Minutes of the Iowa Center for the Book Advisory Council
10 a.m. September 16, 2011
Iowa City Public Library
Members Present - Joan Bessman-Taylor, Marvin Bergman, Susan Craig, Brianna Glenn, Mary Heinzman, Yolanda Hood, Sid Huttner, Jan Kaiser, Randy Landgrebe, Robin Martin, Katherine Perkins, Sarah Prineas, Chris Rossi, Kristin Steingreaber, Tim Walch, Mary Wegner, Annette Wetteland, Charlotte Wright. By Phone: Shannon McClintock
Not Present due to conflicts: Monica Gohlinghorst, Tim Barrett, Ed Goedeken
1. Call to order – Sid Huttner, Chair
2. Approval of Minutes of June 3, 2011. Motion to approve (Susan Craig; Jan Kaiser) Motion carried unanimously.
3. Introductions – Robin Martin, Coordinator
- Dr. Yolanda Hood, Youth Collection Librarian, Rod Library at the University of Northern Iowa
- Shannon McClintock Miller, teacher/librarian from Van Meter Community Schools joining the meeting by phone after some troubleshooting.
4. Iowa Library Services/State Library Report – Mary Wegner, State Librarian
- Wegner provided background information on Iowa Library Services (ILS), the new organization passed by the Iowa General Assembly and signed by Governor Branstad on July 27, 2011. ILS is a combination of the State Library and the former Library Service Areas. She said the transition was going well.
- After Governor Branstad closed 36 Iowa Workforce Development (IWD) regional offices, public libraries were assigned the task of taking up the slack by becoming IWD access points. Libraries can opt to have IWD web pages put on their computers, but this has caused strife among some libraries that say they cannot take on the added duties of training people who are computer illiterate. Glenn said that with a 43% budget cut and a small library, she cannot take on the extra duties and was upset with the presumption she would. Craig noted that the IWD website is not user-friendly and that no one is trained to use it. She said there are four IWD computers at the Iowa City Public Library, but people cannot print anything – like resumes – on the library’s system.
- Wegner reported on Iowa Library Services budget cuts – 8.7% ($211,000) in FY11. In the past three years the budget has been cut 37% ($1.3 million). Half of the ILS budget is now made up of federal dollars, and the state cuts have made it impossible to keep up with the federal maintenance of effort. ILS will see federal budget cuts from the Institute of Museums and Library Services (IMLS) because of this. Wegner said there will be no new programs in ILS, but the Iowa Center for the Book will remain intact. She explained that advocacy efforts need to be made to explain the ILS’s dire situation to our state legislators.
5. Coordinator Report – Robin Martin
- Martin said advertising for the Letters About Literature (LAL) 2012 program has begun. She and Wetteland have prepared brochures for Iowa Reading Association and Iowa Council of Teachers of English conferences, and will exhibit at the Iowa Talented and Gifted conference. The 85 Iowa teachers who participated in the LAL program last year have been contacted. This is the last year Target is sponsoring the program. It was suggested that more promotion may be needed in newspapers in late October featuring the past Iowa national winners. Good contacts are newspaper reporters such as Michael Morain, John Carlson or Marc Hanson. Perkins will promote on Iowa Public Radio/National Public Radio.
- Martin and Fran Fessler (ILS – Des Moines Office) will attend this year’s National Book Festival in Washington, DC on September 24. Shannon McClintock and Steingreaber have volunteered to help at the ICB table. Martin mentioned the names of all the groups who donated items to take to the festival.
- The Iowa Library Association’s fall conference in Council Bluffs will feature the “Author Trove-Iowa Author Fair 2011.” Twenty-five authors have been invited to attend. Stephanie Kallos, author of this year’s All Iowa Reads book, Sing Them Home will be the keynote speaker at the Friday luncheon.
6. Brief report/news item from each council member – Sid Huttner
- Gohlinghorst said Council Bluffs was looking forward to hosting the ILA Conference October 12-14.
- Rossi mentioned an exhibit David Plowden’s Iowa, which includes 64 images of Iowa that have never been published. He is working with staff at the Figge Art Museum and with the new Humanities Iowa digital center to have a new book published by December 1st 2011.
- Landgrebe said the Department for the Blind is working on an oral history of the blind in Iowa. There will be a lecture at Simpson College on September 27 about the Civil Rights Movement with an emphasis on blindness.
- Craig talked about annual events surrounding UNESCO City of Literature, such as Paul Engle Day which includes a student writing project. Winners will be honored at a banquet in Iowa City on October 12th. Craig reported that the 28 bookmark statues on display around the Iowa City area will be auctioned off in October. Iowa City’s Literary Walk, which includes names of Iowa authors on the sidewalks, has been extended to Linn St.
- Steingreaber gave an update on Great Prairie's Media Center - July 1 - Dec. 31, 2011. There are 36,800 students in GPAEA. She noted that print circulations are very strong, but use of electronic resources is increasing. GPMC had a total of 105,327 library checkouts including K-12 print and all other media types except digital.
- Digital checkouts were 12,978 - including eBooks, digital video, images, and audio.
- Students can login to the media catalog to read eBooks. Teachers can login to read and also to order books for delivery. Total eBooks read to date was 2,585. Their vendor is Rosen (ePoint books). All are nonfiction. GPMC uses Rosen's MARC records in the catalog for easy access by students. Students work on iPads, smart phones, computers. An icon image of an eBook appears on multiple devices for easy access.
- Walch noted that Tom Schwartz is the new director of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library. Schwartz is an expert on the history of Abraham Lincoln, having been a top level administrator at the Lincoln Presidential Library in Illinois. Walch said Schwartz would make a great speaker. He also mentioned two upcoming events: “School House to White House” and a fairy tale Christmas display.
- Kaiser reviewed the “Hands on Book Festival” held inside and outside of the Des Moines Public Library spring 2011. It was sponsored by the Rotary Club, DMPL and ICB. Merri Monks (ILS, Des Moines Office), Wetteland, Martin, Landgrebe and Gail Striker ILBPH staff) all took part in the festivities. The attendees were fifth-graders from around Des Moines. An even bigger festival is in the works for 2012 which should include the ICB and Humanities Iowa (Rossi). Glenn Lyons, Director of the Downtown Community Alliance (organizer of the Des Moines Art Festival), has agreed to take on the project. HOBF would be folded into the event. Jan noted that between 500 and 700 people lined up to be the first to check out the new Franklin Avenue Public Library facility. People checked 3,800 items on grand opening day. She expects the library will win some environmental awards.
7. All Iowa Reads – Craig and Bergmann said the 2011 program was wrapping up. They thought Iowans liked Sing Them Home, especially since Iowa had an active tornado season in the spring which relates to the story. Author Stephanie Kallos was in Iowa in July at the Iowa City Book Festival, and Craig said she is a very good speaker. Craig is looking forward to hearing Kallos again at the ILA Conference in October. Craig reminded folks that the 2012 selection will be made known at the ILA Conference. Martin said it has been hard to get exact numbers from libraries and book groups who are holding discussions. She reported that to date 51 have held discussions.
8. Report from Elkader Project Working Group – Barrett, Kaiser, Heinzman, Rossi, Martin. The group made 3 recommendations.
- Highlight Elkader Project events under “Upcoming Events on the ICB Website. A good example is the press release announcement for the student essay contest based on John Kiser’s Commander of the Faithful.
- Add John Kiser to the Iowa Author List.
- Individual members of the Council consider mentioning Kiser’s book or other similar topic books to reading/discussion groups around the state.
Martin noted that since Kiser does not fit the criteria for the Iowa Author List as he is not living and writing in Iowa, she could not add his name to that list as recommended. It was agreed that the remaining two recommendations be accepted. Robin will contact Kathy Garms of the Abdelkader project to get information for the ICB Website and to communicate our support for the reading/essay contest.
9. ICB Committees and Membership – Huttner proposed new committees/working groups. Members volunteered and assignments are as follows:
- Nominating: Steingreaber, Huttner, Martin – after consultation with Mary Wegner, present name for Advisory Council Chair at spring 2012 meeting
- Iowa Authors – Carl Orgren, Walch, Barrett, Goedeken, Prineas and Wright -- Deal with definitions, criteria as needed. It’s a solid database, but encourage its use as a list of potential speakers. Some big writers aren’t signing up – The Coordinator can do the entry work if committee members can recruit them.
- Travelling Exhibition of the Book Working Group – Barrett, Glenn, Steingreaber, Landgrebe, Kaiser (will support when able) -- Huttner asked the group to come back at the next meeting with a plan. This Group is needed for the annual July Book Fair in Iowa City and Des Moines book festivals as they emerge. Ideas suggested were paper making; developing a manual for creating a history of the book hands-on exhibit; creating a set of models (clay), tablet-early writing. Barrett said he thinks his students would be interested in working on this though there may be legal/insurance issues.
- Steingreaber – Ottumwa – create a document on how to set up author event and post it on our site. Kris will look into this.
- Kaiser has a check sheet for setting up an author event. Will share.
- Ask Humanities Iowa for financial support
- Ad Hoc Committee to Celebrate ICB’s 10th Anniversary Marcy 2012 -- Katherine Perkins, Susan Craig, Chis Rossi. Rossi has a checkbook-sized booklet based on the Lewis and Clark Expedition celebration that he could reprint with ICB helping to redistribute it. Craig suggested a bus trip to the National Book Festival, asking John Cole to play up our anniversary this year. Perkins said our emphasis is best placed on promoting what we already do. Contact Des Moines Register’s Michael Moraine for vignettes on ICB achievements with LAL, AIR, etc.
- Support appearances by an Iowa author across the state (Craig – No money) Perhaps combine efforts with AViD (Des Moines Public Library event) and the Iowa City Book Festival to focus publicity on AIR author and book.
- Announce anniversary to ILA audience, Iowa City Book Festival goers and other large venues
- Get a proclamation from the Governor
- Standing Committee to liaise with the ICB Foundation – Wegner said we are one step closer to having a foundation. Discussion followed. It was mentioned that it can be difficult at times to get a committee to work well with foundations. The ICB Foundation members currently are – Craig, Walch, Dale Ross, Martin, Wegner.
10. Revision of ICB Bylaws regarding Membership – Huttner. Due to the reorganization of the State Library into Iowa Library Services, changes need to be made in the Bylaws. Motions (Craig; Steingreaber) to revise as follows:
- Motion to change “Seven members represent types of institutions:” to Six
- Motion to delete “One Library Service Area representative”
- Motion to increase “Three at large representatives” to Four
Motions carried unanimously.
11. Other Business – None
12. Spring 2012 meeting date and site – Wegner and Martin will determine.
Annette Wetteland, Notetaker