CARLI Preservation Committee Meeting: June 28, 2023

Conference call/Zoom

Members Attending:

  • Melina Avery, University of Chicago, co-chair
  • Teri Embrey, Pritzker Military Museum & Library
  • Tonia Grafakos, Northwestern University
  • Jade Kastel, Western Illinois University, co-chair
  • Ellen Keith, Chicago History Museum
  • Bridget Lerette, Harper College
  • Heidi Marshall, Columbia College Chicago
  • Shelby Strommer, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Member absent:

  • Rob DeLand, VanderCook College of Music

CARLI Staff attending:

  • Elizabeth Clarage
  • Nicole Swanson

Tasks Assigned

  • Minutes taken by Melina Avery.


  • The May meeting minutes were approved.
  • New co-chairs were selected for FY24: Bridget Lerette and Shelby Strommer.
  • The meeting adjourned at 1:20 p.m.


  • Member Announcements:
    • Melina Avery (University of Chicago). Multiple hirings at the University of Chicago Library.
    • Ellen Keith (Chicago History Museum) presented at ALA, on the Mapping Chicagoland Project, co-presented with Cecilia Smith (University of Chicago).
  • CARLI Announcement:
    • There are multiple PDA webinars coming up, including "Navigating Difficult Conversations" (7/25/2023) in the Successful Workplace Communications Series; "Assume Positive Intent"(9/12/2023); and “Giving a Hand Up: Why Mentorship Matters” (10/12/2023).
    • Illinois Course Materials Survey: Student Perspectives – CARLI is seeking student input on Open Educational Resources and other affordable course material options.
    • The CARLI All Committee Meeting will be held July 18, 2023 at 1 p.m.


  • Annual Project:
    • Jade Kastel completed the project wrap-up.
  • Preservation Webliography Links:
    • All sections have been checked and corrected/improved as needed.
  • Committee’s Annual Report
    • The report was submitted to the CARLI Board, who express their appreciation for the committee’s work.
  • Future Programming
    • Arsenic in rare materials PDA webinar – the group continues to be interested in this, possibly for Spring 2024 when Northwestern and UIUC will have made progress in their research in this area.
    • This webinar would focus on what smaller institutions without XRF can do. What do they need to know? How toxic are the books, and how friable are the arsenical pigments?
    • An Evaluation of a Rare Book Special Collection: Preparation for a Large-Scale Renovation Project – Preserve This webinar given by Alex Cabada and Leah DiCiesare on June 13, 2023. This is of interest to our members, so CARLI liaisons will reach out to the presenters to see if they will work with the Preservation Committee to offer this webinar as a PDA event.
  • Committee
    • The committee will have three new members serving three-year terms starting in FY24:
      • Patti Gibbons, University of Chicago
      • Gabriel Hamer, Newberry Library
      • Bradley Wiles, Northern Illinois University
      • Jade Kastel will continue serving  a one-year term.
    • The committee selected new co-chairs for FY24:
      • Bridget Lerette, Harper College
      • Shelby Strommer, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
    • The committee was in agreement to hold the first meeting of 2023-24 in person
    • CARLI liaisons will reach out to new co-chairs, then send a poll to schedule the first meeting of FY24 in July or August.
  • Appreciation was widely shared amongst and for the committee, co-chairs and CARLI liaisons, for a great year of work together.

Next Meeting Dates and Deadlines

This was the final meeting of FY23; FY24 meetings have not yet been scheduled.