Mary Iber ILA/ACRL Spring Conference Scholarship

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Mary Iber was an exceptional librarian, mentor, and friend. A librarian and archivist at Cornell College in Mount Vernon, Iowa, she died unexpectedly on January 2, 2014. Mary was known for her kind, creative, and helpful nature and her vibrant approach to life. She taught as an adjunct instructor at the University of Iowa School of Library and Information Science and was involved with ILA/ACRL leadership, including serving as President in 2010 and chairing the Nominating, Awards, and Newsletter committees.

To honor her commitment to continuous learning and growth, ILA/ACRL makes available the Mary Iber Spring Conference Scholarship. The scholarship will help fund attendance at the ILA/ACRL Spring Conference. The scholarship will cover the registration fee and up to $100 in expenses to make conference attendance possible. Examples of covered expenses include mileage, hotel and meal expenses, childcare, time off work, etc.

Applicants must be either:

1) Paid members of ILA/ACRL, working full-time in an Iowa academic or research library, and either:

Attending their first ILA/ACRL Conference, or

Have worked in an Iowa academic or research library for fewer than three years.


2) Library science students and/or support staff working in an Iowa academic or research library. Student and support staff applicants do not have to be paid members of ILA/ACRL.

Previous Iowa ACRL Spring Conference scholarship recipients are NOT eligible.

Please submit the application below, including a 250 word or less essay describing how the conference theme “Keep Calm and Carry On” is related to one of your professional goals. Scholarship winners are selected by the Awards Committee on the quality of the essay.

Click here to fill out the Application (

The deadline for applications is April 16th, 2021. The winner will be notified by May 5th, 2021.

Elizabeth Riordan, Awards Committee Chair