California Academic & Research Libraries

Winter 2019 Newsletter (Volume 41, Issue 1) 


Table of Contents

President's Message
CARL Business
People and Places News
Board Meeting Notes
About the Newsletter

ACRL chapter logo
CARL Leadership 2018

A. Lee Adams
CSU East Bay

Kelly Janousek
CSU Long Beach

Rachel Jaffe
UC Santa Cruz

Jenny Yap
Berkeley City College

Yen Tran
San Jose State University

Joseph Aubele
CSU Long Beach

Lucy Bellamy

Mario Macias
Pierce College

Margot Hanson
CSU Maritime Academy

Gayatri Singh
UC San Diego

Elizabeth Galoozis
University of Southern California

Nicole Branch
Santa Clara

Melissa Cardenas-Dow
Sacramento State University

Ethan Annis

Dominican University

President's Message         

Thoughts from our President, Lee Adams

Lee Adams

Happy Spring, CARL members!


It’s mid-semester at my campus, and the students are abuzz with their projects. They are focused, motivated, and haven’t yet come down with Summeritis. It’s a fun time of the term! Here are a couple of things the CARL Board is focusing on:

  • Planning the 2020 CARL conference with the theme: CARL 2020: Embracing Courage, Candor and Authenticity in Academic Libraries. The conference will be in April 2020 at the Costa Mesa Hilton. More information will be coming soon.
  • The Board convened a new task force on racial justice in academic librarianship and the CARL community. Membership currently includes a subset of CARL Board members and members from the DIAL IG. They will focus first on writing a statement and looking at the existing CARL conference code of conduct to expand it to cover all CARL activities. Look for more information on this in the coming months.
The IGs are busy planning some great events in the coming months, so look for those announcements on the CARLALL list.

If you are going to ACRL, have a safe, productive, and fun time! As always, if you have suggestions, ideas, comments, or questions about CARL, please feel free to contact me or any member of the CARL Board.

Listening to: 1A: Joshua Johnson brings together interesting people to discuss current events in news, politics, pop science, and more. Recently, I listened to his conversation with actress Tracee Ellis Ross and her aunt, Dr. Barbara Ross-Lee, who are each leading their industry’s Times Up efforts (Ross in entertainment and Ross-Lee in healthcare).

“Reading”: I listened to Michelle Obama’s Becoming. I highly recommend the audiobook, because it was captivating and moving to hear her tell her story in her own voice. She is so relatable and remarkable all at once, which makes the book so compelling.

Following: @cake4kids on Instagram. I volunteer for Cake4Kids (baking birthday cakes for at-risk youth). Their Insta and FB accounts show the cakes baked by their amateur-volunteer bakers - some are really stunning! If you like to bake, consider volunteering for them. They have chapters all over the Bay Area, Fresno, San Diego, and Sacramento.


Ilene F. Rockman Conference Scholarship Award     

Congratulations to Kelly Hangauer as the 2019 Ilene F. Rockman CARL/ACRL Conference Scholarship winner!

Mr. Hangauer demonstrates a strong commitment to academic librarianship, while focusing on engaging students and supporting their knowledge of information literacy and academic success through the development of online research tools and tutorials. Mr. Hangauer is the College of Professional Studies Librarian at Humboldt State University. For more information on the Ilene F. Rockman CARL/ACRL Conference Scholarship please visit


Dave Drexler
CSU Fresno

Lindsey Shively
Mills College

Talitha Matlin
CSU San Marcos
CARL Business           

Interest Groups

DIAL (Diversity in Academic Libraries)

Save the date for the 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) 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 will open in mid-April:
$35 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.

The three-skill approach suggests developable skills that anyone can attain to become a more effective leader:
1.     Technical skills - proficiency in a specific activity or type of work
2.     Conceptual skills - ability to work with broad concepts and ideas
3.     Human skills - being able to work with people

Katz, R. L. (1974). Skills of an effective administrator. Harvard Business Review, 52(5), 90–102. Retrieved from

With plenty of “technical” skills represented at other library workshops and conferences, the DIAL-IG spring program will prioritize conceptual and human skills to help develop attendees’ skillsets to lead and work in advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion.

If you have any questions, please contact Tamara Rhodes, Chair of DIAL-IG.

CARLDIG-S (California Academic Reference Librarians Discussion Interest Group – South)

Save the Date! CARLDIG-S is hosting our annual Fall Program at the University of LaVerne on Friday, December 6, 2019. Titled “With Liberty and Reference for All,” this half-day program will offer an opportunity for librarians to highlight and share their innovative engagement with social justice in reference services. We are especially looking forward to hearing from our community college library members. Call for presentations forthcoming.

Field Trip(s): CARLDIG-S plans field trips for CARL members during the year. We most recently visited the Shatford Library at Pasadena City College, where the librarians introduced their reference and instructional services, and provided an overview of their Certificate programs in Library Technology, Digitization and Archives & Digital Collections Assistant. We also toured the library, computer labs and access services. Keep your eyes open for announcements about our Summer trips!

For additional information, please contact Yvonne Wilber at – 805-493-3092 or visit

SCIL (Southern California Instruction Librarians)

Join us for our annual SCIL Works 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.

Registration is now open:
$30 for CARL Members | $45 for Non Members | $15 for students

When: Friday, February 8, 2019, 10am-1pm
Where: California State University Dominguez Hills (Carson, CA) University Library, 5th Floor South. 1000 E. Victoria St. Carson, CA  90747

Parking and Directions: Closest lot for parking is Lot 6, there is a self-service pay kiosk at either side of the parking lot.  Parking is $8.00.

Driving Directions & Map:  Lots 6 and 7 have the easiest walk to the library.  Both lots are marked on the map.

For more details, see the SCIL Website:

 People and Places News                

You are invited to the LYRASIS Leaders Forum: Local to Global in San Diego on April 2, 2019 at the Prado, Balboa Park. The forum is a face-to-face meeting of influencers in the area discussing hot topics in Academic, Public, Special libraries as well as Archives and Museums. We’d love to have you there to represent your organization and talk about your initiatives making an impact on the local to global level.

Our agenda will include panel discussions on the trajectory of research & scholarly communication in the library with focus on specific projects and issues with global impact.  We’ll also discuss object and historical collections will discuss leveraging those collections for sustainability, community engagement, and advancement of research.  LYRASIS Leaders Forums are an educational networking experience unlike anything else in the libraries, archives, and museum community.

 The event is free, we will provide breakfast, lunch, and breaks. For more information please see

 April 2 - The Prado at Balboa Park, San Diego

Publications, Presentations & Awards

Kai Alexis Smith and Aisha Conner-Gaten contributed a chapter entitled “Black to the Future: A Librarian’s Guide to Building an Afrofuturist Comics and Graphic Novels Collection” to the upcoming publication Comics and Critical Librarianship: Reframing the Narrative in Academic Libraries. This chapter provides an overview of Afrofuturism for librarians and collection development selectors including an evaluative checklist, titles for core collections, and possible outreach opportunities for every institution.

Aisha Conner-Gaten, Jennifer Masunaga, and Elisa Slater Acosta contributed a chapter entitled “Fighting Infobesity: Creating A Healthy News Diet” to the upcoming ACRL publication Critical Thinking About Sources Cookbook in late Spring 2019. This chapter provides a “recipe” for instructors teaching on misinformation, fake news, and media bias with examples. Included within the text are activities and handouts to consider information format, authority, and context aligning with the ACRL Information Literacy Framework.

Leanna Goodwater (Santa Clara University) gave a presentation at the SCELC Colloquium in Los Angeles on March 13, 2019.  The title of her presentation was "Bearing Fruit: How Successful Information Literacy Instruction Led to Curricular Change in an Academic Department."

Shannon Kealey (Santa Clara University) gave a presentation at the SCELC Colloquium in Los Angeles on March 13, 2019.  The title of her presentation was "IR Subcommittee Updates and Call to Action."

Raymond Pun (Instruction/Research Librarian at Alder Graduate School of Education) was recently accepted to the join the ALA Policy Corp Cohort 2 to develop "deep and sustained knowledge of national public policies in areas key to ALA’s strategic goals."

Raymond Pun (Instruction/Research Librarian at Alder Graduate School of Education) was invited by the Oslo Metropolitan University Library in Oslo, Norway and the KTH Royal Institute of Technology Library in Stockholm, Sweden to deliver two workshops related to collaborative information literacy programs and library's student engagement learning programs respectively in December 2018.
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 Executive Board Meeting Notes                           
Virtual meeting. Friday, February 22, 2019


Lee  Adams (President)

Kelly Janousek (VP- South)
Rachel Jaffe (VP-North)

Talitha Matlin (Past President)
Yen Tran (Treasurer)
Joseph Aubele (Membership Director)
Lucy Bellamy (ACRL Chapters Council delegate)9
Mario Macías (CC-DAL)

Liz Galoozis (Private-DAL)
Gayatri Singh (UC-DAL)

Lindsey Shively (Newsletter Editor)

Margot Hansen (CSU-DAL)

Absent: Dave Drexler (Web Coordinator), Jenny Yap (Secretary), , Melissa Cardenas-Dow (Interest Group Coordinator)

Amend/Approve Agenda
Amend/Approve Minutes

President Updates (Lee)
Discussed responses to incident at Midwinter: different divisions statements in response

Discussion on what we would like CARL response to be

-affirm what CARL stands for

-inclusivity includes disagreement; need to create safe space

-go beyond statement reaffirming our commitment to EDI, and include specific actions

Discussion on expanding CARL Code of Conduct for CARL Conference to include general CARL business

Discussion on looking at standing rules and by-laws to see if future statement/actions should be included.

Action item: Create a task force that will be lead by Lindsey, Kelly, Lucy, and Liz. The task force will create a plan of action for the Board. Lindsey will draft call for participation for the board, and then will reach out to CARL membership.

Conference Update (Lee & Talitha)

Lee, Talitha, Joseph, and Allie Carr working on planning CARL Conference in Costa Mesa, CA in April 1-4, 2020

Potential theme: CARL 2020: Embracing Courage, Candor and Authenticity in Academic Libraries

Sub themes: audacious risks; learning from failure, center underrepresented; embracing collective strength to foster change; radical candor; foster disagreement and grow from it, etc.

Discussion of timeline.

Discussion of conference planning team

-do we need members on current team who can learn the ropes?

The conference team is documenting the process and will create a conference planning guide. At least one current member will be involved in planning the 2022 conference.  

Board approved the theme.

Next steps: the Board will need to approve the budget.

Action items: Board members should email Lee with ideas for keynote and invited speakers.

CARL Bylaws / Standing Rules Revision (Talitha)

Review of proposed changes to Standing Rules. Need to update the date.

Discussion on  Member of the Quarter and Outstanding Member Award.

  • Keep Outstanding CARL Member and Member of the Quarter as is
  • Only have Outstanding CARL Member Award during conference years
  • Keep Outstanding CARL Member during conference years, and create off-year Member of the Year award

Historically we receive few nominations for both.

Discussion on if the newsletter can be used to highlight the work of CARL members.  Lindsay would like more folks to be involved in process of figuring out who to feature. We can create a template of prompts for folks to fill out themselves.

Board approved to:

  • Eliminate Member of the Quarter, and the Member of the Year.
  • Continue with Outstanding CARL Member
  • Create prompts for members to be featured in newsletters.

Chapter Council Delegate at ACRL- Can CARL support the travel funding for a CARL member to attend the Chapter Council meeting at ALA Conference if no one from the Board can attend?

We have in our budget to send one person. This change allows us to send someone who is not on board, if we need it.

Revise the reimbursement rules-

-should it include specific costs? For example: registration, airfare, ground travel.

- or should it include a specific amount? For example:  $2500.

Discussion of sequence/years for Election of Officers and Directors at Large.

Discussion of Nominating and Elections Committee.  The Past President will now chair this committee.

Discussion of the Conference Planning Committee.  It will be a 2 year term so we can stagger appointments.

Discussion on Stipends. According to the bylaws, elected members cannot receive a stipend. You can either be elected or a paid member, but you can’t be both.

Discussion on the Position Manual that will document procedures that don’t need to be in the bylaws or standing rules.  For example, digital management will be taken out of standing rules.

Discussion on whether to keep Outstanding CARL Member Award and Research Award committees together or separate? Keeping separate will allow more members to get involved.

Action items: Talitha will draft specific guidelines for travel award for attending the ACRL Chapter meeting at ALA. Talitha will write into the standing rules that the newsletter editor and website coordinator will be eligible to receive a stipend, and protocol for implementation. Talitha will start draft of Position Manual that details operations. Board send comments on bylaws to Talitha by March 11, then Talitha will send final drafts to Board by March 15 for a vote. Hold a special election for membership to approve.

Dues Discussion (Talitha)

Lee followed up with ACRL chapters to compare membership dues.  Our dues are reasonable in comparison to others.

Discussion on membership and dues, in relation to conference years. Should we consider a 2 year membership cycle? CARL members aren’t looking to be members of other chapters. Our own discomfort for raising prices shouldn’t keep us from raising dues. Folks are paying through membership or higher conference registration.

Discussion on considering IG programming during off years to help raise funds.

Discussion on perceived value of the membership fee. Should we limit IG programming to membership?

Action item: Yen will take a look at the general fund account balance to see if it’s gone up or down or stayed the same to inform our decision.

Membership Report (Joseph) 

Submitted via report.

Joseph needs access to RegOnline to edit member records so as to accurately reflect the actual membership.

Treasurer Report (Yen)

Submitted via report.

In 2015 our tax-exempt status with the California Franchise Tax Board was revoked. Yen is working on getting our status re-instituted. Yen is working on adding signatories to the account.

IG Coordinator Report (Melissa)
Submitted via report.

Outstanding Appointed Board Positions (Talitha)
  • web coordinator
  • advocacy liaison
Action item: Talitha is following up with folks.

Awards Liaison Updates (Liz)

The Research Grants have been dispersed.

The Research Grant awardees need to present at 2020 Conference, so 2 spots need to be held. The Conference Committee will figure out scheduling.

Mentorship Committee Update (Ethan)
Submitted via report.

UnConference for Community Colleges (Mario)

Scheduled for May 24 at Pasadena City College.  Due to space, registration needs to be limited to 40..

Discussion figuring out registration costs. Event Planning Manual available on website helps you figure out registration. Joseph can help set up registration on RegOnline.

To add event info to CARL Website, email David, and check about getting a separate sub page like the interest groups.

Discussion on Twitter account versus hashtag for the unConference. CARL doesn’t have specific social media guidelines. Maybe create a CARL Director of Community Colleges account that gets transferred to people in that position.

Action item: Joseph will email Mario information he needs to set up registration.

WASC at Academic Resource Conference (Kelly)

Discussion on the WASC at Academic Resource Conference.

The event is on April 10, from 10:30 - 12:30 in Garden Grove, CA.  It overlaps with ACRL Conference which has made finding panelists difficult.  We currently have two speakers.

Panelists should be current CARL members.

Discussion CARL mailing list. The mailing list should be a value for membership. There is no auto-delete feature. It is a large task to sync up current membership and mailing list.

Action item: Gayatri will reach out to Dominique Turnbow and Crystal

Next steps

Lee will send out doodle poll for next meeting.

Lee will set up Google Drive for the board.

Review action items
Meeting adjourned


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