Public Services Committee: August 10, 2017

Conference Call

Members attending: Marissa Ellermann (Southern Illinois University Carbondale); Susan Franzen, co-chair (Illinois State University); Anne-Marie Green (Kishwaukee College); Aaron Harwig (College of DuPage); Colleen Shaw, co-chair (Heartland Community College); Cory Stevens (Lake Forest College), Richard Stokes (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign)

Members absent:  Joanna Kolendo (Chicago State University); Nestor Osorio (Northern Illinois University)

CARLI staff attending:   Denise Green

CARLI staff absent: Elizabeth Clarage


  • CARLI Update:
    • Annual meeting is Nov. 17, 2017.
    • There were no staff changes over the summer.
    • Universal relief over budget!
  • Member Updates:
    • NIU has a new acting associate dean of public services.
    • SIUC has a new dean John Pollitz and is preparing for the eclipse.
    • Lake Forest is losing their director due to retirement.
    • ISU has a new interim Dean Shari Zeck.


  • Minutes approved from June meeting.
  • Next meeting September 11, 2017 at 2 pm.
  • Monthly meetings will be second Monday of month at 2 pm.

Tasks Assigned

  • Minutes taken by Marissa Ellermann.
  • Anne-Marie and Sue will present at Annual Meeting about Makerspaces project.


  • Should we present at the CARLI Annual Meeting about last year’s Makerspaces Open Houses?
    • It is not required.
    • Anne-Marie and Sue have agreed to co-present.
  • Should we meet prior to our in person meeting in October to have more time to prepare our project proposal? The fear is we are cutting it close if we only have the time between our Oct 2 meeting and our Oct 13 deadline.
    • Everyone agreed that is an excellent idea and we will meet via conference call September 11 at 2 pm.
  • Ideas for our project this year:
    • Work with instructional group on project.
    • Open houses for libraries with single services points – Millikin University recently renovated their library to provide more services within the library such as tutoring and meeting space and would like to show-off their space.
    • Visiting libraries in the western part of the state.
    • Explore the decline in reference statistics, but the rise in other points of contact like chat and research appointments. How can we reach students further? Pop up library “cart” reference.
    • Classrooms with learning technology and/or media commons in libraries.
    • Creating instructional materials for the new Vufind3 public catalog.

Next meetings

Monday, September 11 at 2 – 3 pm: Conference Call
Monday, October 2, 2017 at 10:00 am – 3:00 pm, at CARLI Office in Champaign