ILA/ACRL & IPAL Spring Conference Dates Changed – Now May 29-30!


The ILA-ACRL-IPAL Spring Conference planning committee is still looking forward to you joining us at Parks Library, Iowa State University, Ames, in May.  However, we just found out about a large event that has already sold out hotel space throughout Ames during our originally planned dates.

After reviewing our options, we have found new dates that will work.  So please adjust your plans to join us for our 2024 Spring Conference, “Sustainable Futures,” on May 29 & 30, 2024. 

This is also a great time to think about submitting a session proposal! We invite your proposals for 6-minute lightning talks and 50-minute concurrent sessions. Please submit proposals by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, February 23.

Direct any questions to Conference Planning Committee Chair Kris Stacy-Bates (

Sorry for any inconvenience this may present as you make plans for spring!

See the ILA/ACRL Conference page for more conference details as we get closer to the event.

Volunteer needed for Membership Committee

Dear members,

We need one more volunteer to serve a two-year term (Jan. 2024 – Dec. 2025) on the Iowa ACRL Membership Committee.

The Membership Committee works to encourage membership in Iowa ACRL. We find members of the chapter who are interested in serving the organization as members of committees, committee chairs, and officers of the Executive Board. We also run the annual election for Vice President/President-Elect, Secretary/Treasurer, and Member At-Large.

Speaking as a member, the work is generally moderate and spread-out over the year. We work mostly via email, with the occasional virtual meeting when necessary. Conference attendance is optional.

If you’re interested in this important work or want to learn more, please contact me ( or our chair, Jodie Morin (

With thanks for your consideration,

Sara Scheib

It’s Time to Renew ILA/ACRL Membership

Sticky note with the text "Reminder! Be sure to check the box for the Iowa Chapter / ACRL when you join or renew your Iowa Library Association Membership.

Academic librarians,

Whether you work at an R1 institution or as a solo librarian, be sure to check the box for the Iowa Chapter / ACRL when you join or renew your Iowa Library Association membership.  What do you get for your $5?

  • A professional network of colleagues who understand and value what you do.
  • Opportunities to advance your career by serving on committees, presenting at      conferences, or participating in professional development.
  • Discounts to attend our annual spring conference to be held at Iowa State University in May.
  • A sounding board for questions or problems you are experiencing from dozens of experienced librarians who have “been there and done that.”
  • A mentor?  A mentee?  A research partner?
  • Eligibility for conference scholarships and other competitive monetary awards.

You can assist us by mentioning ILA/ACRL to your coworkers who may be new to the state or who are looking for new ways to be involved in our profession.  You can also fill out this survey to nominate (or self-nominate!) folks to fill out committee rosters.

If you’ve already renewed your ILA membership and your Iowa Chapter ACRL membership for 2024, thank you!  

Jodie Morin
 ILA/ACRL Membership Committee
 Vice President/President Elect