Happy spring! I’m going to keep this newsletter short and sweet, since myself and the Board (and many of you!) are gearing up for the CARL Conference that is only two weeks away.
I love conference years, mainly because my two favorite things about CARL are 1) the conference and 2) the interest groups. The conference gathers some of the best and brightest in our region to provide quality professional development for attendees. And, even if you are highly involved in an interest group, none of us has time for “All The Things”, so we get to hear from and intersect with librarians from throughout and outside of the organization and hopefully learn something new.
Although mainly the role of the CARL president is to keep things running smoothly during their tenure (board meetings, appointments, agendas…), it’s also to ensure that CARL delivers on its mission. Part of this mission is “to encourage the exchange of ideas and information relating to library cooperation and development.” I am very (very) broadly interpreting that as also fostering an inclusive culture, because without being inclusive it’s kind of hard to encourage a free exchange of ideas across a wide group of people.
I know, I know — what does this have to do with how much I love the conference and interest groups? Here’s how it does: I have heard from librarians throughout the organization that they have had some trepidation about becoming more involved in CARL because they felt like there was a “cliquey” feel. Whether or not you or I feel like things are cliquey doesn’t really matter — how can we work together to be more visibly inclusive so that everyone feels like their involvement would be welcomed? I owe so much of my development as a librarian to the encouragement of other CARL members, and I want this same encouragement to feel available to anyone in our organization.
If you’re able to attend the conference, I have an assignment for you: introduce yourself to at least two people who you’ve never met before. Sit with them at the awards lunch or during one of our three excellent plenaries. You might discover someone that will become part of your professional “safety net”, or maybe you’ll bring someone new into your interest group, or maybe you yourself will join a new interest group. Keep an eye out for people wearing some sort of button/nametag signaling themselves as a board member/IG chair; ask them about what they do and how you can get involved. If you’re not able to attend, I hope you can feel from afar the ways in which CARL and the CARL board has your professional wellness at heart, and are able to connect on a more local level.
As always, please feel free to reach out to me with any questions, comments, or concerns you may have. I look forward to seeing many of you in the Bay Area in a couple of weeks.
Listening: Newsies Motion Picture soundtrack (not sure why I can’t get this out of my head)
Reading: All the Single Ladies by Rebecca Traister (Read this!!! In a female-dominated profession, books like this are so relevant to our daily work lives.)
Watching: Black Panther
Following: @librarieswehere on instagram
CARL 2018 Conference Update
The Academic Library in Times of Change CARL Conference, April 13-15, 2018, Pullman San Francisco Bay Hotel
Join us for the Awards Luncheon on Saturday, where we'll be announcing this year's Outstanding Member Award, and our scholarship winners.
Take a minute to review the Code of Conduct, and start that conversation about the conference with #carlconf2018
Can't wait to see everyone there!
CARL 2018 Conference Planning Committee
Allison Carr, Chair
Lee Adams, Conference Site Manager
Joseph Aubele, Conference Registrar
Talitha Matlin, CARL President
SCIL (Southern California Instruction Librarians)
SCIL Works 2018
Where Virtual Meets Reality: the Intersection between Instruction and Our Virtual Campus Communities
February 23, 2018
Heldman Learning Resource Center, West Los Angeles College
Summary/highlights of program:
Librarians from various areas of expertise shared their best practices, innovative pedagogy, and creative solutions with colleagues in relation to virtual instruction. Participants learned about software tools to aid in learner engagement and assessment, how to use LibGuides to create tutorials, and better ways to integrate information literacy instruction into online course environments.
Tamara Rhodes, Subject Librarian for Psychology, Cognitive Science, Human Development, and Linguistics, University of California San Diego
Hannah Schilperoort, Information Services Librarian, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library
Anna Uribe, Distance Education Librarian, Bridgepoint Education
Liz Cheney, Engineering Librarian, UCLA Science and Engineering Library and Tony Aponte, Engineering
Librarian, UCLA Science and Engineering Library
Doug Worsham, Team Lead for Teaching and Learning, UCLA Biomedical Library
Summer Krstevska, User Engagement Librarian and School of Business Liaison, National University
Robin Townsend, MLIS Candidate University of California, Los Angeles
People and Places News
Places and Events
Rare is the opportunity to build a library from the ground up. The new Gnomon Library and Learning Resource Center is now open! Our collection is a blend of resources curated to inform and inspire. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Lucy Bellamy, Learning Resource Director at firstname.lastname@example.org
Save the date for the 5th Annual LILi Conference. It's happening on August 17 at Glendale Public Library and the theme this year is "It’s Not Just Academic: Bridging Gaps with Information Empowerment in All Libraries." LILi also invites you to submit proposals for presentations. These are due by April 20. Submit proposals here: http://bit.ly/2GT4pzB. Questions? Contact Annie Knight (email@example.com) or Susie Chin (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Fresno Poet Laureate and REFORMA del Valle Central Chapter Presents: Awakening Stories: Asian-Pacific American Libraries in the Central Valley Community and Beyonknight_annie@sac.edud. May 6, Sunday, 3-5 pm. Bitwise Industries, 700 Van Ness Ave, Fresno, 93721. This public program celebrates Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month by inviting librarians, educators, poets, writers and the community members to tell and recognize the stories of library and librarians' experiences and services to, for and with Asian-Pacific American Communities. All are invited and welcome to attend! For more information, please contact REFORMA del Valle Central at REFORMAFRESNO@gmail.com
To support early career Librarians, the New Librarian Summit (NLS) Organizing Committee invites proposals for its second annual conference on the specific theme, "Exploring New and Innovative Approaches in LIS.” This event aims to provide practical strategies, hands-on methods, networking, and professional development opportunities to recently graduated and/or recently appointed librarians from all types of libraries. The event will be held on August 2-3, 2018 at San Jose State University in San Jose, California. Proposal submission date April 12, http://bit.ly/CSUNLSsubmit Please direct questions regarding proposals to Ahmed Alwan at email@example.com.
Publications, Presentations & Awards
The open-access journal Literacy in Composition Studies (licsjournal.org) recently published an issue on Literacy, Democracy, and Fake News. The editorial team is now working with Parlor Press to publish an open-access edited collection entitled Literacy and Pedagogy in an Age of Misinformation and Disinformation and welcomes contributions from librarians. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Deadline for manuscripts: May 10, 2018.
Jayati Chaudhuri (CSU Los Angeles) and Deborah Schaeffer (CSU Los Angeles) co-authored the article “It Just Messes Your Mind”: U.S. International Students’ Perspectives of and Experiences with Academic Text Sourcing” with Janet Kesterson Isbell, which appeared in the January/ February 2018 issue of the Journal of International Students.
The review of the database Drama Online, written by Leanna Goodwater, Humanities Librarian at Santa Clara University, Hugh Burkhart (University of San Diego), and John Redford (Biola University), was selected as the Featured Review in the November issue of Choice. Goodwater, Leanna, Hugh Burkhart, and John Redford. "Featured Review: Drama Online," Choice 55, no. 3 (November 2017): 306-310.
Asian American Librarians and Library Services: Activism, Collaborations and Strategies (Rowman & Littlefield 2017) is now published and co-edited by Janet H. Clarke, Raymond Pun and Monnee Tong. This edited volume features over 20+ chapters of librarians in academic, special, and public libraries sharing their case studies and experiences supporting the Asian and Pacific American communities. Readers will learn more about leadership strategies, best practices to cultivate diversity and inclusion in the workplace, and case studies of community engagement.
The Credo FYE Guide: Practices for Enhancing Instruction (Credo, June 2018) by Raymond Pun and Credo Reference - Interested in developing best practices for orientations, instruction, assessment, student engagement and collaborations to support FYE? This open access publication features many case studies, ideas and opportunities for academic librarians to consider. It is free and you can sign up to download the ebook here: http://mktg.credoreference.com/credo-fye-guide-section-release
Nicole Branch, Associate University Librarian for Learning and Engagement at Santa Clara University, has been awarded continuing status and promoted to the rank of Associate Librarian.
Susan Boyd, Engineering Librarian at Santa Clara University, has been promoted to the rank of Librarian.
Norma Durian was hired as a Reference and Instruction Librarian at the University of La Verne in January 2018.
Kimberly Franklin is now the Education Librarian at Cal State LA.
Shannon Kealey, Science Librarian and Scholarly Communication Coordinator at Santa Clara University, has been promoted to the rank of Librarian. Also, she gave a Lightning Talk at the SCELC (Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium) Colloquium in Los Angeles on March 7, 2018, on "Five Key Lessons Learned in the First Year of a Multifaceted Institutional Repository Outreach and Marketing Program."