Save the Date – ILA/ACRL & IPAL Spring Conference

Reconnecting, Renewing, and Responding

Save the Date –
ILA/ACRL & IPAL Spring Conference

Save the date for the annual ILA-ACRL & IPAL Conference on May 19-20, 2022 at the University of Northern Iowa!


The conference, to be held in person, will feature a keynote from the LGBTQ Iowa Archives & Library executive director Aiden Bettine. Founded in 2020, the Archives seeks to collect, preserve, and share queer history in and about Iowa.

In addition to our keynote we seek your submissions for the conference. This year’s theme is Reconnecting, Renewing, Responding. Since March 2020 we have been living with the reality of COVID affecting our libraries in myriad ways – masks, Zoom meetings, sitting 6 feet apart from each other, reduced use of our spaces, working from home, etc. At the same time, we are increasingly seeing the need to reach out of the library to new or neglected patron groups and accept the challenge to be more inclusive and accessible. As we look to 2022 and beyond we hope this conference will be an opportunity for you to share how you have reconnected with your peers, renewed your librarianship spirit, or responded to the shifting sands that we have faced daily.

The call for proposals will open in early January 2022 with options for six-minute lightning talks and 50-minute concurrent sessions. Contact Eric Jennings (, Conference Planning Committee Chair, with any questions.