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ILA/ACRL & IPAL Spring Conference, May 21-22 at Central College

Mind the Gap, ILA/ACRL & IPAL Spring Conference, May 21-22 at Central College, Pella, Iowa

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New Decade, New Conference

The Spring Conference Committee for 2021 wants your input!

Join us for one of the upcoming online focus groups to discuss the future of the Iowa ACRL and IPAL Spring Conference! Following these groups, we'll also conduct a survey in order to develop a beneficial, sustainable Spring Conference moving forward.

Your input will help us make some key decisions. We’ll host the focus groups on Zoom during these times:

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Support the Commission on Libraries this Lobby from Home Day

You have probably seen several communications from the Iowa Library Association about the upcoming Lobby from Home Day on Monday, February 10th.

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Urgent Call to Action from ILA

 “The Iowa Board of Education Examiners (BOEE) has proposed reductions to the credit hour requirements for endorsements for certain teachers, including School Librarians. ILA is concerned, and has expressed that concern in a letter to the BOEE, with these reductions. The reductions are from 36 credit hours to 24 credit hours and would cause a drop in the quality of education across the state. We want the BOEE and the legislature to maintain the current version of endorsements.”

 


From ILA/ACRL President Liz Riordan:

It’s been known for years, and several studies have shown*, that quality library programs in our K-12 schools has a positive effect on student achievement. As academic librarians, we understand the impact the presence of a skilled librarian can have on a student’s work in the classroom. In times where we find ourselves constantly fighting misinformation, we understand the absolute necessity of having prepared and skilled librarians teaching our K-12 students the importance of information use and ethics.

 

The Iowa Board of Education Examiners (BOEE) want to reduce the credit hour requirements for endorsements for certain teachers, including School Librarians. Ask yourselves what this would mean to the quality of education across our state. In an age where there is so much information readily available at our fingertips, it is essential to have highly-trained school librarians  who can teach Iowa’s children the skills they need to critically assess information and develop the thinking skills they will need moving forward in their educational and professional pursuits.

 

As academic librarians, we need to work to maintain and improve our quality of education in Iowa so that our students are prepared to take on the challenges of the 21st century. That is why ILA/ACRL is asking for you to take time and follow these steps laid out by ILA. Contrary to popular belief, librarians can make lots of noise, and when we are loud enough, we make an impact. So please, take time to contact the BOEE Members and ARRC Members who will impact this decision. Make yourself heard.

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Keeping Up in Iowa With Open Access

Today the ILA/ACRL Professional Development Committee brings you "Keeping Up In Iowa With Open Access" presented by Abbey Elder, Open Access & Scholarly Communication Librarian at Iowa State University. Have questions, comments, or more ideas? We encourage you to post them in the comments!

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