Iowa State University, Parks Library, Grant Wood mural, “When Tillage Begins.”
View slideshow.Association of Research Libraries (ARL) executive director Elliott Shore has embarked on a “listening tour” of ARL member libraries to see first-hand the innovative work the libraries are doing and to learn how the Association can better serve its members. This is the 12th in a series of informal reports from his visits.
On April 6–8, 2016, I visited three Midwestern ARL institutions that I had not been to yet—University of Nebraska–Lincoln, Iowa State University, and University of Iowa—using the opportunity of being nearby in San Antonio, Texas, for the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI) Spring Membership Meeting earlier in the week. I spent the better part of a day at each institution, giving a public talk and meeting with library deans, provosts, CIOs, VPs for research, and many library staff members.