From: University of Illinois Chicago

The story of the Illinois Federation of Colored Women's Clubs 1900-1922

February 17, 2017
By: Digital Collections

From Anna Persson Immigrant Letters, Swenson Center (Augustana College) in CARLI Digital Collections.

The first page of this letter, written by Anna Persson to her sister in 1907, reflects the joy of a recent immigrant to the United States. What was undoubtedly an long an arduous journey is characterized simply as "a lot of fuss," and though Anna later notes that the food was terrible, and says that she already misses and worries about her mother, her tone invariably returns to a chatty optimism.

February 3, 2017
By: Digital Collections

Illinois State Library′s Annual Online Library Certification

The annual online certification process for libraries that are members of a regional library system is now underway. The certification is required of all CARLI member libraries in order to remain eligible for CARLI membership, and to qualify for continuing system services and grants programs from the Illinois State Library. Certification will close March 31, 2017.

January 31, 2017
By: Michelle Haake

The recording for the first Voyager Reports Mini-Webinar, held on January 18, is now available for viewing. Those interested may find the recording and the SQL generated during the session at the Reports Webinar page.

January 25, 2017
By: Ted Schwitzner

Meghan Ryan, Archives and Metadata Assistant, National Louis University

When preparing for emergencies for your library, gathering the appropriate supplies and tools are key to mitigating any disaster. Depending on your library’s environment and building structure, you will need specific tools to meet specific needs. The first step in gathering supplies and tools is to assign a member of your emergency response team as a supply coordinator.

January 24, 2017

Steve Balkin Photographs of Maxwell Street, Chicago (Chicago State University) in CARLI Digital Collections.

This photo by Steve Balkin offers a view into the last days of musical performances at a cultural institution and now lost part of Chicago. As seen in the classic Chicago work The Blues Brothers...

January 20, 2017
By: Digital Collections

This Sunday, January 15 starting at 6:30AM, campus networking staff will be upgrading the firmware on a large number of network devices. This includes the devices in our Production Data Center. Since we have redundant routers and switches, I am not expecting any downtime during this work but I wanted to make you aware of it just in case.

Brandon Gant

January 12, 2017
By: Brandon Gant

From Black Empowerment Collection (Meadville Lombard Theological School) in CARLI Digital Collections.

It's not only that this partly-burned item was saved, preserved, and digitized that intrigues me, but the envelope is stamped "damaged in handling in the postal service." How often does mail catch fire?

January 6, 2017
By: Digital Collections

CARLI is pleased to share that the collections of the Illinois Digital Heritage Hub, representing a collaboration between Illinois State Library, the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI), Chicago Public Library, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign are officially live in DPLA and ready to explore.

January 5, 2017
By: Michelle Haake

Call for Proposals: CARLI Forum on Collections Data Analysis and Maintenance

The CARLI Technical Services and Collection Management Committees are organizing a spring forum on using data related to collection assessment, database maintenance, and measuring impact. We are seeking presentation proposals for our forum to be held on April 28, 2017 from 9:30-3:30 at Governors State University, University Park, IL. We are looking for presentations that share practical solutions for using collections data.

Example presentation topics include:

December 20, 2016
By: Michelle Haake