September Professional Development Opportunities

Greetings Iowa ACRL Members,

Here are some professional development opportunities coming up in September.

Preserve This

Reference & User Services Association (RUSA) 

Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) 

OCLC Webinars

Core webinars



NNLM Training

Library Juice Academy (Courses begin the first Monday of each month (with a few exceptions)).

Fall Semester Schedule for Town Hall Meetings

ILA/ACRL Fall Town Halls

ILA/ACRL Town Hall Meetings have been scheduled for the fall 2023 semester via Zoom. You are invited to attend the meetings for discussions on different topics.

  • Town Hall Meeting, Thursday, September 7, 2023 from 10:00 to 10:50 a.m., Topic: Informal Conversations
  • Town Hall Meeting, Wednesday, October 4, 2023 from 1:00 to 1:50 p.m., Topic: ILA Fall Conference
  • Town Hall Meeting, Thursday, November 2, 2023 from 10:00 to 10:50 a.m., Topic: TBD
  • Town Hall Meeting, Wednesday, December 6, 2023 from 1:00 to 1:50 p.m., Topic: TBD


Watch your inbox for Zoom links.

Ellen Neuhaus

on behalf of the ILA/ACRL Electronic Communication Committee [Jenny Parker (chair), Claire Bowling, Ellen Neuhaus, and Sarah Young]

New ILA/ACRL Listserv Email Address


ILA/ACRL Listserv change!

Hello ILA/ACRL members,
Beginning 8/24/23 there will be a new procedure for sending out an email to the ILA/ACRL listserv. Please see the information below, which is also posted on the website

ILA/ACRL members are automatically added to the listserv. To post to the list, send an email message to [email protected]. To successfully send, you must be a current ILA/ACRL member, and be sending from the email address that you provided when you renewed your ILA/ACRL membership (or joined). If you have any questions about the listserv, please contact [email protected].

Fall Conference Scholarship

Happy Fall Semester!

The Awards Committee of ILA/ACRL invites applications for the Fall Conference Scholarship. You can see the application requirements and submission form here. Submissions are due September 22, 2023, and the winner will be notified by September 30, 2023.

You can read more about the 2023 ILA Annual Conference here.

We hope to see you in Dubuque in October.

On behalf of the Awards Committee
(Amandajean Nolte, Damien Ihrig, Anna Schmall, Cara Stone)

August Professional Development Opportunities

ILA/ACRL Professional Development Opportunities August 2023


Hello everyone! Here are some opportunities for professional development this August. 

A quick note: Many of you know that MAC (Midwest Archives Conference) will be held in Des Moines in 2024. Great chance to catch this conference. If you are interested in possibly collaborating on a presentation, check out the link to their Brainstorm form.


Library Juice Academy (Fee costs, all start Aug 7th):

Introduction to Open Source Software in the Libraries

Strategizing the Promotion (and Tenure) Dossier

Community Archives

Trama Informed Librarianship

LSSC Elective Competencies: Collection Management

Excel for Librarians

LRM: A New Foundation for RDA & the RDA Toolkit

Web Accessibility: Techniques for Design and Testing

Leadership Communication

Developing a Credit-Bearing Information Literacy Course

Getting to Know Your Users through Interviews and Focus Groups

Authority Control

Addressing Misinformation in Libraries: Resources and Strategies

The SPARQL Fundamentals II

Appraisal and Collection Development for Digital Special Collections

Getting Started With Digital Image Collections


Online Learning with ACRL (Fee costs, Aug 28):

Exploring AI with Critical Information Literacy


InfoPeople (Fee costs, Aug 29th):

Readers’ Advisory Fundamentals: Books and Beyond


OCLC Webinars:

AI and Libraries: Enhancing Services and Engaging Communities (Aug 9th)

Climate Action Planning (Part 1): An Introductions (Aug. 23rd)


NNLM Training:

Course Approval 101: Consumer Health for Library Students (Aug 1st)

Participatory Community Building with Myanmar Refugee Women in Dallas, Texas (Aug 9th)

AI, Higher Education, and Medical Librarianship: Opportunities and Risks (Aug 15th) for Librarians (Aug 17th)

Health Data Privacy in the Library (Aug 31)

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.

To volunteer, visit

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!

June Professional Development Opportunities

Run For ILA/ACRL Executive Board!

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

Nominate yourself or a colleague (or both!) for ILA/ACRL Vice-President/President-Elect, Secretary/Treasurer, or Member At-Large! No limit on the number of nominations.

ILA/ACRL provides all Chapter members an opportunity to serve on the executive board! The executive board consists of officers from the Chapter, the immediate Past President, the chairs of the standing committees, and two at-large members.

For more information about officer’s positions and the executive board please check out our website.

To volunteer, visit


Electronic Communication Committee [Jenny Parker-Chair, Claire Bowling, Ellen Neuhaus, and Sarah Young] on behalf of Lisa Martincik, Vice President/President-Elect & Membership Committee Chair