Category Archives: Winter 2022

From the Editors

Happy February to everyone! Though  with how cold it is outside, “Happy February” may seem like an oxy-moron. Luckily the Bulletin is here to warm your spirits.  See and celebrate how active CALL has been during these wintery months!

President Jamie Sommer kicks off the 75th Anniversary of CALL as an organization, describing our history and previewing the yearlong celebration.  Heidi Kuehl explains why these volatile times call for Adaptive Leadership. We say hello to new CALL member Julie Tedjeske Crane who introduces herself to CALL, and take a look at the nominees for the upcoming Executive Board elections. Finally, congratulate fellow CALL members who volunteered at the Greater Chicago Food Depository.

We hope you enjoy hearing from your colleagues as much as we did, and use this time to celebrate all that CALL has done and will continue to do. But above all: STAY WARM! Take care.

President’s Letter

Happy New Year! Or perhaps Happy Lunar New Year is more appropriate as we are already into the 2nd month of 2022 but we are just now welcoming the Year of the Tiger.  In the zodiac tradition, the tiger symbolizes bravery and courage, and my new year wish for you is that this year brings you the strength and resilience needed to thrive during these challenging times. Continue reading President’s Letter

November Business Meeting – Rhea Ballard-Throwe

CALL convened on November 18, 2021 at noon via Zoom for our November Business Meeting. There were 54 registrants for this meeting. President Jamie Sommer opened the meeting and thanked Lexis for sponsoring the door prizes before handing it over to Vice President Scott Vanderlin, who introduced our speaker, Dean Rhea Ballard-Thrower.


Dean Ballard-Thrower was recently named the University Librarian at the University of Illinois Chicago. She was previously the Executive Director of the Howard University Libraries and a tenured professor at the Howard University School of Law. She has also served as Director of the Howard University Law Library, Associate Director of the Georgia State University Law Library, and as a reference librarian for the Tarlton Law Library at the University of Texas-Austin. Continue reading November Business Meeting – Rhea Ballard-Throwe

New Member Profile: Julie Tedjeske Crane

Julie is the Faculty Scholarship and Educational Technology Librarian at Chicago-Kent.

I manage three full-time faculty support specialists, run the institutional repository, provide Blackboard assistance, and teach advanced Word skills and other technology-related topics.

Where did you grow up, and where else have you lived before coming to Chicago? Do you have a favorite among those places?

My favorite place among the places I have lived is Pittsburgh, where I lived most of my life. I went to college in Johnstown, Pa., and worked in New York City for a year. In addition, I spent a semester in London. Continue reading New Member Profile: Julie Tedjeske Crane

Adaptive Leadership During Volatile Times

The notion and concepts of adaptive leadership inspired me last year during the darkest times of the pandemic.  Shortly after beginning my new position with the Seventh Circuit, I attended a judiciary seminar on the topic.

It was informed by the framework of adaptive leadership developed by Harvard business scholars, Marty Linsky and Ronald Heifetz, in a pre-pandemic world to manage change and often unanticipated changes in the workplace.[1] Continue reading Adaptive Leadership During Volatile Times

CALL Volunteers Help GCFD to Wrap up 2021

The Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD) is Chicago’s food bank and partners with over 700 local agencies and food assistance programs, including pantries, soup kitchens and shelters for children, older adults and veterans to fight hunger.

They rely on volunteers to repackage bulk amounts of food into smaller, shareable quantities that can be distributed throughout the Chicagoland area and Cook County.

On December 4, 2021, five (5) CALL members volunteered at the GCFD to do just that. Continue reading CALL Volunteers Help GCFD to Wrap up 2021

CALL Executive Board Meeting Minutes – November 2021

Conference Call
November 9, 2021 9:08 a.m.

Board Members Present: Jamie Sommer, Scott Vanderlin, Lindsey Carpino, Sarah Andeen, Mandy Lee, and Carrie Port (Joined slightly late)

Board Members Absent: Tom Keefe

Guests: Julie Pabarja, Todd Ito, Sarah Walangitan, and Jessie LeMar called in for part of the meeting Continue reading CALL Executive Board Meeting Minutes – November 2021