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CARL 2020: Embracing courage, candor, and authenticity in academic libraries
April 1-3, 2020, Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa

Libraries have long been a symbol of and a place for learning and inquiry, but also information access, social justice, and safety. In times of uncertainty, the library can provide space for respite and quiet contemplation in addition to inquiry and understanding and challenging knowledge. Librarians, library staff, and administrators need to embrace courage, candor, and authenticity in order to provide intellectual and emotional space for our users. Courage to let your convictions and values drive your practice and action. Candor in telling, and hearing, the truth in a caring and compassionate way. And authenticity to do this purposefully and intentionally.

The CARL 2020 Conference invites librarians to consider how courage, candor, and authenticity can be used in difficult and challenging times to better advocate for our students, faculty, and larger communities. How can our courage and collective strength in truth-telling and speaking truth to power lead to a more inclusive library and university environment? How can greater authenticity assist us in aligning our values with our practice to best move forward as the world changes? How can we move towards an ethic of care, both personally and organizationally, for more equity amongst library employees and for our students?

Topics could include, but are not limited to:

  • Taking audacious risks and learning from failure in the classroom and beyond
  • Centering underrepresented (or misrepresented) pasts and heritages and valuing different ways of knowing
  • Questioning whether our practices have evolved to meet the needs of today’s students
  • Understanding the importance of authenticity and the privilege of being authentic
  • Embracing collective strength to foster change in our libraries, campuses, and the profession
  • Aligning our values and actions in our day-to-day work
  • Pursuing equity in our libraries for users and library workers
  • Creating safe spaces in our libraries for users and employees and fostering academic freedom
  • Looking at our experiences holistically to see the interconnectedness between the personal and the professional

Consider how your functional area fits within this theme as we seek to represent a wide range of functional areas in libraries -- how are the above themes present in our work in technical services, circulation, instruction, reference, outreach, scholarly communications, and more?

Watch for the Call for Proposals and Call for Volunteers coming soon!

CARL 2020 Conference Planning Team
Allison Carr, Conference Chair
Lee Adams, CARL President
Joseph Aubele, CARL Membership Director
Talitha Matlin, CARL Past President


CARL DIAL-IG Spring Program

Becoming a Leader for Change: Leadership in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

DIAL-IG is hosting its spring program on Friday, May 31st at John F. Kennedy Memorial Library at CSU Los Angeles. This program will feature two concurrent sessions (4 presentations) and a special presentation focusing on conceptual or human skills to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in LIS. A continental breakfast, coffee, and snacks will be provided with conference registration.

Registration -

$30 for CARL Members | $45 for Non Members | $15 for students


The objectives of DIAL-IG include promoting an understanding of diverse user groups; advocating for inclusivity, equity and diversity; and fostering values rooted in professional ethics, social justice, cultural competencies, and democratic practice. While the profession has made some progress, we also know that there is much more to be done.


CARL UnConference for Community College Libraries

The California Academic & Research Libraries (CARL) is co-hosting an “unconference” program with the Pasadena City College (PCC) Library on Friday, May 24, 2019. We invite you to join us for a lively gathering to discuss community college issues! As an unconference, the attendees will vote on topics to discuss.

As part of the CARL Executive Board, Mario Macías has coordinated this event, in collaboration with PCC’s Librarian Danielle Rapue and Dean Leslie Tirapelle, in order to bridge the networks of CARL and community colleges in California. The program is open to all California Community College (CCC) librarians, paraprofessionals, and MLIS students, but registration is limited to 40 attendees. We hope to sustain a supportive community, online and in-person, even after this event!

Registration: Lunch, coffee, tea, and snacks will be covered by your registration fees.

CARL members: $24
Non-members: $26
Students (CARL members): $12

When/Where: Friday, May 24, 2019, 9am - 2pm

CC Building, Room Circadian
Pasadena City College
1570 E. Colorado Blvd.
Pasadena CA 91106

For full details:



The CARL Spring 2019 Newsletter is out. You can read it here.


SCILWorks 2019

Join us for our annual SCILWorks 2019 Workshop:
Instruction RX: Prescriptions for Helping Students Overcome Library Anxiety

Southern California Instruction Librarians (SCIL) will be hosting SCIL Works on Friday, February 8, 2019 at CSU Dominguez Hills in Carson, CA. This annual mini-conference offers librarians the opportunity to share their best practices, innovative pedagogy, and creative solutions with colleagues. Our presenters will focus on the many ways in which instruction librarians help students from a variety of backgrounds overcome library anxiety. This conference will focus on how libraries help students overcome library anxiety when it comes to their research endeavors. A light breakfast and coffee will be provided with conference registration.

For more details, see the SCIL Website:


The CARL Winter 2019 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.

Save the date!

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.


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