Around 400 people gathered (Pocahontas Library Director attended the confrence) for this year's Iowa Library Association (ILA) Conference at the beautiful Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs, IA. There were five pre-conferences to choose from on Wednesday, followed by the grand opening of exhibits. Wednesday evening's activities included "Treasure Trove-Iowa Author Fair 2011" at the Council Bluffs Public Library and "Just Bluffing: Public Art Bus Tour."
Conference attendees had more than 40 sessions to choose from. Keynote speakers were David Moore ("Creativity in the Workplace: Using the Google Model), Pippa White ("Saints, Soldiers, and Spies: Women and War") and Dr. Dipesh Navsaria, MD ("Learning, Living, and Liberties: Why Libraries are the Bedrock of the Community").
Barb Peterson, director of the Council Bluffs Public Library, did a superb job serving as conference planning chair and overseeing local arrangements. Three cheers for Barb.
According to ILA Foundation Treasurer, Wendy Street, $12,385.50 was raised from the silent auction, the raffle, the 30x30x3 campaign and other donations.
Other speakers included Stephanie Kallos who was the receipent author of the book "Sing Them Home" This book was chosen as the All Iowa Reads selection for 2011. The Pocahontas Library has a copy of this book if you would like to enjoy a good read.
Pippa White was also a guest speaker at the conference. Her piece was about women and the war. She had several monologues to share with the Librarians on women and their role in the war. The conference had a lot of information and new ideas. Watch around the library and see if you notice any changes in the next couple of months!