CARLI Board Members

CARLI Board of Directors Roster and Terms

Director of the Library
Columbia College Chicago

Jo Cates

“I deeply appreciate the value CARLI brings to our libraries and would like to offer my service. CARLI provides not only essential tools, programs, and resources, but the camaraderie and support so critical as we navigate our dwindling budgets and other obstacles. This support was never more apparent than during the past two years. I've had the good fortune to work with CARLI on several occasions--when I first joined Columbia College Chicago as library director in 2001 (I remember ILCSO!), at Rush University Medical Center Library, and upon my return to the Columbia Library in 2019.

I have developed a three-year plan designed to move our library to a post-Covid environment, with emphasis on cultural goals, social justice, and the behaviors we need to model as we determine our priorities and what matters in the new world. One of those goals is "collaborate or fail," which is exactly what my experience with CARLI has taught me. We are all in this together. Just as CARLI offers us an annual value letter, I believe I can provide value to CARLI and support the work that benefits all members.”

University Librarian and
University Copyright Officer
Illinois Wesleyan University

Stephanie Davis-Kahl is the University Librarian & Copyright Officer at The Ames Library at Illinois Wesleyan University. She provides leadership and long-term planning for library services, collections, human resources, and facilities, as well as leadership for print and electronic collections focused on undergraduate learning and scholarship. She also serves as liaison to several academic departments, supporting students and faculty through consultations, collection development, and information literacy instruction, and represents the library within Academic Affairs at IWU. She also represents the library within the Consortium of Academic & Research Libraries of Illinois (CARLI), the Center for Research Libraries (CRL), and the Library Publishing Coalition (LPC). She has served as the Managing Faculty Co-Editor of the Undergraduate Economic Review since 2008. She earned her BA in East Asian Studies from Oberlin College and her MS in Library Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. In 2014, she received the Distinguished Librarian Award from the Education & Behavioral Sciences Section of the Association of College & Research Libraries.

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!"

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 of Institutional Research
and Library Services
Lewis and Clark Community College

Dennis Krieb

"I am a hopeless optimist when it comes to academic libraries. I believe the future is bright. Our libraries, and those who work within them, shape the lives of students, faculty, administrators, and the general public. Libraries are a fundamental component of higher education. We as librarians know this. But I also believe we should never presume that others will know this.

CARLI is a remarkable organization. I have had the privilege of witnessing the impact of CARLI as both a past Board member and library director. I am currently working with the third cohort of CARLI Counts, which has been an incredible program for helping equip librarians to quantifiably assess their services and collections upon student success. I’m happy to report that a CARLI Counts team from Cohort 2 was recently notified that their CARLI Counts work will be published next year in College & Research Libraries.

Simply stated, CARLI’s advocacy, expertise, support, and mentoring are invaluable – I can’t imagine my library without CARLI."

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, 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.

Director of the Library
Knox College

Anne Thomason