March 2010 Newsletter

Spring is fast approaching and with her come a host of delights including warmer breezes, greener grasses, fragrant flowers, and the 2010 ILA/ACRL Spring Meeting! For the second edition of the ILA/ACRL 2010 Newsletter, we will provide information on our upcoming conference and explore topics related to the  theme The Library is Open: Open Minds, Open Doors, Open Access. Members of the 2010 Newsletter Committee have written articles about how Iowa academic libraries are approaching relevant topics such as IP rights, collaboration & library partnerships,  and e-spaces & e-portfolios. It is our hope that the articles will start a discourse that will lead into the April conference.

It's Spring Meeting Time Again!

Please join us as we gather Friday, April 23, 2010 at Kirkwood Community College, in Cedar Rapids, IA, for The Library is Open: Open Minds, Open Doors, Open Access , the 2010 ILA/ACRL Spring Meeting.

The keynote speaker, Barbara Fister from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota, will deliver a presentation entitled "Read/Write Culture: What Open Means for Learning, Research, and Creativity". Ms. Fister serves as a librarian at Gustavus Adolphus College and coordinates the Library’s instruction program. Her research interests include how students learn to use libraries, the future of publishing, and how social issues are formed. She is a frequent contributor to the Association of College and Research Libraries blog and writes a weekly column for Library Journal’s Academic Newswire.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to register for the meeting, the registration form can be found at the ILA/ACRL website:


Program highlights appear below.

Break-out sessions will include:

Scholarly Communication and Librarian Liaisons: Getting the Conversation Started; Karen Fischer, Collections Analysis & Planning Librarian, University of Iowa Libraries.

Informing the Future: Easing the Transition to College; Dan Chibnall, User Services & Instruction Design Librarian, Grand View University, Pam Rees, Director of the Library, Grand View University, Megan Tedell, Access & Instruction Librarian, Grand View University.

Library as Journal Publisher; Wendy Robertson, Digital Resources Librarian, The University of Iowa Libraries.

ETDs : Collaboration for Efficiency and Improved Access; Wendy Robertson, Digital Resources Librarian, University of Iowa Libraries, Rebecca Routh, Catalog Librarian, University of Iowa Libraries.

Incorporating E-Readers into the Classroom: An Experiment ; Kevin Engel, Science Librarian, Grinnell College Libraries, Amy Roberson, Reference & Instruction Librarian, Grinnell College Libraries.

Let’s Get Together : Taking Advantage of the Learning Center Model; Laura Farmer, Writing Studio Director, Cornell College Jessica Johanningmeier, Quantitative Reasoning Consultant, Cornell College.

The Value of the Open: Defining and Selling Openness for the Campus Community; Bruce Gilbert, Professor of Librarianship, Librarian (Director of Technology and Instruction), Drake University.

Collocation and Collaboration: Preus Library Main Floor Makeover; Germano G. Streese, Reference and Instruction Librarian, Luther College Ryan Gjerde, Digital Initiatives Lead, Luther College.

Building Partnerships, Building Opportunities: Outreach, Collaboration and Service Learning Opportunities for Greener Libraries; Sarah Passonneau, Assistant Professor, Iowa State University.

Opening the Door: How Library Instruction Can Improve Student Work; Becky Canovan, Reference and Instruction Librarian, University of Dubuque Cal Coquillette, Assistant Professor of History, University of Dubuque.

How Quality Collaboration Changes Everything: Exploring Partnerships between Librarians and Faculty to Embed Information Literacy in an Introductory Oral Communication Course; Kari D. Weaver, Information Literacy Librarian, Wartburg College Dr. Penni M. Pier, Associate Professor of Communication Arts, Wartburg College.

Opening Acquisitions: Letting Our Users Do the Buying; Michael Wright, Head, Acquisitions and Rapid Cataloging, University of Iowa Libraries.

From Information to Learning Commons: Partnering for Student Learning in Academic Libraries; Rebecca Sullivan, Assistant Professor & Academic Technology Librarian, Luther College

Pushing Library Resources; Genny Yarne, Head of Reference, Kirkwood Community College Sarah S. Uthoff, Reference Librarian, Kirkwood Community College.

Instant Openness: IM and access to information; Nicholas Wyant, Reference & Instruction Librarian, The University of Iowa.