July 2009 ILA/ACRL Newsletter

In this mid-summer issue, you will find

  • The President's Piece by Brett Cloyd

  • A reminder about the ILA/ACRL Public Relations and Advocacy Grant deadline

  • Information about ILA/ACRL sponsored sessions at the Fall conference

  • A feature article from the Mentoring Committee about a mentor/protégé pair

  • News from ILA/ACRL libraries

President's Piece

Becoming President of the Iowa chapter of ACRL has created many unexpected opportunities.  The Chapter's Spring Conference is the signature event of the year.  Keynote speaker Steven Bell from Temple University engaged the audience with his session "Designing the Future-Proof Library: Here's how we do it!" Steven offered some provocative ideas, a visually stimulating presentation, and also facilitated small group discussions. The discussions generated useful ideas for attendees to "take back" what was learned. During the pre-conference Social, I was able to eat dinner with Steven and a few colleagues. It's always good to hear more intimately from a visitor. Sharing some thoughts and a meal with him and my Iowa friends was a warm occasion.

Throughout the day I was heartened by the generosity exhibited by presenters and attendees alike.  The concepts of sharing, networking and collaborating were in full force. The sessions I attended included a good amount of attendee participation and give & take with the presenters. Everyone seemed willing to learn. I was glad to be there that day.

Looking toward the fall, the chapter will be sponsoring several sessions at the Fall ILA Annual Conference.  This is always a good time to come together and learn from colleagues around the state and professional types (i.e. school, public, and academic libraries).  That we will be in Des Moines, center of Iowa, should draw a good crowd and I will look forward to seeing many of you there.

During the last 2 months I've struggled with some personal health issues. Fortunately, I am able to work with a thoughtful and professional board that has been able to step up and complete their responsibilities. So thank you chapter Board for all of your work so far this year.

I hope this message finds you well and doing good work.

Brett Cloyd
President, ILA/ACRL

Still Time to Apply!

You still have time to apply for the ILA/ACRL Public Relations and Advocacy Grant!  A $500 grant will be awarded to the best public relations proposal and the monies will be used to implement the project.

Applicants must be from Iowa academic or research libraries.  The deadline is July 31, 2009.  Applications should be submitted by mail or email to: Mary Heinzman, Committee Chair, St. Ambrose University Library, 518 W. Locust St., Davenport, IA  52803, or email to: heinzmanmaryb@sau.edu.

Applicants must submit a 500-word essay that describes the applicants' interest in the grant and how the grant will benefit their library's public relations/advocacy initiatives.  The applicant should describe the library's current program and provide a time line for carrying out the grant proposal plan.

The ILA/ACRL Awards Committee will select the grant proposal winner based on the quality of the grant proposal through a blind ranking process.

The ILA/ACRL Awards Committee will select the winning grant proposal by September 30 and the grant winner will be announced at the ILA/ACRL general business meeting during the ILA Annual Conference in October.

Winners will be given 12 months to spend the grant and to make progress on their public relations/advocacy project.  The winning project director will submit a report to the ILA/ACRL Awards Committee within two months of the end of the grant period.

The application form can be found on the ILA/ACRL website at: http://www.iowaacrl.org

 - submitted by Mary Heinzman

ILA/ACRL sponsored sessions at the ILA Annual Conference 2009 

ILA/ACRL Fall Program Committee:  Dan Boice, Steve Ostrem, Amy Paulus, Elaine Settergren

We hope you can join us at these ILA/ACRL sponsored sessions at the ILA Annual Conference to be held in Des Moines on October 22 and 23, 2009!  Be sure to check back for updated information at:  http://www.iowaacrl.org/content/events/fall2009 and stay tuned for more details in the September issue of the ILA/ACRL newsletter!

Collective Advocacy: Engaging Public Libraries in the Open Access Movement
Thursday, October 22nd at 2:00pm
Heather Joseph, Executive Director, SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition)
http://www.arl.org/sparc/about/staff/joseph.shtml
Faye Chadwell, Associate University Librarian for Collections and Content Management, Oregon State University
http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/staff/chadwelf

Rights Stuff: Decoding Publisher copyright transfer agreements
Thursday, October 22nd at 3:30pm
Heather Joseph, Executive Director, SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition)
http://www.arl.org/sparc/about/staff/joseph.shtml
Faye Chadwell, Associate University Librarian for Collections and Content Management, Oregon State University
http://osulibrary.oregonstate.edu/staff/chadwelf

Humor in Libraries: Making fun at work and staying productive
Friday, October 23rd at 10:20am
Fred Gertler, Former Assistant Dean of the University Library, University of the Pacific, Stockton, CA.

 - Submitted by Amy Paulus

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