November 2009 Newsletter

President’s piece


It’s been an enjoyable year as President of the Iowa Chapter of ACRL. The Chapter has been busy in 2009 and despite the hard economic times there have been a number of bright efforts the organization has supported.


The Spring Conference was certainly a highlight. Steven Bell’s visit to talk about “Designing the Future-Proof Library” inspired the audience members to consider how to best support their library programming and services to maintain relevance and maximize impact. The after-session workgroups gave the audience a chance to work together and get feedback from Steven. Listening to sessions from my colleagues around the state during the concurrent sessions gave me a number of ideas to take back to my library and reminded me of the interesting work taking place in Iowa.


The newsletters have been an informative venue to share information and ideas. They also provide a good record of ACRL’s events.


ACRL was active at the annual Iowa Library Association Conference.  Jennifer McLennan and Faye Chadwell presented “Collective Advocacy: Engaging Public Libraries in the Open Access Movement” and “Rights Stuff: Decoding Publisher copyright transfer agreements.” Open Access and Scholarly Communication have become important issues for Libraries and gaining learning opportunities is important for members.


In 2009, the Chapter was able to take a leadership role within ILA and become the first subdivision to conduct an electronic election. Thanks to Vice President Mary Iber for working with the ILA office to make the election happen without too many glitches.


I am glad I was able to participate in the Iowa Chapter of ACRL as President.  It has been an honor to serve my colleagues and gain the experience of working on behalf of the Chapter members. Thank you to the members for providing this opportunity.


Brett Cloyd
President, Iowa Chapter of ACRL