Iowa ACRL Spring 2008 Conference -- A day devoted to library advocacy

This year's conference was a day devoted to considering the many aspects of library advocacy, including Dr. Roberto Ibarra's insightful keynote presentation about context diversity; member presentations about advocacy through public services, technical services, library instruction, social networking web sites, and partnerships; and many individual conversations during lunch and beverage breaks.

The Spring Conference Program Committee was challenged this year to develop the conference theme based on the national ACRL's focus on campus advocacy and to encourage library support staff to attend the conference. The Committee successfully applied for an ACRL advocacy grant, which provided $500 toward the keynote honorarium. Topics of interest for library support staff were kept in mind as concurrent sessions were selected and State Library of Iowa continuing education credit was awarded for conference attendance. 

Approximately 120 Iowa and Illinois librarians, library support staff and library school students who braved the icy roads in the morning were highly complimentary about the conference programming, St. Ambrose's conference center and the conference food.

Spring Conference Program Committee members have my undying gratitude for their investment of intellect, ingenuity, talent and commitment.  They started their work in mid-August 2007 and finished it as they walked to the parking lot after the conference.  Many thanks to Brett Cloyd, Bart Schmidt, Mary Iber, Cecilia Knight, Chris Neuhaus and Katie Dunn.  Additionally, I want to thank the Local Arrangements Subcommittee: Barb Kuttler, Jennifer Smith and Mary Heinzman.  Special thanks to Holly Martin Huffman, Academic Media Consultant at Cornell College, for designing the conference logo.

Submitted by Jan Dellinger, Hawkeye Community College, Spring Conference Program Committee Chair