February 2014 Newsletter

President's Piece

The Executive Board of ILA/ACRL is off to a good start in 2014 and I am excited to be a part of it. I want to thank those of you who are continuing your membership this year and to those members who helped work on or chair committees in the past year. The chapter has accomplished quite a bit thanks to you. I also want to thank Amy Paulus from the University of Iowa for an excellent job as President in 2013.

We are very excited about our Spring Conference this year, which will be held at the FFA Enrichment Center on the DMACC-Ankeny campus on May 2nd. This year’s theme is “Breaking Down Our Silos: Redefining Academic Libraries in the 21st Century.” You can find out more information, including our keynote speaker Bobbi Newman, here: http://www.iowaacrl.org/content/conference. Mary Peterson of Simpson College and her committee deserve huge thanks for putting this conference together.

One of our hardest working committees is the Nominating Committee. They are always looking for members to help serve on and chair committees as well as serving as an officer of the chapter. Anne Marie Gruber of the University of Dubuque is our current Vice President and chair of the committee. Please contact her if you are interested in serving ILA/ACRL or if you know of a member who would serve the chapter well.

Many of us were deeply saddened by the news of the passing of Mary Iber, Cornell College librarian, at the beginning of 2014. At Cornell she was extremely helpful to faculty and students as well as a great mentor to many librarians across the state. Mary’s humor, friendliness, and limitless energy helped make her a great advisor and mentor to many librarians in Iowa. Her presence on the Executive Board, especially in her role as President in 2010, helped strengthen the organization and inspired other members to see the value of volunteering their time and energy to our chapter and to achieve greater things in their professional lives. Mary Iber was a vibrant human being and her memory will live on in many of our hearts and minds for years to come.

Finally, one of my goals as President this year is to help increase communication among our members throughout the state. We work best when we share ideas and collaborate with one another no matter where we are located or what size our institution might be. With that in mind, if you want to get more involved and help us open up the lines of communication, contact me or one of the members of the Executive Board and we can talk to you about how you can help the chapter. Feel free to send any of us ideas or suggestions that you have to help make our chapter stronger.

Dan Chibnall

Grand View University