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Final Results from the 2017 Board of Directors Election

The election and appointment process for new members of the CARLI Board of Directors has been completed. Directors elected to 3-year terms beginning July 1, 2017 are: Jeffrey Douglas (Knox College), Tammy Kuhn-Schnell (Lincoln Land Community College), and Michael Lorenzen (Western Illinois University).
Directors appointed to one-year terms are: Taran Ley (Southern Illinois University School of Medicine), Cathy Mayer (Trinity Christian College) and Frances Whaley (Illinois Valley Community College). 

May 24, 2017
By: Michelle Haake

Although some academic and university libraries, primarily those in large, well-endowed institutions, collect statistics concerning disasters and preservation activities, there is no regular national collection of statistics about disasters in libraries. (Meyer (2009) and Peterson et al (2016)) This state of affairs is not new: academic libraries have never collected this information systematically in spite of years of keeping statistics on other preservation concerns.  For a brief period of two years, the American Library Association tried to collect disaster information related to preservation activities among libraries and other cultural heritage foundations, but that effort was quickly abandoned due to a low response to institutional surveys. Thus, with the exception of two years (2012 and 2013), our field has no data upon which to base preparation proposals for disaster related preservation issues.

Still, those very two years are tremendously instructive. 

May 19, 2017