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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?

About CARLI Counts

“CARLI Counts: Analytics and Advocacy for Service Development,” is a three-year project funded by a Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant, in the amount of $243,885. Read the full desciption.

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 is working in partnership with the University of Illinois Library at Urbana-Champaign and Lewis & Clark Community College.

The grant-funded project funds two cohorts of participants. Cohort members attend two, three-day in-person sessions, for a total of six in-person days; webinars held in April, May, June, September, and October; and work online collaboratively throughout the program, culminating in team presentations at the CARLI Annual Meeting in November.

CARLI Counts Cohort 1

Cohort 1 poster presentations were displayed at the CARLI Annual Meeting on November 15, 2019. Cohort 2 will complete their work in early 2021.

In 2019, ten LIBRAS consortium libraries participated in CARLI Counts Cohort I.  As CARLI seeks applicants for Cohort II, several librarians from the inaugural program have volunteered to share their experiences!  Watch the webinar for answers to common questions.


Cohort 2 will meet February 18–20, and July 14–16, 2020, 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 13, 2020, in Champaign.

View the detailed timeline.

How does my library participate? 

To be considered for participation, complete the LIBRARY APPLICATION FORM and  by December 4, 2019. 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 2 LIBRARY APPLICATION FORMS are due by December 4, 2019.

Library Directors/Deans will be notified of decisions by December 9, 2019.

INDIVIDUAL INFORMATION FORMS from invited institutions are due by December 20, 2019.

Project Staff

, Graduate Assistant, CARLI
, Grant Evaluator, Professor, Dominican University School of Information Studies
, Program Sustainability for CARLI Counts, Library Services Coordinator, CARLI
, 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
, Speaker, University of Washington

Advisory Committee 

, Senior Strategist for Special Initiatives, ACRL
, 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.