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CARLDIG-S Call for Proposals!

Proposals due Friday, October 15th, 2021, and can be submitted using this form. We will notify successful applicants by Friday, October 22nd, 2021.

Nailed It The California Academic Reference Librarians Discussion Interest Group - South (CARLDIG-S) invites you to submit a proposal for the 2021 Fall Program, Nailed It! 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 15th, 2021. Successful applicants will be notified by Friday, October 21st, 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: Nailed It! Stories of Failure, Setbacks, and Where We Go From There

Description: On Friday, December 3rd, CARLDIG-S will host a half-day, virtual program, ď Nailed It! Stories of Failure, Setbacks, and Where We Go From There.Ē This program will offer an opportunity for library professionals to share their encounters with frustration or failure in areas of reference and the lessons they learned. Can you think of a time that, despite your best intentions, things just didnít go according to plan? This is the program for you! While we donít often discuss failure in our lives, it is important to normalize these conversations and embrace failure in our places of work. Failures mean we are experimenting, innovating, and creating new opportunities for growth. Through sharing our own stories, we can inspire others as they work through their own workplace challenges. So letís 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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