SAVE THE DATE ILA/ACRL & IPAL Spring Conference May 22-23, 2024

Save the Date2024 ILA/ACRL & IPAL Spring Conference
SAVE THE DATE: May 22-23, 2024
The 2024 ILA/ACRL & IPAL Spring Conference will be held on Wednesday and Thursday, May 22-23, 2024 and will be hosted by Iowa State University in Ames, IA. This conference provides opportunities to develop a supportive network with colleagues throughout the state and stay up-to-date with developments in academic librarianship through educational sessions and interest group discussions. Iowa ACRL depends on volunteers to offer the spring conference, awards, professional development, and more to our membership. Fill out our volunteer form if you would like to get involved with Iowa ACRL!

ILA/ACRL Executive Board Wants You! (Yes, you. And your colleagues).

Now more than ever, Iowa libraries need your voice and your care!

ILA/ACRL provides all Chapter members an opportunity to serve on the executive board . Nominate yourself or a colleague (or both!) for ILA/ACRL Vice-President/President-Elect or Member At-Large! No limit on the number of nominations.

(The full executive board consists of  officers from the Chapter, the immediate Past President, the chairs of the standing committees, and two at-large members, in addition to the President, the Vice-President/President-Elect, and the Secretary/Treasurer).

For more information about officer’s positions and the executive board please check out our website. Please feel free to contact me, Lisa Martincik (lisa-martincik at if you have any questions.

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ILA/ACRL is you!



ILA/ACRL & IPAL Spring Conference 2023 Summary

The ILA/ACRL & IPAL Spring Conference was held on May 24 & 25 at Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa. It truly takes a village to make this opportunity for professional growth, learning, and relationship building available for library and information professionals across the state. The theme of the conference, “Breaking Barriers,” was woven throughout the sessions and discussions, as library and information professionals shared how they navigate and clear away barriers to support students’ academic success, to provide accessible collections and spaces, and to incorporate sustainability and revitalization into their workload.

At the awards luncheon, Dordt University was awarded the Public Relations/Marketing award for their program, Let the Library Be Your Lifesaver, and Lauren Claeys, University of Iowa, was awarded the Mary Iber Spring Conference Scholarship.

Kudos to our talented Spring Conference Planning Committee: Mary Anderson (Chair), Jamie Byerly, Heather Campbell, Melissa Curtis, Jen Provorse, Kristy Raine, Pam Rees, and Kris Stacy-Bates. Thank you to our generous sponsors: Mobius, ProQuest, and EBSCO. Much appreciation goes to our wonderful speakers for sharing their expertise with us. And, many, many thanks to everyone who attended! 

We are looking forward to conferencing with you again at Iowa State University in Ames on May 22-23, 2024!

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