vol. 11, no. 2, July 2001
The 2001 ILA/ACRL Spring Conference was wonderful! Dr. Richard Varn's
multimedia presentation on the future of information technology in Iowa
and the role of libraries in that future was exhilarating and thought
provoking. The number and quality of breakout sessions made it difficult
to decide which ones to attend. I really appreciated Robin Martin's
update on the Library Services Task Force (see text at
was exciting to see more than 100 participants at the Conference. Perhaps
one of the most enjoyable parts of the day for me was watching all the
small groups of people standing in the hallways talking and networking
between sessions and at lunch.
And speaking of lunch, the food, from the display when we walked into the
door that morning until the last break in the afternoon, was delicious.
I'm very glad that we had enough chocolate to eat.
My thanks and appreciation go to the Spring Conference Committee: Mary
Heinzman, Joyce Lindstrom, Susan Moore, Linda Nelson, Kathy Parsons, Kris
Stacy-Bates, and Chair Jennifer Davis. You provided ILA/ACRL with an
outstanding Spring Conference. A note of thanks to the staff at St.
Ambrose University's O'Keefe Library for all the ways they worked on this
Conference. Bravo to Jennifer Davis for a job well done.
The ILA/ACRL Board voted to establish an ad hoc task force to investigate
ways that we could work together to provide electronic databases and
resources for our patrons at a reasonable cost. The first task of this
group will be to find out what is already available for academic libraries
in the State of Iowa. John Pollitz, Director of the O'Keefe Library at
St. Ambrose University, has graciously agreed to chair it. If you are
interested in serving on this task force, or if you have any questions or
comments about this, please contact John or myself. John's e-mail address
, phone number 563-333-6241, and my e-mail
address is firstname.lastname@example.org,
phone number 563-441-4152.
The 2001 Fall ILA Conference will be Wednesday, October 10th to Friday,
October 12th at the RiverCenter in Davenport. On October 10th, for the
first time in many years (perhaps the first time ever), ILA/ACRL is
sponsoring a preconference on the application of the new ACRL standards
for college libraries. This promises to provide us with lots of good
ideas on evaluating our services, including the whole area of outcomes
assessment. Bill Nelson and Bob Fernekes have much experience giving this
workshop and are excited about sharing their expertise with us. (More
On Thursday, October 11th, two of the afternoon sessions will be about
information literacy in academic libraries. Carla List, Librarian from
Plattsburg State University of New York will discuss faculty and librarian
cooperation in advancing information literacy in our institutions.
Afterwards, we will have an opportunity to listen to a panel discussion on
the same topic. Three ILA/ACRL members, Jean Donham, Marsha Forys, and
Kyle Winward, will comprise that panel and should give us plenty of food
for thought and for action. Also don't forget the ILA/ACRL Business
Meeting at 4:30 that afternoon. I certainly hope to see you there!
One last item. Later this summer or early fall, Rachel Crowley, my
successor, will be looking for volunteers to replace committee members
whose terms have expired. You are needed. Your talents, your skills,
your passions, and your knowledge are needed to help ILA/ACRL meet the
needs of all its members. Please consider filling out the form at
or contacting Rachel
or myself. We value your involvement.
Have a great summer and I look forward to seeing you in Davenport in
--Jane Campagna, Scott Community College, President ILA/ACRL
ILA/ACRL Scholarship recipients:
Each spring ILA/ACRL gives a scholarship to our spring conference to a new
librarian. This year we supported two fine new librarians, and we asked
them each to write a short report about their attendance. Their comments
From Michelle Holschuh Simmons, Cole Library, Cornell College:
This brief conference was packed with worthwhile sessions, and I
appreciated having a venue to reunite with my colleagues from across the
state of Iowa. Additionally, I valued the opportunity to have been one of
the presenters for a group of supportive, inquisitive librarians. As I
approach the end of my first year as a librarian, events like the ILA/ACRL
Spring Conference reaffirm my decision to change careers and become an
From Becky Lutkenhaus, Documents and Maps Reference Librarian,
of Northern Iowa:
I feel very fortunate that I was selected to receive an ILA/ACRL
Conference Scholarship, which enabled me to attend the Spring 2001
Conference at St. Ambrose University in Davenport, Iowa. The wide variety
of topics covered by the educational programs made it easy for everyone to
attend a program related to their areas of interest. Unfortunately, it
also made it difficult to choose between the programs offered!
The conference enabled me to meet library colleagues from around the
state, as well as to visit with old friends. The conference is a great
networking opportunity for anyone new to academic librarianship in Iowa. I
look forward to attending next year's conference, and hope to see you all
ILA Fall Conference
The latest issue of the Catalyst has a program and registration form for
the ILA fall conference. Please note that the information is also on ILA
fall conference page at
There are links
to PDF forms for registration and program at the site (Adobe Acrobat
This year's conference will be at the Davenport RiverCenter October 10-12.
Theme of the conference is "21st Century Literacy @ Iowa libraries," and
many sessions deal with literacy issues. A few highlights:
- Four excellent preconferences on varied topics on Wednesday
- The keynote speaker on Thursday will be former ACRL president Maureen
Sullivan. She will also lead a pre-conference workshop on Weds, October 10
titled "21st Century Leadership Challenges: Preparing for New Roles."
- The Thursday night banquet speaker will be Max Allen Collins
- The luncheon speaker on Friday, October is Donald Kaul, speaking on
21st Century: Is it Really Necessary?"
Preconference: Do we measure up?
Preconference sponsored by ILA/ACRL, as mentioned by Jane Campagna above:
Do We Measure Up? ILA/ACRL Pre-Conference October 10, 2001 by Bill
Library Director, Augusta State University, and Bob Fernekes, PhD,
Information Services Librarian , Georgia Southern University. Bill Nelson
and Bob Fernekes will begin the workshop with an overview of the rationale
and processes involved in college library standards and assessment. They
will discuss several techniques for documenting and measuring the ways
that libraries contribute to the goals and learning outcomes of their
parent institutions. All workshop participants will be provided with a
workbook, and they will divide into small groups where they will use the
workbook for hands-on application of the principles previously discussed.
The workbook contains pertinent information on academic library standards,
detailed examples and suggestions, sample survey questions, and a
bibliography. In addition, the workbook also contains several forms that
can be used to facilitate data entry, collection, and evaluation for
individual libraries. Participants can use these forms to apply the
principles and techniques to their own library situation. Cost $50, $60
An upcoming regional seminar.
Brick and Click Libraries: How Do We Support Both?
A Regional Academic Library Symposium (Iowa, Kansas, Missouri & Nebraska)
Friday, October 26, 2001. Sponsored by Owens Library, Northwest Missouri
Managing traditional and virtual library resources and services in the
21st century is the focus of the symposium. Have you been looking for an
opportunity to present (or present and publish)? Would you like to discuss
issues regarding collection development and acquisitions, technical
services, interlibrary loan, access services, reference services,
instruction, and the Web? Together we will share strategies for providing
services and resources in this ever-changing environment.
The registration deadline is September 7, 2001. Cost is $100, but less
for presenters and graduate students.
ILA/Government Documents Round Table held its annual summer workshop on
July 13th at the University of Iowa Main Library, with government
documents librarians from several academic institutions in attendance.
Carolyn Kohler of UI provided an update on government information issues
and implications for Iowa libraries. She noted the continued decline in
the number of depository libraries in the state, the increased reliance of
the federal government on electronic dissemination of government
publications, and the efforts of the University of Iowa Library, as the
Regional Depository Library, to provide instruction for using government
CD-ROMs and other materials.
Barbara Corson and Mary Wegner, both of the Iowa State Library, provided
updates on Iowa government. Barbara circulated a draft of a new collection
development policy for the State Documents Center intended to expedite the
processing of Iowa state publications. Mary discussed recent legislation
concerning the regional library districts and the archiving of state
electronic publications. She also provided an overview of issues on the
horizon for the next legislative session.
The afternoon session focused on geographic information. Mary McInroy
provided an introduction to the many Web sites, government agencies and
commercial vendors that provide spatial data, often coupled with
government-produced data such as census statistics. Her presentation
included a demo of importing statistical data into a GIS program to
produce thematic maps.
Beth Henning of the State Data Center led an in-depth exploration of
Census 2000 geographic products, including the interactive mapping
features of American Factfinder. The workshop concluded with a tour of
the Iowa Women's Archives.
-Steve Ostrem, University of Iowa Libraries
COMMUNITY COLLEGE NEWS
North Iowa Area Community College
Angie Schaper, whose position at North Iowa Area Community College Library
was eliminated due to state budget cuts, has a new position as Librarian
at Riverland Community College, Albert Lea campus, in Minnesota. She
starts August 20.
After 25 years as a Federal Depository Library, North Iowa Area Community
College Library will be relinquishing its depository status, due to staff
cuts resulting from state budget cuts.
Indian Hills Community
Indian Hills C.C. Library adds bilingual, Spanish language materials to
Associate Librarian Cheryl Leffler worked with Joye Lore-Lawson,
Coordinator of the Indian Hills Language Learning Center to select a
variety of bilingual, Spanish language materials for all ages. An on-line
Spanish language encyclopedia has also been added to the library's web
page through the efforts of Lore-Lawson and the Language Learning Center.
The Spanish language version of Grolier's encyclopedia can be accessed at
In addition, The Indian
Hills Community College Library is hosting a bilingual story time for
children ages 3 to 10 for six weeks in July and August.
E-Paper - The Next Jump? By Deb Seiffert, Coordinator of
Resources, Northeast Iowa Community College
E-paper is a fascinating future technology. A general description of the
product is flexible paper that can be electronically written on. This
has always sounded like a high-tech dream to replace paper that would mean
the demise of the book. My usual response is "now what new gadget are
they going to come up with to replace the book?"
A trip to Disney's Epcot Center changed that attitude. Xerox had a booth
where they demonstrated their electronic reusable paper called SmartPaper
that was invented at the Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). Gyricon
Media, an offshoot of Xerox, is presently continuing their research.
Since it was a slow day and I was their only customer, we had a wonderful
chat about their product.
The paper consisted of a clear sheet of plastic over a gray-colored
sheet. The gray sheet felt a bit more like rubber and was not actually
gray but a combination of tiny black/white beads in oil-filled cavities.
These beads are free to rotate within these cavities so when voltage is
applied to the surface of the sheet, the beads rotate to present one
colored side. This gives us an "image" on the page. One advantage to this
over other handheld devices is that the image remains without additional
power until new voltage patterns are applied. Also, without the need for
backlight, it is easier on the eyes. Even rolling it up or folding it
does not change the image.
So how do you get voltage to this paper? A wand was shown at Epcot where
you can scan information into its memory and later scan the wand over the
e-paper to reproduce the information. Another method is having a simple
electrode structure on the surface of the paper that will allow a faster
more direct electronic update from your computer. Then there is the
"book" made up of several of these pages attached to an electronic spine
where information is stored, changing the pages as you need them. This
concept is quite impressive.
Another source for e-paper that was not on display at Epcot comes from two
companies who joined together, E Ink (developed in the MIT media lab) and
Lucent Bell Laboratories. E Ink's displays are made of tiny capsules
filled with light and dark dyes that change color when given an electric
charge. Lucent developed flexible transistors that are printed on thin
sheets of plastic where E Ink resides. Again, once the page has been
charged with an image, the image remains until it is electronically
changed. The first focus for their product is for store price tags
displaying special offers.
Both Xerox and E Ink see their e-paper eventually becoming a newspaper.
All these applications stir the imagination. Will this effect books? Most
likely but not for some time until such technology proves itself, but once
it does, our libraries will surely look different.
Sources of information:
Battery, Jim. "Delivering on the Electronic-Paper Promise".
April 16, 2001: 38. Academic Search Elite. EBSCOhost. Northeast
Community College Library, Peosta, IA. 06 July 2001.
News from IPAL (IOWA PRIVATE ACADEMIC
Dunn Library, Simpson College:
Steve Duffy is now Systems Access Librarian. Steve, previously the
Information Resources Librarian, has shifted his focus to cataloging,
processing and Innovative System maintenance.
Mary Peterson is our Information Resources Librarian. She comes
from Highland Community College in Kansas and Western Nebraska Community
College. Mary is responsible for reference, instruction, and updating the
library web site.
Cynthia Dyer, Library Director and College Archivist, attended the
Disney Institute on "Delivering the Customer Experience". Nine members of
the Simpson community attended this workshop sponsored through the Council
of Independent Colleges .
Hickman-Johnson-Furrow Library, Morningside College:
Jim Fisk has been hired to fill the position of Reference and
Instructional Services Librarian. He is a recent graduate of Emporia State
University in Kansas. Jim will be joining us on August 1. His office phone
number will be: 712-274-5246 and most his email address will be
email@example.com. Please join us in welcoming Jim to
College, and to the academic and library communities in Iowa!
O'Keefe Library, St. Ambrose University:
In June, the granddaughter of artist Maxfield Parrish was on campus to
present a program about her Grandfather's work. While on campus she came
to the library and presented the library with two autographed books about
her grandfather's art.
Also in June, reference librarian Barb Kuttler attended a weeklong seminar
entitled "Institute for Information Literacy" in Wisconsin. Information
she learned will be used in our new Information Literacy classes that
begin in the fall.
Mary Heinzman, Business Reference Librarian, was nominated as a candidate
for the campus-wide "Staff of the Year" award.
Jennifer Davis, Head of Technical Services and John Pollitz, Director are
members of the planning committee for the Fall ILA Conference, to be held
in Davenport on October 11-13.
Busse Center Library, Mt. Mercy College:
Linda Scarth presented a poster session at ALA in San Francisco. The ACRL
Education and Behavioral Sciences Section presented a session entitled
"Old Friends, New Partners: Academic Libraries Redefine K-12 Outreach"
which included a panel and a group of poster presentations on June 17.
Linda's poster title was "A-B-C Books: an Academic Library Project by
Grand View College Library:
The library classroom is gradually evolving into a versatile instructional
teaching lab. Eight new tables and sixteen upholstered swivel chairs
have been purchased. There are castors on both so they can be moved
around. It is designed for working in pairs. There will be one computer
for each table. This is our first try at wireless communication. The
installation is underway and the first two computers are connected and
they work. These are computers that were replaced in the public access
area by newer models so they are a few years old and it is gratifying to
see that older machines can be used for a new purpose. The large screen
destination computer will still be used for instructor demonstration.
News from other libraries
Iowa State University Libraries:
Dean Olivia Madison was recently elected Vice President/President-elect of
the Association of Library Collections and Technical Services of the
American Library Association. She is current chair of the ALCTS Budget
and Finance Committee.
Diana Shonrock has been elected Chair-Elect of the American Library
Association's RUSA (Reference and User Services Association) MOUSS
(Management and Operation of User Services Section)
Jennifer Clayton, who had been in charge of the Library 160 program
resigned in May to take a similar position at Duke University. The
Library 160 program is a required library instruction course for all ISU
Jason McLatchie joined the Library P&S staff in April 2001 as a Systems
Support Specialist III in the Information Technology Division.
University of Iowa Libraries
Staff changes: Susan Marks will become Coordinator, Human Resources and
Diversity Programs this fall.
Brian Thompson is the Systems Librarian, Library Automation
Instruction Librarian, TWIST program (July interviews)
Information Arcade Head (July Interviews)
Hardin Library, Head (August interviews)
Special Collections Librarian (July interviews)
Librarian, Minority Research Library Residency Program, Reference and
Information Services (deadline 7/20/01)
Electronic Resources, Technical Services, Librarian (deadline 7/27/01)
Serials Acquisitions Librarian (deadline 8/17/01))
Monographic Cataloging Librarian (deadline 8/24/01)
Coordinator, Information and Educational Services, Hardin Library
Coordinator, Access Services (deadline 9/14/01)
University of Northern Iowa Library:
Ann Ford, Chair, University of Iowa
Jan Dellinger, Hawkeye Community College
Sandra Keist, Grandview College
Marlene Metzgar, Kaplan College
Steve Ostrem, University of Iowa
Colleen Valente, University of Northern Iowa
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