Reports from the ILA/ACRL Spring Conference “The Library is Open: Open Minds, Open Doors, Open Access”

Convened Friday, April 23, 2010 at Kirkwood Center for Continuing Education ,Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids, IA.

Conference Planning Chair, Beth McMahon, and IA/ACRL President Mary Iber opened the 2010 Spring Conference  then  Dr. Mick Starcevich, president of Kirkwood Community College, welcomed 117 conference attendees.

Keynote Address: Read/Write Culture: What Open Means for Learning, Research and Creativity Barbara Fister, Academic Librarian, Gustavus Adolphus College

Barbara Fister’s keynote address considered the future of libraries in the context of new technologies and concomitant changes in how knowledge is conceptualized, represented, classified, and disseminated. A challenge faced by modern libraries is providing patrons with needed resources while staying within tight budgets and negotiating contracts with purveyors of journals and databases. According to Fister, librarians need to fundamentally reexamine basic values by asking questions like the following: What are libraries for? What are universities for? Why does knowledge matter? It is imperative to ask the big questions; to see the big picture in order to make decisions that will allow libraries and librarians to be able to survive and to serve future patrons in the most effective ways possible.

You'll find summaries and photos from the concurrent sessions on the following pages.

*please note: the newsletter committee was not able to cover all of the concurrent sessions. If you would like a summary of a session that is not covered here, please feel free to contact Leslie Ross at