CARLI News June 29, 2022

2022 CARLI Annual Meeting and Directors' Meetings

Registration is open for the 2022 CARLI Annual Meeting to be held Friday, November 4 at the I Hotel and Conference Center in Champaign. Staff at any CARLI member library is invited to attend.

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 closes Thursday, October 27.

A special room rate of $149 has been arranged at the I-Hotel and Conference Center for those who are planning to travel to Champaign on Thursday, November 3. This room block is only available until October 1. Please book your rooms as soon as possible if you are planning to stay overnight in Champaign. Use this direct booking link to make your reservation at the reduced rate. 

CARLI Scholarship: Deadline to Apply is June 30

The CARLI Scholarship helps to grow the profession by providing 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. Scholarships may be awarded for both on-campus and/or distance education programs. The scholarship amount for the 2022-2023 academic year (August 2022-May 2023) will be $1,000. For information, or to apply, visit the CARLI Scholarship web page. The deadline to apply is tomorrow, June 30.

Give to the CARLI Scholarship Fund!

We would like to thank our donors for their generous contributions to the scholarship. You can give to the scholarship fund online. The minimum donation is $5.00. We hope you will consider supporting future librarians and help CARLI grow the profession with a contribution.

If you have any questions about the CARLI Scholarship, please contact CARLI by sending an email to .

Illinois SCOERs Round Two

CARLI is pleased to announce the conditional* availability of a second round of applications for the creation of Open Educational Resources for Illinois SCOERs (Support for Creation of Open Educational Resources). Our primary focus are courses that fall within the theme of "The Human Condition: Care, Development, and Lifespan" but we will also consider large enrollment courses that fall within other subject areas. This project will be fully funded by an additional $1 million supplemental 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.

For detailed information and to access the application materials, view the Illinois SCOERs Notice of Funding Opportunity.

CARLI will host the following informational Zoom workshops to discuss the grant and to walk future applicants through the application process.

Each workshop will cover the same information. Potential applicants need only attend one session. Attending a workshop is not required.

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

For more information visit our project website.

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

The contents of the Illinois SCOERs web page were developed under a grant from the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education (FIPSE), U.S. Department of Education. However, those contents do not necessarily represent the policy of the Department of Education, and you should not assume endorsement by the Federal Government.

*Round 2 awards are conditional upon CARLI's receipt of additional funds for the Illinois SCOERs grant, included in the FY22 Congressional Appropriation. The U.S. Department of Education anticipates release of this funding no later than December 31, 2022.

Illinois SCOERs Workshops

The following workshops are being offered this summer for Illinois SCOERs (Support for Creation of Open Educational Resources) grantees however all workshops are open to anyone from a CARLI Governing institution.
Exploring the Basics of Instructional Design
July 7, 2:00–4 p.m.

Please join Computing Assisted Instruction Specialist Emily Boles as she takes the IL SCOERs grantees through the basics of Instructional Design. This workshop is open to all who are interested in how Instructional Design can benefit your teaching and your students.

Instructional Design and OER 
July 27, 11 a.m.

Now that you understand the basics of Instructional Design, Computing Assisted Instruction Specialist Emily Boles will take you through the benefits of incorporating instructional design techniques into your Open Educational Resources.

Illinois Library Transformations Survey Results

During March of 2022, CARLI member libraries were invited to share how their library has changed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Participants were asked to briefly identify good changes at their library (ex. successful innovations they will do permanently), difficult changes that their library made (reductions to budget, programming, staffing, space, etc.), and to optionally share any changes, good or bad, at their institution as a whole. The 122 responses from 82 CARLI-member institutions reflect both the resilience and ingenuity of CARLI-member institutions in creating positive changes as well as the severe challenges libraries face. Learn more about the results of this survey in the Summary Report or the Detailed Report.

As a follow up to this survey, CARLI Governing members will be invited to attend an online event this fall to engage with the survey results and to share your experiences. 

The Illinois Library Transformations Survey and resulting discussions are part of a larger review of the CARLI Strategic Priorities. This summer, Governing members will be invited to review CARLI's existing strategic priorities and share any edits or additions via an online form. In the fall, Governing members will also be invited to attend one of three separate in-person events to discuss the strategic priorities. The results of member feedback will be a revised version of CARLI's strategic priorities for 2023–2025.

CARLI Counts Summary Webinar

Join CARLI Counts Cohort 3 participants on Wednesday, July 6 from 9–10 a.m. as they describe their year-long projects for the CARLI Counts initiative. CARLI Counts, funded by an Institute of Museum and Library Services, Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Grant, is a continuing education library leadership immersion program that prepares librarians to make effective use of research findings on the impact of academic libraries on student success for the twin purposes of service development and library advocacy.
Please register if you plan to attend. Watch for the Zoom connection information to be sent on July 5, 2022.

10th Annual Instruction Showcase Presentations and Recordings Available

The CARLI Instruction Committee presented its 10th Annual Instruction Showcase on Friday, May 20.

The online program, focused on the theme, "Re-imagining Instruction After Disruption", featured a morning keynote, morning and afternoon presentations, and a virtual lunch chat from 12:30–1:00 p.m. where participants could socialize, network, and talk about instruction with their colleagues from across CARLI.

The showcase was recorded and posted to the CARLI website, along with presenter-supplied lesson plans and associated ACRL Framework Knowledge Practices and Dispositions, where applicable. 

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!

July 7  Learning with LOUIS Presentation Readiness: Tips from TEDx or: How We Learned to Like Public Speaking
July 14  MyGuide: An Open-Source, Personalized Research Dashboard for Your Library
July 21  Business Librarianship - It's Not That Scary!
July 28 Staying Legal: Four Steps for Reusing Materials in Your Courses
August 9  Building the Innovation Lab: A Technology Playground
August 11  Through the Records: The Work of the Center for the Study of Slavery in Charleston (CSSC) at the College of Charleston
August 16  Cultivating Civility and Resilience in Libraries: Challenges and Solutions
August 17  Save the Date: NC LIVE Website Service Webinar
August 17 Transforming Scholarly Research with Blockchain Technologies and AI: A New Era of Possibilities
September 13  Building a Successful Budget
September 19  Racial Equity in Libraries: Hiring, Retention, and Promotion of BIPOC Employees
September 20  Leading Together: Academic Library Consortia and Advocacy
October 12  Managing Difficult Conversations

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 .

Save the date: NC LIVE Web Site Service Webinar
August 17, 10:00–11:00 a.m.
Are you unhappy with your library′s website? Would you like to provide your patrons a more modern, user-friendly online experience? Through a partnership with NC LIVE, North Carolina′s library consortium, CARLI is excited to offer an easy to implement, low-cost website service to CARLI member libraries.
Additional information and registration will be available soon.

Building a Successful Budget 
September 13, 1:00–2:30 p.m.

This session will provide attendees with a high-level overview of budgeting in libraries. We will examine nuances of the word "budget" and what that implies about how we discuss budgets with various departments within the organization, share similarities and differences in the budget process across organizations, and discuss long-term strategies for weathering budget cuts. We will finish by demonstrating how human bias impacts budgetary decision-making.

Ben Mead-Harvey is an instructor at the iSchool at the University of Illinois. He teaches Personnel Management and Financial Management of Libraries, the former of which he designed and created for the college. He has been working in libraries since 2007, the bulk of which has been in management of municipal and district libraries. His major passion is learning about and teaching others how to effectively manage. He has authored many short articles on effective management practices which can be found at Ben has a bachelor’s degree in Psychology and a Master of Library Science from the University of Illinois as well as a Master of Business Administration from North Dakota State University. 

Please register for this event.

Managing Difficult Conversations
October 12, 10:00–11:00 a.m.

This one-hour workshop will discuss the nature of and challenges in holding difficult conversations, and strategies to overcome those challenges and increase the likelihood of success. Polls, discussion/chat, and Q&A will be used to involve the audience to ensure that specific fears and concerns are addressed. Tools and references will be provided or identified to support participants in putting learning into action.

Joellen M. Austin is the Deputy Director for Management for the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Institutes of Health (NIH), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  She has worked at NIH in positions of progressing management responsibilities since 1989. Ms. Austin is an Associate Certified Coach with the International Coaching Federation, and currently serves as an internal coach to employees across NIH.  

Garry Sanders is Principal, AssistLeadership, LLC and is an Executive Coach having earned a Certificate in Leadership Coaching from Georgetown University, and the designation of Professional Certified Coach by The International Coaching Federation. He is coaching leaders and team members at universities, businesses, and government agencies around the United States.

Please register for this event.

OER News

Call for Public Comment and Endorsement: Statewide Support for the Creation and Adoption of OER

At their June 2022 meeting, the CARLI Board of Directors endorsed a statement from the CARLI OER Committee to the Illinois College Course Materials Affordability and Equitable Access Collaborative Study Act and Task Force – "CCM Task Force." that encourages the CCM Task Force to consider Open Educational Resources as a focal point in their discussions.

The Board endorsement includes adding a statement to the CARLI website and to allow CARLI Members to comment and institutional endorsement by CARLI Member Library Governing Directors.

Comments will be moderated and made public, unless deemed off-topic, offensive, or inappropriate. 

Published comments will be available on the Call for Public Comment and Endorsement: Statewide Support for the Creation and Adoption of OER web page. 

We appreciate your feedback! Please send an email to if you have any questions.

Open Education Network Summit – Free Registration Closes July 8

Free registration is open for the Open Education Network 2022 Summit (#OENSummit22). The Summit is for OEN Members to learn from each other and to build community among its members. CARLI is a consortial member, and all interested CARLI members may attend!

The virtual Summit will be held July 25 – 29. There are 1–3 sessions held each day. Attendees register only for the sessions in which they are interested and will attend. 
Please see the OEN Summit web site for more details including the schedule of programming and event descriptions. Please use this short form to register. Registration will close on July 8.

The Open Education Network looks forward to a week of community engagement, connection, and sharing!

I-Share Open to New Participants

We are excited to share that for the first time in four years, CARLI is opening I-Share participation for our members that are interested in joining our implementation of Alma/Primo VE and its robust Resource Sharing Network. To find out more, please join the CARLI Staff for one of two Introduction Sessions. Check the CARLI Calendar for these July sessions.

As part of introducing I-Share to potential members we are hoping to have a list of I-Share library directors and liaisons who can be matched to similar institutions that are interested in joining. These potential members may have questions they would like to ask a current member, and we would like to help facilitate these connections. Please send a note to  if you are willing to serve as a resource for prospective I-Share participants. We hope this informal mentoring can help encourage potential I-Share members!

Register for Getting Started with Interface Customizations in Primo VE Webinar

The CARLI Discovery Primo VE Committee invites you to join us on Tuesday, July 19 from 1:00–2:30 p.m. for a panel discussion about interface customizations in Primo VE. Unsure where to begin or what to do next? Our panelists will start by demonstrating the basics, such as updating color schemes and labels, before jumping into local environments and JavaScript customizations. 

The webinar will feature four panelists, each talking about customizations they have made in their own Primo VE instances and there will be time for discussion and Q&A at the end. Bring your questions and experiences for this interactive webinar!

Panelists include: Allan Berry, University of Illinois Chicago; Christine McClure, DePaul University; Lindsey Skaggs, Illinois State University; and Aimee Walker, Joliet Junior College.

Registration is required. Please register by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, July 15.

If you have questions about the webinar or trouble registering, please contact . This webinar will be recorded and posted to the CARLI web site.

EBSCO/CARLI OpenAthens "Health Check" Sessions and Active Q&A

EBSCO OpenAthens Support team will be holding "Health Checks" for CARLI libraries using OpenAthens to help with optimizing and using the product to address your library's ever-changing needs.  Please share this invitation with anyone involved with OpenAthens set-up, configuration, or usage at your library.  If you're not sure if your institution has subscribed, a list of institutions can be found on CARLI's OpenAthens web page

Feel free to register for one or more of these optional sessions.  The sessions will have the same content but will include active Q&A, so bring your questions about OpenAthens for EBSCO Support.  Please visit the CARLI Calendar to register. Events will be held: 

  • Tuesday, July 12 10–11 a.m.  
  • Wednesday, July 20 10–11 a.m.  
  • Tuesday, July 26 10–11 a.m.

Note: CARLI staff may be present at these events, but the sessions are being run by EBSCO Support staff on their Teams platform.  You will receive a link to the session the day before the event via the email that you register with.

Preservation Tips

An Overview of the Recent Renovation Project at the Chicago History Museum
An Interview with Julie Wroblewski, Head of Collections at the Chicago History Museum by Jade Kastel, a member of the CARLI Preservation Committee and Music Librarian at Western Illinois University

For many years at the Chicago History Museum (CHM), we have stored the bulk of our manuscript collection onsite in a basement-level space at our main museum facility. Buildings deteriorate over time, basements have issues over time, and so for quite a while now the museum has planned to improve structurally or mediate some of the deterioration. That's obviously a big capital project, so it took time both to create a plan, raise the funds, and figure out the right timing for carrying out the project. We already had plans underway to begin in spring of 2020, and of course that came to a screeching halt with the pandemic.

View the full article  to learn pearls of wisdom from Julie Wroblewski on institutional renovations and learn more about how the Chicago History Museum pivoted and successfully completed their project during the pandemic. "It's one of those once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Our renovation turned out beautifully and we're now really excited to start opening up these collections again!"

Project Wrap-Up
Melina Avery, Conservator, University of Chicago Library

The CARLI Preservation Committee has been working all year on quick tips to help collections staff with their disaster plans.

As Jade Kastel said in her introduction, "this project covers tips and resources that library, archival, museum, and cultural institution staff can reference as they create, fine tune, or revise their institution's disaster plan."

Topics include:

  • Developing a Disaster Plan
  • Disaster Kits
  • Creating a Response Poster for Water-Based Disasters
  • Emergency Contact List on Campus
  • Don't Table This! The Importance of Tabletop Exercises for Your Disaster Plan
  • Salvage Priorities Roadmap
  • An Overview of the Recent Renovation Project at the Chicago History Museum

All tips can be read on the Project Website.

To accompany this project, the CARLI Preservation Committee partnered with the Illinois Fire Service Institute (IFSI) and Chief John High, Sr., to offer the January 25, 2022 virtual program on Working with Fire Professionals. A recording of the event and additional resources can be found on CARLI's Professional Development Alliance web page.

Other Library News

McDowell named Outstanding Information Science Teacher by ASIS&T

Congratulations to UIUC librarian Associate Professor Kate McDowell who is the 2022 recipient of the Outstanding Information Science Teacher Award from the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T). The award recognizes her unique contributions to information science education that reside at the intersection of storytelling and data science.

According to nominator Linda C. Smith, professor emerita and interim executive associate dean, McDowell's impact encompasses students in degree programs as well as individuals engaged in professional development. "Her work empowers individuals, organizations, and communities to take control of their own narratives and use the resources and tools at their disposal to connect authentically with their audiences."

McDowell's storytelling research has involved training collaborations with institutional advancement at both the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and the University of Illinois system, storytelling consulting work for multiple nonprofits, and storytelling workshops for the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI).

"It is not just the content of her teaching that is significant, it is the manner in which she delivers this information," said Anne Craig, CARLI's senior director who has worked with McDowell on CARLI Counts, a continuing education library leadership immersion program. "She is not only funny and warm, but also inviting of differing perspectives and inclusive of all participants, drawing listeners in and encouraging them to share their own experiences and questions. Her care is genuine; participants have reached out to her—always finding her accessible—repeatedly to find support and guidance."

McDowell regularly appears on the List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent issued by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus each semester. In addition, for her accomplishments in teaching online, she was recognized in 2018 with the Excellence in Online & Distance Teaching Award, given annually by the University.

McDowell formerly served as interim associate dean for academic affairs and assistant dean for student affairs and has led multiple transformative projects for the School. She researches and publishes in the areas of storytelling as information research, social justice storytelling, and what library storytelling can teach the information sciences about data storytelling.

McDowell will receive her award at the 2022 ASIS&T Annual Meeting, which will be held from October 29–November 1 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

HSLI Annual Conference

The 2022 Health Science Librarians of Illinois (HSLI) Annual Conference will now take place in a virtual format. The dates remain the same—Wednesday, September 7, to Friday, September 9. Watch for additional announcements in the coming weeks on registration, keynote and CE sessions, and more, or check the Conference web site for updates as they become available.

Please consider sharing your ideas at the virtual Health Sciences Librarians of Illinois annual meeting on September 7–9, 2022 (Wednesday-Friday). This year you have the option of presenting your ideas as either a poster or a lightning talk.

Proposal Types:

  • Lightning Talks: The afternoon of Wednesday, September 7, has tentatively been set aside for sharing experiences! Each presenter will be allotted 5-10 minutes to share their project, depending on the number of abstracts that are accepted. There will be ample time afterward for Q&A and lively discussion.
  • Posters: Ideas can include, but are not limited to, any area of librarianship such as instruction, leadership, program development, communication, collections and collection management, outreach, and evaluation.

If you have presented, or plan to present, a poster at another meeting this year (such as MLA or Midwest Chapter/MLA), recycling content at HSLI is totally okay! Since this year's Conference is virtual, it will allow our members who can't travel to have the opportunity to learn about your work. The posters will be virtual with a Q&A for presenters immediately following the lighting talks on September 7.

Submission Instructions:

To apply for both lightning talks and posters, fill out the form or submit an abstract of no more than 200 words to by Monday, August 1.

For either submission type, it is expected that presenting author(s) must register for and attend the Conference. More information about the Conference can be found at HSLI 2022 Conference. Any questions or concerns can be directed to .

IACRL People's Choice in Scholarly Publishing Award

Congratulations to Jung Mi Scoulas, PhD, University of Illinois Chicago, who received the highest number of votes, for the article "Student Voice in Administrative Decision-making: Inclusive Planning during the Pandemic" in Journal of Library Administration (co-written with Elena Carrillo & Linda Naru, University of Illinois Chicago). The second-place winner is Amelia Brunskill, University of Illinois Chicago, whose article "'Without that Detail, I’m not Coming': The Perspectives of Students with Disabilities on Accessibility Information Provided on Academic Library Websites" appears in College & Research Libraries. Gwen Gregory of Northern Illinois University, finished third, with the book chapter, "Retreating to Advance Together: Communicating through Internal and External Retreats, " published in Edwards & Mackenzie's Telling the Technical Services Story. 

The three winners will present on their articles either at future meetings of the IACRL Journal Club or in a separate webinar. Check the IACRL listserv, website, and social-media pages for more details.

Upcoming CARLI Events and Meetings

Important Dates

July 3     Alma Monthly Release
July 4     CARLI Office Closed for Independence Day

August 7       Alma Monthly Release
August 14     Alma Release Update


August 31     CARLI Executive Committee Meeting

Webinars, Forums, Workshops and Training

July 6      CARLI Counts Summary Webinar
July 7      Exploring the Basics of Instructional Design
July 11    Prospective I-Share Libraries Introduction
July 11    Illinois SCOERs Round 2 Subgrant Application Workshop
July 12    EBSCO/CARLI OpenAthens Health Checks for Existing Customers – Active Q&A
July 12    Prospective I-Share Libraries Introduction
July 13    Governing Directors Check-in
July 14    Alma Primo VE Open Office Hours
July 19    Getting Started with Interface Customizations in Primo VE Showcase
July 20    EBSCO/CARLI OpenAthens Health Checks for Existing Customers – Active Q&A
July 26    EBSCO/CARLI OpenAthens Health Checks for Existing Customers – Active Q&A
July 26    Illinois SCOERs Round 2 Subgrant Application Workshop
July 27    Instructional Design and OER

August 11     Alma Primo VE Open Office Hours
August 11     Illinois SCOERs Round 2 Subgrant Application Workshop
August 15     New Directors Orientation
August 17     NC LIVE Website Service Webinar

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

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