GODFREY - Just a decade ago, the first community college
libraries were joining the Consortium of Academic and Research
Libraries in Illinois (CARLI). Today, Lewis and Clark's own Dennis
Krieb is serving as chair of CARLI's executive board.
Having access to CARLI's shared online catalog, I-Share, means
that Lewis and Clark students, faculty and staff can request and
receive books and other materials from a pool of more than 34
million items from more than 150 academic libraries across the
"It provides us access to services and databases that we
wouldn't have and couldn't afford on our own," Krieb said. "This
year CARLI purchased streaming access to Alexander Street Video
databases for member libraries - a resource few libraries could
afford to purchase alone."
CARLI has been around since the 1970s, and Lewis and Clark was
one of the first community colleges to take part in the system when
it joined in 2003. Now, a representative from Lewis and Clark heads
up CARLI's 12-member executive committee, which comprises four
representatives from public universities, four from private
universities, four from community colleges and the director of the
Illinois State Library (ex officio).
As board chair, Krieb works closely with the CARLI executive
director on various projects and services.
"CARLI has always been proactive in seeking new ways to serve
academic libraries in Illinois," he said.
Free e-books to all member libraries could be coming
"Last year CARLI added print books on demand," Krieb said. "If
an L&C student cannot find a copy of a book to request from
another CARLI library, CARLI will purchase the book and send it to
our library - free of charge."
In addition to the board, CARLI has a staff of about 20
people, an executive director and a physical location at the
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The board meets
quarterly to oversee the operation, and to give participating
schools a voice.
"I'm getting the opportunity to work with many library
directors in the state. This experience has been terrific so far,"
All 150 CARLI libraries vote for representatives, and Krieb
was elected in 2011. He served as interim chair for a while before
being elected to his own three-year term, which will run through