service on December 23, December 26, December 30 or January 2. 

Please 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.

Help Us Plan the 2017 CARLI Annual Meeting

CARLI is seeking feedback from those who attended or streamed the annual meeting, and those who were unable to attend as well. Your feedback will help plan the 2017 Annual Meeting.

If you attended the annual meeting, please tell us about your experience by completing the surveyhere.

If you were unable to attend and please tell us about the factors that affected your decisionhere.

if you have any questions. 

Collaborative Collection Development Pilot Projects

Following up on member interest, the CARLI Collection Management Committee is coordinating Collaborative Collection Pilot Projects in education, unique purchases, nursing, literature, and business this fiscal year.

The committee has held conference calls with interested institutions for education (K-12 textbooks/curriculum materials) and unique purchases. The committee is moving forward with discussions and planning for collaborative efforts in nursing, literature, and business. You can find more information about these projects on our Google Group web page.

If you would be interested in joining any of these efforts or have questions about these projects, please contact either of the Collection Management Committee co-chairs:  or .

All CARLI members are welcome to join this effort to strengthen collections within the state.

CARLI Education Collaborative Collection Development 2016-2017

The Education Collaborative Collection Project this year is for K-12 textbooks. The group developed a shared spreadsheet on Google. The spreadsheet includes title, publisher, grade level, school district, product URL, list price, and I-share availability (the sheet is currently filtered to show only items not available in I-share).

If you are interested in joining this project to add curriculum materials to the statewide collection, use the first column to mark which title(s) you would be willing to purchase this fiscal year and make available through interlibrary loan. These purchases may be something you are willing to commit to now, or save as an end of the year purchase.

For information about other collaborative collection development projects, please visit our Google group.

Thank you for your interest in expanding the consortial collection through this collaborative collection development project. Going forward please contact with any questions.

Save the Date! Collections Care Workshop

Plan now to attend the Collections Care Workshop to be held April 10, 2017, at Illinois State University, Normal. The program will include an overview of simple techniques used to care for circulating collections. This will be a hands-on program, including the ″when, why and how″ of quick repairs.  

Registration information will be available February 1, 2017. Space is limited.
This workshop is sponsored by the CARLI Preservation Committee.

Illinois State Library′s Annual Online Library System Certification Begins January 3

The annual online certification process for libraries that are members of a regional library system begins January 3, 2017. The annual certification process is required of all CARLI member libraries in order to remain eligible for CARLI membership, and to qualify for continuing system services and grants programs from the Illinois State Library. The window for certification will close March 31, 2017.
Certification can be done online
All CARLI libraries are also required to complete the ILLINET Interlibrary Loan Traffic Survey. This survey must be completed before submitting the annual online certification. The survey can be completed any time prior to the certification deadline, March 31. I-Share libraries should consult the Statistics section of the CARLI web site to complete your ILLINET survey.

More information about certification is available at the State Library′s Annual Library Certification Web page as well as by contacting at the Illinois State Library.

Attention All Current and Former CARLI Committee Members!

As part of our strategic planning process, we are interested in hearing about your experiences with CARLI committees. 

Following are some possible questions for you to consider, but any information you would like to provide us with is welcomed. 

  • Is the committee structure a beneficial one for CARLI? In what ways?
  • What's been the most positive thing about your committee work with CARLI?
  • What would you recommend to make the committee experience better?
  • Do you feel the committee annual projects have been beneficial?
  • Do you feel they have helped with:
    • Forming a sense of team/networking?
    • Growing professionally or personally?
    • Informing the larger CARLI organization?
    • Providing valuable information/products?
  • Would you continue to include the annual projects as a yearly goal for the committees?

Please or contact her by phone at 217-244-7593 with your comments or thoughts.


Voyager Reports Mini-Webinars

Beginning in January 2017, CARLI staff will offer a brief, monthly, mini-webinar to share tips, tricks, and techniques on generating reports from Voyager. Each webinar will provide an opportunity for questions and answers on Voyager reporting tools, such as Access and Web Reports, and on topics of broad interest, such as techniques for gathering circulation statistics or developing reports for responding to ACRL and IPEDS surveys. We′ll have information for you, and we hope you will have ideas for us as well.
Our first session is scheduled for Wednesday, January 18, from noon to 12:30 p.m., using Adobe Connect. Watch the CARLI Events calendar and CARLI email lists for more details.

Preservation Tip: In-House Management of Disasters

Jen Hunt Johnson, Conservator and Preservation Specialist, Illinois State University

From that pesky drip to a burst pipe, to a power outage or contained fire, small disasters can carry all the stress of the big guys. Much like their large-scale counterparts, successful outcomes rely on solid preparation.
Learn detailed information about where to start, assessing the situation, keeping it organized, and following up afterwards in the full article

You can find this as well as other Disaster Planning topics on the webpage for CARLI Preservation Committee′s yearlong project on Disaster Planning.

Other Library News

Revised Dates for 2017 ILA Legislative Meet-Up Events

In 2017 ILA's regional advocacy efforts were expanded to include seven legislative events providing an opportunity to meet with legislators and speak with them firsthand about issues affecting you and your library. 

Due to calendar changes for the Illinois General Assembly, several of these meet-up events have been rescheduled.   

  • West Suburban Library Legislative Lunch is now Monday, February 13. 
  • South Suburban Library Legislative Breakfast is now Tuesday, February 14. 
  • Southern Illinois Library Legislative Lunch is now Monday, February 27. 
  • Metro East Library Legislative Breakfast is now Friday, March 3. 
  • The Chicago, Buffalo Grove, and Normal events remain on the same days. 

For a complete listing these events and to register, please visit the ILA web site.
If you have already registered for a meet-up, your registration has been updated and no further action is required. 

Library trustees, directors, and staff from public, school, and academic libraries are encouraged to attend and participate. Use these opportunities for photo ops with your elected officials to post on your Facebook page or to invite them to visit your library!

DPLAfest 2017

The fourth major gathering of the Digital Public Library of America′s broad community will take place on April 20-21, 2017, in Chicago at Chicago Public Library′s Harold Washington Library Center. The hosts for DPLAfest 2017 include Chicago Public Library, the Black Metropolis Research Consortium, Chicago Collections, and the Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS). Taking place in downtown Chicago, DPLAfest 2017, will bring together hundreds of people from DPLA′s large and growing community over two days for interactive workshops, hackathons and other collaborative activities, engaging discussions with community leaders and practitioners, fun events, and more. 

DPLA is seeking session proposals for DPLAfest 2017. Proposals should be related to digital libraries, broadly defined. This year, we are particularly interested in proposals at the intersection of digital libraries and:

  • Social justice
  • Copyright and rights management
  • Public engagement
  • Analytics, assessment, and impact
  • Metadata/data quality
  • Collaboration across types of institutions and sectors
  • Training, professional development, and technical literacy
  • Open educational resources
  • Open access
  • Technical infrastructure of interoperability including 
  • International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF) integration
  • ResourceSync
  • Linked Open Data
  • Repository systems
  • Aggregation technologies
  • Search and discovery

Proposals that highlight digital library work being done in and/or focusing on our host city – Chicago –are also encouraged!

The deadline to submit a session proposal is Tuesday, January 17, 2017. 

Great Lakes Resource Sharing Conference Accepting Program Proposals

Mark your calendars for the 4th annual GLRSC: ″Harnessing the Winds of Change,″ June 8-9, 2017, at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Oak Brook, Illinois. 
This conference is an opportunity for individuals working in resource sharing to trade information and network with other colleagues. Do you have a new idea or success story to share? Conference planners are accepting program proposals through January 13, 2017, on any of the following topic areas:

  • Resource Sharing Best Practices
  • Marketing Services
  • Electronic Resources and Resource Sharing
  • Workflow Improvements
  • Cooperative Collection Development
  • Consortial or Group Purchasing
  • Purchase on Demand
  • Reciprocal Borrowing
  • Shared Staffing and Training
  • Shared Discovery Layers
  • E-Books
  • Resource Sharing in Next Gen Systems
  • Shared Print Projects
  • Open Educational Resources

Proposed presentations can take the form of either a break-out session (45 minutes in length) or a lightning talk (15 minutes in length each including time for questions).

Watch for updates on the conference website. Connect on Facebook and Twitter.

Upcoming CARLI Events and Meetings

Important Dates

December 23–Jan 3     CARLI Office Closed for the Holidays
January 16                 CARLI Office Closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Forums, Workshops and Training

January 12                 SFX Open Conference Call
January 18                 Voyager Reports Mini-Webinar


January 3                   Commercial Products Committee
January 4                   Technical Services Committee
January 5                   Collection Management Committee
January 9                   Preservation Committee
January 9                   SFX Systems Committee
January 10                 Created Content Committee
January 17                 Resource Sharing Committee
January 19                 Public Services Committee
January 25                 Technical Services Committee

February 2                  Collection Management Committee
February 7                  Commercial Products Committee
February 13                Preservation Committee
February 14                Created Content Committee
February 16                CARLI Public Services Committee
February 20                Instruction Committee
February 21                Resource Sharing Committee
February 22                Technical Services Committee
February 22                SFX Systems Committee

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

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