February 2012 Newsletter

President's Piece

On behalf of the ILA/ACRL Executive Board, I thank you for your membership in ILA/ACRL, and welcome you to 2012. As we move into a new year, we look forward to providing exciting opportunities not only for growth but also for a dialogue within the membership, in hopes of identifying how our organization can better meet the needs of you, our members! In addition, we will continue the work begun in 2010 and 2011 in creating a partnership with K-12 librarians in Iowa.

In 2011, an ad hoc committee was formed to begin a more formal process of investigating the possibility of partnership opportunities between ILA/ACRL and the Iowa Association of School Librarians. Pam Rees is chair of the committee and has begun outreach to the K-12 community. There has been strong interest among both ILA/ACRL members and K-12 librarians to create partnership initiatives related to information literacy and advocacy.

Our annual Spring Conference will be a bit different this year. The conference will be in late spring, May 25, 2012, and will be held on the beautiful campus of Luther College in Decorah, Iowa. Michael Porter, aka Libraryman, will be our keynote speaker. If you aren’t familiar with Michael’s work, please check out his website. The theme this year is “Building On Our Strengths :: Design For Our Future.” The conference will be a wonderful opportunity for professional growth, networking and fun. A big thank you to Jennifer Sterling and the Spring Conference Committee for all their hard work! Please read more about the conference in this issue of the newsletter.

Do you know that our chapter offers a $500 Research Award? This is a grant awarded to an ILA/ACRL Chapter member for a presented or published scholarly work. The deadline for submission is March 12, 2012. Please visit our page on this award for more information.

In the coming months, our Nominating Committee will be working hard to solicit volunteers and nominees for chapter officer and committee positions for 2013. Please consider how you might serve this chapter to continue our mission of education and advocacy. The Executive Board is very interested in what our members have to say about the direction and action of our chapter. My hope is that we will have a formal opportunity this year to gather input from our membership about better meeting your needs and expectations as a professional organization. Until that time, please feel free to contact me with any thoughts, questions, or suggestions how we can better accomplish our mission.

Have a wonderful spring term and I look forward to seeing you in May in Decorah!

Warm regards,
Rebecca Funke