April 9, 2007
Daria Bossman, director of library services, James Fisk, reference and instructional services librarian, and Donna Galati-Huls, writing specialist, all of the Hickman-Johnson-Furrow Learning Center (HJFLC); and Robbie Rohlena, dean of students at Morningside College, were members of a presentation and panel discussion at the Iowa Academic College Research Libraries’ (ACRL) 2007 Spring Conference “Work Worth Doing: The Value of Academic Libraries for the 21st Century” held on March 23 at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa. Keynote speaker for the conference was national ACRL president Pamela Snelson, college librarian at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pa.
The panel presented “Transformational Change: From Library to Learning Center – the Morningside College Experience” describing the changes and challenges that occurred during a two-year, two-phase remodeling of the learning center. The physical transformation of the learning center included, among other things, installation of the Spoonholder Café and additional restrooms, new open study spaces, and new lighting and furniture. An important and ongoing part of the project includes faculty and staff training focusing on student-centered learning and information literacy.
Bossman has been at Morningside since 1993, serving as reference and instructional services librarian from 1993 to 1996 before being appointed the college’s library director. Bossman has a bachelor’s degree from Midland Lutheran College in Fremont, Neb., and a master of library science from Emporia State University in Kansas.
Fisk, who has been at Morningside since 2001, received a bachelor’s degree from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minn. He holds a master’s degree in library science from Emporia State University and a master’s degree in public policy and administration from the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
Galati-Huls joined the staff at Morningside in 1998. She holds a bachelor’s degree in communicative arts and English from Westmar College and a master’s degree in English from the University of South Dakota in Vermillion.
Rohlena joined the faculty at Morningside in 1987 and previously served as math instructor, director of the Achievement Center, and associate dean of students. She holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Iowa in Iowa City and a master’s degree in computer based learning from Morningside.