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CARL 2016 Registration is Open!

Registration for the 2016 CARL Conference is open, located in lovely Costa Mesa, CA, March 31-April 2, 2016.

The 2016 program includes a keynote address from Dr. Safiya Umoja Noble, Clarifying Our Values: The Power and Responsibility of Library and Information Professionals.

For more program information, visit the conference website:

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Please consider staying at the conference hotel, Westin South Coast Plaza, to help keep conference costs low:

2015 CARL Election Results

Join the CARL Executive Board and the 2015 Nominations and Elections Committee in congratulating the following new board members:

Ben Lea, Science and Engineering Librarian, University of Southern California, Vice President/President-Elect, South

Ellen Carey, Librarian & Assistant Professor, Santa Barbara City College, Director-at-Large, Community Colleges

Nicole Branch, Assessment Coordinator and Instruction Librarian, Santa Clara University, Director-at-Large, Private Colleges & Universities

Cynthia Mari Orozco, Student Services Librarian, California State University Long Beach, ACRL Chapters Council Delegate

Jenny Yap, Librarian, Berkeley City College, Secretary

The Nominations and Elections Committee would like to thank all the candidates for a successful election: Laurel Crump (Whittier College), Jeff Karlsen (Sacramento City College), Les Kong (CSU, San Bernardino), Joseph Aubele (CSU, Long Beach), and Shahrzad Khosrowpour (Chapman University).

Thanks also to the members of the 2015 Nominations and Elections Committee. They variously identified excellent candidates, approached them, built the ballot and provided helpful input. Thank you to: Megan Kinney (Contra Costa Community College), Ben Lea (USC), Annette Marines (UCSC), Christina Mune (San Jose State University), and Callie Wiygul (USC).

Extended Deadline! CARL 2016 Proposal Submissions

We’re extending the deadline for submitting a proposal for the CARL 2016 Conference to Friday, May 29, 2015.

What We Talk About When We Talk About Value: Valuing Academic Libraries in a New Era

In 2010 ACRL launched its Value of Academic Libraries initiative, the purpose of which is primarily to advance a “research agenda” that encourages the library profession to answer the question, “How does the library advance the missions of the institution?” Methods used by academic libraries to demonstrate value within and without their institutions have included assessment, metrics, user experience studies, citation studies, and other data-driven methods. Concurrently academic librarians have been concerned with articulating and demonstrating the less-quantifiable values of the profession such as diversity and inclusion, love of learning, serving the public good, social responsibility, and preserving confidentiality and privacy.

How are you:

  • Demonstrating the value of your library to your institution and communities
  • Cultivating the value of your library and/or values of librarianship
  • Putting the values of librarianship into practice in your library, your institution, your community
  • Reframing the focus on value (as in return on investment) to one of valuing (people, social justice, democratic spaces, etc.)

We have an exciting program coming together with keynote speaker Safiya Noble, and invited talks from Cynthia Mari Orozco and Will Breitbach.

Submit your proposal today!

New deadline for proposals: May 29, 2015
Notification of accepted proposals expected: July 31, 2015

Please feel free to contact the Program Planning Committee with questions:
Lee Adams, Program Proposal Coordinator,
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Shana Higgins, Program Planning Chair,

Call for Proposals: CARL Conference 2016

Call for Proposals: What We Talk About When We Talk About Value

California Academic & Research Libraries (CARL) invites you to participate in its biennial conference to be held in Costa Mesa, CA, March 31-April 2, 2016. The conference offers librarians and allied professionals across disciplines a space to share research and scholarship, discuss professional issues, and develop and maintain relationships. The theme for the 2016 conference is What We Talk About When We Talk About Value: Valuing Academic Libraries in a New Era. See the full call for proposals.

Deadline for proposals: May 1, 2015

Notification of accepted proposals expected: July 3, 2015

We are pleased to share the CARL Conference Code of Conduct.

CARL research grant

CARL Research Grant awarded to Diana Wakimoto

The CARL Research Grant has been awarded to Diana Wakimoto for her proposal “Defining the Archives to Enhance Collaboration Between Librarians and Archivists.” This study will involve approximately 30 “one-on-one, semi-structured interviews with librarians and archivists ... in order to explore and describe the varying ways in which librarians and archivists experience archives.” The researchers believe this project will fill “a substantial gap in the research literature and the results of this work may help librarians and archivists increase successful communication and collaboration.”


A warm welcome to our newly elected board members!

  • Pearl Ly, Director of Library Services, College of Marin, is Northern Vice President (3 year term + 1 year as past President)
  • Jordan Nielsen, Entrepreneurship, Marketing, and Business Data Librarian, San Diego State University, is Treasurer (3 year term)
  • Jacqui Grallo, Reference and Instructional Technology Librarian, Cal State Monterey Bay, is Director-at-Large, CSU (2 year term)
  • A. Lee Adams, Digital Services Librarian, UC Berkeley, Public Health Library is Director-at-Large, UC (2 year term)

Thank you to those who ran and those who voted.

2014 CARL Nominating & Elections Committee
Annette Marines, Committee Chair and Northern Vice President, CARL
Megan Kinney, Contra Costa Community College
Ben Lea, U. of Southern California
Teresa Omidsalar, CSU Los Angeles
Anthony Sanchez, UC Riverside

2014 Conference

Proceedings Now Available

CARL Conference 2014 logo two human brains exchanging flying cog wheels

Thanks to all of our presenters, sponsors, and our hard working volunteers for a great conference! Here are the Proceedings. You can also relive the 2014 CARL Conference, Leadership in Action, via the conference Blog or Sessions list.

Scholarship News

Congratulations to This Year's Ilene F. Rockman CARL/ACRL Conference Scholarship Winners!

California Academic & Research Libraries (CARL), the California-based chapter of ACRL, is pleased to announce Andea G. Barkley and Sharon Cheslow as the 2014 winners of the Ilene F. Rockman CARL Conference Scholarship. The award is named in honor of Ilene F. Rockman (1950 – 2005), a librarian, speaker, and author known for her many contributions to library science.

2014 Award Announcement

Andrea G. Barkley is currently earning her MLIS at the University of Washington’s iSchool through their distance-learning program. Throughout her graduate work Ms. Barkley has been particularly interested in exploring the intersections of race, class, gender, technology, and accessibility.

Sharon Cheslow is an MLIS student at San Jose State University, with graduate studies in the Music School at California Institute of the Arts (CalArts). She interned at UCLA's Ethnomusicology Archive and the CalArts Institute Archive.

As recipients of the Ilene F. Rockman CARL Conferene Scholarship, both Ms. Barkley and Ms. Cheslow will receive $500 awards to subsidize their attendance at the CARL Conference 2014, taking place April 4-6 at the Dolce Hayes Mansion in San Jose, California.

Ilene F. Rockman CARL/ACRL Conference Scholarship Committee, 2013-14:
Daniel Ransom, Committee Chair, Holy Names University
Lucy Bellamy, Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising
Annette Young, Chaffey College
Janet Pinkley, California State University, Channel Islands

A New Service for Members

CARL Mentoring Program

CARL has a brand new mentoring program, designed to match new librarians with veterans in the field, who are willing to share advice and their accumulated professional expertise. Librarianship's mission has never been complex or difficult to grasp, but the means by which librarians create, preserve and organize collections to make them available to those who seek them, has never been more complicated and multi-faceted. CARL's mentoring program will help new librarians gain confidence and understanding of California's dynamic academic culture, and generate good practices for careers and ongoing professional development.

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