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About SCIL

The Southern California Instruction Librarians (SCIL -- pronounced "skill") interest group is dedicated to providing professional development and discussion opportunities focused on information literacy and instruction-related activities for library professionals from all types of institutions. 

SCIL was originally known as the southern section of the California Clearinghouse on Library Instruction (CCLI-South). The group was formed in 1973 as a forum for California librarians interested in library instruction, and as a repository for handouts and other instruction-related materials. CCLI South formally affiliated with CARL as an interest group in 2000 and became CARL-SCIL. Today, CARL-SCIL and CCLI (formally known as CCLI-North) continue the same tradition of providing California-based professional programs and networking for library instruction and information literacy. 

SCIL hosts two professional development events each year. The goal for all SCIL events is to offer real-world, pragmatic learning opportunities. 

  • SCIL Works (offered in January or early February) is a half-day mini conference that highlights the work of area professionals centered around a new theme each year. 

  • Spring Program (offered in April or May) is a full-day event that engages participants in a discussion/workshop centered on a topic of interest. 

For examples of previous SCIL Works and Spring Program events, visit the SCIL Events/Reports page

In addition to providing relevant professional development opportunities, SCIL has been honored to host large-scale events including the regional ACRL/IIL Immersion Program in July 2004 and LOEX in May 2007. 

SCIL business meetings are held approximately every six weeks. Interested individuals are invited to attend. If you are interested in hosting a SCIL meeting, or hosting our annual SCIL Works or Spring Program, please contact the current Chair listed on our Officers page. 

CARL-SCIL members have access (from their listed email address) to the SCIL email list where upcoming events, discussion topics, and occasional job ads are posted. Join the list here. Contact Kat Koziar at for more details. 

For more information about SCIL and to find out about upcoming events or meetings, visit the SCIL homepage.

The Southern California Instruction Librarians (SCIL) is an interest group of the California Academic and Research Libraries Association (CARL), an independent chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL). The information on this website is wholly the responsibility of CARL and implies no endorsement by ACRL.

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