November 2007 Newsletter


From the President...

by Jean Donham

As I write this, I am anticipating our leadership transition meeting coming up in December. I want to thank you for the opportunity to serve as your Iowa Chapter President this year. Our board has worked hard this year on maintaining long-standing activities and intiiating several new programs to invigorate our chapter. I want to thank every member of the board for the work they have done and to highlight some particularly ambitious activities:

  • Newsletter. Kate Hess and her committee have done outstanding work to create an electronic newsletter that has substance and good looks.
  • Electronic communication. Ryan Gjerde has given us hours of time in transporting our website to a new host and updating the content in the process. We can boast a website with substance and good looks.
  • Awards. Besides continuing our existing awards, Rebecca Stuhr and her committee have launched two new initiatives: The Advocacy Grant recently presented to the University of Dubuque and the Research Award to be presented for the first time in 2008.
  • Conference Planning. The 2007 spring conference committee was led by Brett Cloyd. Our conference at Grinnell offered good substance and reaped a nice financial outcome as a result of very good management. The 2008 conference committee is already hard at work and promises to make good use of the outcomes from the 2007 conference to bring us an event worth attending at St. Ambrose in March 3. Mark your calendar! Keynoter will be nationally known Roberto Ibarra on the topic of advocating for your library, supported in part by a grant from ACRL.
  • Your Executive Board has considered carefully what kinds of programming will best benefit our membership. These discussions have led to a new ad hoc task force on mentoring, as well as support for the ILAF Endowed Speaker Fund, ILA’s Leadership Institute, programming for our support staff, and membership awareness of legislative issues and topics.

In closing, I urge you to watch for news about the 2008 ILA Leadership Institute. It will be held in late July. Iowa colleges and universities have many capable librarians whom we need as leaders in our profession and our association. I encourage you to apply for the Institute and/or encourage colleagues to apply. There is so much talent among us—and the need for leadership is great and growing!

Again, thank you for your confidence and support this year. I look forward to working with Mary Heinzman as she takes the gavel in December.