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Welcoming Students & Families Back to the Library

July 8, 2021 – 2:00pm EST

Join us for a lively panel discussion with public librarians and school district staff who will share the lessons they’ve learned from this experience and the ways they plan to support students and families with the transition to in-person services and programs. They will discuss strategies for fostering the social and emotional wellbeing of students and share resources to help reignite a love for reading. In being required to adapt library spaces and technology on a dime, panelists will also share what partnerships and practices they plan to keep.

Panelists will include Tiffany Savage from Sampson-Clinton Public Library, Justin Stout & Amber Hargett from Neuse Regional Library, Page Andersen from Burke County Public Library, and Lindsay Skidmore from Duplin County Schools. They will discuss the logistics of adapting to a new normal in the classroom as well as strategies for supporting the social and emotional well-being of students of all ages.

CARLI OER Faculty Workshop

July 15, 2021 – 11:00 am EST

Supporting Academic Success: Open Educational Resources and Affordable Course Materials
Are you an instructor who is concerned about the impact of high textbook costs on your students? Explore possible open textbook solutions by attending a two-hour workshop and writing a short textbook review.

The high cost of some course materials can impede students’ academic success.
In the 2020 College Board Report, “Trends in College Pricing and Student Aid,” the average undergraduate should budget $1,240 – $1,460 for textbooks and supplies.
The cost of textbooks is rising at a rate of 4 times inflation.
Seven out of 10 students don’t purchase a required textbook during their academic career because of cost.
60% of students have delayed purchasing textbooks until they’ve received their financial aid.

Open educational resources including open textbooks can help alleviate the burden of textbook costs for students and provide faculty with content that can be customized for their course. Open textbooks are full, real textbooks, used by many faculty across the country, and licensed to be freely used, edited, and distributed. This workshop will also mention local library resources that might be used for affordable course materials.

Attend CARLI’s OER Faculty Workshop where you can learn about open educational resources and open textbooks.
The prime content of this workshop will be presented 10:00-11:30 a.m. Time for additional consultation will be available 11:30 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
After the workshop, CARLI members will be invited to write a short review of an open textbook from the Open Textbook Library. Your review will benefit other faculty considering open textbooks.

Annette Alvarado, Research & Learning Librarian at Loyola University Chicago Libraries;
Elizabeth Clarage, CARLI Director of Collections Services;
Chris Sweet, Information Literacy and Scholarly Communications Librarian at Illinois Wesleyan University;
Nicole Swanson, CARLI Senior Coordinator of Library Services and Outreach.

Comfortable Access to Library Buildings by Users and Staff with Disabilities: Going Beyond the Americans with Disabilities Act Minimums

July 20, 2021 – 11:00 am EST

Despite the Americans with Disabilities Act and relevant state building codes, many library buildings fail to deal with a range of everyday disabilities among users and staff.

Some libraries were constructed before the ADA was first passed in 1990 and have not been required to conform with the act. A few more recent libraries have simply ignored aspects of the ADA.

In addition, many everyday disabilities are not covered by legislation or building codes and are often ignored in building planning.

This program will review accessibility options and some possible solutions. Although by far the best time to deal with accessibility issues is before design and construction begin, many things can be done later.

Presenter Fred Schlipf will review issues and problems in library building accessibility, with a variety of possible solutions. Attendees are also welcome to describe accessibility problems at their libraries and what they have done to deal with them, or simply to raise accessibility issues for discussion with the group attending. Registrants are invited to send accessibility questions or issues with photos in advance to Please send your questions for Fred Schlipf by July 13.

Fred Schlipf is coauthor of The Practical Handbook of Library Architecture: Creating Building Spaces that Work. He has consulted on about 200 library construction projects and has visited library buildings at every opportunity. He has been an adjunct professor at the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois since 1970, where he specializes in practical issues in library architecture, and he was director of The Urbana Free Library from 1974 through 2007. He has a PhD from the Graduate Library School of the University of Chicago.


Getting Started with MarcEdit

July 20, 2021 – 2:00pm EST

Does your department routinely need to assess, validate, and transform MARC metadata? If so, MarcEdit is a tool that can support these needs. In this webinar, we will explore the basics of installing and using MarcEdit. We will also give an overview of how to leverage available documentation and community expertise to gain proficiency in MarcEdit. The facilitators will illustrate how to start using MarcEdit with real-world uses of the tool in their departments.

This webinar will be led by Natalie Sommerville, Interim Head of the Resource Description Department at Duke University Libraries, and Jacquie Samples, Head of the Metadata & Discovery Strategy Department at Duke University Libraries.