CARLI News February 23, 2022

FY23 Selection Cycle

CARLI is currently working with vendors to add pricing for the fiscal year 2023 selection cycle. The selection system will tentatively be open March 28–May 13. 

There is an announcement coming soon for a new vendor/product offering. Look for the information to be shared on the e-resources contacts listserv.

Reminder: New Shared Documentation Depository

As a reminder, the Technical Services Committee (TSC) is inviting CARLI member institutions to share their Alma workflow documentation for use and repurposing by other CARLI institutions. Workflow documentation specific to your institution can assist CARLI institutions in early stages of workflow development and provide insight for those further along in their processes.

You can view the documentation that has already been shared via the Shared Documentation Depository.
If you have local workflow documentation to share related to any area of Alma or Primo VE please consider submitting it via this form. The TSC will post submissions monthly to the Shared Documentation Depository. 

Please share your documentation even if another institution has already shared similar workflows. As we all know, there is no "one size fits all" approach in Alma and it is the hope of the TSC that collecting different workflows will help those who are struggling with where to start. Additionally, it is hoped that this Documentation Depository may lead to some best practices for all libraries.

Thank you to those institutions that have already shared local documentation. If you are considering sharing your documentation, please do!

Please contact with any questions.

Professional Development Alliance News

The following programs from the Professional Development Alliance are currently on the calendar. Programs are offered on a wide variety of subjects. Check out everything the alliance is making available to our libraries!

  • February 25: Motivating & Supporting Employees
  • March 1:  Intellectual Freedom and Social Justice: Core Values of Librarianship
  • March 8:  Open Pedagogy Series, Workshop 1: Introducing Open Pedagogy: From Open Resources to Equitable, Student-Centered Practices
  • March 10: Sustaining the Infrastructure of OER Across Universities
  • March 15: Open Pedagogy Series, Workshop 2: Implementing Open Pedagogy: Outreach and Advocacy for Developing Faculty Partnerships
  • March 21: Learnabout: Chrome Extensions
  • March 22: Series: Timely Talks with Library Leaders II
  • March 24: Navigating Difficult Conversations About Race: Awkward Dinners
  • March 30: CARLI OER Faculty Workshop: Supporting Academic Success: Open Educational Resources and Affordable Course Materials
  • April 5:   The Evolving Library School Curriculum
  • April 11: Learnabout: Google Forms
  • April 12: Intentionally Recruiting for Diversity in Librarianship
  • April 29: Innovation at Your Library Workshop
  • May 4: Save the Date: Directors Series: Recruiting and Retaining BIPOC Library Staff Members
  • May 9: Learnabout: Google Sites
  • May 11: Save the Date: Directors Series: Effective Ways to Onboard Employees

To register, visit the CARLI Event Calendar. Recordings of past CARLI-sponsored PDA events are available when permitted by the presenter. 

If you have a topic you would like to see as a continuing education program, send your idea to .

Intellectual Freedom and Social Justice: Core Values of Librarianship
March 1, 10:00–11:00 a.m. 

Presenter Emily Knox, associate professor in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, states:

“Throughout my work, I argue that intellectual freedom leads to social justice. A quick review of the 2020 American Library Association's Office for Intellectual Freedom's (2020) Most Challenged Books list demonstrates that the majority of the books on the list are focused on diverse topics including race and gender expression. Without support for intellectual freedom, the voices of people who are marginalized would not be heard. However, the discourse continues to focus on how support for intellectual freedom leads to the proliferation of hate speech and other harmful expression and is against the core value of social justice/social responsibility. I believe this is because the field of library and information science has not sufficiently integrated Kimberle Crenshaw's (1989) concept of intersectionality into our core philosophical foundations. Crenshaw's theory of intersectionality argues that individual progress and development, social space, and group identity are all equally important for human flourishing.”

Please register for this event.

The Evolving Library School Curriculum
April 5, 1–2:30 p.m.

In the last few years, library schools have reevaluated their offerings to ensure that a graduate level education aligns with the skills needed for the field. It requires striking a balance between the theories that underpin our profession and what it all looks like in practice. These changes may involve opening up more choices, allowing students to pick specialized tracks. In some cases, it may involve getting rid of some required courses altogether. Panelists from four library schools across the country will share what they have done to adapt their curriculum and what it means for the future of the profession. 


  • Dr. Maria Bonn, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign School of Information Sciences
  • Dr. R. David Lankes, University of Texas at Austin School of Information
  • Dr. Kate Marek, Dominican University School of Information Studies
  • Dr. Casey H. Rawson, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science

Please register for this event.

Intentionally Recruiting for Diversity in Librarianship
April 12, 10:00–11:00 a.m.

The Diverse Librarianship Career and Training Program is a call to action in response to the serious lack of diverse representation in library and information science professions. This grant project aims to create a pathway model for breaking down barriers in recruitment and retention of diverse librarians by introducing high school seniors to librarianship. Through collaboration and innovation, libraries can ensure their espoused DEIA values are values in action. 

Presenters include: Tammie Busch, Lora Del Rio, Shelly McDavid, Lamonta Swarm, and Simone Williams, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

Please register for this event. 

Save the Date: Recruiting and Retaining BIPOC Library Staff Members
May 4, 2:00–3:00 p.m.

Please save the date for a program about Recruiting and Retaining BIPOC Library Staff Members presented by Victor Jones Jr., Director of Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Save the Date: Effective Ways to Onboard New Employees
May 11, 2:00–3:00 p.m. 

Please save the date for a program on the effective ways to onboard new employees by Ben Mead-Harvey!

What outcomes are we trying to achieve with new employee onboarding, and who is ultimately responsible for achieving those outcomes? Effective onboarding has been shown to be a major factor in long-term work satisfaction for employees, and it is strongly correlated with likelihood of turnover in the first year on the job. 

Despite its importance, most organizations and managers give little thought to exactly how an employee's first day, week, and month should proceed. 

In this session, speaker Ben Mead-Harvey will discuss his recommendations for the most effective way to onboard new employees, broken into three categories: welcome elements, training with the team, and check-in meetings. He will give a detailed breakdown of each element and spend time explaining the basis for each recommendation.

Ben Mead-Harvey is an instructor at the University of Illinois, where he teaches courses on Personnel Management and Financial Management of Libraries. He's also the author of, a blog about managing people effectively.

Upcoming OER Programs 

Two-Part Open Pedagogy Series presented by Will Cross

Will Cross is the Director of the Open Knowledge Center & Head of Information Policy at NC State University, an instructor in the UNC SILS, and an OER Research Fellow. Trained as a lawyer and librarian, he guides policy, speaks, and writes on open culture and navigating legal uncertainty. As a course designer and presenter for ACRL, SPARC, and the Open Education Network, Will has developed training materials and workshops across the US and for international audiences from Ontario to Abu Dhabi. Will's current research focuses on the relationship between copyright and open education, and he serves as PI on four IMLS-funded projects including the Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for OER, and Library Copyright Institute.

March 8: Workshop 1 Introducing Open Pedagogy: From Open Resources to Equitable, Student-Centered Practices

In this workshop Will Cross will introduce open pedagogy, an access-oriented commitment to learner driven education. Just as open educational resources (OER) can remove financial barriers for students, open pedagogy empowers faculty and students to build courses that reflect and connect out to the world in which they live. This workshop will introduce the core values of open pedagogy and walk you through successful models for putting open pedagogy into practice. You will leave with a deeper foundation in open pedagogy and be prepared to join us in our follow-up workshop on implementing open pedagogy.

Please register for this workshop.

March 15: Workshop 2 Implementing Open Pedagogy: Outreach

Building on the Introducing Open Pedagogy workshop, we will explore strategies for developing a team to support open pedagogy and develop a tailored action plan for connecting with faculty instructors. Because this session focuses on outreach and team building, attendees are encouraged to invite colleagues from across campus including instructional designers, learning technology experts and, of course, faculty instructors. You and your team will leave ready to implement open pedagogy strategies at your institution.

Please register for this workshop.

OER Faculty Workshop: Supporting Academic Success: Open Educational Resources and Affordable Course Material

The CARLI OER Committee invites CARLI members to share with their teaching faculty an opportunity to attend a workshop to learn about open educational resources including open textbooks.

The workshop will:

  • Identify the problem are we trying to solve;
  • Explain open educational resources including open textbooks and affordable course materials;
  • Provide options for what can we do.

After attending, Illinois teaching faculty will be invited to write a short review of an open textbook in the Open Textbook Library.

Presenters include past and present members of the CARLI OER Committee and CARLI Staff.

March 30, 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.

Please register for this workshop.

OER Office Hours

Please join the CARLI OER Committee for informal discussions this semester.

The sessions are intended as a space for CARLI members to have a conversation, to share their current experiences, and to learn from each other. They will not be recorded; however, discussion points will be shared after each session.

Registration for each session is required. If you have any questions, please send an email to .

Discussion Points from Previous OER Office Hours

Summaries of important discussions from the December: Engaging Faculty through a Community of Practice Office Hour as well as the February: Funding for OER Office Hour are now available for review.  

Open Education Week, March 7–11

The CARLI OER Committee is collecting highlights from Illinois institutions that have had some success with their open education initiatives to share with our membership during Open Ed week (March 7–11).

We are interested in anything that you would like to share with your colleagues. Have you formed a campus open education task force? Worked with your Student Senate on OER? Tracked the number of courses that have adopted OER? Funded OER creation or adoption on your campus? We want to hear about large and small open education successes. Please share your stories with us by March 1 using this Google Form.

We look forward to hearing about your successes!

IACRL Spark Program: CARLI's OER Commons Hub: Open Illinois

CARLI is pleased to partner with the IACRL Conference and Continuing Education Committee to showcase the Open Illinois Hub at the Spring IACRL Spark Program on April 1, 10:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m. We are excited to highlight this tool that will help to bring OER to more institutions across Illinois. 

Registration is now available. Library workers from all Illinois libraries are welcome to attend! 

After this presentation, there will be unconference-style breakout rooms for attendees to engage in conversations about OER, DEI, and where they intersect. We hope this offers attendees an opportunity to ask questions, make connections with other librarians, gain valuable insight, and discover where our barriers exist with these topics. With information from the report outs, we intend to create future programming to help fill any gaps identified.

What is the Open Illinois Hub?

The Open Illinois Hub facilitates the use of Open Educational Resources (OER) and supports training, advocacy, and coordination of cooperative efforts for the benefit of members of the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI), and other Illinois stakeholders. This centralized repository provides materials helpful to academic and research institutions in developing OER and advocating for adoption of OER on their campuses to reduce students' costs.

By combining resources from many CARLI member institutions into a seamless environment, faculty, staff, students, and the public can search across Illinois institutions and collections.

CARLI-OER Email List

CARLI has established an email list for CARLI members to discuss and learn more about Open Educational Resources. Any person from a CARLI institution may subscribe to the email list.

Weekly Illinois SCOERs Office Hours

Do you have questions about the Illinois SCOERs subgrant application? Feel free to stop by our weekly Office Hours on Friday's at 2:00 p.m. to get the help you need. Check the CARLI calendar for connection information.

Recording of Article Galaxy Scholar Webinar Available

A recording of the Reprints Desk webinar "Introducing Article Galaxy Scholar – Your Collection Development Safety Net" held on February 2 and February 9 is now available.

Preservation Tip

Quick Tips for Disasters & Emergencies: Disaster Preparedness: Emergency Contact List on Campus
Melina Avery, Conservator, University of Chicago Library

When a disaster may affect collections or is already causing damage, knowing who to call is one of the first steps in an effective response. Of course, if staff or patrons are in danger, they should call 9-1-1 immediately. If it is a smaller disaster with no immediate human threat, or after emergency services have been called, staff who discover the disaster should be ready with a contact list. 

To learn more about creating contact lists for your library, please read the full article.

To read all Quick Tips for Disasters & Emergencies in this series, please visit the project web page.

Chambers Selected for Professional Staff Leadership Academy

Congratulations to Margaret Chambers who was one of 20 University employees selected for the PSLA from over 80 very competitive applications submitted by employees at all 3 University of Illinois campuses as well as the system office! 

PSLA is designed to foster a culture of dynamic and transformational leadership for academic professional and civil service staff at all levels throughout the University of Illinois System.

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, 2020–June 30, 2021) ILLINET ILL Traffic Survey must be completed by March 31, 2022.

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.

Upcoming CARLI Events and Meetings

Important Dates

March 6        Alma Monthly Release
March 13      Alma Release Update

April 3          Alma Monthly Release
April 10        Alma Release Update


March 1      Resource Sharing Committee
March 2      CARLI Executive Committee Meeting
March 9      Discovery Primo VE Task Force
March 11    CARLI Board of Directors Meeting
March 15    Technical Services Committee
March 16    Collection Management Committee
March 16    Public Services Committee
March 17    OER Committee
March 17    DEI Task Force
March 18    Commercial Products Committee
March 21    Preservation Committee 

April 5        Resource Sharing Committee
April 11      Preservation Committee
April 13      Discovery Primo VE Task Force
April 15      Commercial Products Committee
April 19      Technical Services Committee
April 20      Collection Management Committee
April 20      Public Services Committee
April 21      OER Committee
April 21      DEI Task Force       

Webinars, Forums, Workshops and Training

March 1          Intellectual Freedom and Social Justice: Core Values of Librarianship
March 1          Let's Talk About Fulfillment (I Mean Alma Not Life's Purpose)
March 4          Weekly Illinois SCOERs Office Hours
March 8          Open Pedagogy Series, Workshop 1: Introducing Open Pedagogy: from Open Resources to Equitable, Student-Centered Practices
March 10        Alma Primo VE Open Office Hours
March 11        Weekly Illinois SCOERs Office Hours
March 15        Open Pedagogy Series, Workshop 2: Implementing Open Pedagogy: Outreach and  Advocacy for Developing Faculty Partnerships
March 18        Weekly Illinois SCOERs Office Hours
March 18        Let's Talk About Fulfillment (I Mean Alma Not Life's Purpose)
March 24        Tech Services Q & A
March 25        Weekly Illinois SCOERs Office Hours
March 29        Let's Talk About Fulfillment (I Mean Alma Not Life's Purpose)
March 30        OER Faculty Workshop: Supporting Academic Success: Open Educational Resources and Affordable Course Materials

April 1            Creating Student Centered Alternative to Research Guides
April 5            The Evolving Library School Curriculum
April 6            Accessibility in Libraries Forum
April 8            Weekly Illinois SCOERs Office Hours
April 12          Intentionally Recruiting for Diversity in Librarianship
April 15          Weekly Illinois SCOERs Office Hours
April 15          Let's Talk About Fulfillment (I Mean Alma Not Life's Purpose)
April 22          Weekly Illinois SCOERs Office Hours
April 26          Let's Talk About Fulfillment (I Mean Alma Not Life's Purpose)
April 27          CARLI OER Office Hour: Accessibility
April 28          Tech Services Q & A
April 29          Weekly Illinois SCOERs Office Hours

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

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