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Chief Conservator - Northwestern University

Friday, November 3, 2017 - 3:14pm

Northwestern University Libraries seek a skilled, creative, and collaborative Chief Conservator to lead a comprehensive conservation program for all library collections, including general circulating materials and non-circulating rare books, manuscripts, and archival documents in many formats.  Under the supervision of the Director of Preservation, the Chief Conservator is the primary manager of the libraries’ conservation program, with responsibility for setting policy, managing workflows, supervising staff, and developing outreach programs.  The Chief Conservator brings extensive experience in the care and treatment of library materials and has a demonstrated aptitude for managing complex workflows. Excellent communication skills and the ability to collaboratively set priorities are essential to these endeavors.


  • Manages the libraries’ conservation lab; hires, trains, and supervises conservation staff; develops procedures and systems for evaluation, treatment, and housing of collections; establishes priorities and monitors workflow; prepares written planning documents and reports. 
  • Performs circulating collection repairs on a regular basis and trains conservation lab staff in repair techniques. Performs and documents complex treatments for rare and other non-circulating materials, including books, flat paper, and archival materials in accordance with AIC Guidelines.   
  • Keeps abreast of new techniques, procedures, and developments in the conservation field.  Oversees the post-graduate conservation fellowship program and other training programs for emerging professionals.
  • Provides consultations to curators and subjects specialists on matters related to conservation.  Coordinates assessment and treatment of items going through the digitization workflow.  
  • Develops and implements policies, standards, and procedures for the physical care of libraries’ collections; oversees the research, evaluation and selection of goods and services that impact the longevity and continued serviceability of all collections.
  • Works closely with the Exhibits Team in evaluating and preparing items for exhibit; advises on planning and installation of exhibits throughout the libraries. Collaborates with Library Registrar to facilitate lending of materials for exhibition to Northwestern’s Block Museum of Art and other institutions.
  • Works collaboratively with preservation staff on environmental monitoring and pest management programs.  Actively participates in disaster response planning and recovery initiatives; consults on technical and service specifications for commercial binding and mass deacidification. 
  • Designs and presents workshops and training seminars; offers orientation for new library staff; prepares flyers, guides and exhibits as needed; presents lectures and tours for the general public. 
  • Identifies and evaluates private conservators for outsourced treatments as needed.
  • Conducts research to further libraries and departmental goals; proposes new services, analyzes resources and implements projects, including collection surveys and multi-divisional and multi-institutional grant-funded projects.  
  • Represents the libraries at regional, national and international meetings of conservation professionals.


  • Master’s degree in librarianship, conservation, or related field, including training in conservation, or equivalent combination of education and relevant experience.
  • Extensive knowledge of current conservation principles and practices, materials science, the history of bookbinding and a demonstrated commitment to life-long learning.  
  • Demonstrated ability to perform high quality conservation treatments on general and special collections materials, primarily books and paper, and to communicate effectively about treatment options and decisions.  
  • Capability to manage budgets, staff, and other resources responsibly and in accordance with priorities of the libraries and university.  
  • Experience training others in conservation practices.
  • Record of professional engagement and contribution, such as research, publication, and involvement in pertinent professional and scholarly organizations.


  • Ability to work in a collaborative team-based environment
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Adaptable, ability to adjust to changing environment
  • Customer focused


  • Professional Associate or Fellow membership in the American Institute for Conservation. 
  • Experience managing contract conservation services.
  • Experience working with photographs, audiovisual formats, and ephemera.


Northwestern University is a highly selective private university with campuses in Evanston and Chicago, Illinois and in Doha, Qatar. One of the leading private research libraries in the United States, Northwestern University Library serves the educational and information needs of the NU community as well as scholars around the world. Its collection contains more than 7 million volumes, a full array of digital resources, and collections of distinction in Africana, transportation, and 20th-century and contemporary music. Northwestern is a member of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL) and the Big Ten Academic Alliance (BTAA). See more information about University Libraries on the Northwestern web site.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.


Applications received by November 27th, 2017 will receive first consideration. Please click here to fill out an application. 

Library Secretary - Lewis University

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 2:23pm

The Library at Lewis University invites applications for a Secretary to coordinate and perform responsible clerical and secretarial duties in the University Library.

The Secretary will work evenings, Sunday-Thursday.  

Lewis University, sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, is a vigorous and growing institution located 25 miles SW of Chicago. Lewis University provides students a liberal arts-based and career-focused education, engaging students in the exploration and creation of academic, professional and personal opportunities in a supportive community. As a Catholic university in the Lasallian tradition, our approach is values-based and ethically-focused.  For additional information see our website.  


  • Provide evening secretarial/clerical coordination of the Circulation functions of the library and equipment as required.
  • Coordinating with the Day Circulation Secretary, process I-Share/ILL requests.
  • Serve as a customer services representative of the library during the evening and act as the first point of contact to meet, greet and provide assistance to students, faculty/staff and the public regarding the Circulation operations of the library.
  • Answer telephone and email inquiries giving prompt and accurate information to students, faculty/staff and the public in a professional and courteous manner ensuring account confidentiality.
  • Coordinating with the Secretary 1, Library – Day Circulation, recommendations for hiring, training, supervising, assigning and evaluating work tasks of the student workers.
  • Serve as primary back-up to duties of Day Circulation Secretary.
  • Assist technical services staff with basic item record maintenance duties, including processing and distribution/removal of physical materials, etc.
  • Be proactive in keeping current with the ILS and future upgrades to the system.
  • Assist in maintaining and enforcing library documentation regarding workflow, policies and procedures.
  • Assist in special projects and/or activities.

Minimum Qualifications:

A high school diploma or equivalent credentials required. Must be proficient in computer software (e.g. MSOffice tools such as word processing, spreadsheets, etc.) with a high degree of accuracy. Strong organizational skills, detail oriented and the ability to work as a self-starter is strongly desired. Must be able to operate typical library equipment including pushing carts.

Preferred Qualifications: 

Prior library experience and information literate/knowledgeable of library functions and research techniques. Some college level course work or Library Technical Assistant certification.

How to Apply:

For a full description and to be considered for this position visit the Lewis University jobs page

Inspired by the University’s Mission values of Wisdom, Knowledge, Justice, Fidelity and Association, the Lewis Community declares that Lewis is a Sanctified Zone where people are committed to working to end racism, bias and prejudice by valuing diversity in a safe and nurturing environment. 

Lewis University, sponsored by the De La Salle Christian Brothers, is an equal opportunity employer, and is committed to diversity.  Applicants of a diverse background are highly encouraged to apply, however applications will only be accepted from individuals currently authorized to work on a full-time basis in the United States.

Institutional Repository Investigative Task Force In-Person Meeting

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 12:00pm

Location: CARLI Office - "Conference Room" Room #312

Address: 100 Trade Centre Dr., Ste. 303, Champaign, IL 61820

Directions to the CARLI Office

Call-in information:

+1 217-332-6338 (local Urbana-Champaign number)
+1 312-994-8410 (local Chicago number)
+1 888-983-3631 (toll-free number)

Conference ID: 63388938

If you prefer to join via VOIP on your computer, please use:

Institutional Repository Investigative Task Force Meeting

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 11:43am

Meeting of the Institutional Respository Investigative Task Force: Conference Call

Call-in information:

+1 217 332 6338 (local Champaign-Urbana number)
+1 312 994 8410 (local Chicago number)
+1 888 983 3631 (toll free)

Conference ID: 46959149

If you prefer to join via VOIP on your computer, please use:


Research Assistant Professor - Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

Wednesday, November 1, 2017 - 12:00am

Southern Illinois University School of Medicine (SIU-SOM) Library is seeking a versatile and skilled librarian for the Reference and Education Services Division. This position provides information, research and knowledge management support to SIU-SOM students, faculty, residents and staff, as well as to area health professionals, library professionals and consumers in a timely and helpful manner. Duties include: designing and managing the Library’s website; preparing the Library’s newsletter; answering reference questions; preparing bibliographies and other instructional resources; editing manuscripts; serving on Committees; participating in workshops and presentations; providing orientation sessions and library tours; and participating in the Library’s technological development. This position fills in as Head of Reference and Education Services in the Division Head’s absence.

This position reports to the Head, Reference and Education Services Division who reports to the Director of the Medical Library.

Qualifications for the position include completion of a Masters' Degree in Library Science from an American Library Association accredited program; ability to create web pages; and online search experience and familiarity with PubMed. Also required are excellent oral and written communication skills; flexibility and ability to work collaboratively in a team environment; and strong public service commitment. Previous experience in academic health sciences libraries; with e-resources; and outreach are desirable.

The SIU Medical Library is located in Springfield, IL with the main SIU campus in Carbondale. Springfield, the state capitol, is a city of 115,000 and presents a local economy with affordable housing and low cost of living. The Medical Library recently completed a major renovation.

Southern Illinois University is an equal opportunity employer and will not discriminate against any person on the basis of race, religion, national origin or sex in violation of Title VII. A background check is required.

The position is open until filled; applications received before October 20, 2017 will receive first consideration. Please include a letter of application, your CV, and the contact information for three references. For more specific information, and to complete the required online application materials, visit the SIU-SOM web site.

Circulation Best Practice: Voyager Patron Record Purge

Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 12:13pm

The CARLI Office strongly recommends that I-Share libraries should routinely delete obsolete patron records from their databases. I-Share libraries may use the Voyager Patron Record Purge process to remove sensitive data for patrons who are no longer affiliated with their libraries. Besides removing personal information, deleting patron records keeps your patron database more up-to-date, which will help reduce effort in any future system migration.

Libraries may begin preparing for a patron purge by reviewing the Voyager Patron Record Purge for I-Share Libraries best practices document. This guide provides Access queries that help identify records for deletion, and it provides the steps for requesting and working through the purge job.

Many libraries have rarely, if ever, deleted old patron records. CARLI encourages you to begin thinking about patron cleanup for both current operations and future data migration.

As always, please share any questions with CARLI at .

CARLI Maintenance Priority: MFHDs with URLs in Summary Holdings 866

Monday, October 30, 2017 - 10:24am

Some of CARLI's "Suggested Priorities for Bibliographic, Holding, and Item Record Maintenance" require that CARLI staff run reports centrally to gather the details efficiently for all libraries. One such report is "MFHD_866withURL," which identifies holding records (i.e., MFHDs) that contain one or more 866 fields that also contain a URL (as identified by presence of "http").

The MFHD 866 field is designated as textual holdings data, commonly called "summary holdings," and intended to report on the extent of a library's holdings of a serial or multi-part resource. The 866 does not include a subfield for a URL, and discovery layers will typically not create a link for any URLs found there.

CARLI staff ran this report on October 23, finding 23 libraries with at least one MFHD with this condition. If your library has one or more of these MFHDs, you will find a report in your library's secure FTP account: "MFHD_866withURL_xxx.txt" where "xxx" is your library's three letter code. The report will include the MFHD_ID of the record in question, followed by the raw MARC text of the 866 field (through the first 500 characters).

If your library did not have any MFHDs with this condition, you will not receive a MFHD_866withURL report. Well done!

Tips for resolving errors:

Library staff will find that many records contain an 866 field that should have been entered as 856 fields. The presence of a $u will be the most obvious clue; sometimes also accompanied by indicator values "40", "41", or "42" (though these are valid 866 indicators as well).  Locate the MFHD in the report, test the URL to verify that it still works, then change the 866 to 856.

Holding record 866 field containing a URL; field is formatted as an 856 field.

Some 866 fields appear to represent public notes that would be more suited for 852 $z. Other 866 fields appear to represent links and note text to other forms, or to earlier or later titles.  For these, locate the MFHD in the report and test the URL. Consider modifying the note content to an 852$z or the whole field to an 856 with a subfield $z for the note information. For references to other formats (e.g., a print resource also available online), or earlier/later titles, consider entering the 856 with indicators "41" (http, version of resource) or "42" (http, related resource). You may choose instead to add a catalog record for the online version and fully describe those holdings on that record.

Holding record 866 contains a URL; this 866 formatted as a public note.

Other cases may appear as well. If your record doesn't match either of the above examples, or you're unsure of how to resolve the error, feel free to .

Watch for future Maintenance Priority reminders.

2017 Open Access Week

Thursday, October 26, 2017 - 12:41pm

2017 Open Access Week – a few Open Educational Resources from the CARLI OER Task Force

Open education and open access aren’t the same thing, but in the spirit of OPEN some information about Open Education during this year’s Open Access Week (that’s now: October 23-29, 2017).


Open Access is the free, immediate, online availability of research articles, coupled with the rights to use these articles fully in the digital environment. Open Access ensures that anyone can access and use these resources – to turn ideas into industries and breakthroughs into better lives." – SPARC

Open Education encompasses resources, tools and practices that are free of legal, financial and technical barriers and can be fully used, shared and adapted in the digital environment. Open Education maximizes the power of the Internet to make education more affordable, accessible and effective” – SPARC

Open Educational Resources are teaching, learning, and research resources that reside in the public domain or have been released under an intellectual property license that permits their free use and repurposing by others. OER include full courses, course materials, modules, textbooks, streaming videos, tests, software, and any other tools, materials, or techniques used to support access to knowledge.” – William & Flora Hewlett Foundation

Open? Affordable?

Open and affordable are also not the same. All that is open is affordable, but not all that is affordable is open.  Steven Bell of Temple University gave a webinar for the CARLI membership this past May, “Is that OER? Making Sense of the Current Textbook Affordability Landscape."

There are misperceptions about open resources.  SPARC released on Wednesday, OER Mythbusting.  This publication states that it “addresses the top seven myths about OER in North American higher education, as voted on my more than 100 faculty, librarians, students and other members of the OER community.”

Additional reports and survey results of interest:

2016 National Report from the Babson Group
Opening the Textbook: Open Education Resources in U.S. Higher Education, 2015-16

From the executive summary, “Most higher education faculty are unaware of open educational resources (OER) – but they are interested and some are willing to give it a try. Survey results, using responses of over 3,000 U.S. faculty, show that OER is not a driving force in the selection of materials – with the most significant barrier being the effort required to find and evaluate such materials. Use of open resources is low overall, but somewhat higher for large enrollment introductory-level courses”

Florida Virtual Campus, Office of Distance Learning and Student Services
2016 Student Textbook and Course Materials Survey: Results and Findings

There are seven key findings from this survey.  
“Key finding 1 The high cost of textbooks is negatively impacting student access, success, and completion. The findings suggest that the cost of textbooks is negatively impacting student access to required materials (66.6% did not purchase the required textbook) and learning (37.6% earn a poor grade; 19.8% fail a course). Time to graduation and/or access to courses is also impacted by cost. Students reported that they occasionally or frequently take fewer courses (47.6%); do not register for a course (45.5%); drop a course (26.1%), or withdraw from courses (20.7%).”

Association of Research Libraries, SPEC Kit 351
Affordable Course Content and Open Educational Resources, 2016

From the SPEC Kit description, “This SPEC Kit explores the degree to which ARL member institutions advocate, support, and develop affordable course content and open educational resources (ACC/OER). This study gathered information on ACC/OER initiatives at the institutional level and the role of the library in these initiatives.”

CARLI News October 24, 2017

Tuesday, October 24, 2017 - 1:34pm

Register by November 9 for the CARLI Annual Meeting and Directors′ Meeting

Please plan to join us for the 2017 CARLI Annual Meeting to be held Friday, November 17 at the I Hotel and Conference Center in Champaign. Staff at any CARLI member library are invited to attend. 

Space is limited. Register by Thursday, November 9 if you would like to attend. 

A meeting of the CARLI Library Directors will precede the Annual Meeting. Directors are encouraged to attend this meeting; please register by Thursday, November 9.

A separate registration is required for each meeting.

Webinar: "New Tools in Resource Sharing: Keeping Up with the Changes"

Please join the CARLI Resource Sharing Committee for a live webinar on Thursday, November 9, from 10:30-11:15 am.

The evolution of academic publishing and scholarly communication is providing interlibrary loan practitioners with new sources for connecting users with the published forms of information they need. The wide variety of these sources presents challenges in discovery, referral, and other areas. Drawing on the presenter′s experience in a high-volume interlibrary loan operation at a medical library, this discussion will review a selection of these new sources and address some of the relevant issues involved. Sources to be discussed include gold and green open access material, digital libraries containing scanned public domain literature, institutional repositories, and social media sites for sharing academic literature.

Kevin O'Brien is the head of the Access to Resources Department at the University of Illinois at Chicago's Library of the Health Sciences, and he holds the rank of Clinical Assistant Professor. He has worked for many years in academic and medical libraries, specializing in interlibrary loan, and he is a facilitator for the Medical Library Association's Resource Sharing Special Interest Group. O'Brien recently published an article titled "Large scale book and journal digitization projects and interlibrary loan service: opening the discussion", which appears in the Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery, and Electronic Reserves.

Connection information for this webinar will be sent after you register.

This webinar will be recorded and posted to the CARLI website for later viewing.

Calendar Year 2018 Selection System Now Open

The CY18 selection system is now open. As in the past, pricing and renewal commitments for our three journal bundles with Sage, Springer and Wiley, will be managed directly with the libraries outside of the selection system. CARLI staff will add these commitments to the system after it closes on or about November

Our current agreement with AAAS for the Science titles is ending and we are in negotiations on a new agreement. We will provide updates on those negotiations as they progress. 

FY17 ILLINET Interlibrary Loan Traffic Survey Now Available

Each year libraries throughout Illinois, including all CARLI libraries, are required to report their annual statistics on interlibrary loan (ILL) and reciprocal borrowing through the ILLINET Interlibrary Loan Traffic Survey. The State Library collects and analyzes this resource sharing data. In addition, local libraries can view their own ILL statistics online. Because completion of the ILLINET ILL Traffic Survey is required of all system member libraries in accordance with administrative rule [23 Ill. Adm. Code 3030.200 (a)(2)(O)], the FY17 ILLINET ILL Traffic Survey must be completed prior to submission of the FY18 Annual Library Certification. 
The monitoring of the interlibrary loan and reciprocal borrowing traffic is essential in measuring and evaluating the number of requests initiated, filled, and unfilled, the methods of requesting as borrowers and lenders, the impact of resource-sharing options, trends and the collaborative efforts of individual Illinois libraries.
The FY17 ILLINET ILL Traffic Survey is open now. Data submitted should cover the fiscal year from July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017. The deadline for completion is March 31, 2018. Completion guidelines are available to help you understand what data you need to complete the survey. In addition, the LibPas Data Input Instructions will help you navigate inputting the data into the online form.

For more information, contact the Illinois State Library at 800-665-5576, ext. 2.  

Staff Changes at CARLI

Brandon Gant, Director of System Services for CARLI since 2005, has announced that he will resign effective December 1, 2017. Brandon will continue to work diligently with System Services staff over the next two months to ensure the smooth transition of duties. These efforts are already underway.
Gordon Fellows, CARLI′s Senior Research Programmer, will serve as Interim IT Director, coordinating daily operations and ongoing projects. Gordon has extensive I-Share and Voyager systems and operations experience, gained over his 30+ years with CARLI and its predecessor units. Under Gordon′s guidance, and with the support of CARLI′s expert System Services staff, libraries should feel confident that CARLI will continue to provide dependable, and stable systems services to all CARLI libraries.
Please feel free to call or Senior Director Anne Craig with your questions and concerns.

TryIt! Illinois

The TryIt! Illinois database trial program is open through November 30. The trial offers an opportunity to evaluate a wide variety of electronic resources to all ILLINET member libraries. There is no charge for accessing these resources during the trial period. 

To obtain your login and password, visit TryIt! Illinois. View the list of the products available for trial through TryIt! Illinois that are included in CARLI license agreements.

Gale has created a trial site and you can link to it from the product list on the TryIt! Illinois site. Of the Gale products available for trial, CARLI currently offers the following titles: Academic OneFile, Gale Interactive: Chemistry, Gale Interactive: Human Anatomy, and Gale Researcher. If you are interested in adding any of these products to your CARLI subscriptions please send a note to .

Open Textbook Network and Open Educational Resources at CARLI: An Update

Thank you to all that participated in the CARLI Open Educational Resources Survey that was open last month. There were 133 responses from 86 different CARLI member institutions, representing all constituencies of the consortium. The results are still being tallied and reviewed. The full survey results will be shared with the membership. Fifty-seven percent of the respondents indicated that their institutions were currently exploring or using open educational resources. Of those institutions, 96.7% indicated that the library was involved in the initiatives in some way. But, the survey also indicated that CARLI members are each at different points on the spectrum for promoting and using open resources on their campus. This is the same for members of the Open Educational Resources Task Force.

The members of the CARLI OER Task Force will begin sharing with CARLI members through this and future newsletters a takeaway from their training at the Open Textbook Network Summer Institute and Summit that was held in Minneapolis in August. Those who, did not attend will be sharing their experience with open resources on their campus.

  • Anne Chernaik, College of Lake County: The OTN Institute and Summit were fascinating conferences that mixed education and knowledge sharing. The strength of conviction for open access to information and affordability in one room was inspiring. As a community college librarian, my primary takeaways focused on strategies and implementation of OER in an environment that has often been considered non-traditional. Places where HVAC and Automotive repair mixes with traditional general education courses. I had several intense discussions and came away with pages and pages of scribbled notes and new ideas. Although creation of career program based OER is a place where there is still room to grow, the Institute and Summit provided much food for thought, connections across the country, access to quality resources, and an amazing opportunity to embrace an increasingly open world of information.
  • Anne Shelley, Illinois State University: The OTN Institute and Summit were ideal opportunities to learn more about open textbooks, explore strategies for talking with stakeholders on my campus about OERs, and network with others who've had more experience with OERs on their campuses. I left Minneapolis with several takeaways, but the one that I've connected to the most is the potential for students to perform better in their classes when faculty use open materials. Sixty-six percent of college students are not buying required commercial textbooks for one or more of their classes each semester, so those students have limited or no access to readings that the instructor believes are critical for them to achieve success in the class. Using quality, free, online course materials helps remove barriers of cost and access: more students will have access to readings, increasing their potential for passing the class or earning a higher grade, which could lead to higher retention and graduation rates for the university.
  • Susan Shultz, DePaul University: I had several lightbulb moments during the OTN Summit in Minneapolis, but the one that I had not considered was the fact that open textbooks are a social justice issue. This hit home on Tuesday when David Ernst put up a slide with the following quote from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: "higher education shall be equally accessible to all." This was reinforced on Wednesday when Steven Bell said, "It's a fundamental right of students to have an affordable education where access to learning content is not determined solely by a student's ability to pay for it."
  • Janet Swatscheno, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign: Attending the Open Textbook Network Summit and Institute in August was a real eye-opener for me and gave me a lot of great ideas to bring back the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. The first thing I realized was that I did not know enough about open education resources (OER) and how they’re being used on my campus and across Illinois. Because of this realization, I′m working with others in my library to complete an environmental scan and survey of OER activities at the U of I. The training provided at the Institute was very helpful and will be an invaluable tool for promoting OER on my campus, but I wanted to be able to identify faculty allies before promoting open textbooks widely. Another benefit of attending the summit and institute was the ability to connect with colleagues working on OER and bounce ideas off of them. Many OTN members will generously share their strategies, promotional materials, talking points, and are willing to provide feedback on your work.

If you are interested in learning more about promoting Open Educational Resources at your institution, please keep the week of April 23-27, 2018 in mind when planning your spring calendar. Staff members from the Open Textbook Network will be giving train-the-trainer workshops to CARLI library staff and instructional design or faculty partners on three separate days that week.  The training will be how to present sessions at your local institution on what are open textbooks, how they are developed, and using these materials. CARLI is coordinating the location and timing and will share that information when available. These three sessions will contain the same information, so you would only need attend one.

At the OTN Summit, resources were shared for engaging faculty in the conversation to use open course materials including training materials. If you are interested in these resources, please .

Upcoming: CARLI staff will be giving an update to the CARLI membership on the Open Textbook Network at the Forward Focus Conference at Illinois Central College on October 27, and the Task Force will be giving a status update with other CARLI groups at the CARLI Annual meeting on November 17.

If your organization has open educational resources that you would like to contribute to the Open Illinois website (currently under development), please send those to Elizabeth Clarage via .

MINRVA App Available for I-Share Libraries from the UIUC Library

The mobile app MINRVA is available for I-Share libraries from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library. The app, which uses a modular design, was developed independently by library staff at the UIUC to work with I-Share data.
The MINRVA core modules are available free to I-Share libraries and patrons. These modules include local catalog and I-Share catalog search, and several popular library account functions such as logging in to view item due dates, renew items, and check on requested item statuses.
In addition to the free components, the MINRVA project team, led by Jim Hahn of the UIUC library, is now also offering additional MINRVA components to I-Share libraries on a subscription basis. These Pro and Premium plans include a customized design and additional modules that allow your patrons to: search article databases, view new books and best sellers, and use an anonymous question and answer service; to: see upcoming events, receive personalized book recommendations, check library hours, and view currently available loanable tech. More information about plans and pricing is available from the MINRVA web site at
Libraries interested in receiving more information about MINRVA, or who have questions about implementing MINRVA should contact the team directly at .

Other Library News

Input Sought for Curriculum Planning

The University of Illinois iSchool is conducting a brief survey intended to identify core skills and knowledge areas for the MS in library and information science program. We are interested in which skills and knowledge areas you perceive to be most needed in the field now, and in the near future. Your responses will help us as we review and continue to revise and improve our curriculum to ensure our graduates are well prepared for the job market. Your responses are important. The survey should take about 5 minutes to complete. Please complete the survey by Friday, November 17.

Call for Submissions, 2018 Great Lakes Resource Sharing Conference 

Mark your calendars for the 5th annual GLRSC: Charting Our Course Together on June 7-8, 2018 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Perrysburg, OH. The conference will feature a keynote presentation by George Needham, Director of the Delaware County District Library.
This conference is an opportunity for individuals working in resource sharing to trade information and network with other colleagues. Watch for updates on the conference website. Connect with us on Facebook and Twitter.

Do you have a new idea or success story to share? We are accepting program proposals through January 12, 2018, on any of the following topic areas:

  • Resource Sharing Best Practices
  • Marketing Services
  • Electronic Resources and Resource Sharing
  • Workflow Improvements
  • Cooperative Collection Development
  • Consortial or Group Purchasing
  • Purchase on Demand
  • Delivery Solutions
  • Data-Driven Decision-Making    
  • Reciprocal Borrowing
  • Shared Staffing and Training
  • Shared Discovery Layers
  • E-Books
  • Resource Sharing in Next Gen Systems
  • Shared Print Projects
  • Open Educational Resources
  • Cross-Departmental Collaboration

Proposed presentations should be 45 minutes in length including time for questions.  The submission form is available here. A call for proposals for lightning round presentations (15 minutes in length) will be announced in February.
Accepted presenters will have the opportunity to publish a version of their conference presentation to the Journal of Interlibrary Loan, Document Delivery, & Electronic Reserves in a special issue, but will not be obligated to do so.
Each proposal should include a title, description, and abstract. Program proposals will be reviewed by the program committee, with selected presenters notified by February 16, 2018. Please direct any questions to  and .

Upcoming CARLI Events and Meetings

Important Dates 

November 17           CARLI Governing Directors Meeting, I-Hotel Conference Center, Champaign
November 17           CARLI Annual Meeting, I-Hotel Conference Center, Champaign
November 23-24      CARLI Office Closed 

December 25-January 1 CARLI Office Closed

Forums, Workshops and Training

November 1             Directors Webinar Series: Current Copyright Issues
November 2             New I-Share Libraries: Data Review Training
November 9             New Tools in Resource Sharing: Keeping Up with the Changes Webinar

December 6             Instruction Committee Webinar
December 7-8         New I-Share Libraries Voyager Cataloging Client Training


November 1              Technical Services Committee
November 8              SFX Systems Committee
November 8              Created Content Committee
November 8              Commercial Products Committee
November 13            Preservation Committee
November 13            Instruction Committee
November 13            Public Services Committee
November 15            Resource Sharing Committee
November 19            Open Educational Resources Task Force
November 27            CARLI Executive Committee 
November 30            Collection Management Committee

December 1               CARLI Board of Directors Meeting
December 4                Open Educational Resources Task Force
December 6                Technical Services Committee
December 11              Preservation Committee
December 11              Instruction Committee
December 11              Public Services Committee
December 13              SFX Systems Committee
December 13              Created Content Committee
December 13              Commercial Products Committee
December 14              Collection Management Committee
December 19              Open Educational Resources Task Force
December 20              Resource Sharing Committee

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OER Task Force Meeting

Monday, October 23, 2017 - 4:18pm

Meeting of the Open Educational Resources Task Force

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Conference ID: 624827

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