By: Dustin Fife, ULA President
First of all, we just completed an
amazing conference in St. George and I would like to genuinely thank Pamela
Martin, Jasmina Jusic, Marissa Snyder, Emily Bullough, and the entire
Conference Planning Committee for making it happen. The keynotes were powerful,
the networking was plentiful, and the presentations were engaging. It was a
tremendous success. These opportunities to meet together as colleagues and
friends strengthen us professionally and personally. We are stronger when we
are together, and gratefully, we get to take some of the strength back home
The theme for ULA 2015-2016 is Open the Doors. I know, I know, it is a vague and
meaningless statement without context. You are the context. Your job is the context.
Your library is the context! This theme can be adopted by each and every one of
us. Here are a few examples of ways to consider the theme:
Open the doors to your library more
Open the doors to new ideas
Open the doors to old ideas
Open the doors to new content
Open the doors to your data
Open the doors to your programs
Open the doors to your collection
Open the doors to new people and communities
Open the doors to your offices
Open the doors to your processes
Open the doors to new experiences
OPEN THE DOORS TO FAILURE
Access is the connecting theme between each of these ideas.
People need access to information, opportunities, skills, second chances, third
chances, and so many other things. We are all in a position to create access
for other people. As Maureen Sullivan taught us last week, WE ARE ALL IN A
POSITION TO LEAD! How can each of us Open the Doors for colleagues,
co-workers, patrons, students, community members, employees, ideas and so much
more? As you open new doors, share your successes and failures with all of us,
so we can grow and learn together.
ULA is an amazing organization that has benefited me from
the moment I joined. I want to make sure that everyone has access to ULA, so I
am going to try and throw open the doors of ULA even more than they already
are. Firstly, I am going to ask every committee, roundtable, and section to
plan both formal and informal events this year. I want a year of ULA
interaction for all. Secondly, I want everyone to get involved in the ULA
Mentoring Exchange (http://ula.org/content/utah-library-association-mentoring-exchange).
Each of us needs a safety net. This allows us to try out new ideas and
innovate. Mentors are an important part of any safety net. They are
professionals that are not a part of your current organization that will walk
through ideas and life with you.
ULA is here to strengthen us as a community of professionals
and individually. Please, Open the Doors in 2015-2016.
We have some amazing ULA events this year, so mark your
September 18, 2015
will be the YSRT Fall Workshops at
the Pleasant Valley Branch Library of the Weber County Library System. That
thing you Do is the theme this year and every library should try and
have at least one person there.
September 25, 2015
will be the Utah Library Association
Fall Workshops at the Uintah County Library in Vernal. The Continuing
Education Committee puts on a great show each year.
January 8-9, 2016
ULA and the Salt Lake City Public Library will host the first ever Failure Workshops at the Main Library.
We will have keynotes, presentations, food, and lots of honest dialogue. We are
going to set aside the shiny and perfected and focus on the process of trial
and error and the beauty of being human.