March 2011 Newsletter

This Spring issue is devoted to the upcoming ILA/ACRL Spring Conference to be held March 18, 2011 at Central College in Pella, Iowa.  

The Essentials: Rethinking, Refining, Reviving

Friday, March 18, 2011
Graham Conference Center
Central College, Pella, IA

Geisler Library and the Central College community are excited to welcome you to our campus for the 2011 ILA/ACRL Spring Conference, to be held on Friday, March 18th. This year’s conference has adopted the theme “The Essentials: Rethinking, Refining, Reviving”. This theme was partly inspired by the 2010 ILA Conference “Hard Times, Hard Decisions”, which led us to think deeply about what is essential and enduring in our work. In developing this focus for the ILA/ACRL Spring conference, planners acknowledged our collective need to be mindful of the very real challenges affecting our state and our institutions while also focusing on what Iowa academic libraries are doing well, what make us unique, and what keeps us moving forward.

In addition to a keynote address on Friday morning, twelve concurrent sessions will explore variations on this theme from a wide range of perspectives and showcase current research and innovations taking place in Iowa academic libraries.

Those arriving in Pella on March 17th are invited to join other conference attendees and our keynote speaker for the Pre-Conference Social, an informal dinner at Monarchs Restaurant in the Royal Amsterdam Hotel. For more information about conference events and registration, please visit

About the Keynote Speaker: Kenning Arlitsch

Described as a “digital adventurer” by Library Journal, Kenning Arlitsch has led the development of digital initiatives at University of Utah’s Marriott Library for more than ten years. He has been instrumental in developing digital libraries related to the history and changing natural environment of the American West, including the Western Waters Digital Library (, the Utah Digital Newspapers project ( and University of Utah’s Western Soundscape Archive (WSA) ( The Mountain West Digital Library (, founded in 2002 as a project of the Utah Academic Library Consortium, brings together digital collections from fifty-six universities, colleges, historical societies, and other libraries & archives in Utah, Nevada, Idaho, and Hawaii.

Kenning’s work with consortia had a first milestone in 1997-98 when he was one of only twelve librarians selected to participate in the American Library Association/U.S. Information Agency's International Fellows program. While teaching in Cyprus as an ALA/USIA Fellow and working with the Cyprus Library Network, Kenning negotiated that country’s first-ever consortial database purchase.

Kenning is also interested in organizational culture in libraries. His co-authored article "Future Leaders' Views on Organizational Culture” appeared in College & Research Libraries in July, 2010.

Kenning continues to shape the future of digital libraries and resource sharing as Associate Director for IT Services at the University of Utah's J. Willard Marriott Library. He holds a BA in English from Alfred University, an MLIS from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and is a 2005 graduate of the Frye Leadership Institute. The title of Kenning’s keynote address is “What to do with the time that is given us”.

About Central College:

Central College is a four-year, private, residential, liberal arts college in Pella, Iowa, affiliated with the Reformed Church in America. Central offers a bachelor’s degree in 39 majors and pre-professional advising. Central was recognized by U.S.News & World Report as one of the nation’s top liberal arts colleges. It also was identified for its study abroad program. For more information about Central College, go to

While on campus, take time out to visit our newest building, the Roe Center, located at the intersection of W. 3rd St. and University St. The Roe Center was the first building in Iowa to earn a Platinum rating in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) and features original artwork by Professor Emeritus Larry Mills. An interactive kiosk on the second level (northeast/W. 3rd. St. entrance) gives visitors an overview of the building’s sustainable features.


Maloney, K., Antelman, K., Arlitsch, K., & Butler, J. (2010). Future Leaders' Views on Organizational Culture. College & Research Libraries, 71(4), 322-345. Retrieved from

Digital Adventurer. (2009, March 15). Library Journal, 134(5). Retrieved from