President's Piece

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Sara ScheibGreetings Iowa ACRL members! Your 2016 Executive Board has been hard at work planning this year’s activities and implementing some exciting changes. Thank you to Anne Marie Gruber, Past President and Awards Chair, for laying the groundwork last year with revisions to the bylaws. Those revisions have resulted in three major changes to the subdivision:

  1. New Iowa ACRL blog – At the end of last year, the Newsletter Committee was disbanded and the Electronic Communications Committee (ECC) took over their duties. I’m excited to write to you using the new blog they created to replace the newsletter, with the goal of providing a more timely and interactive platform to communicate with our members. We plan to cross-post content to the listserv and social media, but you can also subscribe to stay up-to-date.
  2. New Professional Development Committee – This group is charged with identifying, planning, and communicating professional development opportunities for our members. Preliminary ideas for activities include webinars/e-forums, topic-specific interest groups, and regional meet-ups (among many others).
  3. New College Readiness Joint Committee – This group is a joint effort of Iowa ACRL and the Iowa Association of School Librarians (IASL) to support K-16 information literacy efforts through collaboration, assessment, and advocacy. It contains representatives from both subdivisions and will continue the excellent work of Pam Rees and the former K-12/Higher Education Ad Hoc Committee.

Unrelated to the bylaws’ revisions, we’ve made one more important change to improve communication to our members: We’ve successfully transitioned to a new listserv managed by the ILA office.

Here’s a brief summary of some of the exciting activities we have planned for 2016:

  • The 2016 Spring Conference: “Keeping in Step: Libraries and the Institutional Mission”, will be held on Friday, May 20th. We’re heading back to the beautiful FFA Enrichment Center at DMACC - Ankeny. Megan Oakleaf, Associate Professor of Library and Information Science in the iSchool at Syracuse University, will join us as our keynote speaker. The conference program will be announced soon. The IPAL Conference will be held the day before at Grand View University. I hope you can join us.
  • The Awards Committee will be offering the Research Award (applications due April 1, 2015), the Mary Iber Spring Conference Scholarship, the ILA Fall Conference Scholarship, and the Legacy Awards.
  • The Fall Program Committee has collaborated with other subdivisions and committees to propose several sessions for the ILA Fall Conference on October 12-14, 2016 in Dubuque, Iowa.
  • The Nominating Committee will be requesting volunteers and nominations for positions on committees and the Executive Board. Please consider getting involved or continuing to serve.
  • The Membership Committee is always looking to increase our membership. Please help them by encouraging your colleagues to join us.
  • More information is coming soon. Stay tuned!

If you have any questions or suggestions, please contact me or any other Board member. Thanks to you, all the committee members, and the Executive Board for getting involved, working hard, and coming up with new ideas to make this group the best it can be.

Sara Scheib, University of Iowa

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