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March 2016 (Volume 39, Issue 1)

Table of Contents

President's Message
IG News
Interest Group Updates
People & Places News
Membership Report
CARL Business
Member of the Quarter
About the Newsletter 

CARL Conference-Now!
March 31-April 2, 2016
CARL Conference: What
We Talk About When
We Talk About Value. 

Westin South Coast Plaza,
Costa Mesa

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CARL Leadership 2016

Shana Higgins
University of Redlands

Ben Lea
University of Southern California

NORTHERN vice president
Pearl Ly
Skyline College

Debra Hoffmann
CSU Channel Islands

Jordan Nielsen
San Diego State University

Melissa Browne 
UC Davis

Cynthia Mari Orozco
CSU Long Beach

A. Lee Adams

UC Berkeley

Jacqui Grallo

CSU Monterey Bay


Nicole Branch

Santa Clara University


Ellen Carey
Santa Barbara City College


Brena Smith
California Institute of
the Arts


Jenny Yap
Berkeley City College


April Cunningham
Palomar College


Cynthia McCarthy 
San José State University


Dave Drexel
CSU Fresno


Rand Boyd 
Chapman University


Annette Marines 
UC-Santa Cruz
President's Message         

Thoughts from our President, 
Shana Higgins

Greetings, CARL members,

We're looking forward to seeing you next week in Costa Mesa!

The conference program has been updated to include room assignments, viewable here.

Join us for the Awards Luncheon on Friday, April 1. We'll announce the 2016 Outstanding Member Award recipient, and introduce you to the 2016 Conference Scholarship Winner and the 2014 Research Award recipient, Diana Wakimoto.

If you're looking for things to do and places to eat near the conference venue, take a look at the Local Information webpage.

Take a few minutes to familiarize yourself with the conference Code of Conduct. Let's be excellent with each other.

Share your conference experience: #carl2016

And please show your appreciation to the folks that made this conference happen.

See you soon!
Shana Higgins, President

Interest Group News        

If you are not at the conference, you might be wishing you were. In addition to being part of our dynamic community, CARL members can follow their interests and passions by joining one of the Interest Groups, or IGs.

Read more about CARL IGs here, and in the following contributions from IG officers below. Learn more about each interest group by attending one of the four showcases or one of the meet-ups.

CARL Interest Groups' showcases at the conference are:
  • SCIL, Friday, April 1, 1-2:15 p.m.
  • SCORE, Friday, April 1, 3:45-5 p.m.
  • DIAL, Saturday, April 2, 10-11:15 a.m.
  • CARLDIG-S/ALIGN, Saturday, April 2, 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
Interest Groups meet-ups at the conference are:

SCIL (Southern California Instruction Librarians)
Friday, April 1, 6-8 p.m.
Habana, 2930 Bristol St., Costa Mesa
The restaurant won’t split the bill, so please be prepared to pay with cash. Please RSVP to Talitha Matlin,, by Thursday, March 31. Space is limited to 14 people.

SCORE (Scholarly Communications and Open Resources for Education)
Friday, April 1, 6 p.m.
Two groups of nor more than six will gather at:
Karl Strauss Brewing Company, 901 S. Coast Drive, Costa Mesa
Habana, 2930 Bristol St., Costa Mesa
Two groups are available right now, with Carmen Mitchell and Kelli Hines as group leaders. Sign up for the dine-around here.

CARLDIG-S (California Academic Reference Librarians Discussion Interest Group - South)
Friday, April 1 at 6:30 p.m.
Seasons 52, 3333 BristolSt., Suite 2802, Costa Mesa.
More details available on our Facebook page. Looking forward to seeing you there!

DIAL (Diversity in Academic Libraries)
Saturday, April 2, 1 to 3 p.m.
Holsteins Shakes & Buns, Bloomingdale's, Level Two of South Coast Plaza
Feel welcome to drop by and mingle.

Interest Group Updates              

DIAL (Diversity In Academic Libraries)

All CARL members are invited to attend the DIAL showcase on Saturday, April 2 at 10 to 11:15 a.m. at the Santa Ana Room in the first floor of the Westin. Our showcase is titled "Black Lives Matter: How Librarians Can Serve as Allies." Our speakers include Dr. Melina Abdullah (CSULA), Dr. Safiya Noble (UCLA), Ken Lyons (UCSB), and Gayatri Singh (UCSD).

DIAL is also hosting a meet-up Saturday, April 2 from 1 to 3 p.m. at Holsteins Shakes & Buns (Level 2 on the Bloomingdale's wing). Feel welcomed to drop by and mingle! :)

With all due excitement,

Mario Macías, Co-Chair
Melissa Cardenas-Dow, Co-Chair
Gina Schlesselman-Tarango, Secretary

SEAL-S (Science & Engineering Academic Librarians - South) 

CARL has so much to offer California academic and research librarians – all the activities at this conference are just some of the benefits of membership. Another is the ability to connect with librarians from similar libraries through the interest groups, like Science & Engineering Academic Librarians - South (SEAL-S). If you work in or are interested in science and engineering libraries, consider joining us. We are planning our next Excellent Adventure (examples can be found here) and professional development activities and we invite you to join us. Even if you’re just interested in finding out more about us, please complete this survey and we will contact you about getting involved with SEAL-S.

Have a great conference and we hope to see you on our next adventure!

Zoe Pettway Unno, Vice President

ALIGN (Academic Librarians Interest Group–North) creates NorCal IG

Ever wonder why all of CARL’s interest group activity, enviably, seems to take place in southern California? So did a number of northern California librarians, and this curiosity came to a head at CARL Conference 2014, via a couple of independent avenues, during the “IG: Sharing Library Innovations Northern California” session. Out of that session grew an effort to revivify a northern CARL interest group, all of which had been moribund for seven or eight years.

With great advice, assistance, and encouragement from their southern mentors, CARLDIG-South, a core group of northern librarians held their first face-to-face meeting last May at CSU, East Bay and, based on the broad topics of interest expressed at the 2014 Conference, decided on a name that would encompass not only a fundamental interest in reference and collections issues but also technical services, digital initiatives, library spaces and assessment, and diversity—Academic Librarians Interest Group–North (ALIGN). A first event was decided: a tour of, and talks about, the renovated McHenry Library at UC Santa Cruz.

Fits and starts and a great deal of planning and organizing later, ALIGN held its inaugural event Friday, March 11 at a very rainy UCSC. University Librarian Elizabeth Cowell provided welcoming remarks. Greg Careaga, Head of the library’s Assessment & Planning department, presented an overview of the building expansion and renovation at McHenry Library (completed in Summer 2011) with a focus on key design decisions and assessment efforts. Ken Lyons, reference & assessment librarian and ALIGN co-coordinator, provided a tour of library spaces discussed in Greg’s presentation. Sue Perry, Head of Library Digital Initiatives, introduced attendees to the newly created Digital Scholarship Commons. She discussed the process for creating the space, including decision making on software, and outreach to faculty across the disciplines. Kate Dundon, Supervisory Archivist in Special Collections & Archives, discussed the newly created Center for Archival Research and Training (CART) program. This program employs graduate students to inventory, arrange, and describe selected components of selected archives under the supervision of an archivist.

Nicholas Meriwether, the library’s dedicated Grateful Dead Archivist, provided a tour of Dead Central, the Grateful Dead Archive gallery space, and its current exhibition, “All the Pages Are Our Days.”

The morning’s edification was followed by lunch at the campus’s Terra Fresca restaurant, just in time for the rain to subside and the sun to shine. As ALIGN plans bright days ahead!

Ken Lyons, ALIGN co-coordinator

CARLDIG-S (California Academic Reference Librarians Discussion Interest Group - South) plans programs and field trips

We will be at the CARL Conference’s IG Showcase along with our sister group from Northern California, ALIGN. Our presentation, “Demonstrating the Continuing Value of Reference and User Services” will feature both new and long-time CARLDIG-S members who will talk about how this group has served a meaningful role in their professional development, and include two special guest groups from UCLA and Antelope Valley College who will discuss recent reference projects they have worked on. We are on the schedule for Saturday, April 2, 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in Breakout Room B (Balboa). More details are here.

CARLDIG-S will host a meet-up at the 2016 CARL Conference on Friday, April 1 at 6:30 p.m. at Seasons 52 in Costa Mesa. More details available on our Facebook page. Looking forward to seeing you there!


This year we are hosting three field trips: the Getty Center in June, the Southern California Library for Social Studies and Research (SCL) in August, and the Natural History Museum in October. More details on dates and times will be announced throughout the year.


As always, we are also planning our fall program in early December. This year’s theme will be assessment. Calls for presentation proposals and registration for the event will come out in fall 2016. We will hold a virtual planning meeting on April 22 and a physical meeting in September. All interested members are invited to participate.

CARLDIG-S looks forward to engaging with you this year! Find more information about us – including meeting details and other updates - on our website and on our Facebook page.

Madelynn Dickerson, CARLDIG-S president

SCIL (Southern California Instruction Librarians) holds program on ACRL Framework

The Southern California Instruction Librarians interest group (SCIL) hosted another exciting program called “Crossing the Threshold: Engaging w/the ACRL Framework at Pollak Library” at California State University, Fullerton on February 19. Scott A. Hewitt, Interim University Librarian, welcomed attendees to the library and shared his own personal feelings for how the library was influential in his academic experiences and how he fully supports the importance of library instruction in higher education.

The executive board and planning committee was acknowledged along with our onsite coordinators at CSU Fullerton. This year SCIL was proud to honor and acknowledge student scholarship winner, Tommy Vinh Bui, who is currently pursuing his MSLS from the University of North Texas.  

The 65 attendees attended two sessions on research and practice and were welcome to view and discuss ideas shared during the three poster presentations arranged throughout the room. The presentations focused on teaching, learning, and practices that engage w ith the ACRL Framework, exploring such themes as: How are librarians using the Framework in their instruction sessions? What does a one-shot look like redesigned with the Framework in mind? What does this look like in various disciplines? How are we implementing the Framework in our work, classes, and interactions with students? The program included Research & Practice (1-hour presentations), "Dance into the FIRe: Engaging with the Framework to Develop an Information Literacy Curriculum for Freshmen" by Lindsay O’Neill, Lettycia Terrones, Adolfo Prieto, Joy Lambert, Joy Sage, Jon Cornforth, CSU Fullerton, and "Flipping the One-Shot Towards the Framework: The Flipped Classroom and Threshold Concepts" by Teague Orblych, University of Michigan, Dearborn. Lightning Rounds (5-minute poster presentations) were "Choose Your Own Research Adventure" by Scott Stone, UC Irvine; "Reference Mining, Citation Mapping & Publishing Overviews: Techniques for Teaching Scholarship as Conversation" by Zemirah Lee, National University; and "Teaching Critical Thinking and the Business Case Study" by Robin Lockerby, National University.

SCIL Works 2016 featured collaborative note-taking in Google Drive. This event does have a tendency to fill out every year so materials from SCIL Works will be shared on this site. SCIL’s Business Meeting was held March 18 at the National University Library in San Diego.

SCIL Outreach, Future Events & Upcoming News

The CARL Interest Group Showcase, “How do we advocate for underrepresented students?”, a panel discussion on how critical pedagogy and social justice value the student experience, is scheduled for Friday, April 1 , 1 to 2:15 p.m. at the CARL Conference, 2016 in Costa Mesa.

Attendees were also encouraged to nominate colleagues who might be interested in joining SCIL Executive Board as we have three elected officer positions available for the 2016-2017 academic year. These open positions would include Chair-Elect, Secretary, and Program Registrar. Nominations and bios should be submitted to Talitha Matlin, by April 5 to be included on the upcoming ballot. Voting will be open from April 18-29.  

SCILWorks 2016 closed with Shari McMahan, Deputy Provost, thanking everyone for coming out to CSU Fullerton.

Zemirah G. Lee, SCIL Secretary

SCORE (Scholarly Communications and Open Resources for Education) seeks officers

Please consider submitting your name for consideration for one of the open SCORE officer positions. Self-nominations will be accepted until April 15. An election for officers will run from April 15-30. The new officers will be announced during the May SCORE meeting. According to our bylawsWe need a chair, chair elect, and secretary. To be considered, please provide your name and a brief description of why you want to be a SCORE officer.

These positions are one-year terms, starting with the 16/17 academic year. The chair-elect rotates into the chair position at the start of the 17/18 academic year. Officer responsibilities are:
  • Chair: run the meetings, call for agenda items, submit quarterly reports to CARL IG Coordinator.
  • Chair-elect: programming, listserv maintenance.
  • Secretary: meeting minutes, keeping the website/social media up to date.
Please send your self-nomination to Carl.Score.IG@gmail.comSCORE is open to anyone who would like to join and is now on facebook where announcements and events will be posted.
Carmen Mitchell, Chair

People & Places News                

Publications, Presentations, Promotions & Awards

Lindsay Davis, left, faculty reference librarian at the Los Banos Campus of Merced College, left, will start as an instruction librarian at University of California, Merced in June. 

Carolyn Caffrey Gardner, USC, left, and Gabriel Gardner
CSU Long Beach, right, published research on peer-to-peer resource sharing for scholarly sources in The Chronicle of Higher Education and Inside Higher Ed. The full study is available as a pre-print in College & Research Libraries

Jennifer J. Harbster, left, a new CARL member, is now associate librarian in UC Davis’ Physical Sciences and Engineering Library. Formerly a science reference and research specialist for the Library of Congress Science, Technology and Business division from 2001 to 2015, Harbster holds
bachelor degrees in art history and anthropology from the University of California at Santa Cruz and a master's in library science from San José State University. 

John Hickok, librarian and instructor at CSU Fullerton, conducted the roundtable’s International Reception and All-Committees Meeting at ALA Midwinter conference in Boston, January 8-9 as this year’s chair of the ALA International Relations Roundtable. The roundtable serves as ALA’s outreach to international libraries and librarians.

Henri Mondschein, manager of information literacy at California Lutheran University, published “Do Online Learning Modules Have a Role in Information Literacy Instruction?” in Putting Assessment into Action: Selected Projects from the First Cohort of the Assessment in Action Grant, edited by Eric Ackermann, Chicago, IL: The Association of College & Research Libraries, 2016.


Electronic Resource Hackfest May 2-3 in Rocklin


Are you a librarian looking to get a handle on the rapidly changing world of electronic resources? Want to build your skill set by exchanging tips and tricks with other practitioners? Would you like to have a community of experts to tap into when you have questions about your latest project?
Join us for the first ever SCELC Electronic Resources Hackfest May 2-3 at William Jessup University in Rocklin. We’re looking to bring together people who work with all aspects of electronic resources for two days of problem solving, solution sharing, and network building.

Thanks to SCELC SPIF funding, this event will be free for attendees at SCELC member and affiliate institutions with a small cost for attendees from nonmember institutions. We’ll send a follow up message early in the spring with registration information and a survey to build session content based on your needs.
Attendance will be limited. For more information and the most recent updates about this event, visit the Hackfest webpage.

Andrew Tweet, Organizer

Membership Report                

December 5, 2015-February 2, 2016

Total Confirmed Members =  421, up from 393 in December 2015         

CARL Members



Student Members



Retired members



By Region  

Northern CA



Southern CA



By Institution

Community College



California State University



Private College/University



University of California



Not specified



Research Institution






Public Library



 Interest Groups

ABLE (inactive)




CARLIT (inactive)


CALM (inactive)


CDIG (inactive)










TSIG (inactive)


Mentoring Program






Melissa Browne, Membership Director

CARL Business             
Executive Board Meeting Notes

CARL Executive Board Quarterly Reports   

Time period: January 1 - February 5, 2016

Friday, February 5, 2016, 10:30 a.m. -noon

Attendees: Annette Marines (past president), Shana Higgins, Cynthia Mari Orozco (ACRL Delegate), Jordan Nielsen (Treasurer), Ben Lea (VP S), Nicole Branch (DAL private), Jacqui Grallo (DAL CSU), Pearl Ly (VP N), Ellen Carey (CAL CC), Lee Adams (DAL UC), Melissa Browne (Membership), Brena Smith (IG Coordinator), Jenny Yap (Secretary)

Absent by notification: David Drexler, Cynthia McCarthy


  1. Amend/approve Minutes from December meeting (Jordan, Jacqui)

  2. Treasurer Report: Jordan

  3. Membership Director Report: Melissa

  4. IG Coordinator Report: Brena

  5. ACRL Chapters Delegate Report: Cynthia (webinars)

  6. Conference Experience Survey: share results and discuss (Shana)

    1. Recommendations to Long Range Planning Committee

  7. Conference Planning Report: Shana, Melissa, Annette

  8. Outstanding CARL Member Award

    1. Board member to volunteer to chair?

  9. New business?

Shana Higgins, president, worked on conference planning, visited the hotel for the conference and called for volunteers for the Proceedings Team. Also sent Poster presenters specifications and space details and responded to questions regarding SCIL and ALIGN interest group upcoming programs.

Jordan Nielsen, treasurer, worked on conference planning and worked with Account Director at Westin South Coast Plaza, the CARL 2016 conference site, to make conference deposit arrangements. Also issued reimbursement checks, made checking account deposits and responded to emails about SCIL, CARL DIG, and scholarship awards.

Melissa Browne, membership director, created the online registration form for the SCIL Works 2016 program. Facilitated registrations and answered questions from attendees and the program organizers. Provided ongoing registration summaries to the SCIL leadership for their program planning and record-keeping. Also compiled updated IG membership information for Brena in early January, to forward to the IG Chairs so they can keep their listservs up-to-date. Also consulted with Brena Smith to update the Interest Groups on the CARL membership registration form. Added ALIGN: Academic Libraries Interest Group North. Hid the following inactive IGs from the registration options: ABLE, CALM, CARLIT, CDIG, TSIG. Continues to manage the CARLALL list. Posted seven official CARL messages. Updated the CARLALL list (401 subscribers) to reflect the active memberships for 2015-2016. Shared the updates (in an Excel spreadsheet) with the manager of the CALIBACA list.

Lee Adams, Director at Large, UC, agreed to chair the 2016 Conference Proceedings Committee and contacted Proceedings Committee volunteers.

Brena Smith, IG coordinator, outlined upcoming IG events, such as: ALIGN planned a tour of UCSC's McHenry Library on March 1; SCILWorks met @ Fullerton February 19; CARLDIG has a field trip plans in the works, and plans a spring meeting 4/22 (conference call) and a meet-up at the conference; and SCORE plans an election of officers and activities for this year.

David Drexler, website coordinator, made ongoing content updates, reviewed Facebook page admins and editors, removed people without current CARL roles. A refresh project of the CARL webpage is underway and a workgroup has provided great feedback on audiences, purposes, and goals and a content inventory is in progress.

Shana Higgins, President

CARL Member of the Quarter             


Do you have an outstanding colleague you would like to have recognized in the CARL newsletter? We are always looking for outstanding librarians and CARL members enjoy reading what their colleagues have done or are working on.
For more information about the CARL Member of the Quarter Award and to nominate a colleague, please see the
website for more information and fill out this online submission form. Thank you!


Cynthia McCarthy, Chair, San José State University
A. Lee Adams, University of California Berkeley
Ben Lea, University of Southern California
Brena Smith, California Institute of the Arts

The CARL Newsletter (ISSN: 1090-9982) is the official publication of the California Academic & Research Libraries organization and is published online quarterly. 

Deadlines for submissions: March 15, June 15, September 15, and December 15. 

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