CARLI News October 30, 2018

CARLI Selects Ex Libris Alma Library Services Platform

Ex Libris Alma has been chosen for our next I-Share platform! Alma will replace Voyager and SFX in 2020 for the 91 institutions that are part of CARLI’s I-Share resource sharing system. We look forward to Alma helping CARLI extend and expand the resource sharing and collaborative programs that our consortium has offered our members for almost 40 years.
Please join us in expressing deep appreciation and thanks to the tireless and most extraordinary members of the I-Share Next Task Force. Task force members spent four years on this project, shaping member input and aspirations into a highly detailed, thorough, and complex RFP that was issued and awarded through the University’s procurement process. They persevered through many challenges and stayed on course, worked through weekends and holidays, and have now secured a wonderful new service for our membership. We owe them great praise for their contributions to our consortium, dividends that will be paid for many years to come. We are especially grateful to Kristine Hammerstrand, Chair of the I-Share Next Task Force, for her unfailing devotion to this project and its successful conclusion.

I-Share Next Task Force

  • Cindy Fuller, Millikin University
  • Tom Goetz, William Rainey Harper College
  • Kristine Hammerstrand CARLI, chair
  • Tammy Kuhn-Schnell, Lincoln Land Community College
  • Tami Luedtke, DePaul University
  • Michael Norman, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Ted Schwitzner, CARLI
  • Matthew Short, Northern Illinois University
  • Connie Walsh, CARLI
  • Suzanne Wilson, Illinois Wesleyan University
  • Pat Boze, Illinois State Library (retired, May 2017)
  • Anita Foster, Illinois State University (left ISU, December 2015)

We will have a 25-30 minute presentation about I-Share Next at the CARLI Annual Meeting on November 2, and will provide regular updates as we move through the implementation process. 

Press Release 

CARLI Last Copy Program

CARLI members have over time created amazing print collections; however, due to changes in curriculum or research needs, some monographs may no longer be needed in local collections. These materials may still be useful to the Illinois academic and research community and as such the CARLI Last Copy Program seeks to preserve the last copy of monographs within CARLI community. The program allows any CARLI Library that seeks to withdraw a last copy of a monograph to donate it to another CARLI library that will retain the title for resource sharing within the state.

Currently, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) serves as the initial recipient of the monographs submitted to the Last Copy Program. Since the program began in 2009, UIUC has accepted over 18,000 monographs. Items that are not accepted for the Last Copy Program remain with the original owning library to keep or discard at their discretion. 

Libraries interested in donating monographs for this program complete an online form that includes donor library information, number of copies in Illinois and if available the I-Share control number, OCLC number, and MARC record.

Complete information about the program can be found here

If you have questions about the program, please send an email to .

ILDS Holiday Closure for Thanksgiving

ILDS will not provide delivery service on Thursday, November 22 or Friday, November 23. Both of these days are ILDS designated holidays. Service will resume on Monday, November 26.

CARLI Selection System Open through November 9

The CARLI Selection System is currently open to make CY19 subscription commitments. The system will be open through November 9. Any questions about using the system or access credentials should be sent to .

Updates on products available in the selection system:

  • CARLI is currently in negotiations with Springer Nature regarding the future of CARLI offering Nature, the Nature Academic and Branded titles, the Palgrave titles, and Scientific American. Announcements about the status of these negotiations and product availability in the selection system will be sent to the e-resource contacts and ccg email lists as definitive information becomes available.
  • Pricing for the newest JSTOR Thematic Collection, Lives of Literature, is now available in the selection system.

Open Textbook Tri-Fold Brochure

The CARLI Open Educational Resources Task Force has modified an openly licensed brochure that helps to explain open textbooks. The brochure provides a quick overview of open textbooks. Topics covered include: 

  • What Is an Open Textbook?
  • What Do Open Textbooks Look Like?
  • CARLI′s Open Illinois Initiative
  • How Do I Adopt an Open Textbook?
  • Where to Find Open Textbooks
  • Creative Commons Licenses 

You can find two versions of the brochure in the OER Getting Started Toolkit. 

New VuFind Fall Enhancements

Since August, CARLI staff have implemented over 25 improvements, enhancements, or fixes in Production New VuFind for I-Share libraries. Below are a few of the most-requested features that have been released:

  • Items on the Checked Out Items page can be sorted.
  • The Checked Out Items page shows location, call number, and volume information of item.
  • The link text of electronic resources that displays on the results page of local catalogs has been standardized.
  • A "Repeat search in I-Share catalog?" link has been added to No Results message in local catalogs.
  • The "Narrow Search" facets have been reordered to put Format and Year of Publication at the top of list.
  • The Course Reserves search and display feature has been overhauled and improved.

For a complete list of all changes that we’ve made, see the New VuFind Change Log.  

Learn more about CARLI’s New VuFind catalog on our FAQ.

Voyager Skills Webinars

CARLI staff are pleased to present a twice-a-month webinar series for the fall. The Voyager Skills Webinars will focus on different skills and techniques for working with Voyager successfully. These will include the types of information that are usually just beyond what we can offer during training workshops, information on the use of different software tools, and details on tasks that occur infrequently but still require some reference, thought, and planning. Sessions will be offered on the second and fourth/last Friday of each month at 11:00 am, and sessions will be recorded and posted here

The schedule of remaining sessions and topics follows:

  • November 9: Patron Data Maintenance
  • November 16: Acquisitions Housekeeping
  • November 30: Finding an Item′s Routing History with the Item Tracking Query Set
  • December 14: Gary Strawn′s Voyager Applications

If you have topics you would like to see addressed, contact .

Other Library News

Try-it! Illinois 

Try-It! Illinois, the annual statewide electronic database trial, offers the over 1,800 library agencies, their staffs and patrons an opportunity to evaluate a wide variety of electronic resources. There is no charge for accessing these during Try-It! Illinois. To obtain the login and password until November 30, visit Try-It! Illinois.

ILA Strategic Planning Focus Groups

ILA is planning a series of focus groups to understand what creates value for its members and stakeholders. The input received will be factored into creating a dynamic strategic plan with goals that will shape the future of ILA. Reservations to attend the focus groups will open on Monday, November 5, 2018.

Members, non-members and others interested in offering their input are encouraged to attend any (or all) of the focus groups.

  • November 14 - 3:00-4:30 p.m. at RAILS (Burr Ridge)
  • November 19 - Noon-1:30 p.m. Online Session (open)
  • November 26 - Noon-1:30 p.m. Online Session (ALA ethnic affiliates: AILA, APALA, BCALA, CALA, REFORMA; affiliate members are welcome to participate in this or any other session of choice)
  • November 28 - 9:00-10:30 a.m. IHLS (Carbondale)
  • November 28 - 3:00-4:30 p.m. IHLS (Edwardsville)
  • November 29 - 10:00-11:30 a.m. IHLS (Edwardsville)
  • December 5 - 3:00-4:30 p.m. ILA Office (Chicago)

For questions and more information, please email , ILA Communication and Engagement Manager or by phone (312) 644-1896.

NILOA Presents Assessing Learning in Your Library

A 2016 report sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education noted that incarcerated adults with access to library services other than a law library scored higher in literacy and numeracy than incarcerated adults without access on a survey conducted by the Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies. While the study does not address why or how library services played a role in the success of incarcerated adults, it does highlight the question. In fact, the effect of library services on learning is an issue that academic libraries have attempted to address for years. In this DDLC webinar series session, representatives from the National Institute for Learning Outcomes Assessment (NILOA) and the Association of College Research Libraries (ACRL) will share how their organizations have been tackling the issue.

On November 13 at 2 p.m. NILOA will begin by providing an introduction presented by Dr. Natasha Jankowski and Kara Malenfant on current practices and future trends in assessing and documenting learning. They will then uncover efforts that are unfolding to capture and document evidence of student learning outside of traditional curricular experiences. ACRL will then explain how they have been focusing on helping academic libraries and librarians demonstrate alignment with and impact on institutional outcomes.

By the end of this session, you will learn how academic libraries have approached assessment in recent years and examine how some of these efforts may be adapted for use in a correctional setting.

Registration Link and Password:

Upcoming CARLI Events and Meetings

Important Dates

November 22–23                CARLI Office Closed for Thanksgiving

December 24 – January 2    CARLI Office Closed for the Holidays

Forums, Workshops and Training

November 2        CARLI Governing Directors Meeting at I Hotel and Conference Center, Champaign
November 2        CARLI Annual Meeting at I Hotel and Conference Center, Champaign
November 9        Voyager Skills Webinar: Patron Data Maintenance
November 16      Voyager Skills Webinar: Acquisitions Housekeeping
November 30      Voyager Skills Webinar: The "Item Tracking" Query Set

December 7        CARLI Board of Directors Meeting 
December 14      Voyager Skills Webinar: Gary Strawn’s Voyager Applications         


November 1         Public Services Committee
November 7         SFX Systems Committee
November 7         Instruction Committee
November 8         Collection Management Committee
November 13       OER Task Force Meeting
November 14       Preservation Committee 
November 20       OER Task Force Meeting
November 21       Resource Sharing Committee
November 26       Executive Committee
November 27       Created Content Committee

December 5         SFX Systems Committee
December 5         Instruction Committee
December 6         Public Services Committee
December 10       Preservation Committee
December 13       Collection Management Committee
December 18       OER Task Force Meeting
December 19       Resource Sharing Committee

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

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