DWC’s Boice to Chair State Library Commission


Dan Boice, librarian at Divine Word College in Epworth, Iowa, will oversee the June 21 meeting of the Iowa Commission of Libraries as its new chair.

The Iowa Commission of Libraries is a governor-appointed, governing board for Iowa Library Services (IaLS)/State Library.  It is responsible for seeing that IaLS fulfills its mission to advocate for Iowa libraries and promote excellence and innovation in library services in order to provide statewide access to information for all Iowans.

“I’m excited. The commission is a really good group, geographically diverse, gender balanced and the members come from a wide variety of occupations,” Boice said. He noted that years of spending cuts have been halted by the governor and the legislature, but in FY13 the state’s library system is still operating at 1987 funding levels. “That will be one of the big challenges going forward if we are to provide access to information to all Iowans.”

Boice was appointed to fill an unexpired term on the commission by Governor Vilsack, in 2006. Reappointed twice to four-year terms, his current term expires April 30, 2015. He is also the chair of the Iowa Library Association’s (ILA) Strategic Planning Committee and has served the ILA in many other positions.  Recently, Boice was appointed to the Carnegie-Stout Public Library Board of Directors in Dubuque. A native of West Michigan, he has earned master’s degrees in history and library science from the University of Michigan. Boice has been the librarian at Divine Word College since 1996.

“Mr. Boice’s appointment by the governor to the commission and now acting as its chair speak well for his excellent service to the library community in Iowa,” said Mathew Kanjirathinkal, academic dean at Divine Word College. “Dubuque-area libraries should be proud of his new position. Divine Word College certainly considers it an honor that its librarian is recognized as a leader state-wide.”