Fri, Apr 26, 2024 / 11:00am to 12:00pm

Join CARLI's Resource Sharing Committee for a panel discussion about the present and future of resource sharing.


  • Gerri Moeller, Associate Director for Resource Sharing and Delivery at Minitex
  • Deborah Ehrstein, Head of Access Services at Olin Library at Washington University at St. Louis
  • Rob Ross, Executive Director at NC LIVE
  • Anne Craig, Senior Director at the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois. 

This event will be recorded for those who are unable to attend.

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Registration deadline: Thursday, April 25 at noon.

Fri, Apr 26, 2024 / 1:00pm to 2:00pm

This presentation delves into the profound effects of trauma and stress on the well-being of library workers, with a focus on the experiences of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) professionals. Trauma, whether stemming from singular incidents or prolonged circumstances, poses significant challenges to individuals’ mental health and overall well-being. Through personal narratives and insights, this session sheds light on the intricate ways in which trauma and stress intersect with the professional lives of BIPOC library workers. By fostering awareness and understanding, the presentation aims to contribute to a more supportive and inclusive work environment within the library community.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Gain insight into the diverse experiences of trauma and stress faced by BIPOC library professionals.
  2. Establish a foundation for ongoing dialogue and collaboration to promote the well-being and resilience of BIPOC library workers.
  3. Discuss the importance of allyship and cultural competence in mitigating workplace challenges faced by BIPOC library workers.
  4. Develop an understanding of the broader implications of these issues for organizational culture and the effectiveness of library services.


Alejandro Marquez (he/him), is a Science and Engineering Librarian at the University of Denver Libraries. He also served in the Peace Corps in El Salvador where he worked as a Municipal Development volunteer. His research interests include library employee engagement and mental health.

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Sponsored by ASERL

Tue, Apr 30, 2024 / 1:00pm to 2:30pm

Recent research in the cultural heritage field has identified the presence of arsenic and other heavy metals in pigments used on 19th Century books. How does this impact libraries with older books in their collections? This webinar will provide a brief introduction to this area of research and how it became a hot topic in the conservation field, and an overview of projects currently underway at three Illinois universities. Staff from Northwestern University, University of Chicago, and University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign will discuss their ongoing research, as well as access and handling policies for 19th C. materials, at their respective institutions. We will also provide information to help smaller institutions decide how they may want to approach potentially toxic heavy metals in their own collections.


Patti Gibbons is the Head of Collection Management at the University of Chicago's Special Collections Research Center. She has been preserving rare book, archival, and museum collections since the 90s. She holds a MA in Museum Studies from the University of Washington and a MLIS from the University of Illinois.

Tonia Grafakos is the Marie A. Quinlan Director of Preservation at Northwestern University Libraries.  She is a Professional Member of the American Institute for Conservation and earned a MSIS with an Advanced Certificate in Conservation from the University of Texas at Austin.

Shelby Strommer (she/her) is the Collections Care Coordinator at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Library. She holds a Master of Science in Information, with a specialization in Preservation of Information, from the University of Michigan. She is also a member of the National Heritage Responders, a volunteer group of professionals who provide support to cultural heritage institutions during emergencies and disaster recovery.

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This CARLI Preservation Committee event is open to all Illinois libraries and members of the Professional Development Alliance.

Wed, May 1, 2024 / 10:00am to 12:00pm

Monthly meeting of the CARLI Discovery Primo VE Committee

Contact committee liaisons Jessica Gibson or Amy Maroso for Zoom connection information

Wed, May 1, 2024 / 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Monthly Committee meeting: Contact for attendance details.

Wed, May 1, 2024 / 2:00pm to 3:00pm

Do you have questions about the Illinois Support for the Creation of Open Educational Resources grant (SCOERs) or the OER funding from the Secretary of State/Illinois State Library? Do you need help filling out your application for the Illinois State Library grants? Or did you already receive a subaward and need guidance creating your OER or ancillary materials?  

If so please feel free to join us with all your OER related questions. Registration is not required.

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Meeting ID: 842 4596 7645
Password: 271282

Sun, May 5, 2024 / 2:00am to 3:00am

Ex Libris will be performing maintenance on our I-Share Alma and Primo VE environments to apply the latest Quarterly Feature release.

This upgrade will occur between 2:00am-3:00am Central.  Access to your environment may be unavailable during the time of installation.

Release and Maintenance Schedule
Alma Release Notes
Primo VE Release Notes
Ex Libris System Status Page - CARLI I-Share Environments are on ALMA NA06 and PRIMO VE NA06

Mon, May 6, 2024 / 10:00am to 11:30am

The CARLI Archives Task Force meets monthly.

This virtual meeting is held via Zoom / Conference Call.

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Tue, May 7, 2024 / 1:00pm to 2:00pm

The CARLI OER Committee invites those at Illinois libraries to an informal discussion of Lessons Learned.

If you are working on local OER and affordable programs, please join and share your thoughts and experiences and learn from your Illinois library colleagues. 

This discussion is led by Kim Hale, Columbia College Chicago.

OER Community Chats are not recorded; however, discussion points will be shared afterwards. 

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Wed, May 8, 2024 / 1:00pm to 2:00pm

This webinar will provide a basic overview of common mental health situations that may arise in library settings, with the goal of emphasizing an empathic understanding for the patrons experiencing these mental health challenges. The webinar will discuss strategies for crisis management including de-escalation and effective communication skills to use with patrons in distress. Lastly, this webinar will describe strategies library professionals may use to avoid compassion fatigue and burn-out. Attendees who would like more training in these areas after this webinar are encouraged to check out the full training course created by the University of Illinois School of Social Work.


Tom MiebachTom Miebach is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker (LCSW) and Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP) with fifteen years of experience providing a variety of mental health services to the Champaign-Urbana community. He has a background in crisis intervention that includes working in community mental health, emergency room, and inpatient hospital settings. He has also worked at the University of Illinois Counseling Center for six years, where he provided a variety of clinical services to diverse groups of students, including individual and group therapy, crisis intervention, and suicide prevention outreach. Tom is also an adjunct instructor for the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois.

Justin YorkJustin York PhD is the Director of Online Education for the School of Social Work at the University of Illinois, helping to create and support courses and programs for both for-credit and professional education components of the School. He has extensive experience in instructional design, course development, and online pedagogy, and enjoys helping faculty and instructors to develop and improve their teaching practice.

Register to attend this May 8 webinar hosted by CARLI.