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The CARL Fall 2018 Newsletter is out. You can read it here.

CARL Research Grant

Call for Proposals: CARL Research Grant

Do you need funding for individual or group research? Have an interesting and original research topic that impacts the library field? Are you a current member of CARL?

If you answered “yes” to all three questions, then consider submitting a proposal for the CARL Research Grant. Proposals are due no later than 5pm on Friday, September 28, 2018. Successful grant recipients will be announced by December 2018 and are expected to present on their funded research at the next CARL Conference in 2020.

For more information (eligibility requirements, submission guidelines, etc.), please visit the CARL Research Grant page.

Call for Nominations: CARL 2019 Executive Board Election

According to CARL Bylaws, Article IV, Section 2., every member of CARL has the right to hold any office within the association. To qualify for office, nominees must be CARL and ACRL members. With that, we open the call for nominations (including self-nominations) for the following CARL Offices:

  • North/President-Elect - 3-year term (2 years as Vice-President, followed by 1 year as President, & an optional 4th year as Past President).
  • ACRL Chapters Council Delegate - 3-year term
  • Director-at-large (CSU) - 2-year term
  • Director-at-large (UC) - 2-year term

Officer duties are described in the CARL Bylaws. Elected officers must attend four CARL Board meetings a year, three virtual and one in-person. Newly elected officers will be asked to attend the in-person transitional board meeting in Berkeley, California on Friday, December 7, 2018.

Important Deadlines:

September 4: Please send nominations for the above positions to Lucy Bellamy ( by this date.

September 12: Candidates should fill out the Statement of Candidacy Form by this date.

Feel free to contact any member of this Committee with questions. We look forward to hearing from you.

Thank you,

2019 - Nominating and Elections Committee

Lee Adams (chair), CSU East Bay (
Lucy Bellamy, Gnomon (
Michelle DeMars, CSU Long Beach (
Rachel Jaffe, UC Santa Cruz (
Lana Mariko Wood, CSU East Bay (


The CARL Spring 2018 Newsletter is out. You can read it here.

SCIL Works 2018

Registration is now open for SCIL Works 2018!

Where Virtual Meets Reality: The intersection between instruction and our virtual campus communities

SCIL Works is an annual mini-conference that offers librarians the opportunity to share their best practices, innovative pedagogy, and creative solutions with colleagues.

As libraries continue to move toward and explore all-things-digital, how are instruction librarians meeting the digital and virtual needs of our campus communities? How are we bringing instruction out of the classroom and into virtual spaces? SCIL Works 2018 will focus on the ways in which we bring instruction out of the classroom and into virtual places.

A light breakfast and coffee will be provided with conference registration. Lunch will not be provided, however, attendees are encouraged to continue networking after the event.

Registration: SCIL Works 2018 Registration Page
$30 for CARL Members | $45 for Non Members | $15 for students

Note to students: Do you want to attend SCIL Works for free and win a 1-year registration to CARL? Find out more about our Student 2018 SCIL Works scholarship opportunity; last day to apply February 5th.

When: Friday, February, 23, 2018 from 9:00am to 1:00pm

Where: West Los Angeles College
Heldman Learning Resource Center
9000 Overland Ave.
Culver City, CA 90230


Parking information:

One-day parking passes are $2 and are on sale at parking dispensers in all of the student/guest lots on campus. These machines do not give change nor accept coins. Please have two single dollar bills.

For more details, see the SCIL Website:

If you have any questions, please contact SCIL Chair, Amanda Roth

Registration now open

CARL 2018 Conference

Registration for the CARL 2018 Conference is now open!

Registration fees include all general sessions, opening reception, plenary sessions, and awards luncheon. Preconferences priced separately.

Register here!

Call for proposals now open

CARL 2018 Conference

We are now accepting proposals for the CARL 2018 Conference, on the theme “The Academic Library in Times of Change.” Please visit this page for the submission form, timeline and fine print.

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CARL 2018 Conference

April 13-15, 2018
Pullman San Francisco Bay Hotel, Redwood City, California
CARL 2018: The Academic Library in Times of Change

Change is an inevitable and can be a welcome part of our jobs. In this ever-changing landscape, libraries are feeling pressure to provide solutions to many and various challenges: shifts in access to our resources, “evolving” ideas of credibility and authority, increasing threats to our patrons’ civil liberties, a movement to “all-things-digital”, staff/library reorganization, and more. How can libraries rise to the challenges of engaging our students and colleagues, advocating for our communities, and protecting our democracy? The CARL 2018 Conference builds upon the CARL 2016 Conference, “What we talk about when we talk about value…” by asking: How will we, as libraries, navigate change, reassert and use our core values to ground our everyday work, strengthen our advocacy, and buoy our hopes in times of uncertainty?

From a March 2017 article in American Libraries, trends to watch include: entrepreneurship, civic engagement and innovation, school libraries as global educators, sustainability, virtual reality, welcoming communities, accessibility, academic tech focus, and 21st century ethics. What do these trends look like on a more local level, and how can we translate them into the work we do on a day-to-day basis?

Sessions will include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

  • The Library Bill of Rights and the core values of librarianship; issues of equal access, diversity, and inclusion; concerns with intellectual freedom, privacy, and censorship
  • Misinformation, disinformation, and educating users
  • New ways of understanding the user experience to shape library services and programs
  • Open access, OER, scholarly communication, and copyright challenges
  • Resource sharing, consortial practices, shared collections, and discovery systems
  • Changing roles of librarians, and the larger changes in the profession
  • Innovations in acquisitions and technical services: Cataloging, RDA implementation, electronics rights management, demand-driven acquisition, eBooks, and big data/library metrics
  • Collaborative partnerships on- and off-campus

Watch for the Call for Proposals in the next month!

If you have any questions about the conference, please contact the conference planning team:
Allison Carr, Co-Chair, Conference Planning Team
Brena Smith, Co-Chair, Conference Planning Team
Lee Adams, Conference Planning Team
Joseph Aubele, Conference Planning Team

Scholarship News

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

This year’s Ilene F. Rockman CARL/ACRL Conference Scholarship recipient is Essraa Nawar. Ms. Nawar shows great promise in academic librarianship through her work both inside and outside of the library world. In addition to her work as Coordinator of Library Development and Marketing at Chapman’s Leatherby Library, she is also active in creating an “atmosphere of awareness regarding ethnic, gender, and religious diversity across campus through hosting events, exhibits and activities.”

Ms. Nawar’s diverse academic and professional background are critical skills for a 21st century global academic librarian, and the reason for her selection by this year’s committee.

Congratulations Ms. Nawar and to all of this year’s applicants. You are all academic librarian superstars!

2016 CARL Election Results

Please join the CARL Executive Board and the 2016 Nominations and Elections Committee in congratulating the following new board members:

  • Lee Adams (Digital Services Librarian, UC Berkeley) - Vice-President/ President Elect, North
  • Joseph Aubele (Reference & Instructional Librarian, CSU Long Beach) - Membership Director
  • Crystal Goldman (Instruction Coordinator, UC San Diego) - Director-at-Large, UC
  • Maryann Hight (Reference/Instruction Librarian, CSU Stanislaus) - Director-at-Large, CSU

The 2016 Nominations and Elections Committee would like to thank all the candidates for a successful election: Annie Pho (UCLA) and Matthew Conner (UC Davis).

Thanks also to the members of the 2016 Nominations and Elections Committee for identifying excellent candidates and for facilitating the election. Members included: Crystal Goldman (UCSD), Shana Higgins (Redlands University), Megan Kinney (Contra Costa College), Pearl Ly (Skyline College), and Christina Mune (San Jose State University).

2016 CARL Conference Proceedings Now Available

Many thanks to all of our presenters, sponsors, and amazing volunteers that made the 2016 CARL Conference possible. Relive or share with colleagues who were unable to attend some of those conference experiences. The Proceedings are available. Thanks to our presenters for their willingness to share, and to the Proceedings Team for their editorial work.


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:

Register now at

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 WashingtonÂ’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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