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CARLDIG-S Call for Proposals!

Proposals due Friday, October 1st, 2021, and can be submitted using this form. We will notify successful applicants by Friday, October 15th, 2021.

Save the Date Failure Remix The California Academic Reference Librarians Discussion Interest Group - South (CARLDIG-S) invites you to submit a proposal for the 2021 Fall Program, Failure Remix: Stories of Failure, Setbacks, and Where We Go From There, an online program that will take place Friday, December 3rd 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (PST) via Zoom. Registration will be free to all current CARL members and LIS students.

All proposal abstracts should be no more than 300 words and indicate the type of session you are proposing. We will be holding the following session formats:

  • Lightning Rounds (7-10 minute presentations)
  • Feature Presentations (20 minutes plus 5 minutes for questions)
We encourage proposals for virtual presentations that represent all aspects of reference work (including assessment, consultations and instruction, and the creation and management of research guides, catalogs, databases, websites, etc.) and all library workers (including library students, paraprofessionals, and members of underrepresented groups).

Please submit your proposal by Friday, October 1st, 2021. Successful applicants will be notified by Friday, October 15th, 2021.

If you have any questions, please contact 2021 CARLDIG-S Chair, Meghan Kwast, at

Save the Date for the 2021 CARLDIG-S Online Fall Program!

Title: Failure remix: Stories of failure, setbacks, and where we go from there

Description: On Friday, December 3rd, CARLDIG-S will host a half-day, virtual program, “Failure Remix: Stories of Failure, Setbacks, and Where We Go From There.” Attendees will hear from different presenters as they share their experiences with failure in areas of reference and the work they engaged in as a result of those experiences. We don’t often discuss our failures, as it is seen as something that damages our professional reputations. It is, however, important to not only normalize talking about failure but to embrace failure in our workplace. Failures mean we are experimenting, innovating, and growing. Through modeling failure, we can inspire others in their attempts to deal with their own challenges in the workplace. So let’s talk about failure! A call for proposals will be sent out in the fall.

For more information, please contact Meghan Kwast at or Norma Juarez Durian at We hope to see you there!

When: Friday, December 3rd (time TBD)

Where: Online!

CARLDIG-S Resources LibGuide

Check out our CARLDIG-S LibGuide to see our suggested resources covering a wide variety of topics!

Highlights include information about racism in reference work; staffing and training for reference; how reference work is changing; professional development resources, and more!

Go HERE for the CARLDIG-S LibGuide.


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, 2021

  • Chair: Meghan Kwast (Cal Lutheran University)
  • Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect: Norma Durian (University of La Verne)
  • Past-Chair: Corrie Bott (Santa Barbara City College)
  • Secretary: Leanna Pagano (Cal Lutheran University)
  • Co-Webmaster/Publicity Officers: Annette Young (Cypress College) and Time Ream (Fullerton College)
  • Registrar: TBD


If you have questions, please contact our Chair, Meghan Kwast at

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