Lorna Engels 1954–2020 

We are heartbroken to announce that CARLI Library Systems Coordinator Lorna Engels passed away on June 27. The outpouring of love shown to Lorna attests to the impact she had on so many, including all of us at CARLI. She was a wonderful, creative, and caring person and we will miss her. Many of you may have known or worked with Lorna in her work at the University of Illinois Library, at Heartland Community College, and at CARLI, where she has been a part of the staff since July 2006. 

June 30, 2020
By: Michelle Haake

Today, June 24 at 1 p.m., the eighty-nine libraries in I-Share went live in Ex Libris’ Alma Primo VE. The successful migration of the I-Share libraries concludes a years-long process of selection, training, data review, testing, and configuration. We encourage everyone involved in this work to take a moment to pat themselves on the back, and to congratulate their colleagues. It is a job well-done.

June 24, 2020
By: Margaret Chambers

UPDATE: Voyager Circulation was back online as of 11:30pm on June 19. Thank you for your patience.

Voyager Circulation has been temporarily disabled while CARLI staff perform the Fulfillment Cutover Extracts for the Alma Migration.  This Voyager Circ outage will continue until the extracts have been completed, possibly through the weekend (June 19-21).

June 19, 2020
By: Jessica Gibson

June 17, 2020

UPDATE: I-Share Alma Production/Cutover Load Bibliographic Data Review that was scheduled to begin on June 17 has been delayed.

Ex Libris has notified CARLI that they will have most I-Share libraries’ Alma Institution Zones ready for data review beginning tomorrow morning, Thursday, June 18, 2020. Please continue to stay out of Alma and Primo VE until you hear from us that you may begin data review. We will send out an email update on Thursday morning with more details.

June 17, 2020
By: Jessica Gibson

June 16, 2020

I-Share Alma Production/Cutover Load Bibliographic Data Review that was scheduled to begin on June 17 has been delayed.

Our Alma environments are not yet ready for your review or use. I-Share Libraries: Please do not attempt to login to Alma or Primo VE until CARLI announces that the system is ready. Attempts to login while the Alma data are being loaded can slow down the processing of our data.

June 16, 2020
By: Jessica Gibson

ILDS Service Suspension 

ILDS service continues to be suspended until further notice. We are working closely with RAILS and IHLS to coordinate a smooth restart of the delivery service. Make sure to watch your email and check the ILDS information page to keep up on the latest.

May 27, 2020
By: Michelle Haake

The election and appointment process for new members of the CARLI Board of Directors is now complete. 

Directors elected to 3-year terms are: Matthew Ostercamp (North Park University), Jacob Jeremiah (Oakton Community College), and Taran Ley (Southern Illinois University School of Medicine). 

Directors appointed to one-year terms are: Fred Barnhart (Northern Illinois University), Sharon Silverman (City Colleges of Chicago), and Scott Walter (Illinois Wesleyan University). 

All newly elected and appointed terms will begin July 1, 2020. 

May 6, 2020
By: Michelle Haake

RESOLVED May 11, 2020 - 4:00pm - Local holdings are once again displaying in Primo VE.  CARLI has received word from Ex Libris that the May 10 software release reverted the setting that they fixed last week.  Ex Libris has noted this important setting for the June release and will make sure to check it.


UPDATE May 11, 2020 - 11:00am - CARLI has received and confirmed reports from I-Share institutions that local holdings are once again not displaying in Primo VE.  We have reopened the high priority case with Ex Libris.


May 5, 2020
By: Jessica Gibson

Statement on the Importance of a Director in Charge of the Academic Library

At its December 2019 meeting, the CARLI Board of Directors discussed the issue that some members′ organizations are not filling the library director position when the incumbent leaves, for example, retires or resigns. The college or university simply "assigns" the library to a campus administrator, like a vice president or assistant provost, who may have many other responsibilities. Sometimes a mid-level library staff member is named as "in charge" without title or compensation change.

April 28, 2020
By: Michelle Haake

Voting is now open for seats on the CARLI Board of Directors. Each of the CARLI constituencies—Community Colleges; Private Colleges and Universities; and Public Universities—will elect one new Board member for a three-year term (July 1, 2020–June 30, 2023).

April 13, 2020
By: Michelle Haake