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Call for a CARLDIG-S Fall Program Meeting Space

Interested in having your Southern California library/college or university host a fun and informative 1-day conference in December 2020? CARLDIG-S is looking for a space to hold our Fall Program. If you have a large conference or meeting room that will hold up to 75 people, have on-site catering (preferred), are in the greater Los Angeles area, we would love to bring our program to you! Even better, as a member of the host campus, you will serve the role of registrar for the event, working closely with the campus in reserving the room and working with catering. For more information on this valuable professional development opportunity, and/or if you are interested in learning more about becoming involved in CARLDIG-S, you can look at our past Fall Programs on the CARLDIG-S website.

Email Corrie Bott ( or Meghan Kwast ( if you are interested, and we can give you more details.

CARLDIG-S Fall Program: Disrupting Dominant Narratives: How Reference Services Means Service to All

This year’s program focuses on serving our underrepresented populations through innovative practices and services. Combining presentations and lightning rounds, our colleagues will share successful ways to bring reference services to the community, promote diverse collections, create inclusive spaces, and increase access through a successful textbook initiative. You will participate in a hands-on active-learning workshop on strategic talk plans, and will enjoy opportunities for networking.

When:   Friday, December 6, 2019 8:45 am

Where:   University of La Verne, Campus Center Ballroom, located inside the Abraham Campus Center
2000 Second Street
La Verne, California 91750
United States

Contact:  Yvonne Comstock Wilber


Non-members: $42.00
Members: $28.00
Students: $14.00

Parking is $5 for the day and you can buy it a parking kiosk machine or you can purchase it online here. You can park on any campus lot with the daily permit. The 3 closest parking lots to the Campus Center are Lot E (behind the library, has a permit dispenser), Parking structure off of D Street (also has a permit dispenser at the D Street entrance), and Lot F (corner of 3rd and C Street) (see map).

California Academic Reference Librarians Interest Group-South (CARLDIG-S) 2019 Fall Program


“Disrupting Dominant Narratives: How Reference Services Means Service to All”

CARLDIG-South is hosting its annual half-day Fall Program at the University of LaVerne on Friday, December 6, 2019, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. titled “Disrupting Dominant Narratives: How Reference Services Means Service to All.” This program will offer an opportunity for reference librarians to highlight and share their engagement with critical pedagogies and practices, and serving diverse populations in reference services. Whether expressed through formal quantitative assessment, creative programming, practices in employee training, campus outreach, or alternative storytelling, we are looking forward to hear you tell your library’s story! 

Many college and university libraries in the United States seek to dismantle Eurocentric and patriarchal attitudes that are foundational in Western education. While critical librarianship often calls for changes in access, instruction, and outreach, what about reference? How do reference librarians create collections that support diverse voices, and decenter the privilege and authority of the Western canons of knowledge? How might the reference interview lead inquirers into alternative ways of thinking and exploring knowledge? How are reference services marketed to draw underrepresented populations? Can discovery tools and search engines be leveraged to produce results that reflect the diversity of available resources? These are just a few questions that may speak to what you are doing in your library, and we want to hear about them!

The selection committee invites proposals for the following formats relevant to the program theme:

Feature Presentation (20 minutes plus five minutes for questions) + poster for poster session

Lightning rounds (5 minutes) + poster for poster session

Feature presenters will have access to an Internet-equipped computer and a projector.

Brief Guidelines for Proposals:

  • Please submit your proposal online HERE

  • Proposals should be no longer than 500 words for presentations, 250 words for lightning rounds.

  • Deadline to submit is October 4, 2019

  • Accepted presentations will be confirmed by October 25, 2016

Due to budget restrictions, all presenters will be asked to pay the nominal fee for registration. CARL members receive a discount on their registration.

For more information, please visit CARLDIG-S website at: or contact 2019 CARLDIG-S chair, Yvonne Wilber at

We look forward to hearing from you!

CARLDIG-S Field Trip to the Brand Library and Art Center

Join CARLDIG-S on Friday, May 31st at 10:00 - Noon for our Summer Field Trip to tour the Brand Library and Art Center in Glendale, California.

The Brand Library is an iconic and unique public library that has served as an arts, cultural, educational, and historic resource for the region since 1956. Built in 1904 by Glendale pioneer Leslie Coombs Brand, its Moorish inspired exterior was modeled after the East India Pavilion at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago. In a generous civic-minded gesture, Brand left his home and adjacent land to the City for use as a public park and library when he died in 1925.

Cost: FREE You must be a CARL Member to participate.


Brand Library

Location: The Brand Library and Art Center 1601 West Mountain Street Glendale, CA 91201 There is plenty of free parking for the library at Brand Park. For those interested, we will convene for lunch at nearby Kenneth Village.

For field trip questions, please contact: Yvonne Wilber

Save the Date!

California Academic Reference Librarians - South (CARLDIG-S) is hosting its annual Fall Program at the University of LaVerne Friday, December 6, 2019. Titled “With Liberty and Reference for All,” this program will offer an opportunity for librarians to highlight and share their innovative engagement with social justice in reference services. We are especially looking forward to hearing from our community college library members. Call for presentations forthcoming. For more information contact Yvonne Wilber,

CARLRDIG-S January Meeting

The CARLDIG-S January business meeting will take place on Friday, January 11th from 10am-12pm at Cal Lutheran University. All are welcome to attend!

Cal Lutheran University Address and Parking Info:
60 W Olsen Rd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91360
Pearson Library - Conference Room 133
Parking is free in the Administration building lot on the SE corner of W. Olsen Road and Mountclef Blvd.
From the lot, walk West and look for the enormous gold Luther statue (aka Gumby) outside the library.

Please note: We are currently seeking nominations for the positions of Secretary and Registrar. This is a great opportunity for leadership development/experience along with working with a great group of librarian colleagues from all over Southern California. You can find more information about each office by visiting our bylaws: Please contact if interested or if you have any questions.

CARLDIG-S Fall 2018 Program Presentations Available

Recapturing Reference: Making Research Relevant for Today’s Student

A Professional Development Opportunity Hosted by CARLDIG-South


Newspapers to Hashtags: Creating a News Media Gallery Walk in Your Library Suzanne Maguire Mt. San Antonio College & Anaheim Public Library

Reimagining Student-Centered Reference Services Annie Pho, Antonia Osuna-Garcia, Diana King, Miki Goral, Sylvia Page, & Wynn Tranfield University of California, Los Angeles

Data Literacy and Reference Services: Core Competencies for Supporting Undergraduate Students Nicole Helregel University of California, Irvine

Teaching Google at the Reference Desk Maggie Clarke California State University, Dominguez Hills

Discovery: Using Star Trek to Teach Students How Libraries Structure Access to Scholarly Journal Articles Laura Wimberley California State University, Northridge

Meet Me at the Main Services Desk: How The Claremont Colleges Library Moved From Drop-in Reference Hours to Scheduled Research Appointments Kirsten Hansen & Charlotte Brun Claremont Colleges Library

Are We Speaking the Same Language? Computational Text Analysis in Reference Service Assessment Alexander Justice Loyola Marymount University

In Your Face: Our Experience with Proactive Chat Reference Michelle DeMars, George Martinez, Gabriel Gardner, & Joseph Aubele California State University, Long Beach


CARLDIG South is an interest group of the California Academic & Research Libraries (CARL). We hold meetings and programs to discuss current reference issues. Learn more about us by reading our bylaws


Officers, 2019

  • Chair:Yvonne Wilber (Cal Lutheran University)
  • Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect: Corrie Bott (Cal Lutheran University)
  • Past-Chair: Christal Young (USC)
  • Secretary: Meghan Kwast (Cal Lutheran University)
  • Co-Webmaster/Publicity Officers: Annette Young (Chaffey College) and Tim Ream (Fullerton College)
  • Registrar: Norma Durian (University of La Verne)


If you have questions, please contact our Chair, Yvonne Wilber at

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