March 2009 ILA/ACRL Newsletter

When faced with needing a "special topic" for our second newsletter of 2009, I jotted down a few ideas and then asked the committee to submit their own suggestions.  Surprisingly, what I was thinking of and what committee members suggested fit well with the theme for the ILA/ACRL Spring Meeting.  In this issue you will find an article about the Spring Meeting, and articles that should spark your interest not only in hearing Steven J. Bell's keynote address on "Future-proofing Your Library," but also in attending the great selection of breakout sessions. Read on to learn about future-proofing that is currently going on in Iowa's academic libraries in the form of creative solutions for collaboration and for marketing programs and services.

It's Spring Meeting time again!

-Submitted by Randy Roeder-

"Future-proofing your Library," the 2009 ILA/ACRL Spring Meeting, takes place on Friday, April 17, at Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo.  Our Keynote speaker will be Steven J. Bell, a librarian/educator whose well-received conference presentations have earned him a following throughout the country. Bell is Associate University Librarian for Research & Instructional Services at Temple University's Paley Library and the author of over 30 articles and two books.  Profiled in Library Journal's Mover & Shaker Issue in 2002, Steven J. Bell blogs as "The Kept Up Librarian" and has developed and delivered over 50 workshops and conference presentations.

If Dr. Bell's appearance is not enough to lure you to register for the meeting, program highlights appear below. The conference registration form can be found at the ILA/ACRL website at:   Additional program information will be posted to the site as it becomes available

Breakout sessions will include:

Academic Library/IT Department Relations: IT Professionals Speak - Moderators:  Jan Dellinger, Hawkeye Community College; Jean Donham, Wartburg College; Panelists:  Thom Neith, Hawkeye Community College; Gary Wipperman, Wartburg College ; John Wynstra, University of Northern Iowa Rod Library

Back to the Future: How Rethink the Desk Can Revive Reference Service in the New Millennium - Kim Babcock Mashek and Kari Weaver, Wartburg College

Confronting the Gathering "Cloud":  Philosophical Foundations and Future Directions of Library Architecture - Rachel Fleming, Collection Development Librarian, Central College

Embedded in the Future: Integrating Library Tools in Students' Online Research Environments - Julia Bauder, Data Services Librarian, and Elizabeth Rodrigues, Reference & Instruction Librarian, Grinnell College Libraries

Farzaneh's & Ruya's Excellent Adventures: Exploring Teaching & Learning Opportunities in Second Life - Susan A. Vega García & Rano Marupova, Iowa State University

Futurecasting Libraries: Instant messaging a study in culture, technology and services - Sarah Passonneau & Dan Coffey, Iowa State University Library

Giving Distance Users What They Want - Dan Gall, Coordinator of Library Services for Distance Education, University of Iowa Libraries; Amy Paulus, Head, Access Services, University of Iowa Libraries

How to Design and Implement Web Usability Testing - Nicholas Wyant, University of Iowa

Marketing a New Brand - Jim Fisk & Pamela Mikelson, Morningside College

The Perpetual Question: Future-proofing Library Experience for the First College Year - Beth McMahon, Reference & Instruction Librarian, Central College; Cyndi Boertje, Tutoring Coordinator, Central College

Preparing Non-Science Majors for a Future of Evaluating Science - Mary Iber, Cornell College

Stacks After Dark: What Really Happens When the Boss is Gone for the Day? - Kathy Parsons, Iowa State University