New Decade, New Conference

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The Spring Conference Committee for 2021 wants your input!

Join us for one of the upcoming online focus groups to discuss the future of the Iowa ACRL and IPAL Spring Conference! Following these groups, we'll also conduct a survey in order to develop a beneficial, sustainable Spring Conference moving forward.

Your input will help us make some key decisions. We’ll host the focus groups on Zoom during these times:

  • Friday, February 21, 11-11:50 a.m.
  • Wednesday, February 26, 11-11:50 a.m.
  • Friday, February 28, 11-11:50 a.m.

Check your inbox for an e-mail with a link to the Zoom meeting!


Some of the questions under consideration, to get you thinking:

  1. When is the best time of the spring to host the conference? 
  2. Should we continue to host the spring conference annually or would every other year offer new possibilities? Does the ACRL national conference in odd years impact your decision/financial ability to attend the spring conference?
  3. Should the conference be for one or two days? Should we alternate between a mini and a full-length conference every other year? 
  4. Should Iowa ACRL and the Iowa Private Academic Libraries continue with a joint conference format? Are there any drawbacks to continuing the practice?
  5. To help in planning, would you support rotating between four consistent locations, 2 in Central Iowa and 2 in Eastern Iowa? 
  6. Is a keynote speaker a draw for attendance? Would you still attend without a keynote speaker? 
  7. Would a virtual aspect to the conference benefit you as a supplement to attendance or as a replacement for face-to-face attendance? Virtual might include recordings of sessions to view later; Slideshare-type audio-visual copies of presentations; possibly live streaming portions of the conference.
  8. Should we continue to have a theme for the conference?
  9. What questions do you have that you’d like to discuss with the group?

If you have questions about the meetings or more questions to consider, please contact Spring Conference Committee 2021 Chair Cathy Cranston at cathy-cranston at uiowa dot edu.

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