Related product CARLI Counts


Have you wanted your library to…

  • Create a powerful impact narrative for your library?
  • Use data in a compelling way to tell your library’s story to your stakeholders?
  • Demonstrate how your library supports graduation and retention rates?

The Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois (CARLI) is pleased to announce its selection as a recipient of an Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant, in the amount of $243,885. “CARLI Counts: Analytics and Advocacy for Service Development,” is a three-year project beginning October 1, 2018.

CARLI Counts is a continuing education library leadership immersion program that prepares librarians to make effective use of research findings on the impact of academic libraries on student success for the twin purposes of service development and library advocacy. Program participants will learn how to use local library data analytics in alignment with institutional data, goals, and strategic priorities to improve their services and demonstrate their value. CARLI Counts deliverables will include a portfolio of local case studies, an evaluation of the collective statewide impact of those cases, and a replicable state/regional training model for equipping librarians to be campus leaders in assessing library impact on student learning and success, all of which will be made openly available on the CARLI website. CARLI will work in partnership with the University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign and Lewis & Clark Community College.

In this cycle, IMLS received 73 preliminary proposals requesting $20,447,280 and invited 23 to submit full proposals, requesting $5,695,653. Of these, IMLS selected 14 projects to receive funding totaling $3,207,711, including CARLI Counts.

The program features two cohorts, Cohort 1 in calendar year 2019, and Cohort 2 in calendar year 2020. The cohorts will have 30 attendees and 6 mentors. Each cohort will be divided into six teams of five, each with one mentor.

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Each cohort will attend two, two-day in-person sessions, for a total of four in-person days. In addition, participants will attend webinars in April, May, June, September, and October, and will work online collaboratively throughout the program, culminating in team presentations at the CARLI Annual Meeting in November.

Cohort 1 will meet February 20-21, and July 16-17, 2019, at the I Hotel in Champaign. Lodging and meals are paid for by the grant. Travel to Champaign will be the responsibility of the participant. Participants will also be expected to attend the CARLI Annual Meeting, on November 15, 2019, in Champaign. View the detailed timeline.

How does my library participate? 

To be considered for participation, complete the LIBRARY APPLICATION FORM and  by November 23, 2018. If your library is invited to participate, one person from your library will complete an INDIVIDUAL INFORMATION FORM (sample attached).

Libraries will be invited to participate based on evaluation of these criteria:

  • Strength of the application narrative
  • Statewide geographical representation among the applicant pool
  • Diverse library type representation among the applicant pool (public university, private institutions, community colleges)

Cohort 1 LIBRARY APPLICATION FORMS are due by November 23, 2018.

Library Directors/Deans will be notified of decisions by December 7, 2018.

INDIVIDUAL INFORMATION FORMS from invited institutions are due by December 14, 2018.

Project Staff

, Grant Evaluator, Professor, Dominican University School of Information Studies
, Principal Investigator, Senior Director, CARLI
, Co-Principal Investigator, Professor, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library
, Curriculum Advisor, Director of Institutional Research and Library Services, Lewis & Clark Community College
, Graduate Assistant, CARLI

Advisory Committee 

, Senior Strategist for Special Initiatives, ACRL
, Deputy Director, Illinois State Library
, Library Director, Millikin University
, Library Services Director, Illinois Central College
, Dean, University Libraries, Northern Illinois University

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This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, Grant Number RE-95-18-0084-18.