October 2, 2015 Minutes
Iowa Center for the Book Advisory Council Meeting
Iowa City Public Library
October 2, 2015 – 10am to 11:43am
Present: Robin Martin, Sarah Prineas, Dale Ross, Michael Scott, Tom Kessler, Tim Walch, Ed Goedeken, Susan Craig, Marv Bargman, Carolyn Greufe, Kristin Steingraber, Tim Barrett, Carmelita Pickett, Katherine Perkins
Unable to attend: Brianna Glenn, Mary Heinzman, Alice Meyer, Sarah Willeford, Pat Laas
Guest: Nancy Medema, Helen Dagley
1. Call to order, Sarah Prineas, Chair
Craig requested a change to the agenda to add under “OLD BUSINESS” the Travelling History of the Book.
2. Welcome new members – Martin introduced new members. Greufe only one present.
3. Approval of minutes – Craig/Walch, minutes approved.
4. Update on State Library – Scott
- Introduced Helen Dagley as new ICB Coordinator
- Town Meetings recently held in 6 locations, offered opportunity to meet and interact with librarians around the State.
- Budget – status quo budget, requests just submitted
- IMLS site visit, just completed, toured NE Iowa
5. Brief reports from each Council Member –
- Barrett – passed
- Greufe – first meeting. Had meeting with Robin and brainstormed authors, DMPL got Collection Q, budget good from the City, DMPL virtual library going well with huge increase in circulation.
- Craig – Just starting Iowa City Book Festival, discussed various programs
- Kessler – reorganization at UNI’s library, some positions coming soon, flat materials budget so cutting serials, Latino Americans grant for a year’s worth of programming with book: Enrique’s Journey .
- Prineas – newest book just released, presenting at ICPL Book Festival, also working at Prairie Lights Bookstore part-time, part of an affiliation of youth book authors working to form a nonprofit to have an impact with outreach and literacy.
- Bergman – new hire
- Goedeken – looking for new Head of Special Collections at ISU library, have new Dean, need a new Head of Technical Services, weeding the collection of little used materials that are widely held.
- Walch – worked with a title manager this last time instead of an editor, model totally different. Alison at Coralville PL was very helpful. Has program that is streaming on the ICPL website, discussed issues with the State Historical Society.
- Pickett – Open Textbook Network Workshop to encourage staff to utilize their students. Hiring a scholarly communications librarian, continuing to support CIC Depository. Getting approval for retrofitting a new storage facility for long-term storage options.
- Steingreaber – took a class that was excellent on Iowa History. Intellectual Freedom and Banned Book Week. Charity Nebbe of IPR just did a piece on this that was great on why this matters to kids.
- Perkins – IPR – wrapped up fund drive this morning with 3250 new members. Caucus process taking much time and new caucus page on website is a great resource. Hired a new News Director, Michael Leland from Wisconsin Public Radio.
- Dagley – gave some background on her career and experience.
6. Coordinator Report – Robin Martin
- Literacy Award Reception Friday October 9, 1pm at the Law Library in Des Moines. Iowa was a pilot state in this, received $1000 from Library of Congress to award a group working on literacy. Had 9 applications and chose Raising Readers of Story County as winner; they serve wide audience from birth to 8 yrs.
- Library of Congress Center for the Book meeting in Washington D.C. – one-book programs, literacy maps, Robin talked about All Iowa Reads.
- National Book Festival – Bainter and Martin attended, many people, Iowa was best booth was heard from many.
- Letters About Literature – LOC received a grant from Dollar General which required a rubric for scoring the letters. One was developed.
7. Committee Reports –
- Iowa Authors – Goedeken – essays are still coming in for those authors. Another list is of Pulitzer Prizes winners that lived in Iowa at some point in their lives.
- All Iowa Reads – Craig – Selection for 2016 has been made and will be announce on Friday at Iowa Library Association Conference. Good reception for the 2015 book and the author is speaking at luncheon on Friday of ILA. Some turnover on AIR committee.
- Iowa Literacy Award – Tom (given in Coordinator’s report)
8. ICB Foundation update – Ross – the next meeting to follow this, new directors, plan for approaching potential large donors. Will talk to Bainter about a press release.
9. Appointment of Nominating Committee (3 members) to present slate for new Chair
Barratt and Craig volunteered to be on committee.
10. Old Business -
- ICB reception for legislators 2016: Craig moved that Chair appoint a committee of 3 people and coordinator to arrange this. Formally requested $250 from ICB Foundation for treats. Concept is an informational gathering to explain various programs. Tim seconded. Approval by consensus. Committee to include Susan and Ed.
- Appointment of 3 Advisory Council member positions – Pat Laas, a Commission for State Library is joining. Still need a member from Humanities Iowa and from SLIS program at University of Iowa.
- Travelling History of the Book – Barratt – had a conversation with Chris Rossi about his place on the board and how they can work together: will give money but demands a match from ICB. Money needs to flow through Iowa Humanities Board. Suggests holding off keeping the Humanities Iowa person in bylaws until we consider this project or others that might work.
11. New Business –
- Spring meeting date to be determined.
13. Prineas moved to adjourn at 11:43 am.