Summer 2010 Newsletter

This issue of the ILA/ACRL Newsletter features a semi-annual President’s Piece submitted by sitting ILA/ACRL president, Mary Iber, and news from academic libraries across the state.

President's Piece

Happy Summer 2010! It feels like Iowa ACRL, along with the rest of the world, is in a state of stability as well as flux. On one level, all is smooth and going well. On another level, there is a lot of activity, which could be interpreted as dynamism, or could be looked at as chaos. In our case, I prefer to see it as forward moving dynamism. Sometimes the activity comes in the form of changes that are unexpected; "shake-ups" often nudge us to move in creative ways, or they may even force more dramatic changes. As individual institutions rise to respond to and anticipate certain trends, so too is Iowa ACRL organizing for the future in 3 major areas: Technology, Membership and Outreach. Thanks to everyone who is participating in helping move these initiatives along! If you are not yet on a committee, now is a great time to volunteer. Help is welcome in all areas. A sampling of what is going on in each area is below:


Want to stay in touch? Join us in sharing successes, ideas, and challenges on our new Facebook page [1]. Want to be inspired? Find our Newsletters [2] online anytime. See what innovations are taking place in Iowa, and read summaries of the great ACRL Spring Conference [3] sessions. Want to know who's working where? Addresses, etc? See our updated online directory [4] with links to each college's current staff web page. Want to volunteer for committees or nominate yourself or others for an officer position? The form is online [5].


Inspire others to share in the benefits ACRL Membership can bring. There are opportunities to hone skills through networking, volunteering, and participating in our programs. Are you new in your job? Do you know someone new to Iowa? Or do you just have different job responsibilities for which you could use some guidance and support? Join in our Mentoring [6] program. Sign up by August 30 to be matched with an experienced librarian outside of your institution for a broader perspective.


Committees are in formation to enhance Scholarly Communication, connections between high school and college librarians, and communicating our value to administrators and faculty.

After attending meetings at the ALA conference in DC this summer, I am even more proud to be part of a progressive, vital, and active chapter of the National ACRL. Please join us at the Iowa Library Association Fall Conference October 13-15, 2010 in Coralville for more knowledge, networking and fun. From Jeanette Woodward's pre-conference on the customer-driven academic library, to humor in the libraries with Fred Gertler, to author fairs and scores of fascinating sessions, it will be a valuable time. Look forward to seeing you there!

Wishing you the best of everything, Mary Iber Iowa ACRL President