Call for Proposals ULA 2016 Annual Conference

It’s here! The call for proposals for the ULA 2016 Annual Conference is open October 1-31.

Have you felt something missing from past ULA Conferences? Submit a proposal on a subject you’re interested in! We encourage submissions on any and all library-related topics.

Interested in submitting, but not sure where to start? Contact the Program Board Chair – Erin Wimmer ( or Vice-Chair Tommy Hamby ( – to be paired with a mentor to guide you through the process.

Submissions must include the following information:

1. Working title of presentation

2. New skills or information participants will gain from the presentation

3. Brief description of the presentation

Please submit your proposal here:

Note: This call is ONLY for pre-conference workshops and speaker sessions. A separate call for posters will be posted at a later date.

Librarian of Congress

A Letter written to President Obama by Dustin Fife, ULA President.


Dear Mr. President:


The Utah Library Association emphatically supports the American Library Association's recommendation that the next Librarian of Congress be a professional librarian that understands the importance and ethics of librarianship and the invaluable role of libraries.

"The American Library Association believes that the position of Librarian of Congress is critically important as a leader for our nation’s libraries and cultural institutions and as a global role model for democratic principles, economic development and new education models.  As you contemplate the leadership needed to accomplish the significant work that lies ahead for libraries in a rapidly changing information environment, we strongly urge you to appoint a professional librarian as the next Librarian of Congress."

An individual that will only focus on the prescribed roles of the Library of Congress is not enough. The Librarian of Congress needs to be a person that understands the opportunity that libraries create and the importance of libraries to American democracy. Please support libraries across America, and throughout the world, by assuring that the next Librarian of Congress be a professional and dedicated librarian.  


Utah Library Association,

Dustin Fife--President

Pamela Martin--Past-President

Jami Carter--President-Elect


**Letter to Utah Senators and Representatives attached.

YSRT Fall Workshop Contest

YSRT Fall Workshop is September 18th! Tell us on the ULA Facebook page why you do “that thing you do” by September 16th and you’ll be entered to win a $20 Amazon Gift Card! Be sure to register and attend the workshop as only those in attendance are eligible to win!


September ULA Meetings

We have a very important ULA Meeting in September. ULA has a lot happening this year, and especially in September. Please plan on attending or calling in. The meeting will be at the West Jordan Branch of the Salt Lake County Library on September 4, 2015. We will all be going away with assignments! Everyone please send me reports and agenda items by next Monday

These meetings go through lunch, so let's all bring Pot Luck finger foods! Pam will get the Doritos so no one worry. 

10:00 a.m. Executive Committee
11:00 a.m. Conference Planning Committee
12:00 p.m. FULL ULA Board
1:00 p.m. Program Planning Committee
Thank you all for your service!
Dustin Fife, MLS
Outreach and Patron Services Librarian
Utah Valley University
President--Utah Library Association



The Utah Library Association vs. the WORLD




The title might be a little hyperbolic, but I'm trying to engender the us-against-them spirit to get you all excited. September and October are going to have some amazing ULA events and I'm metaphorically on my knees begging you to get involved.

Up first, the University of Utah and the Utah Library Association are hosting a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon on September 3, 2015! We will be teaching you how to edit if you do not already know how, but more importantly, we will be contributing to one of the most important information resources on the planet. We have chosen the theme of women in Utah history, though all are welcome and not edits will be denied.

Edit-a-thon Information

On September 18th the Pleasant Valley Branch of the Weber County Library will be hosting the 2015 YSRT Fall Workshop. If you are involved in Youth Services, you need to be here. Our Youth Services Round Table brings great ideas together and everyone goes home recharged and loaded with great ideas. This year's workshop will focus on why we all do the things that we do. Managers and Directors...make sure someone from your organization is there!

YSRT Fall Workshop

On September 25th the Continuing Education Committee has put together another amazing ULA Fall Workshop. The workshop is being hosted by the beautiful Uintah County Library in Vernal, Utah. The theme this year is "Libraries: The Bedrock of Our Communities." The committee has put together a great lineup of speakers that will help any librarian.

ULA Fall Workshop

On October 26th the Utah State Libary, Utah Library Association, and Salt Lake City Public Library will be hosting all of this year's ILEAD USA Utah participants and their projects. ULA has helped sponsor the ILEAD USA program with the Utah State Library and we are excited about all the great work our librarians are doing. The ILEAD teams will be presenting their projects to the public through a poster session. This will be a great opportunity to get to know the people and programs that are coming out of ILEAD. This will be held at the main branch of the Salt Lake City Public Library at 6:30 p.m. ALL are invited.


ULA is working hard to bring people together, to give librarians a chance to meet and grow, and to disseminate good ideas and lessons learned from failures. Please join us over the next few months to learn, grow, and support other librarians.

By: Dustin Fife, Utah Library Association President

Outreach and Patron Services Librarian for Utah Valley University

Wikipedia Training: Learn How Tomorrow and Edit Forever




 It would be really great if someone would invent a new Internet with the specific purpose of not making money off of it, but making it what it originally was, a free marketplace of ideas, and there are still aspects of the Internet that are that. Wikipedia, essentially, is still the bastion of the original ideals of the Internet. –Todd Rundgren


There is a Wikipedia training tomorrow and you are all invited! The Utah State Library is hosting an online training on how to edit and build Wikipedia articles. In May I gave a presentation with Rebekah Cummings and Jessica Breiman about why it is important for librarians to use and contribute to Wikipedia. In short, because it is one of the most used information resources in the world and we can make it better as Information Professionals. As so eloquently stated by Todd Rundgren, Wikipedia is a bastion of open information and democratic knowledge, and we should contribute to that ideal

I have always viewed the mission of Wikipedia to be much bigger than just creating a killer website. We’re doing that of course, and having a lot of fun doing it, but a big part of what motivates us is our larger mission to affect the world in a positive way. –Jimmy Wales (co-founder of Wikipeda)

Wikipedia is about big ideas and important ideals. More importantly though, Wikipedia is about big ideas and important ideals that align with librarianship.

This is important to me because I use Wikipedia almost every day. I use it for quick reference and as a research starter. I use it as an amazing resource for teaching information literacy. It works so well for teaching because it feels comfortable to students. They use Wikipedia and I can use that to teach them necessary twenty-first century skills. I use Wikipedia to disseminate useful information and to correct incorrect ideas. I use Wikipedia, I contribute to Wikipedia, I love Wikipedia, and so should you.

The training is tomorrow at noon, and you will also be able to watch an archived version whenever you want. We will then be holding a Wikipedia Edit-a-thon at the Marriott Library at the University of Utah on Thursday, September 3, 2015 from 2:00 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. This will be a great opportunity to use your new-found skills and help increase the presence of historical Utah women on Wikipedia. I will attach all relevant information below. Please join us and become a regular Wikipedia contributor.


Utah State Library Training:


Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon Information: Attached PDF


Wikipedia Training: Edit and Create Your Own Pages


This training will give an introduction to editing and creating Wikipedia pages. It will show you the tools you have available to you and many of the great ways you can incorporate Wikipedia into your institutions and life. This training is also in preparation for a Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon that the Utah Library Association will be hosting September 3, 2015 at the Marriott Library. Evan Young, a computer scientist, Wikipedia enthusiast, and erstwhile employee of the Mountain West Digital Library will be leading the training. To register visit:


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