Reflections of Mary Iber Spring Conference Scholarship Winner, Kate Kitchens

Congratulations to Kate Kitchens from University of Dubuque, our 2016 winner of the Mary Iber Spring Conference Scholarship!

Kate Kitchens, University of Dubuque

Here are some reflections about the conference from Kate:

"When I first saw the theme for the ILA/ACRL conference 'Keeping in Step: Libraries and the Institutional Mission' my knee-jerk reaction was, 'but I am a solitary wanderer—forging my own path!' As a product of our individualist culture, I like to consider myself a nomad blazing down a lonely street of dreams. But I don’t think we can tackle grand scale issues, like social inequality, by going it alone. (complete essay)

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Member profile: Dottie Persson

At the recent conference, many members received Legacy Awards celebrating their years of membership in ILA-ACRL. Over the coming weeks, we'll be profiling some of our longest-standing members on this blog. These committed members really demonstrate the value of active membership and the benefits our association provides.

First is Dottie Persson, retired from University of Iowa. She joined ILA-ACRL in 1981 so she has seen much in her 35 years as a member!

Dottie is a Life member and especially values having connections and leadership opportunities within the state of Iowa. She writes:

"I thoroughly enjoyed my years in ILA and ILA/ACRL.  Over the years, I received comments from others that my loyalty to ILA was stronger than my loyalty to ALA.  My response was that I met so many wonderful people in ILA, saw the fruits of everyone's work for libraries and librarianship in ILA, and witnessed the gratitude that all volunteers in ILA received."

Dottie Persson with Student

Image source: http://www.uifoundation.org/facultystaff/tell/

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The Center: bringing academic centers & services together at Simpson College

Dunn Library has been working towards The Center for several years. We are in year seven of intentional, incremental changes to build academic community. Based on our 2009 LibQUAL+ survey results, 2011 program review, 2012 visioning report, and 2015 concept designs, faculty and staff housed in Dunn Library are now collaborating to make it happen. By reducing print collections, sharing a variety of office spaces and equipment and adding color, the space is being defined with form following function.

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New Library Director at Upper Iowa University

June 1, 2016 will see new library leadership at Upper Iowa University. Rob Hudson will become the new head librarian. Becky Wadian will "be checking out retirement" on May 31 after serving the university 42 years.

Also retiring is Carol Orr (46 years) and Mary White (35 years). Jodi Hilleshiem will remain as the only member of the old team.

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New Associate Director for NN/LM Greater Midwestern Region

Elizabeth Kiscaden is the new Associate Director for the Network of Libraries of Medicine’s (NN/LM) regional office, located at UIowa’s Hardin Library for the Health Sciences and serving the Greater Midwestern Region. View the full announcement.

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