CARLI News July 27, 2017

CARLI Joins the Open Textbook Network

Seventeen CARLI Governing member institutions plus two Illinois consortia supported CARLI′s membership in the OTN. Through this collaboratively funded system membership, all 128 CARLI Governing member libraries will realize the benefits of OTN membership. A special thanks to these contributors: Aurora University, Catholic Theological Union, Chicago State University, CODSULI (Council of Directors of State University Libraries in Illinois), College of Lake County, DePaul University, Illinois State University, Illinois Wesleyan University, The John Marshall Law School, Knox College, LIBRAS, Lincoln Land Community College, National Louis University, Northern Illinois University, Northwestern University, Oakton Community College, Richland Community College, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Waubonsee Community College.

CARLI system leaders selected by the library directors at contributing institutions will attend the OTN Summer Institute in Minneapolis. These leaders are: Anne Chernaik, College of Lake County; Chris Diaz, Northwestern University; Kathy Ladell, Northern Illinois University; Anne Shelley, Illinois State University; and Janet Swatscheno, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. CARLI staff member Elizabeth Clarage, will also attend.

Following this initial institute, CARLI′s system leaders, in conjunction with OTN staff, will coordinate full-day ″train the trainer″ workshops to be offered to CARLI member libraries in 2018. These workshops will focus on developing leaders at Illinois colleges and universities to assist in cultivating strategies for advancing the use of open educational resources, specifically openly licensed textbooks, to lessen the cost of these materials for students on their campuses. The workshops will also help attendees gain expertise in helping faculty understand the negative impact high textbook costs can have on students′ academic performance.

For more information about CARLI′s OTN membership, contact or send an email to .

Listening Sessions

Over the next three months CARLI Senior Director, Anne Craig, will be traveling to member libraries around the state for ″Listening Sessions″ with CARLI library directors. These will be informal, approximately two-hour sessions. During these meet-ups, Anne is eager to hear about your library′s challenges and successes in order to more clearly understand our member's needs and to be able to relate your stories to stakeholders. 
The following are the sessions that are currently accepting registrations. Please check the CARLI calendar or the Directors Resources page for any future updates to this schedule.

@ Pritzker Military Museum and Library, Chicago, Friday, August 4, 10:30 a.m.
@ Lake Forest College, Lake Forest, Thursday, August 10, 1 p.m.
@ Western Illinois University, Macomb, Wednesday, August 16, 1 p.m.
@ Knox College, Galesburg, Wednesday, August 23, 10 a.m.
@ Illinois Valley Community College, Oglesby, Thursday, September 7, 10:30 a.m.
@ Olivet Nazarene University, Kankakee, Monday, September 18, 10 a.m. 
@ Southern Illinois University Edwardsville, Monday, September 25 10:30 a.m.

Please plan to sign up and join us for one of these sessions.

CARLI will also be presenting an Update Session at the Illinois Library Association Annual Conference in Tinley Park, October 11; and don’t miss the CARLI Annual Directors′ Meeting and the CARLI Annual Meeting, both scheduled for November 17 at the I Hotel in Champaign. 

Save the Date: 2017 CARLI Annual Meeting and Directors' Meetings

The 2017 CARLI Annual Meeting will be held on Friday, November 17 at the I-Hotel Conference Center in Champaign. All CARLI member library staff are invited to attend.

A meeting of the CARLI Governing Directors will precede the Annual Meeting. More information about these meetings will be available in late August.

Other Library News

Bloomberg Receives ILA’s Hugh Atkinson Memorial/DEMCO Award

Kathleen L. Bloomberg, formerly the Associate Director of Operations of the Illinois State Library and now recently retired, is the 2017 recipient of the Illinois Library Association Hugh Atkinson Memorial/DEMCO Award. The award recognizes an individual, group, program, or institution for sustained activity and contributions having a lasting impact on librarianship. 
Kathleen served at the Illinois State Library for 32 years. The Illinois State Library has been a driving force for the development and promotion of libraries at the state level. Kathleen played a prominent role as a leader at the State Library. During that time she was known to be an advocate of interagency cooperation. 

When CARLI’s predecessor organizations were merging in 2003 and 2004, Kathleen was the State Library representative assigned to participate in the committees tasked to frame today’s CARLI organization. Our roots, therefore, can be traced directly to her good work.
Kathleen′s contributions to library cooperation and development throughout her long and distinguished career make it especially appropriate to honor her in the name of Hugh Atkinson, whose own career was so notably dedicated to library cooperative endeavors. 
The Atkinson Award will be presented at the Awards Luncheon held on Tuesday, October 10, during the 2017 Illinois Library Association Annual Conference in Tinley Park.

Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year

Dr. Lian Ruan is the 2017 recipient of the Illinois Library Association (ILA) Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year Award. The award, presented by the ILA Illinois Association of College and Research Libraries (IACRL) Forum, recognizes an Illinois librarian who is making an outstanding statewide contribution to academic or research librarianship and to library development. The award is sponsored by the Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois. 
Dr. Ruan's service record is most impressive. Of particular note are her contributions as past President (2015-2016) and current Executive Director of the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA). She has also recently served on the Illinois State Library Advisory Committee, the Special Library Association's Emergency Preparedness and Recovery Council, the ACRL 75th Anniversary Celebration Task Force, and as a member of the Joint Council of Librarians of Color Steering Committee. 
Dr. Ruan has been an academic librarian for twenty-seven years and Head of the Illinois Fire Service Institute Library (IFSI) since 1999. Since 2002, Dr. Ruan has been an adjunct professor in the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at UIUC and she has done extensive work as a researcher. Most notable is her recent co-edited book, Academic Library Development and Administration in China (2016), which is the first major work on Chinese academic libraries written in English. 

Her exemplary service to librarianship and learning demonstrates the application of each of these qualities to the work that makes her worthy of this honor. 
The Illinois Academic Librarian of the Year Award will be presented at the Awards Luncheon held on Tuesday, October 10, during the 2017 Illinois Library Association Annual Conference in Tinley Park.

Upcoming CARLI Events and Meetings

Important Dates

September 4                       CARLI Office Closed

Forums, Workshops and Training

August 28-29            I-Share Acquisitions/Serials Training


August 4                  Directors Session at Pritzker Military Museum & Library
August 10                Directors Session at Lake Forest College
August 10                Instruction Committee 
August 16                Directors Session at Western Illinois University
August 23                Directors Session at Knox College
August 30                Technical Services Committee

September 6             Executive Committee Conference Call
September 7             Directors Session at Illinois Valley Community College
September 11           Preservation Committee
September 15           Board of Directors Meeting
September 18           Directors Session at Olivet Nazarene University
September 25           Directors Session at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Consult the CARLI calendar for the most current list of meeting times and locations.

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