Volume 15, Number 3, November 2005

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ILA/ACRL Newsletter

Spotlight on the ILA Annual Conference

Dubuque, Iowa was a beautiful fall location for the Iowa Library Association Annual Conference that was held on October 19th through the 21st. The Grand River Center had fabulous facilities for the conference and you can see a section of it in the picture to the left. The title of the conference was "Moving Forward Together: Communication, Collaboration, Cohesion" and was well attended. General Session Speakers included Carol Brey-Casiano, Immediate Past-President of ALA who spoke on the topic "Advocates Moving Forward: the Power of Partnerships." The Last River Rat, Kenny Salwey, an author from Wisconsin kept us enthralled at the Thursday evening banquet when he spoke on "Living with Nature". Dr. Jose-Marie Griffiths, Dean of the School of Information and Library Science at University of North Carolina, spoke at the Friday general session on "Embedded Librarians: Knowledge Professionals at the Front Lines of the Information Age." The Iowa Library Association/Association of College and Research Libraries sponsored one pre-conference and three concurrent sessions within the conference. Highlights of these can be found below and are courtesy of the following Newsletter Committee Members: Veronica McAsey, Lisa Stock, Mary Anne Knefel, Sandy Ballasch, and Amy Paulus. Jane Campagna was able to attend the Pre-Conference and graciously agreed to contribute for this issue of the ILA/ACRL newsletter. Kathy Parsons, ILA/ACRL President, and Susan Knippel, Membership Committee Chair, are pictured below in the ILA/ACRL Booth that was in the Exhibit Area of the Conference Center. Pictures are courtesy of Amy Paulus and Susan Knippel. We hope you enjoy this issue!




ILA Annual Conference Scholarship Recipients from ILA/ACRL

Each fall ILA/ACRL provides a scholarship to attend the Annual ILA Conference. This year there were two award categories. The first category was given to a librarian working in an Iowa academic library who was either attending their first ILA Annual Conference or had worked in an Iowa library for fewer than three years. The second award was a one-time award donated by the ILA/ACRL sponsored conference speaker, David Tyckoson, who donated $250 of his honorarium to be given to a library support personnel or a library science student. The scholarship recipients were Jennifer Tuner and Aileen Chang-Matus.

Comments from the two award recipients about their conference experiences are included below:

As a librarian new to the state and the profession, I greatly appreciated the opportunity to attend my first professional conference. True to its central theme, “Moving Forward Together: Communication, Collaboration, and Cohesion,” the 2005 ILA Fall Conference in Dubuque helped me connect with others in my profession and see where librarianship in Iowa is headed. It was wonderful to see such an energetic and dedicated group of people come together for the betterment of Iowa’s libraries! -- Jennifer Turner, Technical Services Coordinator, Luise V. Hanson Library, Waldorf College, Forest City, Iowa.

What an opportunity and delight the 2005 conference of the Iowa Library Association was! I enjoyed learning about the work and perspectives of librarians and staff in a wide variety of rules and departments other than my own area of serials. The view of life and circumstances of many kinds of libraries that were larger, smaller or different in mission from my own was truly fascinating. Through all the concurrent and general sessions and meetings wound the common thread of the vital role of active, committed library people in supporting individuals’ and communities’ information needs—but with fresh, varied perspectives on how we can all approach this task in these quickly changing times.

The ILA conference was engrossing, enlightening, and refreshing—if not satisfying, since it did whet my appetite for further involvement. My sincere appreciation to all the dedicated people who contributed to this coming together of minds and experiences around the topic of library work, and my special gratitude to those who made it possible for me to participate! -- Aileen Chang-Matus, Serials Assistant, Cole Library, Cornell College, Mount Vernon, Iowa.

Submitted by Ellen Neuhaus – 2005 Awards Committee Chair

Pre-Conference Highlights and Pictures

Introduction to Digital Imaging - Pre-conference with Jill Koelling, Executive Director, Collaborative Digitization Project in conjunction with BCR.

I attended the Introduction to Digital Imaging pre-conference sponsored by ILA/ACRL. The session was conducted by Jill Koelling, the Executive Director of Collaborative Digitization Project which contracts with BCR to provide training on digitization. I am a novice when it comes to digitization and knew next to nothing about it. This pre-conference was exactly what I needed. Ms. Koelling has had a lot of experience giving presentations on scanning and digitizing. She started from the beginning with introducing us to the vocabulary of scanning, such as what jpegs and pixels are. She also discussed scanners and the pros and cons of in-house production and outsourcing. Most of her comments addressed the process of scanning images with very little emphasis on scanning text. This presentation gave me a basic understanding of the issues of digital imaging which is exactly what I hoped for. Jane Campagna, Scott Community College.




Concurrent Sessions Highlights and Pictures

Reference Success, Reference Failure Presented by Dave Tyckoson, Head of Public Services, Henry Madden Library, California State University – Fresno.

In this ILA/ACRL-sponsored session, David Tyckoson, Director of Public Services at the Henry Madden Library at California State University, Fresno, spoke to a standing-room-only crowd about his research in the measurement of reference success. This year, Tyckoson received the Isadore Gilbert Mudge R. R. Bowker Award, the highest national honor given by ALA to a reference librarian.

Tyckoson began by reviewing the various studies which all found a 55% success rate in answering factual reference questions. With this low rate of accuracy, why, then, do people return to reference librarians? The answer, he says, lies in the behavioral side of a reference transaction. A more accurate assessment of reference success lies in a patron’s willingness to return to a librarian for help.

With a behavioral reference model in mind, ALA’s RUSA (Reference and User Services Association) Committee proposed behavioral guidelines for reference interviews. Tyckoson, who served as the first chair of this Committee, reviewed these “Guidelines for Behavioral Performance of Reference and Information Service Providers.” They state that a successful reference interview is marked by approachability, interest, listening/inquiry, searching, and follow-up. Tyckoson then discussed all of these factors, with particular attention to approachability.

Tyckoson has developed approachability survey, in which people are presented with pictures of a pair of librarians at a reference desk and asked to choose which is more approachable. After the audience did the survey, he discussed the results, which were consistent with the audience’s answers. He has found that the nonverbal cues are the key to being approachable. In the survey, most will approach the smiling person over a person with a neutral expression; patrons will approach a standing librarian because being at eye level makes people comfortable. Patrons will not approach someone on the phone. Patrons will wait in line for the busy librarian, thinking that he or she must be helpful.

Patrons will return to librarians that appear interested in them. When they ask a question, patrons are in a vulnerable position. Ask them questions in order to bring them through the research process together. Know your community. What are the common questions you should expect? Finally, ask the patron if they have found what they wanted. This is the question with the highest correlation to the patron’s willingness to return.

Tyckoson recommended that we look at the ALA Guidelines, available at the ALA Website, and role play with the reference staff. At the reference desk, we are the library advocates and we must improve our skills so that we can be of value to our patrons. Mary Anne Knefel, University of Dubuque.

Reference Desk Live! Presented by Dave Tyckoson, Head of Public Services, Henry Madden Library, California State University – Fresno.

Dave Tyckoson with help from some Iowa Librarians: Leanne Alexander from Iowa State University, Jane Campagna from Scott Community College, Stephen Dew from the University of Iowa, Rebecca Funke from Des Moines Area Community College-Boone Campus, Jeff Kushkowski from Iowa State University, Kathy Parsons from Iowa State University, and Rebecca Stuhr from Grinnell College, took reference service to the extreme in these comical skits! The musical talents and acting skills of these librarians amazed the audience! This session was highly entertaining but also made you think about how the reference desk could appear. Jane Campagna (pictured with Dave on the right), boisterously began with the introduction to this program and provided the transitional information in between each "act".


Dave Tyckoson: The Godfather Reference Librarian
Kathy Parsons: Mafia Security
Stephen Dew, Leanne Alexander and Rebecca Funke: Students with a research project

Dave Tyckoson began the first act as "The Godfather" (pictured to the left) by creating the illusion of a dangerous and exotic reference desk and librarian! The students describe their research problem after the privilege of being able to make an appointment with the Reference Godfather. Kathy Parsons, as mafia security, assesses the situation in the background. This skit delves into some serious issues despite its light-heartedness. The use of library support staff and students at the reference desk and the availability of the reference librarian are all concerns faced by many libraries.


Jeff Kushkowski: Mr. Reference Man (sang to the tune of "Secret Agent Man!")
Stephen Dew, Leanne Alexander and Rebecca Funke: Students with a research project

Next, Jeff Kushkowski (aka Mr. Reference Man pictured to the right with the students), showed the political side of the reference desk. With the Patriot Act and other intellectual freedom issues, sometimes working on the reference desk entails being more of a secret agent than a librarian.


Dave Tyckoson: Inquisition Reference Librarian
Stephen Dew, Leanne Alexander and Rebecca Funke: Students with a research project

Dave Tyckoson then illustrated the roving reference librarian scenario - which could reflect the atmosphere present back in the times of the Inquisition. Outreach and helping students in their own environments is an increasingly popular service and issue. Reference transactions in the library are low and thus the need to reach out to students in places outside of the library. But how do we get rid of the feeling that we are hounding people to death rather than helping them? The Inquisition Reference Librarian pictured above questioned each student separately in order to get all of the information about the research project and in the process, intimidates each of them into giving up the knowledge they possess.

Rebecca Stuhr: Julie Andrews Reference Librarian
Stephen Dew, Leanne Alexander and Rebecca Funke: Students with a research project

With increasing Google use, the need for reference service to become a larger production in order to attract attention to its importance is a growing concern for many libraries. Thus "Reference, the Musical" is an excellent idea to implement. Rebecca Stuhr, pictured below, assures students Leanne Alexander and Rebecca Funke that their problems are not so bad by singing "My Favorite Things."


Dave Tyckoson: Reference Librarian
Kathy Parsons: Genie
Stephen Dew, Leanne Alexander and Rebecca Funke: Students with a research project

Most students are amazed at the wealth of knowledge that a reference librarian and library holds. We are able to answer questions and find information on almost every topic possible. But of course, they do not know that we all have our own personal genies! In this act, Kathy Parsons played the genie who finds all the answers. She is pictured to the left with Dave Tyckoson playing the reference librarian who uses one of his wishes in order to obtain the information needed to answer the research questions of the students.

Jeff Kushkowski: Rick the Librarian
Stephen Dew: Rival to Rick and Husband to Rebecca Funke
Rebecca Funke: Love interest of the two men
Rebecca Stuhr: Director of the Library

Rick the Librarian, played by Jeff Kushkowski to the right, illustrated the fact that the reference librarian needs more romance. A love triangle ensues with Rick the Librarian as the old love interest who is surpassed by Stephen Dew as the current love in Rebecca's life.



Dave Tyckoson: Rapmaster Reference Man
Stephen Dew, Leanne Alexander and Rebecca Funke: Students with a research project

Lastly, Dave Tyckoson astounded us with his marvelous rapping abilities in order to demonstrate that librarians are not old and stodgy but hip and cool. Students would much rather ask for help from the "Rapmaster Reference Man"!



This session was well-attended and provided an opportunity for everyone to laugh at their profession. These skits were highly improbable in real life but the the similarities to the job as a reference librarian were uncanny. There are many serious issues raised by each skit...the Patriot Act is not normally a laughing matter, but Dave Tyckoson and crew did a great job at illustrating these to the extreme! Amy Paulus, University of Iowa.

Assessing Services in Academic Libraries

The rapid pace of change in how information is collected and disseminated makes it challenging for libraries to monitor and meet the needs and expectations of the populations they serve. Pictured from left to right are Mary Heinzman from Saint Ambrose University, David Gregory from Iowa State University, and Lisa Stock from Des Moines Area Community College who shared in this session the methods and results used in assessing services and user needs in their respective institutions. David Gregory described the use of LibQUAL at Iowa State.  LibQual is a web-based, user-centered assessment of library service quality.  It is intended to be used as a continuous improvement model. It is grounded in the “Gap Theory” and looks for gaps in present service as compared to desired service.  It particularly measures three service dimensions: Information Control, Affect of Service and Library as a Place.  A series of “spider graphs” were shared to explain how the gaps in service are analyzed.

Mary Heinzman spoke on the use of SAILS (Standardized Assessment of Information Literacy Skills) and other assessment methods at Saint Ambrose in Davenport.  She described some of the advantages and disadvantages of using SAILS. St. Ambrose runs the SAILS assessment as well as their own pre-test/post-test based on the goals of their information literacy course.  Each first year student at St. Ambrose is required to complete the Information Literacy course.  If students score consistently low on a certain aspect of the post-test curriculum is adjusted to address it.

Lisa Stock spoke on the use of CIPP Model (Context, Input, Process and Product) for assessment.  This is a business model first popular in the 1980’s.  The originator was D.L. Stufflebeam.  Lisa described the use of surveys, interviews, and observation in the evaluation of a library.  Participants were urged to consider evaluation borrowed from other disciplines as being valuable to libraries.- Lisa Stock, Des Moines Area Community College.

Wireless 101 Presented by Brian Heil, Networking Consultant, Ezrasoft Consulting

Before going wireless, Brian Heil suggests that librarians consider four things: why they want to go wireless, what security do they need, what bandwidth is necessary, and what is the cost.

A few things to consider when deciding why to go wireless are a wireless network may fit the building better than a wired network, it may better serve patrons and staff, the library has the staff, infrastructure, and security to support it, and the library can afford the cost. Heil pointed out that the cost may include half a staff member to monitor the system.

Security is a big issue with providing wireless. The system is relatively insecure with anyone being able to use its radio waves to steal information from other users or to download and disseminate a virus. To avoid this, Heil suggests to purchase the best solution affordable and reliable for the library and to take measures to mitigate the risks. An important item to remember is not to use default configuration options that normally come with hardware from major electronic stores. Use as much security provided by the access points as possible and cover only the areas that need access.

Although controlling users’ personal laptops and devices will be difficult, suggesting the use of personal firewalls and downloading up-to-date virus scanners can help protect the user and the system.

Bandwidth influences the system by providing the speed of the connection. For example, 802.11b provides 11 Mbps while 802.11g has 54 Mbps. It is also necessary to figure out what the library will allow users to do. Some activities such as iTunes and peer-to-peer use a lot of bandwidth resulting in slower processing and fewer users. Therefore, the number of access points needed is directly related to the number of users allowed onto the system.

Some items to consider in the cost of going wireless are number of users, security, hardware, and staff. Finally, the library should have a policy implemented before making the system live.

The session’s PowerPoint presentation and additional information about wireless can be found at http://www.ezrasoft.com/ila/. Heil recommends the article “Ten steps to wireless internet access in your library” on his web page. – Veronica McAsey, Briar Cliff University.

Copyright Law Basics Presented by Dru Zuretti, Client Relationship Manager, Copyright Clearance Center

The ILA Presidents Program was one of the more interactive such programs I've seen in a long time. Dru Zuretti, the Client Relationship Manager at the Copyright Clearance Center, presented two informative and packed sessions. While it is unfortunate that the speaker was unable to get all the way through her presentations due to the questions from the audience, it was obvious that her openness to questions and her serious answers were appreciated by her listeners.

The morning session concentrated on the basics of copyright such as what it is and why it has become so important as the world moves from primarily industrial to informational in nature. She pointed out that intellectual products are the second largest export of the United States. The fundamental concepts of fixation, originality and eligibility were described in the context of the copyright laws, including the extention of copyright in the Sonny Bono Copyright Term Extension Act.

The lively discussion meant that all the topics weren't discussed, but further information is available at www.copyright.com. Sandy Ballasch, University of Iowa.

Advanced Topics in Copyright Presented by Dru Zuretti, Client Relationship Manager, Copyright Clearance Center

Copyright laws may be confusing for traditional formatted materials. But for digital or electronic materials, it is more complex, vague, or non-existing according to Dru Zuretti. Digital content is defined as anything that is represented in a digital format. Zuretti claims that the content may be “produced, stored, managed, or transmitted using digital technologies.”

Copyright laws for non-digital works also protect digital content. Further protection is provided under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which amended the Copyright Act. Unfortunately, the amendments fail to clarify and simplify copyright guidelines. It does, however, assist in the promotion of distance education through digital technologies but there are some requirements for academic institutions.

Zuretti states that under copyright law section 512c academic institutions must:

  • Designate an agent to receive reports of copyright infringement,
  • Notify the Copyright Office of the agent’s name and address,
  • Develop and post a copyright policy, and
  • Comply with any take down requests.

She stresses that the requirements are not a local problem for the library but a need for the entire institution. DMCA also provides some provisions and protections such as circumventing anti-piracy features in software, although there are some exemptions granted to libraries and educational institutions for anti-circumvention, and limiting liability of the institution for copyright infringement by faculty and graduate students.

Additional requirements of DMCA for institutions are:

  • To set up a system that prevents unauthorized access,
  • To prevent unauthorized dissemination after acquiring access,
  • To use only lawfully acquired copies of copyrighted material, and
  • To educate the campus about copyright.

The Technology, Education, and Copyright Harmonization Act of 2002 (TEACH) makes distance education settings equal to classroom settings. Anything that can be used in a classroom may be used online. To follow TEACH guidelines, an institution must:

  • Be a non-profit, accredited educational institution,
  • Have active copyright compliance policies,
  • Give information to parties impacted by it,
  • Inform students about materials that are copyrighted,
  • Permit only students enrolled in the course access to the materials,
  • Prevent the retention and/or further dissemination of materials after the conclusion of the course, and
  • Limit the number of copies for temporary and long-term use.

TEACH does not allow the conversion of analog to digital except for particular instances, the use of unlawfully acquired copyrighted materials, and electronic reserves, coursepacks, and/or interlibrary loan materials.

With regards to electronic reserves, Zuretti suggests that the “reserve guidelines should be in alignment with the “Guidelines for Classroom Copying” and sections 107 and 110” of the copyright act. The first time use does not generally mean that the content is “free” because e-reserves require the same permissions as coursepacks. Some administrative guidelines are password protect the materials, know what you paid for, work from authorized originals, remove immediately expired materials, and include copyright notices.

Using materials in course management systems requires permission to be obtained in a similar manner as classroom handouts.

Zuretti advises that libraries understand and closely read subscriptions for print and digital periodicals. Make sure that the contracts have the features the library needs such as e-reserve and interlibrary loan. She also states that although faculty may be responsible for following copyright in their courses it is the institution that is mainly responsible for following copyright laws. – Veronica McAsey, Briar Cliff University.

BCR Update Presented by Regan Harper, Bibliographic Center for Research

Regan Harper gave her annual update which included useful information about products, services, and workshops available to the libraries in Iowa who are BCR members. Reference Services new databases included: Evidence Matters, ACP PIER, ProQuest Medical Library, McGraw Hill Digital Engineering Library, W.H. Wilson, Morningstar.com Library Edition, Britannica Print, netLibrary Audio Books and netLibrary Ready Reference Collection. Serials Solutions Electronic Resource Management System is a software product that is also available through BCR. Non-OCLC using SILO members need to select from 5 vendors for MARC records: CatExpress (OCLC), Allliance Plus Online (Follett), ITS.MARC (TLC), Precision One Cataloging System (Brodart), or The MARC Wizard (MITINET). Libraries who use OCLC WorldCat for Resource Sharing are encouraged to update your policies in the ILL Policies Directory: http://illpolicies.oclc.org. Union List migration will happen on February 19th, 2006 and the Connexion Client 1.50 will be released in early December. The WorldCat Collection Analysis service is also available on a subscription. The newsletter "Action for Libraries" is going to electronic format only beginning in 2006. BCR will also begin to offer WebLive training this fall to respond to training needs in a more timely manner. RSS feeds are available for the newsletters and announcements from BCR. Amy Paulus, University of Iowa.

Meredith's Creative Library: The Move from Print to Electronic Presented by Patty Bellus, Creative Library Manager, Meredith Corporation and Tina Christiansen Mabuce, Digital Asset Administrator, Meredith Corporation

Patty Bellus described the state of affairs at Meredith Corporation when she was first hired as a librarian to digitalize and organize the enormous amount of material produced by artists, photographers, graphic designers, etc. at Meredith through the years.  Some of the material was kept in a small area known as the “library” but even more remained in desks, offices and cubbies all over Meredith.

 A dramatic transformation and a new way of storing images was introduced a few years ago.  Now images are stored on the company database and available for use throughout the company and the world.  Patty and Tina described the software used and the procedures implemented. - Lisa Stock, Des Moines Area Community College.



What it means to be a Library Director Presented by Jean Donham, Cornell College, Ellen Hampe, Coralville Public Library, and Barbara Safford, University of Northern Iowa

This LAMA-sponsored session featured Jean Donham, College Librarian, Cornell College; Ellen Hampe, Assistant Director of the Coralville Public Library; and Barbara Safford, University of Northern Iowa’s Program Coordinator for School Media Studies. Each librarian spoke of her experience as a leader/manager and offered insights to the rest of us. The picture to the right shows Alison Ames Galstad, Director at the Coralville Public Library, introducing the three panelists.

Dr. Donham, who began the panel, discussed the tension between leadership and management. Leadership brings to mind words such as responsibility, visionary, policy, expertise, and the big picture. These ideas ask the question, “What and why?” By contrast, management evokes such words as control, stress, coaching, organization, objectives, and details. These ideas ask the question, “How and when?” How do these two ideas work together for the library director?

Donham believes that, as a leader, the library director:

  • guides and communicates a vision. Her vision, the teaching library, is exemplified in the Cornel Center for Teaching and Learning.
  • sets examples and acts as a role model. At Cornell, each librarian is a consulting librarian in a subject area and participates as a consulting librarian.
  • mentors colleagues and encourages their self-development. At Cornell, the librarians discuss a substantial article over lunch once each block.
  • supports relationships with faculty, students, and others
  • models lifelong learning

As a manager, but with a leadership aspect, Donham believes the director must

  • represent the library and its interests
  • set expectations and a method to measure their attainment.

The lessons that Donham has learned as a director are:

  • The buck stops here
  • No pain, no gain
  • Inventories can be managed; people must be led.

Ms. Hampe, who spoke next, discussed the job of the public library director: to identify the information needs of the community and manage those needs accordingly. She explained the two-fold management issues brought about because public library funding comes from the city but the management comes from an independent Library Board. Therefore, a successful Public Library Director must foster an ongoing relationship with the City Council as well as educate the Library Board about crucial issues. In negotiating city government, the Director must cultivate relationships with the city council, other city departments, and key county officials.

Ultimately, the Director must keep in mind that since the library exists to serve, he or she must communicate with the public, to determine their needs, inform people of their services, and give feedback on how well the library has met the public’s needs.

The most important work of a Director, Hampe believes, is to work with staff. You must hire the right staff and manage them well. Communicate with them and give them honest feedback.

Safford, who is married to librarian Herb Safford, has had a long and varied career and has come to the conclusion that there is not much difference in managing different types of libraries. According to Safford, the successful director needs a vision. Ask yourself and your staff: Where should the library be in five, ten, and fifteen years?

In addition, Safford stated, the director must take the time to plan. She quoted Newt Gingrich, who said “in the absence of coherent, systematic design, you can't distinguish activity from progress.”

Next, the director must be an advocate. Safford said that no one knows your contributions unless you tell them. Blow your own horn. People do not understand what librarians do or their value to the community unless you let them know.

Finally, Safford said the about 85% of the director’s time is taken up with dealing people, so you had better be a people person, because you will see them at their best and at their most infuriating. Whether dealing with staff, the mayor and city council, or library patrons, the library is about relationships.

In a question and answer period after the presentations, Donham, Hampe, and Stafford all said that the most important activity a director does is hire and develop staff. Mary Anne Knefel, University of Dubuque.

Moving forward with Data-driven Decisions from the Census Presented by Beth Henning, Coordinator, Iowa State Data Center, State Library

Beth Henning, Coordinator of the Iowa State Data Center at the State Library in Des Moines, discussed the American Community Survey and other census products. She is pictured below and to the left. Brett Cloyd, GODORT Vice Chair, provides the introduction of Beth Henning at this session and is pictured to the left. Making use of census information government, business, educators, etc., can find school district demographics, economic statistics and other information down to the town and district level. Results can be obtained as graphs, tables, etc. Community profiles can be customized by ethnic groups, age groups, social and economic trends or school district profiles. A particularly useful aspect of the talk was the examples of handouts and publications that she had created with publisher software. Graphs, tables, text and other information can easily be extracted and composed into attractive and useful documents. A particularly useful item from the presentation was the url for the Publications section of the Iowa Data Center: www.iowadatacenter.org/additionalinfo/publications.html.

It is hoped that the funds will be made available to keep a continual update of data between the 10 year census. It had been planned to do an annual American Community Survey to avoid having to do the long census. One ACS has been done, but it isn't known if any more will be funded. Sandy Ballasch, University of Iowa.

Leading by Example: Reflections on the 1st ILA Leadership Institute Moderated by Carrie Falk, Shenandoah Public Library. Panelists: Jennie Garner, North Liberty Community Library, Liz Grimsbo, Simpson College and Pat Means, Villisca Public Library

Carrie Falk, a mentor at the 1st ILA Leadership Institute, led three graduates from this program through a series of questions designed to interest Iowa library staff into attending the next ILA Leadership to be held in August of 2006 at Central College in Pella, Iowa. Jennie, Liz, Pat and Carrie are pictured to the right during this session. Each panelist gained unique perspectives and helpful techniques on how to improve their leadership skills but each of them took away a sense of friendship and closeness with everyone during this three day long workshop. Pat Means shared that she is more confident in implementing new programs and that anyone can be a leader - Masters degrees or youth are not required to benefit from the Leadership Institute. Liz Grimsbo found that leading from below still means being a leader, even though she does not directly supervise other staff. After the Leadership Institute, Liz is already becoming more involved with ILA and Simpson College committees. Jennie Garner found that she is more confident after attending the Leadership Institute and advised that anyone who ever wanted to speak out, or wanted to get involved in their community, or wanted to build confidence would be an excellent candidate for the 2nd Leadership Institute. Overall, the 1st Leadership Institute was a growing experience for all attendees. Amy Paulus, University of Iowa.

Community College Roundtable Meeting

The Community College Roundtable had its annual membership meeting at the ILA Conference. Kate Hess from Kirkwood Community College was elected Vice-President/President-Elect and Judy Mitchell from Hawkeye Community College was re-elected Secretary. We also discussed a Spring meeting which will be held in March. Jane Campagna, Scott Community College.

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