CARLI News January 26, 2022

Craig Appointed to Governor's Task Force

CARLI Director, Anne Craig, has been appointed to Governor Pritzker's College Course Materials Affordability and Equitable Access Task Force

The statutory purpose of the task force is to "conduct a collaborative college course materials affordability and equitable access study; examine the cost-saving methods and practices utilized by public and private institutions of higher learning in this State and throughout the United States for improving students' equitable first-day-of-class access to required course materials and conduct an affordability comparison of providing students' course materials, including digital learning tools;" and submit a report of its findings to the Governor, the General Assembly, and the Illinois Student Assistance Commission.

FY23 Ebook Program Crowdfunding

In December CARLI shared a call to members to fund a consortial ebook program in fiscal year 2023 (July 1, 2022–June 30, 2023).
All CARLI members are invited to join an information session on January 31, 11 a.m.–noon. 

If you would like more information about this program or are interested in joining the information session, please send a note to .

Due to contractual agreements about pricing disclosure, the Zoom sessions will not be recorded.

Call for Proposals: Accessibility in Libraries Forum

Mark your calendars for April 6 at 10 a.m. when the CARLI Commercial Products Committee is hosting the 2022 Accessibility in Libraries Forum via Zoom. 

CARLI members are encouraged to submit proposals on any accessibility practices you've implemented. Did something go well? Do you have best practices and tips for getting started? Do you have any caveats to share about designing new workflows that incorporate accessibility? Is there something your library has done you wish other libraries were doing? We are looking forward to hearing proposals on a variety of topics including, but not limited to: website and software accessibility, inclusion for patrons at virtual events, holding vendors accountable, and assistive technology. 

Proposals should be 300 words in length and include an overview of what you would like to cover in a 15–20-minute session. If interested, please submit the proposal no later than February 14. Submissions will be reviewed by the Commercial Products Committee; notifications will be sent during the week of February 21. 

Please send your submissions to  the proposals Google form. Any questions about the Accessibility in Libraries Forum should be submitted to .

FY23 Selection Cycle

CARLI is currently preparing for the fiscal year 2023 selection cycle. The selection system will tentatively be open March 28–May 13. If you need information or estimates for a given product, or if you'd like us to pull usage statistics, please send a note to .

Now is also a great time to clean up selection system accounts if you've had recent staff changes. You can view current users for your institution on the Management tab of the system. Directors or E-Resources Liaisons should send an email to to have administrative users added or removed.

Save the Date:  10th Annual Instruction Showcase

Save the date to attend the 10th Annual CARLI Instruction Showcase to be held online, Friday, May 20.

A call for presenters and the opening of registration, are both forthcoming and will be available from the event web page.

Please send any questions to .

ILDS Spring Break Closure Dates Survey

It is time once again to collect the dates that your location will be closed during spring break. Please complete the closure survey no later than January 31 to allow ample time for us to share this information with RAILS and IHLS.

If your library has not opted in for delivery and will not be opting in during the spring semester, you do not need to fill out the survey.

If you have any questions or concerns regarding ILDS, please send an email to .  

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!

January 27: CARLI OER Faculty Workshop: Supporting Academic Success: Open Educational Resources and Affordable Course Materials
January 27: Creating Self-Led Foundational Literacy Kits for Child Care Centers

February 7:  Myths and Truths about Regional Public Universities
February 7:  Learnabout: Google Sheets
February 9:  Ph.D. "Dropouts" Part 1
February 10: A Conversation with DEI Librarians: What We Learned
February 22: Series: Timely Talks with Library Leaders
February 22: Fair Use Gameshow
February 23: CARLI OER Faculty Workshop: Supporting Academic Success: Open Educational Resources and Affordable Course Materials
February 23: Libraries as TV / Video Stars 

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 15: PDA 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: Save the Date: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville’s Diverse Librarianship Career Training and Education Program
May 11:  Save the Date: PDA 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 .

Fair Use Gameshow 
February 22, 6:00–7:00 p.m. 

Are you interested in fair use, but not interested in long lectures on the topic? Would you like to test your fair use knowledge and have some fun? If the answer to either or both of these questions is yes, then join us as we play the Fair Use Gameshow! Your host, Sara Benson, the Copyright Librarian at the University of Illinois will ask fun, challenging fair use questions to the audience and our panel of esteemed copyright experts will chime in with their opinions. Join the fun as the panel including Melissa Ocepek, Assistant Professor at the iSchool, Pia Hunter, Access Librarian and Online Learning Consultant at the University of Illinois College of Law, and Barbara Kaplan, Faculty Outreach Librarian at the University of Illinois College of Law discuss the many nuances of fair use.

Please register for this event.

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.

Save the Date: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Diverse Librarianship Career Training and Education Program
April 12, 10:00–11:00 a.m.

Please save the date for this first session in a series introducing Southern Illinois University Edwardsville's Diverse Librarianship Career Training and Education Program.

Save the Date: PDA Directors Series: 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 is focused 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.

Registration is now available:

Content will be the same for each workshop. The primary content will be presented in the first 90 minutes of the session. Time for additional consultation will be available during the last 30 minutes of the program.

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.

Discussion points and notes from the December 2021 Office Hours are now available.

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

Illinoi SCOERs 

Sub-Awards Applications

CARLI is pleased to announce the availability of its application for subgrants to support the creation of Open Educational Resources (OER) for courses that focus on "The Human Condition: Care, Development, and Lifespan" for Illinois SCOERs (Support for Creation of Open Educational Resources.) This project is fully funded by a $1.08 million grant to the University of Illinois System/CARLI, from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE) in the U.S. Department of Education.

CARLI will award a minimum of eight grants as part of Illinois SCOERs. Each applicant team may request up to $60,000.

CARLI recommends that interested parties fill out the Illinois SCOERs Intent to Apply form prior to March 1, 2022.

Completed application packets should be emailed to the . The submission deadline for the completed application packet, including all requested documents, is April 1, 2022.

For more information visit our project web site.

For the most up-to-date information, join the Illinois SCOERs email list.

Meet Greet Collaborate 

Are you planning to apply for the Illinois SCOERs grant? Are you interested in collaborating with faculty and staff from other institutions but not sure how to find them? If you answer yes to these questions, plan to join us for a Zoom meeting designed to help facilitate the meeting of others interested in collaborating on February 4 and/or February 18 at 1:00 p.m. 

Please register in advance for this meeting. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with connection information.

Subgrant SLACK

In addition to the MeetGreetCollaborate event we have also started a SLACK channel for more sustained collaboration. To join the SLACK follow this link and introduce yourself. 

Weekly Office Hours

Do you have questions about the Illinois SCOERs subgrant application? Feel free to stop by our weekly Office Hours to get the help you need.

Join Zoom Meeting:

Meeting ID: 899 6131 9658
Password: 345374

Coming Soon: FAQ and Weekly Podcast

Stay tuned to the Illinois SCOERs web page for an FAQ that will be added as soon as it is ready.

Also, stay tuned for information on a biweekly podcast with Michele Leigh about all things Illinois SCOERs.

Alma Primo VE Update, January 2022

In late December, Ex Libris released another set of improvements to the functionality that supports linking from Primo VE to some EBSCO resources. CARLI Staff have created a web page describing the changes.

In addition to the new web page about the EBSCO changes, we have provided a file in Box listing your institution’s EBSCO customer ID and new EBSCO "OP ID", and another file listing the EBSCO collections your institution has that will require some changes to the electronic service editor in order to take advantage of the new functionality. These steps are thoroughly documented on the new web page referenced above, and CARLI staff have also provided an FAQ to help you navigate this process. While there is no deadline for library staff to complete this work, doing so will improve discovery and full text access for library users, so we recommend doing this work as soon as possible.

CARLI often gets questions about Box, the file storage/sharing service we use for sharing spreadsheets and other documents with member library staff. Box provides us a secure way of sharing materials with member library staff. If you have staff that need access to files in Box, just let us know by sending a note to indicating the name and email of the person who should be granted access to Box.

February and August are the two months of the year when Ex Libris refreshes the Alma/Primo VE sandbox (test) environments with fresh copies of their respective production data. The February 6 monthly software update will include the refresh of our sandboxes. If you have any active testing in process in a sandbox, please be aware of the scheduled update as the data refresh may impact your work.

Preservation Tip

Quick Tips for Disasters & Emergencies: Creating a Response Poster for Water-based Disasters
Tonia Grafakos, Marie A. Quinlan Director of Preservation, Northwestern University

Finding water in a library setting is an unwelcome surprise. Depending on a person's level of experience and the size of the leak, staff reactions to a water disaster can vary. To minimize stress and ease uncertainty, Northwestern University Libraries created a one-page water disaster poster to aid staff response.

To learn more about creating a poster to help staff when they discover a water-related disaster within your library and to see the example of the Northwestern University Library's poster, please read the full article

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

Are You Using Zotero? Request Printed Posters for Your Library!

The initial round of requests for free posters has been completed, the CARLI Zotero Instruction Clearinghouse is now opening up requests to include those who would like more than one set. To request a copy, please send your complete mailing address to .

Zotero is a free and open-source reference management software to manage bibliographic data and related research materials that allows users to collect, annotate, organize, cite, and share their research materials.

The full poster set includes:

  • Part 1: capture material
  • Part 2: create your own notes
  • Part 3: search your knowledgebase
  • Part 4: create bibliographies
  • Part 5: import already saved materials
  • Part 6: enhance records with your own annotations 

Any CARLI member library is welcome to request their own set of the posters.  Each poster is 17" x 12" and is an ideal size for adding to your library's instruction space.

PDF versions of the posters are also available for download and/or local printing from the "HELP" section of the CARLI Zotero Instruction Clearinghouse. 

Funded through a CARLI Research Award, the CARLI Zotero Instruction Clearinghouse also includes links to tutorials and other useful Zotero information.

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

February 6     Alma Monthly Release
February 13   Alma Release Update

March 6        Alma Monthly Release
March 13      Alma Release Update


February 9       Discovery Primo VE Task Force 
February 10     Alma Primo VE Open Office Hours
February 14     Preservation Committee 
February 15     Technical Services Committee
February 16     Collection Management Committee 
February 16     Public Services Committee 
February 17     OER Committee 
February 17     DEI Task Force Committee
February 18     Commercial Products Committee
March 2           CARLI Executive Committee Meeting
March 9           Discovery Primo VE Task Force
March 10         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 

Webinars, Forums, Workshops and Training (You will find the PDA events listed in Professional Development Alliance News)

February 1     Let’s Talk About Fulfillment (I Mean Alma Not Life’s Purpose)
February 1     Understanding and Promoting Open Educational Resources 
February 8     Understanding and Promoting Open Educational Resources Live Session #1
February 9     Directors' Welcome to CARLI
February 10    Alma Primo VE Open Office Hours
February 11    When/Why We Teach Keywords Discussion
February 15    Understanding and Promoting Open Educational Resources Live Session #2
February 18    Let’s Talk About Fulfillment (I Mean Alma Not Life’s Purpose)
February 22    Understanding and Promoting Open Educational Resources Live Session #3
February 22    Fair Use Gameshow
February 23    OER Faculty Workshop: Supporting Academic Success: Open Educational Resources and Affordable Course Materials
February 24    Tech Services Q & A

March 1        Let’s Talk About Fulfillment (I Mean Alma Not Life’s Purpose)
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 15      Open Pedagogy Series Workshop 2: Implementing Open Pedagogy: Outreach and Advocacy for Developing Faculty Partnerships
March 24      Tech Services Q & A
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

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

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