Iowa Center for the Book Advisory Council
Herbert Hoover Presidential Library, West Branch
May 9, 2003 Minutes
Present: Katherine Von Wald, Mary Cameron, Susan Craig, Kris Gerhard, Sid Huttner, Roy Kenagy, Shaner Magalhaes, Marilyn Mercado, Christine Pawley, Steve Person, Chris Rossi, Lorna Truck, Tim Walch, Mary Wegner, Annette Wetteland
Guest: Donna Niday, associate professor, English Education, ISU.
1. Organizational structure for the Iowa Center for the Book (ICFB) - Katherine Von Wald
The Council reviewed the proposal for structure. It was suggested that Karen Keninger, Dept. for the Blind, be asked if her library wants to have a permanent or an at-large member on the Council. Under ‘seven members represent types of institutions,’ it was agreed that one college or community college library, and one school library or AEA, be represented.
Craig nominated Magalhaes to serve as chair of the Council. Gerhard seconded, motion carried. The Council agreed that regular meetings would normally be in September and May.
The Council concurred that attempts will be made to have a diverse membership, both on the ICFB Advisory Council and committees that may emerge from Council activities.
Von Wald will e-mail Council members next week and ask if they want to continue serving on the Council and for how long.
After final review, Walch moved that the organizational structure be approved. Rossi seconded. Motion carried
2. Creation of a foundation for the Iowa Center for the Book - Mary Wegner
Von Wald reviewed State Library support for the ICB including staff and dollars and the award from Humanities Iowa for development of the ICFB web site. Wegner said she would talk to an attorney to begin the process of establishing a foundation. The foundation would be for the Iowa Center for the Book. If a need arose there would be a separate foundation for the State Library. Rossi suggested Wegner talk to members of the Iowa Non-Profit Resource Center in Iowa City (Richard Koontz).
3. All Iowa Reads (AIR) - Susan Craig and Kris Gerhard
Craig discussed the membership of the AIR committee. The calendar year for AIR will begin in May. New members will begin their terms then and the process for choosing the following year’s book will begin. She mentioned the need for diversity in the group and in future book selections. Both Craig and Gerhard said they were delighted with the success of the first AIR program. The selection seems to have appealed to people across the state. It was noted that First Lady Christie Vilsack has garnered lots of publicity for the program, and Iowa Public Television has taped book discussions for a segment of its program “Living in Iowa” to be aired this summer and perhaps rerun in the fall when next year’s selection is announced.
The AIR committee is trying to get new people involved with facilitating discussion groups. The State Library’s annual Town Meetings will have a breakout session on how to facilitate book discussions. Rossi said Humanities Iowa has a speakers bureau and will help pay honorariums and mileage. Library directors need to contact Humanities Iowa directly.
Mercado said she has identified 12 to 15 private book clubs that have discussed the book and has encouraged them to register their programs on the AIR web site. She suggested some of these people may make good facilitators. Mercado also suggested that the ICB consider creating a roster of book discussion groups in the state.
It was suggested that AIR consider a virtual book discussion via the Internet. Craig said the committee had talked about the idea and would revisit it. She then asked the committee for recommendations for next year’s selection.
Leif Enger, author of Peace Like a River, will be a speaker at this fall’s Iowa Library Association conference. Craig said she is attending the Book Expo national conference in Los Angeles the end of May and will be part of a panel that discusses one book, one community programs. Magalhaes said he is attending this summer’s American Library Association conference and will attend a pre-conference workshop on one book, one community programs.
4. Web site/literary calendar - Katherine Von Wald
Von Wald said 11 libraries will be inputting information on the literary calendar to test it. Next month, 10 or 11 people will try searching the site. She said the Council will have an opportunity to test the site before it goes live. Council members discussed the challenge of getting people to add information to the site and to look at it on a regular basis. It was suggested that, in the future, a feature be added to the site that would notify people via e-mail when a program of special interest to them is occurring.
5. Literary map of Iowa - Donna Niday
Niday explained the Literary map of Iowa, a project of the Iowa Council of Teachers of English, the Iowa Educational Media Association, and the Iowa Reading Association. Niday said they are currently doing research to update the map. The ICFB Council discussed giving a $1,000 grant to the project coordinators, which the Library of Congress would provide to ICFB. There would be a link to the map on the ICFB web site. Rossi said Humanities Iowa may be interested depending on the criteria used. Further discussion on the topic will occur at the September meeting.
6. Iowa Library Association Conference. Panel discussion on Friday morning, October 17, about the Iowa Center for the Book
Due to time constraints, Von Wald said she would e-mail more information about the program to the Council.
7. Future Projects
List of book specialists speakers. The list is being compiled by Tim Barrett at the U of I Center for the Book and will be Included on the ICFB web site.
Letters about Literature Project, sponsored by the Library of Congress Center for the Book in association with the Weekly Reader Corporation. Von Wald described the national program and suggested ICFB piggyback on it. ICFB would need to apply by June. Kenagy said the program would require connecting with teachers and other groups and that there would be financial implications for initiating the project. Rossi voiced concerns about the project and suggested that a We the People Project that will be funded through Humanities Councils be considered. Cameron offered to work on the project. Craig moved to form a committee with Cameron as chair to study ways, including LAL, to involve school age children in projects of the ICB and proceed as the committee sees fit. Walch seconded. Motion carried.
The meeting adjourned at 12:15 p.m.