Registration for ILA/ACRL & IPAL's Spring Conference is Now Open!

This year, ILA/ACRL and IPAL are joining together to host a two-day integrated conference, May 31st and June 1st at Drake University’s Olmsted Center. Our keynote speaker is Loretta Parham, CEO and Library Director of the Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center, Inc., an independent entity operating as the single library shared by its four institutions—Clark Atlanta University, the Interdenominational Theological Center, Morehouse College, and Spelman College. Parham was named the 2017 ACRL Academic/Research Librarian of the Year.

Online registration is open through May 29th.

Hotel blocks are available at two area hotels. Reservations must be made by May 9th to get the conference rate.

Richard Fyffe Scholarship Award proposals -- Deadline Extended to 5/18/2018

The proposal deadline is now Friday, May 18th.

The Iowa Private Academic Libraries (IPAL) is seeking applications for this year’s Richard Fyffe Scholarship Award. The scholarship was established in memory of Richard Fyffe, the Samuel and Marie-Louise Rosenthal Librarian of Grinnell College from 2006-2015. Richard played an important role in the activities of the Iowa Private Academic Libraries group during that time. He was particularly interested in scholarly communication and collaboration. This award is in honor of the contributions Richard made to the library profession.

The scholarship award is provided to groups or individuals in amounts up to $1,000. This award is to support scholarly activities of importance in academic libraries. No matching funds are required.

IPAL is particularly interested in funding scholarly pursuits, such as speakers or training events, facilitation of regional/multi-library workshops, or other professional development activities.

Any person employed by a member of IPAL or the library itself may apply. Awards are limited to one per library or group per year.

After winning an award, the submitter(s) must present their project(s) to IPAL. This requirement may be met by speaking at the next annual IPAL conference, submitting a report to the IPAL website, or other means approved by the committee.

Please distribute this announcement as appropriate. Submissions may be made using this Google form or by emailing the attached form to Natalie Hutchinson, review committee chair, at Submissions will be collected April 18-May 4. Winners will be notified by May 18th and funds will be distributed on July 1st.

IPAL Statistics are Live!

It's time, yet again, for IPAL Statistics!

To enter information about your library and institution, please complete This Survey by February 24, 2017. Joyce Meldrem will compile the data and distribute it to all member institutions, and the data will be published to member-only sections of the site.

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IPAL Conference

The Spring IPAL Conference is coming up! Join us on Thursday May 19th at Grand View University Student Center. The conference theme this year is: Anything Goes: Library Initiatives Across Campus and Beyond. The afternoon of the conference will feature a series of Lightning Rounds followed by roundtable discussions.

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Statewide Courier Meeting

With the intention of starting service on July 1, 2016, this meeting is to provide a forum for brainstorming and collaborating with MOBIUS and their courier contractor on ideas and ways to get maximum participation. Delivery service in Iowa has great potential for all types of libraries. Ideas to discuss may include having the public libraries join us, implementing a sliding scale of payment, setting up delivery hubs, etc.  Bring your ideas and questions!

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