January/February 2010 Newsletter

This issue of the ILA/ACRL Newsletter features a semi-annual President’s Piece submitted by sitting ILA/ACRL president, Mary Iber, and news from academic libraries across the state.

ILA/ACRL President’s Piece

Welcome to a new year with ILA/ACRL. As I reflect on what is in the plans for our organization this year, we seem to be in tune with larger cultural trends. From “friending” more colleagues (i.e. expanding our membership) to creating ways to connect with and inspire our fellow “fans” of academic libraries (e.g. the Spring Conference) we are propelling our efforts to broaden our networks.

 Academic libraries are dynamic, forward-moving organizations and ILA/ACRL aims to provide support, education, and inspiration to ensure that each of us feels prepared for the changes in the works. In our times of fiscal challenge, we must remember to keep our attention on long term goals at the same time we are exercising creative approaches to deal with specific situations.

Many committees on the ILA/ACRL Executive board are demonstrating their commitment to being innovative, progressive and relevant. The work the committees does result in benefits for all associated with college and research libraries in Iowa. A few examples follow:

Save April 23, 2010 for the Spring Conference at Kirkwood in Cedar Rapids. Barbara Fister, librarian at Gustavus Adolphus, professional writer, blogger, and fiction writer will deliver the keynote address -- Read/Write Culture: What Open Means for Learning, Research and Creativity. With the theme of The Library is Open: Open doors, Open Minds, Open Access there promises to be enough content and people to reignite the fires of our own creativity. Thanks to Beth McMahon and her committee for all their work. Watch for more information in the next newsletter, and on the ILA/ACRL website.

Over half of our members responded to the survey on new directions for our electronic membership directory. Thanks to Deb Seiffert and her committee for all the work they’ve done so far, and all the work they will be doing to respond to the needs of the time.

The ad hoc Mentoring Committee will continue for two more years due to the positive results of its first two years. Watch for opportunities to mentor a new librarian, or to be mentored by an experienced librarian at http://www.iowaacrl.org/content/mentoring

The Scholarly Communication committee is reincarnating this year as an ad hoc committee. In these fast changing times, we want to provide current assistance to faculty and libraries on publishing, retaining copyright, and other related issues.

Beyond Iowa, the national associations can fuel our ideas and help success be even more pervasive. Stay in touch via the ACRLog

Stay connected in whatever ways work best for you. I look forward to meeting you at the conference, on the listserv, and other opportunities which we can create at any moment. The possibilities are boundless.

Moving forward in 2010!

~Mary Iber