ILA/ACRL Newsletter, vol. 8, no. 1, March 1998
As I begin my year as President of ILA/ACRL I feel that I am really
reaping the rewards of the hard work done by my predecessors. Mary McInroy, 1997 ILA/ACRL
President, laid the groundwork for our joint Spring conference with the Nebraska Library
Association, College & University Library Section. Mary was also responsible for
obtaining the ACRL Initiative Fund grant which has helped fund our Thursday, May 7
half-day conference on paraprofessionals in libraries. We hope that as many library
support staff members as possible will be able to attend. In order to encourage
attendance, the Scholarship Committee (chaired by Mary McInroy!) has decided to use a
portion of its funds to provide scholarships for attendance by paraprofessionals. See the
article later in this newsletter for details.
Joining forces with our Nebraska colleagues will also give us a
larger pool of expertise to draw from for our regular Friday conference on May 8 when nine
contributed-paper sessions will offer the accumulated wisdom of librarians from two
states. The keynote speaker on Friday is Clifford Lynch of the ARL's, Coalition for
Networked Information. A dinner is planned on Thursday night for all who plan to stay over
and this will be a wonderful chance to socialize and chat with new people. I attended
Nebraska's College & University Library Section's Spring meeting last year and I know
that they excited about joining us. For more information about the conference see the
article and registration form included in this issue.
I am also very grateful to all the dedicated people who agreed to
serve as chairs of ILA/ACRL committees this year. I continue to be impressed by the hard
work and dedicated service which committee chairs and other members of the Executive Board
do and they are a great group of people to work with.
Another project which was begun by my predecessors was revision of
our Chapter's bylaws. Bylaws revision is not a topic which excites most people but it is a
necessary activity in order to insure that our organizational structures respond to
changes in our environment. The Ad Hoc Bylaws Committee has now finished its work and if
our revisions clear the ILA approval process they should be ready for a vote by the
membership of ILA/ACRL after the Spring meeting. One of the proposed changes in the bylaws
is the establishment of a standing Electronic Communications Committee which will work
with both the ILA/ACRL web page and the listserv. Bob Rose, 1996 ILA/ACRL President, first
created the ad hoc ia-acrl web committee. When our listserv was created a new ad hoc
Electronic Information Committe was formed which took on responsibility for the list as
well as the web page. For the past two years this committee, chaired by Barbara Allen,
have brought us these invaluable services.
Although we are still far from achieving the "paperless
society", the fact that you are reading this newsletter online is indicative of how
important electronic communications have become to us. The savings which we hope to
achieve by reducing the number of paper copies of this newsletter should allow us to plan
even better programing opportunities for the membership. At the risk of sounding like a
broken record, (CD?), I would also like to urge you again to subscribe to the ia-acrl
listserv (email@example.com) if you haven't already done so. As a subscriber you can
be assured or receiving all the latest news in your electronic mailbox. If you are already
are a subscriber, please help us to share the news about Iowa academic and research
libraries by forwarding appropriate messages to your co-workers.
Finally, now that you have paid off your holiday bills, don't forget
to renew your membership in ILA and be sure to check off ACRL. Otherwise you may not be
seeing future editions of this newsletter!
Mary Beveridge --- 1998 ILA/ACRL Pesident
ACRL CHAPTERS COUNCIL AT MIDWINTER
Mary McInroy and I attended the Chapters Council meeting at ALA
Mid-Winter in New Orleans. One of the most important agenda items at this meeting was the
Draft Report of the ACRL Chapters Relations Task Force. For several years there has been
concern at both ends about the relationship between the national organization and ACRL
Chapters. As a result of this concern the ACRL Board appointed the Task Force at the 1996
ALA Annual Conference in New York. Their Draft Report has been temporarily posted at the
ILA/ACRL website under "News and Newsletters" and I would encourage you to look
Among the issues addressed by the report are communication between
ACRL and chapters, the autonomy of chapters, funding and recruitment of members. Its
recommendations include an increase in the funding of each chapter from $0.75 to $1.00 per
national ACRL member living in the chapter's geographic area plus $10 for each new member
during a fiscal year. For their part, chapters must take a more active role in encouraging
membership in national ACRL and provide an annual report of their activities. Fortunately,
some concerns such as chapter incorporation and liability, are not a concern for ILA/ACRL
as we are incorporated as a division under the Iowa Library Association.
The Task Force would very much like feedback on the Draft Report.
Comments are due back by April 1, 1998 and may be sent to Barbara Baxter Jenkins, Chapters
Council President (firstname.lastname@example.org) or John Collins, Co-Chair of the Task Force
The meeting also offered a preview of ACRL's 9th National Conference
to be held April 8-11, 1999 in Detroit, Michigan. It promises to be as excellent as the
conference in Nashville last year, so mark your calendars and watch for more information.
1998 SPRING CONFERENCE
May 7 & 8 - Drake University
"Creating New Connections" is the theme for the first
joint conference of the ILA/ACRL and the Nebraska Library Association /College &
University Section. Creating a new bi-state connection and combining the resources of the
two state associations made it possible to bring in two great keynote speakers. The
half-day session on May 7 which will focus on another kind of connection - that between
various staff members in libraries. Larry Oberg, University Librarian at Willamette
University, will be the keynote speaker, speaking on "Library Support Staff in an Age
of Change: The Challenges of Tomorrow".
Conference attendees who choose to stay over for both days will be
able to meet their colleagues from Iowa and Nebraska at a dinner on Thursday evening. On
Friday, May 8 the usual format of ILA/ACRL conferences will include Clifford Lynch,
Executive Director of ARL's Coalition for Networked Information as keynote speaker. His
address will be on "Networked Information and New Communities." The two state
associations will split up for business meetings but otherwise will share programming and
For those viewing this electronically, this link will take you to
registration forms and other information. Those receiving a paper copy will find a
registration form attached.
THE ACADEMIC LIBRARIAN'S CALENDAR
IOWA LIBRARY ASSOCIATION
AMERICAN INSTITUTE OF COMMERCE
GRAND VIEW COLLEGE
IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY
MOUNT MERCY COLLEGE
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA
UNIVERSITY OF IOWA SCHOOL OF LIBRARY & INFORMATION SCIENCE
WILLIAM PENN COLLEGE
SOME USEFUL ILA/ACRL WEB SITES
Editorial comment should be directed to: Linda L. Scarth, Busse Center Library, Mount
Mercy College, Cedar Rapids, IA 52402-4794, phone 319-363-8213 x1246, e-mail
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Full addresses for Committee members may be found in the 1998
Iowa Academic and Research Libraries Directory.
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