Thu, Dec 7, 2023 / 10:00am to 11:00am

You and your project team are ready to start developing your grant application. However, your team has no idea how to determine how much the project will cost, or what steps would need to be executed to complete the project. Unfortunately, there is no existing formula for creating competitive grant budgets with timelines. Each grant opportunity, applicant organization, partnering organizations, and potential sponsor requirements and guidelines is unique. In order to be competitive, you and your team and partners need to understand their options when it comes to these two important components of every grant proposal. This workshop will help to remove the mysteries of what works and doesn’t work when reasonably budgeting for grant project funding requests, in-kind contributions, overhead expenses, and more. It will help you understand the relationship between the timeline and the budget and how they work together within the proposal. Examples of awarded applications will demonstrate successfully crafted timelines and budgets.


  • Discovering sponsor funding amount trends;
  • Understanding options available to achieve a fundable application budget and timeline;
  • Learning how to develop sub-award budgets for partners that don’t compromise the full budget; and,
  • Knowledge of how to interpret and visualize budgets to understand how the project will be actualized.


Bess de Farber serves as grantseeking and collaboration development consultant at ASK Associates, Inc. She has had four careers: as a musician and arts administrator; as a program officer managing grant awards for arts and cultural, social services, and human and race relations; as a nonprofit management consultant; and as an academic research development professional. She has provided grantseeking training and mentoring to thousands of library staff, nonprofit and academic professionals, artists, and university students in the past 33 years, and has led efforts to secure millions for nonprofits and academic libraries using her collaborative grantseeking strategies that yield an extraordinarily high rate of success. Bess is the author of Collaborative Grant-Seeking: A Practical Guide for Librarians, and Creating Fundable Grant Proposals: Profiles of Innovative Partnerships, and coauthor of Collaborating with Strangers: Facilitating Workshops in Libraries, Classes, and Nonprofits. She holds a Bachelor of Music from the University of Southern California, and a Master of Nonprofit Management from Florida Atlantic University.

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Sponsored by SEFLIN. 

Thu, Dec 7, 2023 / 1:00pm to 3:00pm

What is MARC and why do we need to know about it? Why is it still relevant? Why are we still using something from the 1960s? 

Join Robin Fay in learning the secrets of your library catalog through the lens of MARC. MARC is the backbone of the data representing our resources; it is how our patrons and you(!) find things! We’ll discuss the relationship between the public view of resources and MARC, terminology related to MARC, common MARC fields, data relationships within a MARC record, why MARC is still relevant, and much more! We’ll wrap up with a glimpse of the future. 

Resources shared will include slides, MARC cheat sheets, MARC exercises, an online knowledge check, and much more! 

Audience: All library staff; no technical services experience is needed for this session. 

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Sponsored by SEFLIN

Thu, Dec 7, 2023 / 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Virtual Discussion on Building Faculty and Staff Relationships

Following this year’s theme of New Directions and New Users, the CARLI Instruction committee invites you to a series of discussions on building relationships with external stakeholders. The first virtual discussion will focus on new conceptualizations, approaches, and methods to building relationships with faculty and staff. The event will be held via Zoom on Thursday, December 7 from 1-2 pm.

To facilitate our conversation on this topic, we will use Ellen Hampton Filgo and Sha Towers’ article “An Analysis of Relationship-Building in Liaison Work: Defining the Importance of ‘Hangout Activity’” (from The Journal of Creative Library Practice, March 2020) as a starting point. This article may be freely accessed at:  

Participants are encouraged to read the article ahead of time (but all are welcome to join regardless!).This will be an interactive discussion among participants, and an opportunity to reflect on how we develop relationships with faculty and staff outside of the library in our work.

Please note that this event will not be recorded.

Fri, Dec 8, 2023 / 10:00am to 3:00pm
Mon, Dec 11, 2023 / 10:00am to 11:00am

These monthly, informal, agenda-free meetings provide a platform for you to talk with other directors about topics on your radar and/or updates from your library. CARLI usually provides updates as well. CARLI rotates the meetings (day of the week, time of day) to accommodate busy calendars. We do our best to avoid conferences, holidays, and other conflicts. If you cannot attend, you may send a representative.

We look forward to seeing you all for conversation and updates!  

The meetings are recorded. The recordings are posted for 30 days.

Mon, Dec 11, 2023 / 11:30am to 1:00pm

CARLI is pleased to offer a 3-week synchronous and asynchronous course on open educational resources. This virtual course includes material that was first shared with the CARLI membership during the Open Textbook Network Train-the-Trainer workshops.

This course will be offered December 2023 with the live sessions on December 4, 11, and 18 from 11:30 am - 1:00 pm. Attendees should plan to attend each live session.

The live sessions will include some presentations, but the aim of the course planners is that these will incorporate a flipped classroom model to build community among participants as all share and discuss the topics.

Technology used for live sessions: Zoom, ideally participants will be able to use video as well as audio.

Registration: More information on this course and instructions for registering can be found here.

If you have any questions, please send them to CARLI Support.

Mon, Dec 11, 2023 / 1:00pm to 2:00pm

The CARLI Preservation Committee meets monthly.

This virtual meeting is held via Zoom / Conference Call.

Contact for attendance details.

Mon, Dec 11, 2023 / 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Google has some well-known products and services, but they also have many tools and resources that are helpful and user-friendly but not well-known. This one-hour webinar will introduce you to some practical and fun tools that you may not have been aware of previously. We'll share some of Google's Secrets.

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Sponsored by Minnesota Libraries

Tue, Dec 12, 2023 / 9:00am to 9:30am

CARLI is seeking member participation for the FY25 Ebook Program (July 1, 2024-June 30, 2025).

This program is open to CARLI members.

Please email for the connection information.

Tue, Dec 12, 2023 / 11:00am to 12:00pm

Join the CARLI Discovery Primo VE Committee to learn more about creating Collection Discovery collections in Alma and displaying them in Primo VE! Committee members Andrew Belongea (Columbia College Chicago), Lindsey Skaggs (Illinois State University), and Laura Spradlin (Illinois Wesleyan University) will present.

Andrew will give an overview of activating Collection Discovery, creating collections, and how this feature can be used to create a new items page in Primo VE. Lindsey will walk through the process she uses at Illinois State University to collaborate with colleagues to create virtual representations of physical library displays curated by subject librarians. And Laura will share how collections are added and updated at Illinois Wesleyan University, including creating collections by location and performing a workaround for an indexing bug.

Registration required. Register by clicking on the "Register" tab above. Registration closes on Friday, December 8, at 5:00pm.

The webinar will be held via Zoom and the session will be recorded.