CARLI Board Members

CARLI Board of Directors Roster and Terms

Library Manager
Waubonsee Community College
Spencer Brayton is Library Manager at Waubonsee Community College (Sugar Grove, IL and Aurora, IL) where he works to support library services, operations, strategic planning, and growth of the college libraries. Spencer holds an M.A. in Library and Information Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and an M.S. in Management from the University of St. Francis (Joliet, IL). His research interests focus on the convergence of media literacy and information literacy. Together with Natasha Casey, he has co-authored several forthcoming articles in this area.  He has presented at and/or served in various capacities for the following organizations: National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE), Canadian Association of Academic Librarians (CAPAL), International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA), Global Alliance for Partnerships on Media and Information Literacy (GAPMIL), United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). He maintains a website and blog, “Converging Spaces.”

“Leaders should value the voices of others, and de-center themselves as much as possible because collective action is effective action, and requires many, not few, or one person’s priorities.” – Donna Lanclos​

CARLI Senior Director
Since July of 2016, Anne Craig has had the privilege of serving as the Senior Director at CARLI, the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois, a unit of the System Offices of the University of Illinois. CARLI counts 128 academic and research libraries as its members, ranging in size and scope from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign to small, one-person libraries, and research libraries like the Newberry. Prior to July 2016, Anne was the Director of the Illinois State Library for 11 years under Secretary of State Jesse White. She held various roles at the ISL since start there as a Reference Librarian in 1989.

"I have seen firsthand the power that consortia can bring to challenges that all libraries face. Together, we can deliver transformative, enriching services and programs to Illinois’ students and faculty. I am so proud to be part of this great organization!"

Director, Library
Erikson Institute
Karen Janke has been the Director at the Edward Neisser Library at Erikson Institute since 2009. Prior to relocating to Chicago, she held several roles at the IUPUI University Library in Indianapolis, including Education Librarian and Access Services Team Leader. Her interests include resource sharing, collection development, and Open Educational Resources.

"As the library director at a very small graduate school, I feel the impact of our CARLI Membership on a daily basis. The return on our investment is high and my library is able to offer resources to our users that would be out of reach were it not for CARLI.  Library staff members also benefit from the training, professional development, and networking that CARLI provides. Coming from a small institution, I feel I have a unique perspective to share and I’m eager to make a contribution to shape the strategic direction of the Consortium."

Assistant Dean of Library
Oakton Community College
Jacob Jeremiah has been Assistant Dean of the Oakton Community College library since 2016, and has been working in I-Share libraries for more than a decade. His interests include promoting and assessing information literacy throughout the college’s curriculum and Open Educational Resources.

"I value CARLI for the service it helps to provide my students, faculty and employees through universal borrowing in the I-Share catalog, consortial purchasing, and professional development."

Director, Medical Library
Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

Taran Ley is currently the Director of the SIU School of Medicine Library in Springfield, IL. Representing a public university, Taran has worked in libraries for 29 years with 21 years as a library director. As a Director, she is familiar with the state budget process, procurement requirements, vendor licensing, grant application and administration, and other issues faced by our libraries. She is a strong supporter of CARLI and the vital services the consortium provides.

Dean of Milner Library
Illinois State University
Dallas Long is the Dean of Milner Library at Illinois State University, where he served previously as the associate dean and as the head of access services. His 25-year career in librarianship spans community colleges, public libraries, vendors, and special libraries. He holds a PhD in education from Illinois State University and an MEd and MLS from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As an alumnus of the Fulbright program, Long has taught library science in Hungary and assisted the Qatar National Library with its grand opening in 2017. He is an active member of the Association of College & Research Libraries, the American Alliance of Museums, and the American Society of Archivists.

Illinois State Library

Greg McCormick

“The State Library has a long history of assuring grant programs are developed to support and expand library services in over 1,800 public, academic, school, and special library agencies in Illinois. LSTA funds, and even funding from its predecessor LSCA, have played an integral role in assuring library services are available and continue to be relevant to the state’s residents. Three clear priorities continue to be voiced by our libraries 1) investment in resource sharing; 2) continuance of “free” delivery of library materials between the 1,800 library agencies; and 3) investment in the education of the library workforce. Funding from IMLS, coupled with state resources, allows our agency to address these priorities of the Illinois library community.”

Director, Brandel Library
Northpark University
Matt Ostercamp is currently the Library Director of the Brandel Library at North Park University in Chicago. Previous positions include serving as the Access Services Librarian at North Park and the Head of Technical Services at Trinity International University. Matt is a past president of Atla the professional organization for theological and religious librarians. He has an MA in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois and an MA in Christian Thought from Trinity International University. Research interests include the philosophy of technology, reading practices, and the history of Christianity.

University Librarian and Dean, Library Instructional Services
University of Illinois Springfield, Brookens Library
Pattie Piotrowski, University Librarian and Dean, Library Instructional Services at the Norris Brookens Library, University of Illinois Springfield, has spent the last twenty years in Illinois academic libraries. She holds an MLIS from Dominican University, and an MBA from Illinois Institute of Technology. She has been a member of ALA and ACRL since the start of her career, as well as an active member of ILA. She served as the 2013-14 IACRL President and then as the ILA President in 2016-17. She was a member of the 2003-04 Synergy: Illinois Library Leadership Initiative co-hort and a founding member of Elevate Illinois Libraries Leadership Program, which had its first session in April 2018. In 2016 she was named Illinois Library Association Academic Librarian of the Year. She has published book chapters, published in College & Research Libraries, portal: Libraries and the Academy, and presented at local and national conferences.

"Unknown to many of our users, a library is a complex operating system with many moving parts, but our users depend on us and, more importantly, trust us to meet their numerous and varied needs. In Illinois we are fortunate to have a consortium for academic libraries that provides services, training, engagement and cost-savings. Having worked at CARLI institutions for more than twenty years, I have faith in the power of the consortium and believe that our challenge is in supporting and sustaining this organization which is essential to Illinois academic institutions."

Associate Dean of the Library
Elgin Community College

Shannon Pohrte is currently the Associate Dean of the Library at Elgin Community College since August of 2018.  Previously she was the Director of Library Services at the University of St. Francis in Joliet. Shannon obtained her MLIS from Dominican University.   Though she has had 13 years in college libraries, Shannon has also worked as a public librarian and high school library assistant. These different roles provide Shannon with creative ways to bring knowledge and best serve the students, staff, and faculty of ECC.  She feels that libraries can fill so many different patron needs from technology to just being a welcoming place to land. 

Dean of Libraries
Loyola University Chicago

Marianne Ryan

"Marianne has significant leadership experience in CARLI libraries, at Loyola and before that at Northwestern. She has been deeply engaged in library cooperation especially related to public services, collections planning and resource sharing in the Big 10 library consortium, the Chicago Collections Consortium, the Depository Libraries Council and other major library collaborative enterprises. She has an excellent breadth of experience and knowledge of the CARLI region that would contribute well to the work of the Board."

Dean, Library Administration
Southern Illinois University Carbondale
John Pollitz

"CARLI represents a long and respected tradition of multitype library colaboration in Illinois. The historic Illinois consortia that provided the foundation for CARLI were the model for others across the country. I want to add my experience to the Illinois leaders that today are working diligently to ensure CARLI's mission of providing rich library resources to Illinois students and citizens, remains vibrant. 

I have had a long career involved with state consortia. It started as a leader in QuadLinc, the bi-state multitype consortia in northwest Illinois and eastern Iowa. I was active in Orbis-Cascade and provided leadership in the Council of University of Wisconsin Libraries. I am a strong advocate of my region with a clear understanding that it is by working for the good of the entire state that we succeed."

Department Chair, Library-Learning Resource Center
Olive-Harvey College, City Colleges of Chicago
Dr. Sharon T. Silverman has served for almost ten years as Department Chair of the Library-Learning Resource Center at Olive-Harvey College. In this capacity, she has formed partnerships with department chairpersons from a variety of disciplines to create Embedded Librarian Library Instruction Sessions. She works closely with the Directors of Information Technology, The Transfer Center, Deans of Instruction, and Student Services for the purpose of acquiring innovative instructional resources for students, faculty, and staff.