CARLI News July 26, 2023

CARLI Annual Meeting & Directors Meeting

Please join us for the 2023 CARLI Annual Meeting to be held Thursday, November 16, at the I Hotel and Conference Center in Champaign. Registration is now open. The agenda is not yet finalized.

A meeting of the CARLI Governing Directors will precede the Annual Meeting. Directors should also register for this meeting if they are planning to attend.

A separate registration is required for each meeting. Space is limited. Registration for both meetings closes Tuesday, November 7.

CARLI staff has obtained a small block of rooms at the reduced rate of $169.00 for guests that would like to stay in Champaign at the I Hotel the night before the meetings. You can call the hotel at 217-819-5000 or make the reservation online with this information: 

  • Group Code: CARLINOV23
  • PW: te&7M

The room block expires on October 2. 

Illinois Course Materials Survey: Student Perspective

CARLI needs your help! It is critical that we have broad participation in the "Illinois Course Materials Survey: Student Perspective," first shared with our membership in April 2023, so that we can document the need for Open Educational Resources. Please distribute this important survey on your campus. 
The survey was developed by CARLI and its Open Educational Resources Committee to help identify Illinois students' needs regarding affordable course materials and interest in Open Educational Resources. To date, we have about 600 responses. Florida had about 13,000 for their similar survey. In short, Illinois needs many more responses! 
The survey has been approved by the University of Illinois Office for the Protection of Research Subjects. It can be distributed throughout 2023 and can be shared during more than one academic term. Learn more about this survey, view two possible student outreach messages for distributing the survey to students, and view a review version of the survey questions without completing the live survey on the project website.

Now is a great time to get any campus permissions you need to share the survey during the fall semester. We are happy to help you with the permission forms that may be required. 
Please bring any questions you have to our upcoming Office Hours:

  • July 27, 10 a.m. 
  • August 1, 10 a.m. 
  • August 11, 1 p.m. 
  • September 7, 1 p.m.   

Or, email questions at any time to .

CARLI Awards Two Scholarships for 2023-2024 Academic Year

CARLI is pleased to announce that Amanda Helm, Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library; and Kaitlyn Mae Weger, Olney Central College, Illinois Eastern Community Colleges, have each received the CARLI 2023–2024 Academic Year Scholarship that helps support the education of the dedicated staff of CARLI member libraries. The scholarship is funded by donors who have generously supported this important program, helping CARLI to grow the profession.

"I am so thrilled to be a recipient of the CARLI scholarship this year. I am really enjoying my time at the iSchool and am so excited that I can continue this journey with the help of the CARLI scholarship, " Weger said. "I love the work I’m doing and the people I get to work with in academia and look forward to many more years in this profession. Thank you, CARLI Scholarship Committee! "

The recipients were selected based on their responses to a personal essay question regarding their professional goals and objectives in pursuing a library career that demonstrates a commitment to the profession and the strength of their references.

"I am honored to have been selected to receive one of the two CARLI scholarships this year! I'd like to thank my colleagues at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library for encouraging me to apply and I look forward to attending UIUC this fall! "

The CARLI Scholarship provides financial assistance to current employees of CARLI Governing Member Libraries pursuing graduate studies leading to a Master′s Degree in Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The scholarship is funded by donations. To make a contribution, visit Give to CARLI.     

CARLI Committee Appointments and Annual Reports

The appointment process for 2023-2024 CARLI committees is now complete!
Staff from 53 member libraries will serve on CARLI Committees in 2023-2024. As in previous years, we will keep the volunteer list on file for any additional openings that may occur this year. We offer our sincere thanks to all those who volunteered to serve on CARLI committees. To review the committee charges and rosters, visit the Committee Directory in the Governance section of the CARLI web site. 
We also encourage you to view the committee's annual reports, which detail the activities of each committee and give a big picture of their collaborative efforts.
CARLI's committees play a vital role in the ongoing success of the organization, and the service of all of our volunteers maintains the tradition of commitment to developing and maintaining quality programs and services that enhance CARLI’s reputation in Illinois and beyond.
The efforts of CARLI committee members provide a critical service to the organization and to all Illinois libraries, and we offer our thanks and deep appreciation for their service.

Save the Date: Ethnographic Research Methods in Libraries

October 3, 9:00 a.m. –3:00 p.m.

Library UX Chicago is pleased to host Dr. Donna Lanclos and Dr. Andrew Asher for an in-person workshop on ethnographic research methods in libraries held at DePaul University's John T. Richardson Library on the Lincoln Park campus on October 3, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

CARLI and RAILS will sponsor this full-day workshop that empowers participants to think critically about the contexts in which their library's services and spaces operate. Participants will work together to identify patterns and trends in ethnographic data which they will be asked to collect prior to the workshop. They will learn frameworks for analyzing qualitative data, strategies for identifying and communicating actionable insights with these data, and approaches to developing areas for future inquiry or partnership.

Learning outcomes:

  • Participants will gain experience with the use of qualitative methods for data collection in various institutional contexts.
  • Participants will connect qualitative methods to important questions about people and practices within and around their institutional contexts.
  • Participants will gain experience with frameworks and processes for developing conclusions and recommendations based on qualitative data. 

Registration will be available in August.  

ProQuest Presents Alexander Street Admin Portal & Usage

Join us on August 3 from 10:00-10:30 a.m. for the final ProQuest Administrator webinar. During this webinar, we will look at the features of the Alexander Street Admin Portal with the primary focus being usage statistics. We will also look at COUNTER 5 reports as well as User Engagement Impact Metrics to get a fuller picture of how people are interacting with your Alexander Street collections. Register here if you would like to attend.

OER Updates

CARLI OER Faculty Workshop: Open Textbooks: Access, Affordability, and Academic Success

Please share this opportunity with your teaching faculty!

The CARLI OER Committee invites the teaching faculty at your institutions to attend a workshop about open educational resources including open textbooks on September 13, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. 

The workshop will identify:

  • what are open educational resources (OER);
  • benefits and motivations for using OER;
  • how to find and evaluate OER;
  • how to integrate OER into your class.

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


  • Kim Hale, Columbia College Chicago;
  • Lauren Kosrow, College of DuPage;
  • Elizabeth Clarage, Michele Leigh, and Nicole Swanson, CARLI

If your institution plans to offer an incentive to your faculty for attendance at the workshop & writing a review of an open textbook, please email  so that CARLI staff can provide you the information you need about your faculty attendance/review status.

Registration is required. 

Virtual Course: Understanding and Promoting Open Educational Resources

CARLI is pleased to offer a 3-week synchronous and asynchronous course on open educational resources in October with the live sessions on October 4, 11, and 18 from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Attendees should plan to attend each live session.

This virtual course is designed to help the novice person learning about open educational resources apply the information from this program to build their own local programs and workshops. The program is open to all CARLI members.

The virtual program will contain both synchronous (three live 90-minute Zoom sessions) and asynchronous (readings, videos, etc.) to be completed before each live session. The live sessions will include presentations, but the aim of the program planners is that these will incorporate a flipped classroom model to build community among participants as all share and discuss the topics.

Registration is available until October 2 or until the courses are full. Course materials will be sent to registrants on September 27. Please contact , if you have questions.

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

Professional Development Alliance Events

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!

  • August 1: An Endless Game of Catch-Up: Exploring the Impact of ChatGPT on Research and Learning in Higher Education 
  • August 15: Redesigning a Library Website 
  • August 17: Harnessing AI Tools and Resources in Higher Education
  • August 28: Colonial Archives in the Classroom: Student and Instructor Perspectives
  • September 7: Wait? We're Drawing? Engaging Visual Strategies for First Year Library Orientation
  • September 12: Successful Workplace Communications Series: Assume Positive Intent
  • October 17: Giving a Hand Up: Why Mentorship Matters
  • October 31: The FIERCEST Framework

To register, visit the CARLI Event Calendar. Recordings of past CARLI-sponsored PDA events are available on the Professional Development Alliance website when permitted by the presenter. 
Are you interested in presenting on a topic for CARLI members and the Professional Development Alliance? Or, would you like to moderate a follow up discussion for an upcoming program?  us to become more involved in CARLI's continuing education efforts!

Successful Workplace Communications Series

Assume Positive Intent
September 12, 1:00–2:00 p.m. 

When someone gets in a disagreement with us, or when someone fails to meet expectations in their work, or when someone acts in violation of rules, procedure, or social convention, we make certain assumptions. We assume they are choosing to act inappropriately. We assume that they understand the problem the same way we understand it. We assume that if they truly meant well, they would not be acting the way they are acting. 

In this second session of the Successful Workplace Communications Series, we will explore a big-picture perspective that will assist you with all interpersonal communications in the workplace. Ben Mead Harvey will present the case that others' intentions are irrelevant in deciding how to handle situations. Further, he will propose that you always assume they are acting with good intentions, even when there is evidence to the contrary. We will discuss techniques that encourage you to assume positive intent and explore the effectiveness of those strategies. 

Giving a Hand Up: Why Mentorship Matters
Oct. 17 10:00–11:00 a.m.

During a focus group study with tenure-track and tenured librarians in 2021/2022,  Susan Howell and Tammie Busch discovered that one of the most prominent themes that emerged was mentorship and how mentorship had been helpful and how it had been lacking. Although the focus group centered on tenure-track librarians they learned that mentorship benefits all librarians. In this program we will discuss the benefits of mentorship, how one finds mentorship, and how to be a mentor.

Susan Howell is an Assistant Professor and Cataloging and Metadata Librarian at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. 

Tammie Busch is an Assistant Professor and Catalog and Metadata Librarian at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.

The FIERCEST Framework
October 31 10:00-11:00 a.m.

Presented by Erin Tarr, Confidence Coach for Teens, CEO of Be the Benchmark, LLC, Author of "Your FIERCE Life - 6 Simple Steps to Daily Confidence for Teens," and Founder of the FIERCE Moms Monthly Membership.

Anxiety, depression, hopelessness and fear of the future are all on the rise in our post-covid world. For teens, young adults, and even the "middle aged”. There are a million fads to try and keep us from the downward spiral (some of which even work!) – But when it comes to lasting change and life long happiness – is that even possible? 
Luckily the answer is yes! The FIERCEST framework brings together the best of psychology and personal development and gives you the tools to create a life you wake up EXCITED to live each day! Be your happiest/healthiest self in order to help your patrons be their happiest healthiest selves.
Learning Outcomes:

  • Learn and practice three simple life hacks for happiness
  • Discover a guaranteed successful start to the day
  • Develop a personalized plan of action and their go-to tools for when you are “in a funk”
  • Learn to leverage the science behind habit development for maximizing your positive impact in life
  • Be able to implement the research-backed secrets to habit development

Key Takeaway: A self-assessment of how close you are to living your FIERCEST Life and a plan for the future.

I-Share Welcomes New Libraries

Please join us in welcoming two new institutions and one new library to I-Share! 

Patrons from Illinois College of Optometry, St. John's College of Nursing, and University of Illinois Chicago Louis L. Biro Law Library are able to begin borrowing items from other I-Share libraries, either by requesting them through Primo VE, or by visiting other I-Share libraries in person. Also these libraries will begin filling I-Share requests. Additionally, your patrons are able to visit these libraries for on-site borrowing; please have your patrons review the library's website for any access details. 

Illinois College of Optometry, ILDS: ICO. Located in Chicago, IL
St. John's College of Nursing, ILDS: SJN. Located in Springfield, IL
University of Illinois Chicago's Louis L. Biro Law Library, ILDS: JML. Located in Chicago, IL

With the addition of these libraries, I-Share represents the holdings of 90 CARLI I-Share member institutions across the state of Illinois. The combination of this enormous consortial collection with I-Share's resource sharing services gives I-Share library patrons ready access to a collection that ranks among the world's greatest research libraries.
The complete list of I-Share libraries and a map of their locations is available here.

Other Library News

ILA Academic Librarian of the Year

Congratulations to Jade Kastel, Assistant Professor, Music Librarian, and Library Diversity Officer at Western Illinois University (WIU) Libraries, and the 2023 recipient of the Illinois Library Association's (ILA) Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year Award. The award, presented by the ILA Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries (IACRL) Forum, recognizes an Illinois librarian who is making an outstanding statewide contribution to academic or research librarianship and to library development. The award is sponsored by Library Juice Academy. 

All of the ILA award winning librarians for 2023 can be found here.

Illinois Newspaper Project Seeks Nominations for Newspaper Digitization

Nominate a newspaper to be digitized and made freely available for research!

The Illinois Newspaper Project (INP) is now accepting nominations for newspapers to be digitized as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program (NDNP), funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. All Illinois cultural heritage institutions (including libraries, museums, archives, and historical and genealogical societies) are invited to nominate newspapers on microfilm held in their collections. 100,000 pages of newspapers will be digitized and made freely available online. 

The Illinois Newspaper Project has participated in the NDNP, digitizing and providing free access to Illinois newspapers, since 2009. Digitized newspapers are made available in Chronicling America, the NDNP's national digital newspaper database. 

Illinois newspapers digitized for the NDNP are also added to the Illinois Digital Newspaper Collections (IDNC) at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. The IDNC is the largest freely available collection of digitized Illinois newspapers. It includes Illinois newspapers digitized by the Illinois Newspaper Project with funding from many sources, including the NDNP, the University of Illinois, and private donors. In addition, the IDNC provides cross-searchability and long-term digital preservation for Illinois newspapers digitized by other Illinois institutions.

If you are interested in submitting a nomination, please visit the Illinois Newspaper Project web page for more information.

Registration is Open for IHLS "Cataloging Basics" Online Course

Registration is open for the next offering of the Cataloging Maintenance Center's "Cataloging Basics" online course, which will last from Monday, September 11, to Sunday, October 22. This six-week, asynchronous, crash course in basic cataloging dives into cataloging using RDA, the Resource Description and Access standards, and using MARC, the MAchine-Readable Cataloging standards. Eric McKinney will cover MARC fields 0XX-8XX and fixed-field elements, the most commonly used fields when cataloging library items.

The course is hosted on the Moodle learning platform and will be accessed via the SHARE training site. Registered participants will be emailed course access information before the course begins. There is no cost for Illinois librarians and library workers to participate.

Check the L2 calendar for more information and to register. Direct any questions to , Bibliographic Grant Manager at Illinois Heartland Library System’s Cataloging Maintenance Center.

HSLI Annual Conference Registration

If you are interested in attending the Health Science Librarians of Illinois (HSLI) Annual Conference on Friday, September 22, registration is now open. The deadline to register is September 18. For more information, please visit the HSLI conference page

DPLA Launches The Banned Book Club

In response to book bans across the United States, the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) has launched The Banned Book Club. Through the Palace e-reader app, The Banned Book Club uses GPS-based geo-targeting to make available free e-book versions of banned books to readers in US locations where the titles have been banned.

As a founding partner of the Illinois Digital Heritage Hub (IDHH), CARLI has been part of DPLA since 2016. As the Illinois service hub for DPLA, the IDHH is a statewide collaboration to bring together in one place digital assets about Illinois that are created by Illinois institutions, and currently contains over half a million records for digital items from 156 contributing institutions across Illinois.

To learn more about The Banned Book Club, read DPLA’s official News Release or visit the project’s home site. To learn more about the IDHH, visit the IDHH site or contact .

Upcoming CARLI Events and Meetings

Important Dates

August 6     Alma Quarterly Feature Release
Augus 13    Alma Release Update

September 3    Alma Monthly Release
September 4    CARLI Office Closed for Labor Day     


August 3     Governing Directors Check-in
August 22   OER Committee
August 30   Preservation Committee

September 6     Executive Committee
September 12   Commercial Products Committee
September 15   Governance Board Meeting

Webinars, Forums, Workshops and Training

August 1      Office Hours: Illinois Course Materials Survey: Student Perspective
August 3      Weekly Illinois SCOERs Office Hours
August 3      Alexander Street Admin Portal & Usage Webinar
August 10    Weekly Illinois SCOERs Office Hours
August 10    Alma Primo VE Open Office Hours
August 11    Office Hours: Illinois Course Materials Survey: Student Perspective
August 17    Weekly Illinois SCOERs Office Hours
August 24    Weekly Illinois SCOERs Office Hours
August 31    Weekly Illinois SCOERs Office Hours

September 7      Office Hours: Illinois Course Materials Survey: Student Perspective
September 7      Weekly Illinois SCOERs Office Hours
September 12    PDA Event: Assume Positive Intent
September 13    OER Faculty Workshop
September 14    Weekly Illinois SCOERs Office Hours
September 14    Alma Primo VE Open Office Hours
September 21    Weekly Illinois SCOERs Office Hours
September 28    Weekly Illinois SCOERs Office Hours

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

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