ILA Fall Conference Summary

A great time was had, and new things were learned at the 2023 Fall ILA Conference in Dubuque! The ILA/ACRL subdivision had the honor of presenting a scholarship award. Below, please find quotes, photos, and a list of academic-related fall conference sessions and presenters. 

The Awards Committee was pleased to present our ILA/ACRL Fall Conference Scholarship to Brittany Meade. Brittany is currently the Circulation Supervisor at Central College. We were impressed with her passion for her work and her excitement at learning from other professionals. Join us in congratulating Brittany! 

Brittany adds, please “… include my thanks to everyone that made it possible for me to be able to attend the conference. It was such an amazing experience and [I] learned so much and met so many great people. Thank you!!!”

Academic-Related Fall Conference Sessions

ILA 101

This panel discussion will cover what ILA is and does on behalf of libraries and library workers, how people can get the most out of their membership, and how to become more involved with all ILA has to offer. Speakers included Cara Stone and Brett Cloyd.

Bright Lights, Big Teaching: Developing & Team-Teaching a Multi-Literacy Associate’s Course

This session takes you on a ride through the origin, development, & teaching of an Associate’s degree course team taught by a librarian & two education professors, focused on media, information, & data literacies. Speaker Dan Chibnall.

Building Bridges for Mental Health: Creating a Toolkit for Effective Community Partnerships

This presentation provides an overview of a toolkit for community partnerships in mental health, discussing its potential benefits, components, and use. Speakers included Bobbi Newman.

Wellness in the Library Workplace

It is more important than ever that we focus on creating a healthy environment at work for librarians and library staff; this sessions will show you how to start. Speaker Bobbi Newman.

Towering Bookstacks and Heavy Doors: Lessons on Performing Accessibility Audits in Libraries

Reviewing an accessibility audit of the UI Libraries and sharing tips and ideas that libraries can adopt to improve their own accessibility. Speaker Abbie Steuhm.


Who to Trust? ; Grinnell’s National Poll and Libraries

Reviewing the latest Grinnell National poll to see what parts of the population feel about librarians and library materials. Speaker Kayla Reed.

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