Iowa Center for the Book
Advisory Council Meeting Minutes
Iowa City Public Library, Room A
November 9, 2012 10:00 pm - noon
Members present: Timothy Barrett, Marvin Bergman, Joan Bessman Taylor, Susan Craig, Brianna Glenn, Ed Goedeken, Monica Gohlinghorst, Mary Heinzman, Sidney Huttner, Robin Martin, Sarah Prineas, Kristin Steingreaber, Tim Walch Mary Wegner, Annette Wetteland, and Charlotte Wright. Shannon McClintock Miller attended via Skype.
Not present due to conflicts: Yolanda Hood, Jan Kaiser, Katherine Perkins, and Chris Rossi
Guests: John Kenyon, Director of UNESCO Iowa City City of Literature; Dr. Dale Ross, President of the Iowa Center for the Book Foundation
1. Sarah Prineas, Council Chair, called the meeting to order.
2. Dale Ross, President of the ICB Foundation was introduced to the Council.
3. Minutes of June 1, 2012 were approved after the addition of Sid Huttner’s complete report.
4. Motion (Craig) to move Agenda item 11-Paul Engle Day Essay partnership discussion to item 4. Passed unanimously.
John Kenyon, Director of the City of Literature in Iowa City, reported that the Annual Paul Engle Essay Contest deadline will be moved to October beginning 2013. ICB will help promote the contest. This date change is especially helpful because the previous spring deadline conflicted with LAL deadlines. To continue Paul Engle’s tradition of inspiring writers and celebrating the rich culture of Iowa, high school sophomores are invited to participate in a writing contest. The Paul Engle Writing Prompt project is based on Engle’s memoir A Lucky American Childhood. There is a state-wide curriculum that includes the writing prompt itself, background information about the extraordinary life of Iowa native Paul Engle and a series of classroom activities for use to guide students writing essays. Prizes include one, one-year tuition to the University of Iowa and eight $4,000 scholarships.
5. Iowa Library Services/State Library Report – Mary Wegner, State Librarian
Mary reported that the hiring process for the new Program Director for Library Support Services is underway. This person will replace Sandy Dixon, long time member of the State Library staff who retired in June. The new hire should be on board shortly after the New Year. Mary urged Council members to keep in mind that the State Library has lost 1.8 million dollars since 2009 (37 percent) from its budget. It is important to share with our communities and legislators the vital educational, economic, and recreational role that libraries play for Iowans. The State Library’s continuing education program for librarians, its summer reading programs for children, its ability to provide equal access to online resources and its support for statewide resource sharing through interlibrary loan are all at risk.
5. Coordinator Report – Robin Martin said that Letters About Literature 2013 is underway. The national Office has not found another sponsor to replace Target yet. Publicity has been sent to all participating teachers, the Iowa Association of Teachers of English, and Language Arts teachers listed on the AEA media list. Robin and Annette exhibited at the Iowa Talented and Gifted Association conference.
Annette and Robin attended the National Book Festival Washington DC September 22-23, 2012. The event attracted nearly 200,000 people this year. Sarah Prineas’ book The Magic Thief was our 2013 Literary Map selection. Twenty-five copies were given away to children. Sarah also provided 1,000 postcards of The Magic Thief book cover. Other Iowa giveaways included maps, pencils, bookmarks, City of Literature posters of Pulitzer Prize Winners, posters from Children’s Choice Awards and more. Martin shared interesting samples from other state’s exhibits.
Martin reported statistics she collects on ICB programs. Use of the ICB Website has been steady since the site went up in 2009. There are approximately 2,600 unique page views per month. Most popular pages are Iowa Authors, All Iowa Reads, ICB Homepage, Letters About Literature, Awards, and Links. Most people are referred to the site from Google, the State Library’s Home Page, Facebook, Wikipedia and the Iowa Library Association’s site. There were:
136 Literary Calendar Events posted
90 AIR programs held; final reports from Library Service districts on book set loans will be added to this
The Center has:
310 authors currently listed on Iowa author list
152 Facebook Friends
4. Report from Working Groups
Travelling Exhibition of the Book – Brianna Glenn & Tim Barrett, Co-chairs. Tim shared a sketch of a Book Box that could house artifacts related to the development of writing and the book, along with educational handouts. The General parameters and cost estimates are:
• 24 by 36 inch “book” box that opens to a 48 by 36 inch tall “book”
• Shipping case
• Shelves or cubbies on the left for 10 books that predate and postdate the codex
• Explanatory material on the right aimed at children and adults
• Pocket also on right for a take home info sheet that includes links related to book history and how to info on basic bookbinding and papermaking; artists books
Eleven items that could be included and rough estimates on prices:
clay tablet ($50)
book with parchment leaves and samples of hand calligraphed text ($300)
type and printing on handmade paper ($50)
Renaissance leather and board binding (cut away to see inner structure) ($500)
16-17th C paper case binding ($120)
19th C book printed by power press on machine-made paper ($50)
modern archival print on demand book ($50)
artist’s book with pop up pages ($400)
Kindle or Nook ($150)
In summary: $2000 for books
$200 research on text, links for book history, paper and book making handout, etc.
$400 book box construction
$200 shipping case
Council members were enthusiastic about the project and suggested potential exhibits at the ILA fall conference, the Iowa City Book Festival, WOW festival in Des Moines, and in public libraries across the state. Dale Ross noted that the ICB Foundation could raise funds to produce two such exhibits.
Sid Huttner volunteered to help Tim identify sources for artifacts. The consensus of the Council was to pursue the project with a desired completion date of summer 2013.
Celebrating ICB’s 10th Anniversary – Katherine Perkins, Chair. No report
Iowa Author List – Ed Goedeken, Chair. Ed reported that Author Committee members have studied the current author list on the website. Approximately 66% are self- or vanity published. Robin will add “self-published” as an element to entries where applicable. The Committee is working on a shorter “Classic Iowa Authors” list. It would include well-known living Iowa writers who have not entered their information into the list. Ed described the “Montana Authors Project” funded by Humanities Montana which could serve as a model. http://www.humanitiesmontana.org/map/index.htm
Criteria and a short list of names will be presented at the spring meeting.
7. ICB Foundation Report – Dale Ross, Susan Craig, Tim Walch, Monica Gohlinghorst, Wegner, Martin
Dale Ross, President of the ICB Foundation, introduced the other Directors: Susan Craig, Monica Gohlinghorst, Tim Walch, Mary Wegner and Robin Martin. The Directors continue to work with Steven Roy, tax lawyer in Des Moines, to complete the tax exempt application. Mary noted that the Vilsack Foundation might be willing to make a donation to us. Directors will begin fundraising beginning in 2013 and will return to the ICB Council spring meeting with another report.
8. Brief report/news item from each Council Member
Charlotte Wright said due to faculty and public pressure, the University of Missouri has re-established its press
Joan Bessman Taylor reported that five UI SLIS graduates have found positions this year. Chris Cleric is heading the Teacher Librarian Certification program now. The School is seeking book donations for a monthly reading outreach program for the Oakdale prison. They need sets of 6 books for their discussions.
Marv Bergman noted that the Department of Cultural Affairs has received an NEH grant to digitize 100,000 pages of Iowa Newspapers.
Ed Goedeken has been selected to publish a Biographical Dictionary of Iowa State “Treasures.” This long term project will include approximately 500 names.
Tim Walch reported that the Hoover Library will celebrate a “Cowboy Christmas” with 20 trees decorated with old west memorabilia. Author Gary Dean Best has completed his sixth volume on the presidency of Herbert Hoover, The Life of Herbert Hoover: Keeper of the Torch, 1933-1964. Tim is volunteering with the Czech and Slovak museum to help clean books that were damaged in the 2008 flood. He estimates that it will be at least 2030 by the time all the restoration is complete.
Brianna Glenn announced that Dallas County Foundation has granted $5,740 to the Dallas County Library Association, in Dexter to digitize county publications and create searchable database. This is especially important to the many small libraries there.
Susan Craig told of the block grants being implemented to help create more “Little Free Libraries” in Iowa City. The LFL movement began in Wisconsin and now has thousands of libraries all over the world. Check out their website at http://www.littlefreelibrary.org
Monica Gohlinghorst announced that the newest member of the Iowa Library Commission is Brandie Ledford, Director of the Sac City Public Library.
Kristin Steingreaber spoke of a transliteracy conference on reading comprehension held by the North Carolina School Library and Media Association that she attended. While there she visited the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site which contains a library of 20,000 volumes
Randy Landgrebe reported that the “History of Blindness in Iowa” website is now available. The project captures the history of blindness in Iowa and includes personal histories (written and narrated) and related historic documents, objects, images, and films. The project was supported by numerous grants. Visit the website at http://www.iowablindhistory.org.
Tim Barrett has been named the Director of the University of Iowa Center for the Book.
Mary Heinzman told of the St. Ambrose University Book Arts and Printing Carnival held during their Book Arts Week. Among many events, St. Ambrose students used a 2,500-pound steam roller to roll over a linoleum block and create a print of Saint Ambrose.
Sid Huttner gave an update on the University of Iowa’s Main Library construction project.
9. WOW! Wonder of Words Festival – Jan Kaiser, Robin Martin, Annette Wetteland. Martin reported for the group as Jan Kaiser could not attend the Council meeting.
WOW! took place around the Des Moines metro area from October 17 to 29, 2012. Major producers were the Downtown Community Alliance and the Des Moines Public Library. The Iowa Center for the Book was one of many community partners. The WOW! Festival welcomed more than 3,000 people to 22 events in its first year.
“Hands on Book Fest for Kids” was held on October 23, 2012. It brought 230 fifth graders and their teachers to the Des Moines Public Library to learn about the book and its history from writing to illustrating, printing and binding. This year two of Tim Barrett’s Graduate students from the Center for the Book helped every child make a sheet of paper to take home. It was one of many highlights day. Sarah Prineas spoke about writing and Claudia McGehee demonstrated the art of illustrating. Gail Stricker and other staff members from the Iowa Library for the Blind and Physically Disabled engaged the students in activities demonstrating how the blind learn to read. Annette and Robin worked with the children as they traced the Rosetta stone and clay tablets and with creating their own stamping, learning about the history of writing
Martin distributed copies of the WOW “Iowa Author Fair” held October 28, 2012 in Capital Square downtown Des Moines. The Iowa Authors Fair was the capstone event and featured more than 60 well-known Iowa authors for author panels, book discussions, and book signings. It was held in Capital Square in Downtown Des Moines, and featured a full-service on-site bookstore with works by each author. Panels featuring authors in the Romance, Nature and Cooking genres were especially popular. Special presentations by best-selling Iowa authors Tracey Garvis Graves and Zach Wahls were held at the Renaissance Savery Hotel immediately following the fair. A special Kids Zone featuring a children’s stage, readings by Iowa children’s authors, visits from popular costumed characters and crafts, was open for families to enjoy all afternoon. Annette Wetteland volunteered at the Author Check-in Table. ICB had an exhibit table. Martin thanked Kristin Steingreaber and Sarah Prineas who staffed the ICB booth, and Ed Goedeken who chaired two panels: cookery authors “In Good Taste” and romance writers in “Love Always.” Merri Monks ILS Consultant also chaired, environmental writers and photographers in “Picture Perfect Iowa” and poets including Mary Swander Iowa Poet Laureate in “Poetic Justice.”
10. All Iowa Reads – Susan Craig and Marv Bergmann. Susan reported that this year’s selection is Jean Thompson’s The Year We Left Home. Robin and Nancy Simpson are working with Simon & Schuster to make the eBook edition available for libraries to purchase. S&S does not sell to libraries currently. The annual AIR program for librarians will be delivered by Webinar. It will be a new experience for the committee.
11. Paul Engel Day Essay partnership – Susan Craig, Kristin Steingreaber, Robin Martin- moved up to Item 4.
12. Other Business – none.
13. Spring 2013 meeting date TBD by a Doodle poll. The site will be the State Library in Des Moines.
14. Meeting adjourned at noon.
Robin Martin, ICB Coordinator