ILA/ACRL Newsletter, vol. 8, no. 3, November 1998
As my year as ILA/ACRL president draws to a close, a lot of people
have made comments to me indicating that it must be a relief to have it over. While it
will be nice not to have to worry that I have forgotten some report or deadline, I have
thoroughly enjoyed this year because of the delightful people with whom I have worked both
within ACRL and in ILA generally. Fortunately, I don't have to feel too sad about leaving
them. Not only does the past president continue on the Board, but there are always many
opportunities to serve in ILA/ACRL.
I am pleased that some of our new colleagues in the state have leapt
into the fray serving as committee members and chairs. If this organization is to continue
to be a valuable forum for Iowa academic and research librarians, however, we need all of
you. Reduced staffs and budgets, new technology, publishing gluts, etc. have made us all
busier but I continue to believe that interchange with our colleagues is one of the most
important activities we can pursue to maintain our professionalism.
For many of us the cost of attending national meetings is often
prohibitive but we can find an amazing level of expertise and experience among ourselves
here in Iowa. The conferences, listserv and web page, directory, and newsletter are all
vital for keeping us in touch with our professional community and they only function if
people are willing to work with them.
The committee slots are filled for this year, but if you aren't
serving on a committee this year or running for an office, please consider doing so next
year. We need your ideas and energy and I think you will be pleasantly surprised at the
benefits you will receive.
Mary Beveridge --- 1998 ILA/ACRL President
THANK YOU, MARY BEVERIDGE
Chris Neuhaus, in a message to the ILA-ACRL Board, expressed what
all of feel. We are reprinting his message here.
"I would like to take this brief electronic moment to thank
Mary Beveridge for her wonderful performance as president of ILA/ACRL.
Like many of you, I have been grateful for Mary's energy, wisdom,
and leadership over the past year. Mary's role in hosting the joint Iowa/Nebraska Spring
Conference at Drake was greatly appreciated. Mary's performance as chair of the Executive
Board was highly effective as was her role in coordinating our many committees. That our
Chapter continues to be a strong and healthy organization is a testimonial to Mary's
successful style of leadership. That she has gained the long lasting friendship and
admiration of so many throughout the state is a testimonial to her most generous
personality and spirit.
Please join me in thanking Mary for a job very well done."
University of Northern Iowa
PROCLAMMATION OF THANKS
ILA-ACRL had hoped to have this read at the ILA Annual Conference
Luncheon. As that did not occur, it is here for all to read.
The Iowa Chapter, Association of College and Research Libraries
expresses its appreciation to Dorothy Persson for her service to the Chapter as Spring
conference photographer in 1997 and 1998, Governmental Relations Representative in 1997
and her service as past president, on committees and her tireless advocacy for the section
and ILA in general.
1998 FALL CONFERENCE
ILA Annual Conference, 1998 - ILA/ACRL Speaker
"Collaboration Out of Chaos: The Challenges and the
Rewards" By Barbara McFadden Allen
Barbara McFadden Allen, Assistant Director of the Committee on
Institutional Cooperation (Champaign, Illinois) and Director of the CIC Center for Library
Initiatives, spoke to the challenges and the rewards of interinstitutional library
cooperation, with specific reference to the experience of the twelve CIC member
institutions, at the ILA Annual Conference. Her presentation was sponsored by ILA/ACRL and
the Bibliographic Center for Research.
In her remarks, Ms. Allen outlined the governing principles of the
CIC: that no one institution should attempt to serve all of the needs of all of the
people; interinstitutional cooperation permits experimentation on a scale larger than that
attainable by a single institution; and, perhaps most importantly, voluntary cooperation
fosters action while preserving diversity and institutional autonomy. Ms. Allen noted that
the CIC libraries are committed to the creation of a consortial organization by the year
2000 which will be guided by a vision of information resources as a "seamless whole,
whether those resources are developed or owned individually or collectively." CIC
library initiatives include collaborative management of, and access to both traditional
collections and electronic resources, and the collaborative development of new types of
digital information systems. Current projects include a Virtual Elecronic Library, which
will utilize OCLC WebZ software, OCLC PRISM services, and the Internet to provide a
customizable interface and a seamless connection to bibliographic and circulation
information from a variety of sources.
Drawing on her extensive experience with resource-sharing projects,
Ms. Allen summarized the opportunities inherent in interinstitutional cooperation and
collaboration - enhanced services, leveraged investments, a proactive approach to managing
a changing environment, and professional development. She emphasized that the greatest
challenge to cooperative ventures is in developing, and remaining focused, on a clear
vision or joint direction. She noted a number of factors she believes necessary for
successful collaboration - the perception of benefits accrued, a focus on enhancing
services, provision for varied levels of participation in group projects, a trust borne of
association with peers, with similar size institutions and similar missions, and a central
administrative entity, however modest.
Ms. Allen's presentation was followed by a discussion session,
entitled "Interinstitutional Cooperation: Iowa Librarians Explore the
Possibilities," which she helped facilitate. Participants described cooperative
projects underway and envisioned, and discussed some of the perceived barriers to enhanced
collaboration. Several avenues for possible cooperation were identified, licensing of
electronic resources, and cooperative collection development being of considerable
interest. Ms. Allen encouraged the attendees to designate responsibility for particular
projects, indicating that success is more likely when a single individual or entity will
take on primary responsibility for running a project from which others will benefit. She
cautioned against overly ambitious projects, those for which the necessary resources may
not be available. Above all, she emphasized the need for a common vision and mission
around which projects may be constructed.
Ms. Allen identified a number of resources of potential usefulness
to those interested in interinstitutional collaboration. These include the CIC Web site http://www.cic.uiuc.edu/index.html, and the
site maintained by the International Coaliton of Library Consortia http://www.library.yale.edu/consortia/.
University of Northern Iowa
CALL FOR PRESENTATIONS
Here the call that went out on the listserv for presenters for the
Spring Conference. Repitition is sometimes a good reminder.
Dear ILA/ACRL Member:
The ILA/ACRL Annual Spring Conference will be held on Friday, May 7,
1999, at the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls. Please consider seriously whether
you might like to give a presentation at this conference (remember, you will be talking to
your Iowa colleagues). We will have 6 to 8 slots for contributed presentations.
[snip....] The [application] form can be found on the ILA/ACRL Web
page (as part of the main menu; http://www.iowaacrl.org).
The form's direct URL is: http://www.iowaacrl.org/iacrldir/callpap99.html.
There will be one free conference registration for each accepted
I am looking forward to receiving your presentation proposal.
Chair, ILA/ACRL Spring Conference Program Committee
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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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