Iowa Center for the Book Advisory Council Meeting
Iowa City Public Library, Room A
October 3, 2014, 10 a.m. to noon
Present: Barb Corson, Susan Craig, Brianna Glenn, Ed Goedeken, Jan Kaiser, Robin Martin, Nancy Medema, Katherine Perkins, Sarah Prineas, Gail Stricker, Tim Walch, Annette Wetteland;
Guest: Dale Ross, ICB Foundation President
Unable to attend: Mary Heinzman, Chris Rossi, Kristin Steingreaber, Marvin Bergman, Alice Meyer, Timothy Barrett, Tom Kessler, Monica Gohlinghorst
- Call to Order, Sarah Prineas, Chair
- Approval of Minutes – Walch moved, Craig seconded; minutes approved.
- Corson’s Interim State Librarian’s Report –
- Michael Scott will become the new State Librarian on November 17.
- Iowa Library Services (IaLS) had its first session of a new Public Library Staff Certification program. There will be less class time and require fewer hours to keep certified.
- About 150 items have been added to the website “Iowa Library Commons.” The site is designed for librarians to share internal documents – policies, fliers, etc.
- Town Meetings were held in September and IaLS staff visited six towns in three weeks.
- The Iowa Constitution was brought from the Secretary of State’s office to the State Library to be scanned. It is now online for the public to peruse.
3. Martin, Iowa Center for the Book Coordinator’s Report –
- Martin attended the National Book Festival with Corson in late August in Washington, DC. The event was held at the Washington DC Convention Center this year because of construction on the Mall. It was well attended. The Iowa book this year for the Great Reads Map was “Farmer Will and the Growing Table” by Jacqueline Briggs Martin. Jackie provided 20 copies to give away. Many people in the DC area who visited the booth had a lot of respect and nostalgia for Iowa.
- The season has begun for Letters About Literature (LAL). Martin said she was contacting teachers to find out who had retired so she can get new names on her list. The Library of Congress’ LAL website has been refreshed and there is a new teacher guide. Martin said the Iowa Talented and Gifted Conference would be held in October and that she and Wetteland would have a booth promoting LAL. It was suggested the Robin contact the Bell & Blank Gifted and Talented Center to promote LAL.
- She was contacted by the Salisbury House director for a letter of support for them to host the 2016 traveling exhibition “Shakespeare and His First Folio” celebrating the 400th birthday of his death. The ICB would just be promoters; there would be no contribution of funds.
- Martin said he took part, along with others, in Iowa Public Radio’s “Talk of Iowa” show about “Unexpected Iowa: Our Literary Heritage.”
- The Library of Congress Center for the Book offered each state affiliate $1000 to help establish a Literacy Award. We applied and have received the funding to set up Iowa’s first Literacy Award. A timeline for the project has been set up. Wright said he would volunteer to help with the project, along with Glenn, on the language of the invitation and criteria for judging. A celebration could be held at the State Capitol. Literacy organizations in the state may be eligible, or helpful. There was discussion about how it may be better solicit nominations for organizations rather individuals this first year. The funds from the Library of congress Foundation will go toward a monetary award, plaque, advertising and celebration.
4. Brief reports from each Advisory Council member:
- Glenn said the De Soto Public Library where she is director is partnering with other libraries in the Dallas County Reading Program. There will be different, specific programming in each library. She said she’s excited to see how it goes.
- Walch said he is volunteering as a conservator at the University of Iowa Libraries and the State Historical Society. He is also writing a new book on Coralville, IA. There is a new edition of a book he did in 1996 (Urban Catholic Education) on Catholic schools from U.S. colonial times to the present.
- Goedeken reported on a mold outbreak at Iowa State University’s Parks Library. Several thousand books were damaged, including the German literature collection. The area has been quarantined and cleaning is underway. Parks Library Dean Madison retired and Joyce Garnett is the Interim. A new dean should be named by next summer.
- Kaiser spoke about the “Life and Times of Spalding” that Walch wrote in Iowa Heritage Illustrated. She said the magazine may discontinue publishing. She talked about new events coming up at the Des Moines Public Library, including a dinner to present author Bill Bryson with the Des Moines Public Library Foundation’s Iowa Author Award. Author Billy Collins will be coming for the Wonder of Words event, along with Leonard Pitts, Jr., John Shor, Collin Woodard and many other exciting writers. Forty community partners now take part in WOW, which is in its third year. She noted that Wally Lamb was incredible -- funny and compassionate. Next year’s AVID event will include Rebecca Skloot (The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks).
- Craig said the Iowa City Public Library has had a record-breaking summer reading program. They increased registration by 65 percent. They have a coalition with the school district, Iowa City and most of Coralville, and two-thirds of North Liberty. United Way provided funding to each library to help increase literacy outreach. Participants get incentives, including a new book if they reach their goals. The incentive costs around $30,000. Craig reminded the Council of the Iowa City (UNESCO) Book Festival this weekend. Marilyn Robinson and Jane Smiley will be there. Both have been nominated for National Book Awards. Their books will be available for sale ahead of time. This is the third year for the festival, and it keeps building momentum, Craig said.
- Stricker said the Department for the Blind is getting ready for “White Cane Day,” a public open house of the whole department. Speakers will include individuals who have been through the department’s training. They will talk about their experiences; how they are succeeding in the work world; and how they used their library for school and leisure reading to get to where they are. John Schors has agreed to be in their upcoming book discussion. Discussions are held over the telephone. Stricker also displayed a new currency reader. Blind people can put a bill in it, and it will tell them the denomination. It is free to patrons. She also mentioned the Hands on Book Festival which will be held November 7 at the Des Moines Public Library. Fifth grade students from local, at-risk schools are invited. There will be an author, illustrator, printer, paper-making, a demonstration of Braille, and the ICB will talk about the history of the book and provide hands-on activities.
- Perkins discussed IPR’s “Talk of Iowa” show on university and research libraries. It was very well received. She said the radio station wrapped up “Iowa Week” (Sept. 22-26). They had 10 shows and she said it was a lot of fun. Listeners love “Iowa Week.”
- Prineas said the latest book in her trilogy came out two weeks ago, and she is working on a proposal for her next new book. She reported hearing from a reader from England who is blind who has a recording studio that he uses to create audiobooks for other readers with low vision or who are blind. After reading the "Magic Thief" short story that she posted for free on the website, he and a professional actor turned it into an audiobook. Half of the proceeds go to UNICEF. She will forward the URL to Council members.
5. Martin said pictures were taken of all the Traveling History of the Book Exhibit items and each was numbered. She noted it was pretty much ready to go. An announcement about it will be made at the Iowa Library Association Conference in October. She said applications still have to be written and a brochure prepared and put in the IaLS booth. She asked for confirmation that the State Library would handle shipping costs.
6. Classic Iowa Authors List - Goedeken said the committee is making progress. They are studying criteria that guide the essays. A deadline needs to be set for author reviews. It was determined that the committee will focus on the shorter list before getting to the longer one. Goedeken asked that members send their essays to him by the end of October.
7. All Iowa Reads - Craig said a book was chosen for 2015 All Iowa Reads and it will be announced at the ILA Conference Friday noon luncheon. She said she spoke to the author who is very excited. Craig noted that this year’s book has engaged people in different ways and people are intensely taken with the 2014 selection, Little Wolves. She also said author Thomas Maltman has been very generous with his time in Iowa libraries. A lot of donations to the Iowa City Public library have been AIR books, which she said is a positive sign that the books are being read by the public. Craig reported there was a possibility that the 2015 book will not be in large print, but it will be in electronic format. It’s hoped they can find enough large print copies of the 2015 book to put in the IaLS district offices.
8. ICB Foundation – Ross said the ICB Foundation continues to get through myriad responsibilities of getting 501C3 status. He hopes it will all be done this November. Ross said there’s no reason to believe there will be any trouble. The foundation is paying bills for the Traveling History of the Book. The foundation is always looking for new money.
9. No other business was discussed.
10. The spring meeting will be held in mid to late May 2015.
11. Prineas moved adjournment at 11:25 a.m.
Annette Wetteland, Notetaker