2014 Special Events



Pre-Conferences - Wednesday, 10:00am- 3:00pm

  1. Shifting Sands:  A Changing Library Landscape – Bonnie McKewon & Becky Heil, Iowa Library Services
    This pre-conference will examine how trends are affecting libraries’ decision-making in meeting community needs.  See how library spaces are being reimagined as creative gathering places.  Look at how staff job descriptions are changing to meet workplace expectations.  Discuss what fresh skills library trustees need to bring to the 21st century board table.  And see how Planning for Results leads library staff and boards to respond to community needs.  Yes, the sands are shifting, but good news—it’s not quicksand – we can best navigate a changing library landscape by working together!”

  2. Digging into the Details: Federal Census and Military Records – Jessica Hopkins, National Archives at Kansas City
    Grab your shovel as we dig into the details found on Federal census and military records. Census and military records are the most popular genealogy resources, but researchers often miss important clues tucked within these documents. This pre-conference session will focus on where and how to find these records, highlight important clues, and explore options for further research. This fast-paced course will incorporate lecture and hands-on activities.

  3. The Community College and You – Sarah Uthoff, Kirkwood Community College
    The Community College preforms a vital role as a community bridge. Whether it’s bridging traditional students to a four year college, less academic students to hands on trades, older workers to new job training, or international students to the ability to function in our culture, the community college is best at making connections. The Kirkwood Community College Library functions as an outreach center not only to students, but to the community and other libraries. The workshop will consist of mini-sessions that will cover a range of topics. We’ll include a tour of the facility including the philosophies behind the design and whether or not they worked, plus just what is a community college and how the system works. Other topics will include our conversion to World Cat Local, our LibGuide process, our efforts at helping support community pleasure reading through a Greater Cedar Rapids Foundation Grant, our popular Zombie concept mapping, and a brainstorming session on how we can create more community ties for our library and yours.

  4. Visit Four Cedar Rapids Area Libraries – Karen Johnson, Cedar Rapids Public Library
    Join us for a tour of four fine libraries in the downtown Cedar Rapids Area.  We will savor the amazing art collection at Coe College's Stewart Memorial Library; appreciate the rare books and artifacts at the Iowa Masonic Library and Museum; explore the new Cedar Rapids Public Library (where we will enjoy a sit-down lunch); and admire the relocated and remodeled National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library before heading back to the Double Tree to engage in the opening of exhibits.

Grand Opening of Exhibits - Wednesday, 3:00 - 6:00pm, Cedar Rapids DoubleTree Exhibit Hall

The Grand Opening of Exhibits is always exciting! Join ILA President, Sarah Willeford during the ribbon cutting ceremony. Find your friends and start off your evening with a visit to the vendor booths.

Silent Auction and Raffle - Iowa Library Association Foundation (ILAF) - Wednesday, 3:00 - 6:00pm and Thursday 8:30am - 6:50pm, Exhibit Hall

Come join the fun at the ILAF's Silent Auction and Raffle. Proceeds from these two events are used to support speakers at the Annual Conference, scholarships, the Leadership Institute and continuing education for library staff. Keep your eye on your favorite items to make sure you aren't overbid.

To fill out a donation form for the auction, click here.

Conference Opening Reception - Wednesday, 6:30 - 9:00pm, Cedar Rapids Public Library

The Cedar Rapids Public Library will host the annual conference reception. Stroll 3 blocks from the hotel to the lirbary where you can take a tour of the 94,000 square foot facilty, network with your colleagues, and relax over food and rinks. The reception will run from 6:30-9:00pm.


Morning Yoga - Thursday, 7:00am

Join yoga instructor, Sarah Cram Driscoll for a morning yoga session starting at 7:00am. Sarah teaches Hatha Yoga for beginners. Sarah has been teaching daily for three years and practicing for 15. Sarah was inspired by Madonna and studied with James Miller. Sarah graduated from a 200 Teacher Training through James Miller Yoga in 2011. She is insured and registered with the Yoga Alliance. She also has a certification in Yoga Therapy. Sarah is currently teaching at Toula Yoga Studio and daily out of her home she shares with her husband Ben and their dog, Lucille. Classes consist of a freestyle Hatha flow, balancing the body with emphasis on breath, mind body connection and relaxation. Sarah hopes to strengthen the yoga community and offer yoga to everyone! 

Sign up on your registration form if you plan to attend!

Conference Orientation/New Members Breakfast - Thursday, 7:45 - 8:30am.

First time attendees will be given an introduction to ILA, its officers and staff, and information about how to get the most out of the conference.

Sponsored by George Lawson Consulting.

ILA Annual Business Meeting - Thursday, 1:00 - 1:50pm

Members of the Iowa Library Association should attend the annual business meeting to hear what is new and to offer their valuable insite to the ILA leadership.

Exhibit Hall

One of the highlights of the ILA conference each year is visiting the exhibit hall and checking out all the great products our vendors have to offer. Be sure to attend the Grand Opening of Exhibits from 3:00-6:00 p.m. on Wednesday and enjoy complementary refreshments in the Exhibit Hall. On Thursday the Exhibit Hall will be open from 8:30-11:45 a.m., and then again from 1:45-5:00 p.m. 

Subdivision Business Meetings - Thursday, 4:30 - 6:00pm

This is your chance to meet with other members of your subdivision and to make plans for the coming year. ILA subdivisions provide networking and leadership opportunities and give you a chance to exchange information and best practices about your areas of interest.

Social Hour - Thursday, 6:00 - 6:50pm

Join friends old and new for conversation, drinks and last minute bidding on silent auction items.

Annual Membership Banquet with Barbara Fister - Thursday, 7:00 - 9:00pm

Barbara Fister has coordinated instruction at the Gustavus Adolphus College library in St. Peter, Minnesota, for over 25 years, but is still learning how to help students (and faculty) learn. She has studied students’ research processes, examined the relationship between writing and research, and teaches an upper division course on how information works.

She has written widely on open access to scholarship and is interested in the future of publishing of all kinds. Popular literacy practices and the ways reading communities form online is the subject of her upcoming sabbatical research. She also is a writer of fiction, having published three mysteries. She is on the board of the non-profit organization, Sisters in Crime, and coordinates a project to monitor gender patterns in reviews and awards within the crime genre.

You can follow Barbara’s generalist tendencies on Twitter (@bfister) and through Library Journal’s Peer to Peer Review or the Library Babel Fish blog at Inside Higher Ed.

Make your selection of Grilled Chicken Breast or Grilled Flank Steak for the banquent when you register. 


Morning Tai Chi - Friday, 7:00am

Join Gerry Hopkins, an employee of the Cedar Rapids Public Library and an instructor at the Y, for a relaxing yet challenging session of Tai Chi Friday morning at 7:00am.

Sign up on your registration form if you plan to attend!

Luncheon with All Iowa Reads Author, Thomas Maltman - Friday, 12:15 - 1:45pm

Thomas Maltman’s essays, poetry, and fiction have been published in many literary journals. He has an MFA from Minnesota State University, Mankato. His first novel, The Night Birds, won an Alex Award, a Spur Award, and the Friends of American Writers Literary Award. In 2009 the American Library Association chose The Night Birds as an “Outstanding Book for the College Bound.”  He’s taught for four years at Normandale Community College and lives in the Twin Cities area.  Little Wolves is his second novel.