College Readiness Committee Update

This is the first year for this joint committee with the Iowa Association of School Librarians (IASL). Val Ehlers, our IASL Co-Chair, and our committee members have hit the ground running.

Our charge: Support K-12 library programs, ensure collaboration to provide strong K-16 information literacy efforts throughout the state, and conduct assessment and advocacy. Source: ILA/ACRL by-laws, proposed Oct. 2015

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ILA Ad Hoc Committee for Diversity & Inclusion Seeks Members

Diversity is an issue that is inherent and essential to librarianship. It impacts the communities we serve, the profession of librarianship, and the mission of libraries. Diversity is a Key Action Area for the American Library Association (ALA), and its prioritization is shown not only through the existence and activities of the ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services, but also through the various committees, roundtables, interest groups, and initiatives organized by ALA affiliates, divisions, and state organizations (American Library Association, n.d.).

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2017 ILA/ACRL Spring Conference

Planning  for the ILA/ACRL Spring Conference is underway.

Please reserve Friday May 19, 2017 on your calendars for this event. The event will be held in the Student Center on the Grand View University Campus in Des Moines. This year’s theme is Looking in, reaching out: Whom do we serve? And, it gives me great pleasure to announce, that our keynote speaker will be Lisa Hinchliffe. Ms. Hinchliffe is currently Professor/Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction in the University Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She has held several leadership roles including  president of ACRL 2010-11. Ms. Hinchliffe is also  a widely published author with a wealth of experience and expertise. She has a reputation for being a knowledgeable and engaging speaker. Her past presentations have included, Sustainable Progress through Impact: The Value of Academic Libraries Project and NCES Datasets and Library Value. Ms. Hinchliffe is widely respected and the Spring Conference Planning Committee is very pleased to be able to bring a speaker with her reputation to the conference.

More information, including a call for session proposals will be distributed later. Please plan to attend this exciting event.

Pam Rees
Chair, ILA/ACRL Spring Conference Planning Committee

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Conference reflection from ILA-ACRL Fall Scholarship Award Winner, Kate Thompson

 ILA-ACRL Fall Scholarship Award winner, Kate Thompson, a University of Alabama library science student, offers the following reflection on her ILA conference experience:
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UIU library staff opens new chapter

With the arrival of fall classes, Upper Iowa University Director of Library Services Rob Hudson has been settling into his somewhat new surroundings, introducing himself and providing assistance to Peacock community members visiting Henderson-Wilder Library on Fayette Campus. UIU previously announced the hiring of Hudson in June. Additional staff members include Assistant Director of Library Services Jodi Hilleshiem and Electronic Services Librarian Victoria Troemel. Previously serving as technical services librarian at Indiana Tech Law School in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Troemel began her duties in mid-September.
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