California Academic & Research Libraries

Fall 2019 Newsletter (Volume 41, Issue 3) 


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


President's Message         

Thoughts from our President, Lee Adams

Lee AdamsHappy Autumn, CARL members!

Fall term has started, and we are in the thick of it! I love the buzz of activity on campus on the one hand, while at the same time I try to keep calm while balancing the push and pull of competing priorities. I’m sure you can relate!
Elections: CARL’s elections are about to start at the time of this writing, and I want to thank all the candidates for their willingness to serve on the CARL Board of Directors. What a fantastic slate we have! As you all know, CARL is a volunteer-run organization, and the Board tries its best to ensure CARL provides meaningful professional support to its members. I want to express deep thanks to the Nominating and Elections Committee for recruiting candidates and running the election: Talitha Matlin, chair, Kelly Janousek, and Gayatri Singh.
CARL 2020 Conference: As you know, the call for proposals is out! Session Proposals are due October 1, 2019, and Poster & Round Table Proposals are due January 15. The theme is Embracing Courage, Candor and Authenticity in Academic Libraries, and we welcome proposals related to this theme from all areas of the library. The conference will be in April 1 -3, 2020 at the Costa Mesa Hilton. I look forward to seeing you there!
I’m filled with a little sadness as I write this last message to you as President. It has been my great pleasure and privilege to serve on the CARL Board. I have really enjoyed getting to know the other Board members and getting to know many of you. I am glad that I will ease out of my Board duties with one more year as Past President, because I’m not quite ready to move on. So, as always, please feel free to contact me with any ideas or suggestions that you would like the CARL Board to address.
Reading: I am in a phase of reading graphic novels and comic books, because they are so satisfyingly fast too read. Here are a few that I’ve enjoyed: I’m caught up on Montress, Ms. Marvel, and Saga comic books, and Sabrina was INTENSE - it’s the first graphic novel to be longlisted for the Booker Prize. I did read one fun novel, Ayesha at Last, which is a modern, Muslim-Canadian version of Pride and Prejudice.

Melissa Cardenas-Dow
Sacramento State University

Ethan Annis

Dominican University

Dave Drexler
CSU Fresno

Lindsey Shively
Mills College

Talitha Matlin
CSU San Marcos
CARL Business           

Interest Groups

(California Academic Reference Librarians Discussion Interest Group)

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. For more information, visit our website, or contact Yvonne Wilber
Member of the Quarter         

We are starting a new feature in the newsletter where we highlight on of our amazing CARL members each quarter. Do you have someone to recommend? Email

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Tamara Rhodes
Subject Librarian – Psychology, Cognitive Science, Human Development, & Linguistics
UC San Diego Library

Tell us about your position?
I am currently the Past Chair of CARL DIAL

Why did you join CARL? Describe your involvement with the organization.
I joined CARL because I was very active in my state organization in North Carolina when I worked at East Carolina University. I had a great experience and met a lot of amazing people that way, so when I moved to California, I immediately joined. I’ve been here 4 years and I started as a member of DIAL and SCIL, then became Co-Chair, then Chair, and now Past Chair of DIAL.

What excites you most about your work as an academic or research librarian?
What most excites me about my work as an academic librarian is the opportunity to change, and improve, how folks interact with and understand information. I’m also currently enjoying working on projects that will hopefully move the profession in a more inclusive direction, which I think will only further help how we positively impact our users.

What’s something you recently read/watched/listened to that you can’t stop thinking about? Why?
I just decided to take a break from all my streaming media, but not before binge watching Euphoria. I can’t stop thinking about it because of the beautiful way it portrays sexuality, gender, mental illness, drug addiction, and how makeup and fashion are used to show character expression and development.
 People and Places News                


Kathy Hall joined the staff of the Santa Clara University Library in July as the Head of Access and Delivery Services.  She previously held positions at the University of Iowa Law Library, Ohio State University's Moritz Law Library, and Santa Clara University's Heafey Law Library.

After five wonderful years at Santa Clara University, Shannon Kealey is starting as the Head of the Life and Health Sciences Division at UC Berkeley Library starting November 4, 2019.

Shenika McAlister joined the staff of the Santa Clara University Library in June as the Head of Electronic Resources and Serials.  She previously held similar positions at the University of Pennsylvania's Biddle Law Library and at the University of Mississippi.

Morning Star Padilla is the new Arts and Humanities Librarian at San Francisco State University. With an MLIS from the University of British Columbia and an MA from Clark, she will provide liaison work within the college of Liberal and Creative Arts. Her previous position was at Dalhousie Univeristy in Nova Scotia, where she served as Indigenous Services Librarian.

Melissa Seelye will serve as Scholarly Communication Librarian at San Francisco State University, addressing issues relating to scholarly intellectual productio, digital repositories and open access. Previously she served in the same role at the Law Library at the University of Michigan. Her MLIS was granted from the University of Western Ontario.

Your newsletter editor Lindsey Shively has started a new position as the Public Services Librarian at Diablo Valley College.

Summer Shetenhelm joined the staff of the Santa Clara University Library in July as the Digital Collections and Scholarship Librarian.  She previously worked at the Colorado State Archives.

The USC Digital Library is pleased to announce that the NEH-funded L.A. as Subject Community Histories Digitization Project has made publicly available over 1,600 digital objects from Los Angeles-area community archives. Materials come from the Filipino American Library, FAME Church of Los Angeles, Go for Broke National Education Center, Pasadena Museum of History, Southern California Library, and Workman and Temple Family Homestead Museum. Objects include images, texts, ephemera, video files, and three-dimensional cultural objects. Partners in this project represent historically less-visible narratives in Los Angeles history. Browse these collections and more at

Publications, Presentations & Awards

Nicole Branch and Dr. Julia Voss (Santa Clara University) gave a presentation on July 26 in Baltimore at the Conference of Writing Program Administrators.  The title of their presentation was "Getting Beyond 'Both Sides': A Faculty-Librarian Pilot to Explore Critical Approaches to Curriculum and Assessment."

Nicole Branch (Santa Clara University) published an article in August in Communications in Information Literacy.  Here are the complete details:  Branch, Nicole. "Illuminating Social Justice in the Framework: Transformative Methodology, Concept Mapping and Learning Outcomes Development for Critical information Literacy." Communications in Information Literacy 13, no. 1 (2019): 4-22.

Leanna Goodwater (Santa Clara University), John Redford (Biola University), and Hugh Burkhart (University of San Diego) recently published a review of the database DRAM.  The full citation is:  Goodwater, Leanna, John Redford, and Hugh Burkhart. "DRAM." The Charleston Advisor 21. no. 1 (July 2019): 21-25.  At the same time, the review was made available in ccAdvisor, the new online service produced in partnership by Choice and The Charleston Advisor that reviews online databases and other digital resources.  

Janet Pinkley, Head of Access Services at CSU Channel Islands and Adjunct Librarian at Ventura College, and Kaela Casey, Librarian at Ventura College are editing the forthcoming ACRL book series The Community College Library.  The first two books in the series will be The Community College Library: Instruction and Reference, and The Community College Library: Assessment, both with an anticipated publication date of Fall 2021.  Their vision is to create a resource by community college librarians, for community college librarians and highlight all of the amazing work these librarians do to engage students, innovate, and contribute to student success.  The call for proposals and proposal submission forms can be found at:

Raymond Pun is the recipient of the 2019 Association of Library and Information Sciences Education Diversity Travel Award to attend the ALISE conference in Knoxville, Tennessee. He moderated a session called, "Chatman Revisited: Re-examining and Re-situating Social Theories of Identity, Access and Marginalization in LIS" for the Multicultural, Ethnic and Humanistic Concerns Special Interest Group featuring Drs. Nicole Cooke, Amelia Gibson, Jose Sanchez, Shawne Miksa, Bharat Mehra and LaVerne Gray. Ray also gave a poster presentation on his dissertation research entitled, "Bridging the Digital Divide: Understanding Public Library Users' Technology Needs and Purposes Through Critical Race Theory."

Along with Moon Kim and Melissa Cardenas-Dow, Raymond Pun co-presented a poster for IDEAL 2019 in Ohio State University with design help from Annette Young and Andrew Carlos. Ray also organized and moderated a session entitled, "Thinking about Doctoral Studies? The Lived Experiences of Librarians of Color Pursuing Doctoral Degrees" featuring Regina Gong, Dr. Karen Downing, Dr. Alma Ortega and Latrice Booker.

Dominque Turnbow and Amanda Roth have published a book titled Demystifying Online Instruction in Libraries: People, Process, and Tools. Details about the book can be found at the
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 Executive Board Meeting Notes                         
Virtual meeting. Friday Sept. 13, 2019

Jenny Yap (Secretary)
Lee  Adams (President)
Lucy Bellamy (ACRL Chapters Council delegate)
Liz Galoozis (Private-DAL)
Joseph Aubele (Membership Director)
Mario Macías (CC-DAL)
Yen Tran (Treasurer)
Rachel Jaffe (VP-North)
Ethan Annis (Mentorship Committee Chair)
Kelly Janousek (VP- South)
David Drexler (Webmaster)
Melissa Cardenas-Dow (IG Coordinator)
Gayatri Singh (UC-DAL)
Lindsey Shively (Newsletter Editor)
Margot Hansen (CSU-DAL)

Absent: Talitha Matlin (Past President)

Amend/Approve Agenda
Amend/Approve Minutes

Task Force on Racial Equity (Lindsey and guest Tamara Rhodes)
  • Tasked with creating a code of conduct for the conference and looked at many codes of conducts from different organizations
  • Created equity statement as well
  • The focus is on racial equity
  • Took out references to diversity to combat against tokenism
  • They are proposing a board level position for more accountability to our members and to CARL
  • Discussion of what the position would be and what it would look like
  • Discussion of an elected position vs appointed position vs folded into a current position
  • Discussion of action items in the report
  • Recognition of DIAL to get this work started
  • Discussion of how to get members to view and agree to code of conduct before CARL events and the 2021 conference
  • Action item: Board members send task force members their comments and concerns (especially about the code of conduct) before their meeting on Tuesday (September 17)
CARL Board Elections Update (Talitha, Kelly, Gayatri)
  • There are at least two candidates in all but one position
  • No candidates from Northern California
CARL Archives Updates (Lee)
  • CSUDH has received them & is working up an agreement for us to sign
  • They would prefer we donate them (rather than housing them for us)
  • They have asked for permission to resubmit the finding aid to the Online Archive of California
  • Lee agreed that they can make them available to researchers
  • Board votes to agree to donate archives to CSUDH
  • Action items: Lee will follow-up with archivist at CSUDH to get the agreement and to see if they will accept more materials, Kelly will follow-up with past CARL president about donating old materials. Gayatri: send description of box to Lee after Gayatri receives it. Jenny will store agreement on google drive
New Member Working Group (Talitha)
  • Started drafting “CARL DIY”. Talitha to coordinate filling out material and will call another meeting this fall.
  • Tabled to wait for Talitha
Mentorship Committee Update (Ethan)
  • Ethan wants to get more mentors and mentees and wants to brainstorm how to do that
Conference Update (Lee & Talitha)
  • Two keynote speakers confirmed
ALIGN Bylaws (Rachel & Melissa)
  • Standing rules say IG bylaw changes need board approval but in past practice they haven’t had to get board approval
  • Discussion: as long as the IG bylaws don’t conflict with CARL bylaws then is it fine if they change them without board approval?
  • Board agrees that if the IG members vote to agree to change the bylaws they don’t have to get board approval
  • Action item: Kelly look at CARL Bylaws changes. IG bylaw changes subject to Board approval
Membership Report (Joseph)
  • Most members have renewed
  • Close to transferring us to the new membership system
Treasurer Report (Yen)
  • Testing the new membership system
  • 89k in our bank account
IG Coordinator Report (Melissa)
  • Focus on getting information aligned with all documents
  • IG cycles are moving to calendar year which may conflict with board calendars
Awards Liaison Updates (Liz)
  • Liz has been rethinking the member awards
  • Awards liaison can solicit applications and select people for the award and decide what kind of awards we want to give out
  • Discussion of how to give the award in a non-conference year
  • Instead of awards maybe we can highlight members such as IG chairs
  • Model it on the ACRL member of the week
  • Action item: Liz will draft questions for the member highlight
Next Board Meeting: In Person @ CSU Long Beach, Friday, Dec. 13
  • 9:30a continental breakfast, start at 10am - 2pm, 2-2:30pm visit library 3D printing lab
  • Board members can get reimbursed for travel if their institutions don’t pay for it
  • Action items: Board members send Lee agenda items
Review action items
Meeting adjourned


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