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  • Conditions Governing Access
  • Conditions Governing Use
  • Preferred Citation
  • Processing Information
  • Scope and Contents
  • Biographical / Historical
  • Immediate Source of Acquisition
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  • Contributing Institution: California State University Dominguez Hills, Gerth Archives and Special Collections
    Title: CARL (California Academic and Research Libraries) records
    Creator: California Academic and Research Libraries
    source: Science and Engineering Academic Librarians (Calif.)
    source: California Library Association
    source: Association of College and Research Libraries
    Identifier/Call Number: SPC.2019.052
    Physical Description: 20 boxes
    Physical Description: 19.42 Linear Feet
    Date (inclusive): 1969-2014; undated
    Date (bulk): 1979-2000
    Abstract: This collection contains records regarding the California Academic and Research Libraries Association (CARL). A majority of the collection contains documents regarding CARL leadership and organizational records such as executive board meeting minutes and memorandums; the CARL constitution and by-laws; presidential papers and binders; material related to various committees such as membership; scholarships and awards; elections; and others. Also included in this collection are financial records; documents related to CARL history including Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and California Library Association (CLA) records prior to CARL's separation; material related to various interest groups such as California Academic Reference Librarians Discussion Interest Group(CARLDIG), Science and Engineering Academic Librarians (SEAL), and others; documents regarding CARL annual conferences; programs and the program committee; and issues of the CARL Newsletter.
    Language of Material: English .

    Conditions Governing Access

    There are no restrictions on the use of this material except where noted at the series level and/or previously copyrighted material is concerned. It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain all permissions necessary from the CARL Executive Board to make use of this material.

    Conditions Governing Use

    The majority of this collection is open for research. The membership rosters and any other material relating to specific members are closed to the public except with written permission from the CARL Executive Board.

    Preferred Citation

    For information about citing archival material, see the Citations for Archival Material  guide, or consult the appropriate style manual.

    Processing Information

    This collection was transferred from Chapman University, September 2019. A finding aid was created November 2011 and original order within each folder was maintained, while original order within each series was maintained whenever possible and appropriate. This collection was reprocessed in 2021. Original order within each folder was maintained, but files were re-foldered into acid-free enclosures; organized into series and sub-series; and catalogued at folder-level.

    Scope and Contents

    The California Academic and Research Libraries (CARL) records (1969-2014; undated) contains 20 boxes and 19.42 linear feet of meeting minutes; memorandums; correspondence; reports; forms; calendars; surveys; rosters; proposals; and other material relating to the CARL association. Series I: Organizational Records contains constitutions, by-laws; president's binders and papers; documents related to the executive board, Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) and California Library Association (CLA) records pertaining to CARL activities during the time prior to and around the time of the merger with ACRL, and prior to the separation with CLA; documents and brochures related to CARL history; and guidelines for submitting to the CARL archives. Series II: Financial Records contains financial reports, check registers, bank statements, reimbursement reports, ledgers, secretary/treasurer binders, invoices, IRS forms, and other related documents. Series III: Committees and Task Forces contains documents such as correspondence, memorandums, reports, and rosters related to membership, awards, elections, and other committees and task forces. Series IV: Interest Groups contains material regarding various CARL interest groups and includes: correspondence, minutes, rosters, guidelines, reports, evaluation forms, notes, financial reports, and other documents. Interest Groups featured in this series include: California Academic Reference Librarians Discussion Interest Group(CARLDIG); Science and Engineering Academic Librarians (SEAL); California Academic Librarians in Management (CALM); Academic Business Librarians Exchange (ABLE); Collection Development Interest Group (CDIG); California State University Librarians (CSUL); Diversity in Academic Libraries (DIAL); Southern California Instruction Librarians (SCIL); Technical Services Interest Group (TSIG); and Community College Interest Group(CCIG). Series V: Programs contains material related to CARL programs and includes: flyers, annual reports, correspondence, memorandums, program committee meeting minutes and rosters, calendars, and "Guidelines for Program Planning" manuals. Series VI: Conferences contains flyers, programs, correspondence, memorandums, photographs, audiocassettes, DVDs, documents related to sessions, reports, evaluations, and other material related to CARL annual and biennial conferences. Series VII: Newsletters contains issues of the CARL newsletter and related correspondence.

    Biographical / Historical

    CARL was organized in its present form in 1978 and 1979, when the existing Chapter of Academic and Research Libraries of the California Library Association (CLA) merged with the recently-formed Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Chapters in California to form a single organization affiliated with both ACRL and CLA. In 1991, the California Library Association voted to discontinue chapters and replace them with sections whose members must also be members of CLA. In January 1992, the CARL president mailed a survey to members outlining CARL's options and requesting an opinion vote. A majority (71%) of CARL members voted for independence from CLA, and in September 1992 approved changes to the CARL constitution and bylaws which codified this decision. Members of the California State University Librarians Chapter of CLA were faced with the same set of options, and voted to join CARL as an interest group. They gathered the requisite number of signatures on a petition and were welcomed to CARL in November 1992.
    CARL is an independent chapter of the Association of College and Research Libraries. CARL's purpose, as stated in its constitution, is ". . . to provide opportunities for the professional growth of its members by conducting workshops and arranging programs; to encourage the exchange of ideas and information relating to library cooperation and development; to disseminate educational information oriented to those working in academic and research libraries; and to support and, when appropriate, participate in programs of other regional and local organizations in California in order to promote and improve library service to the academic and research community." California Academic & Research Libraries: History. Retrieved 9 Novemeber 2011 from http://www.carl-acrl.org/about/history.html
    For more information about CARL's history and mission please visit: http://www.carl-acrl.org/about/mission.html

    Immediate Source of Acquisition

    This collection was transferred from Chapman University, September 2019 and donated to CSUDH by the CARL Executive Board.


    This collection is arranged into seven series and fifteen sub-series
    1. Series I: Organizational Records, 1969-2014; undated
    2. Sub-Series A: Constitution and By-Laws, 1979-2007
    3. Sub-Series B: President's Binders and Papers, 1979-2007
    4. Sub-Series C: Executive Board, 1978-2014
    5. Sub-Series D: ACRL and CLA Records, 1969-1996
    6. Sub-Series E: History and Archives, 1979-2005; undated
    7. Series II: Financial Records, 1979-2013; undated
    8. Series III: Committees, 1978-2014; undated
    9. Sub-Series A: Scholarship and Awards, 1982-2010
    10. Sub-Series B: Nominating and Elections Committee, 1982-2014
    11. Sub-Series C: Membership Committee, 1978-1997; undated
    12. Sub-Series D: Other Committees and Task Forces, 1994-2003
    13. Series IV: Interest Groups, 1982-2015; undated
    14. Sub-Series A: General Files, 1982-2014
    15. Sub-Series B: ABLE Records, 1983-2008
    16. Sub-Series C: CALM and CARLDIG records, 1982-2001
    17. Sub-Series D: CCIG, CDIG, and CSUL records, 1992-2000
    18. Sub-Series E: DIAL, GPIG, SCIL, and TSIG records, 1993-2009
    19. Sub-Series F: SEAL records, 1982-2015; undated
    20. Series V: Programs, 1983-2004; undated
    21. Series VI: CARL Annual Conferences, 1993-2012
    22. Series VII: Newsletters, 1981-2011

    Subjects and Indexing Terms

    Academic librarians -- California
    Academic libraries
    Research libraries
    Academic libraries -- California
    California Academic and Research Librarians
    Science and Engineering Academic Librarians (Calif.)
    California Library Association
    Association of College and Research Libraries