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SCIL Meetup at ACRL

Join us for some networking and a slice at Pizza 216 at the ACRL Conference in Cleveland, Ohio. This is an opportunity to meet up with CARL members, network, socialize and decompress a little after a long conference day!

  • Date: Thursday, 4/11/2019
  • Time: 6:00-8:00pm EDT
  • Where: Pizza 216, 401 Euclid Ave, Cleveland, OH 44114




Registration Now Open

SCIL Spring Program

Co-Sponsored by CSUSM University Library

Becoming a Teacher: Identity, Agency, and
Collaborating with Faculty

Friday, April 26, 2019, 8:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.
Kellogg Library, Reading Room 5th floor
California State University San Marcos
333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Road
San Marcos, CA 920096


Registration Rates
  • CARL Members: $65.00
  • Non-members: $97.50
  • Student/Retiree: $32.50

Program includes breakfast and lunch as part of the registration rate.

Map and Directions

Parking: The closest parking to the Kellogg Library is Lot C. Parking is a fee of $9 for an all-day pass. There is a permit machine (pay station) at the top of Lot C; the machine accepts one and five dollar bills, quarters, and credit cards. See the following link for a map and parking related questions: CSUSM Parking Information.


Registration is Open


About the Program
The ability to collaborate is a highly valued skill in librarianship. As teaching librarians, we collaborate with faculty, librarians, students, administrators, and community partners in order to be successful in and out of the classroom. Sometimes, "collaboration" looks (and feels) like bending to the whim of faculty or administrators just to have access to students. In order to become equal partners with faculty, we must build skills, dispositions, and habits of mind of a teacher; these are not often made explicit or taught, yet are required in many types of librarian positions. A strong degree of confidence and sense-of-self is key to building robust, equal, and sustainable relationships with all stakeholders.

Attendees will learn how librarian teaching identity is integral to agency and the basis of engaging in true collaboration with faculty. By working through scenarios and creating scripts, attendees will develop language and framing techniques that allow them to build capital with disciplinary faculty and demonstrate the value of their work. This work will also allow attendees to begin articulating their teaching philosophy and building the foundation for deeper connections to their students through stronger relationships with faculty.

About the Presenter
Allison Carr currently serves as the Academic Transitions Librarian in the Teaching and Learning Department at CSUSM. In this role, Allie leads curriculum development of information literacy programs for first-year learners and transfer students. She also provides research support to both faculty and students and information literacy instruction in the disciplines of Communication and Media Studies. Also, in summer of 2018 Allison took on a three-year role as the Director of CSUSM's Faculty Center. She and her team provide professional development programming on all aspects of faculty life on CSUSM's campus in areas such as teaching, research, and service.

Allison has contributed to the profession not only in her service as CARL Vice President and President (2012-15), and SCIL Chair (2011) and she actively contributes to the scholarship by having authored over 20 publications. Allison has conducted research on librarian identity and faculty collaboration, which is a foundation for our SCIL Spring Program. Allison embodies her librarian identify, putting into action meaningful collaborations across campus resulting in instructional opportunities and the development of instruction that has reached the programmatic level.




Presentations now available

SCIL Works 2019

Instruction RX: Prescriptions for Helping Students Overcome Library Anxiety

Thank you to all who attended SCIL Works 2019. Program details, including links to presentations and handouts are on the event webpage.

SCIL would like to acknowledge California State University, Dominguez Hills for hosting this program.




For information about past events, visit our Events page.

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.

CARL is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to people with disabilities at all CARL-sponsored events. Please indicate your special needs or dietary requirements when registering or RSVPing to events. Requests for special accommodations must be received at least two weeks prior to the event.


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