After looking through the local::lib docs on CPAN, I found that just running perl -Mlocal::lib gave me a set of environment-variable definitions that seem to be working:
export PERL_MB_OPT="--install_base /home/smorford/perl5";
I stuck those at the end of my .bashrc, restarted my shell to set up the environment, and CPAN seems to be letting me install things locally now. Really curious why it didn't display those at the end of the setup procedure, though.
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