Kott named to CARLI Board of Directors

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Micheal A. Kott, Morton College’s Associate Dean of the Learning Resource Center, was appointed to a one-year term on the 12-member Board of Directors for CARLI (Consortium of Academic and Research Libraries in Illinois).

CARLI is considered one of the premiere library consortia in the United States. It is made up of 134 member libraries and is committed to meeting the information and research needs for students, faculty and staff at public and private institutions across the state.

As a board member, Kott is part of a group that provides oversight on CARLI’s services, programs and development. Kott also is a member of the Program Planning Committee, which reviews applications and determines funding levels for CARLI-supported educational programs. They also are the planning committee for CARLI’s annual meeting.

“As a recently appointed director, the CARLI New Directors Institute was instrumental to my development,” Kott said. “I feel that it is imperative that each of us do all we can to get involved and to support the efforts of the consortium. The role of the academic library has changed dramatically over the last few years and more changes are on the horizon.

“It is imperative that we find ways to adapt to this changing climate to stay viable. The future is in our hands. As our collections are shrinking, our commitment to information literacy, content creation, instructional design and teaching are growing. We must, as a collective body, find new and interesting ways to ensure student success and the future of our organizations.”

In addition to acting as a group that offers significant cost savings on databases for its member libraries, CARLI is committed to providing ongoing training for staff at member institutions.

Kott’s term expires in June of 2019.

Kott has been providing leadership for Morton College’s Learning Resource Center since March of 2017. He has a master’s degree in digital media from DePaul University in Chicago and attended the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Library Leadership in a Digital Age program.