ULA and The Healthy Utah Plan

This is a recent letter sent to the Utah House of Representatives from ULA leadership.


Dear Representatives:


As the leadership for the Utah Library Association we strongly
implore the House of Representatives to take up the Governor's Healthy Utah
Plan in good faith during the 2015 legislative session.  We hope you will openly discuss this plan and
move quickly to support Utahans in great need.  
As librarians we see people from all walks of life and know that more
can be done, and that more needs to be done to support access to  healthcare and basic services. 


We support equality on every level of democratic society.  We also support a fair and transparent
legislative process.  We  know that this bill has been discussed  for more 
than a year now, but giving this legislation time on the floor is
essential for assuring a healthy democratic process.


So much money is at stake, money that each Utahan already pays
through federal taxes.  We know and work
with so many of the people who will be supported by this legislation.  We love 
them and  support them on a daily
basis in libraries across the state. 
Please consider the Governors' Healthy Utah Plan in an open and
democratic manner.


Sincerely yours,

Utah Library Association

Pamela Martin--President

Dustin Fife--President-Elect

Trish Hull--Past President

ULA Conference Event Details

Call for Event Details

Registration for the 2015 ULA Conference in St. George, UT is open and publicity about various opportunities at the conference are forthcoming.

Some ULA members expressed interest in organizing after-hour activities not directly associated with the conference. If you would like the conference planning committee to help spread the word about these activities, send information by March 9 to Emily Darowski,emily_darowski@byu.edu801-422-6346.

Please include details about *when, what, where, and who. If you would like to submit a designed ad for your event, send it as a pdf file.

*Please note that evening activities should take place after 5pm on Wednesday, May 13, after 8pm on Thursday, May 14, or after 5pm on Friday, May 15.

Intellectual Freedom - Challenges Reported 2014 - Last Call

Challenges Reported 2014 - Last Call
All Challenges  (any attempt to have library resource removed) from 2014 need to be reported to the Office of Intellectual Freedom by February 28, 2015.
You may do this yourself at www.ala.org/challengereporting or forward the information to Wanda Mae Huffaker (chair ULA Intellectual Freedom Committee) whuffaker@slcolibrary.org to enter information for you. 

All that is required is: 

  • Title of Resource
  • Reason for Challenge
  • Decision or Result

Names of persons making challenge should not be included. 

Any questions contact any member of the Intellectual Freedom Committee or Wanda at email or 801-944-7551

ULA to Offer Scholarships to FIrst Time Conference Attendees

ULA First time Conference Attendee Scholarship

First-Time Conference scholarships are designed to support a library employee or library student to

attend a library conference for the first time. The conference must be a major state, regional or

national library conference that is held outside a 50-mile radius of the library of employment. The

number of awarded grants will be determined by available revenues generated by ULA for this

project and may change in quantity from year to year.

Specific Guidelines for First Time Conference Scholarship:

1) The completed application must be received by ULA 60 calendar days prior to the start date

of the proposed conference. In order to take advantage of Early Bird Conference deadlines,

please submit the grant application as early as possible. Applications should be submitted as

attachments through email.

2) Applications should include a completed and signed application as a pdf file or scanned

document. A link to the conference website or brief description of the conference.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

3) Applicants must be current members of ULA.

4) First-Time Conference Scholarships will cover the following types of conference expenses:

conference registration, lodging, and airfare or mileage. Pre-Conference fees, meals, and

airport shuttle or taxi fees are NOT eligible conference expenses. Airline baggage fees are

allowable expenses, though they will be limited to one bag fee traveling to the event and one

bag fee traveling from the event.

5) First-Time Conference Scholarships have a maximum award amount of $250. Local match

by the library or the individual will need to cover all additional costs of attending the

conference; however, there is no required match for this grant type.

6) After receiving funding for conference attendance, second or third applications from the

same individual in the same fiscal year will be prioritized pending available funds.

To apply: http://www.ula.org/sites/ula.org/files/ULA-scholarship-app.pdf

2015 Annual Conference Registration Now Open!

ULA Conference 2015

At the Creative Crossroads

We are excited to announce that registration is now open for the ULA Conference 2015. Our theme for this year is, “At the Creative Crossroads.” With this theme, we are looking forward to coming together as librarians to share our research and projects and learn how to build more creative solutions in our work. Here are a few highlights of our program:

  • Pre-conferences involve topics such library outreach, freedom of speech, leadership, and building literacy through storytime.
  • 2nd Annual Silent Auction, proceeds help fund travel and registration for future ULA attendees
  • Bonus! This year we have two key notes: Maureen Sullivan (also doing a pre-conference) and Lynne S. McNeill.

To register visit: https://www.regonline.com/ULA2015

Join us Saturday in SLC to remember a great woman

Saturday, January 17th, the Freedom to Read Foundation will be hosting a reception in Salt Lake City to celebrate the legacy of Emily Wheelock Reed, a librarian who faced tremendous adversity and yet rose above it to defend the freedom to read - and basic human rights. 

Joining us will be special guests:

·         Leah Farrell, Staff Attorney, ACLU of Utah

·         Kenneth Jones, playwright, Alabama Story

·         Patricia Polacco, author, In Our Mothers' House​ (via Skype)

·         Alberta Comer, Dean of University Libraries, University of Utah

The reception will be part of the #FTRF45 series of events commemorating the 45th anniversary of the Freedom to Read Foundation - of which Reed was a charter member. In fact, the event will take place on the exact 45th anniversary of the first FTRF Board Meeting, at the 1970 American Library Association Midwinter Meeting in Chicago.

This event is being held in conjunction with the middle weekend of Alabama Story, a new play by Jones, that dramatizes the confrontation between Reed and segregationist legislators in late-1950s Alabama. The play, which has received great reviews (see here and here), puts Reed's story in the context of its times, and asks many questions that are still with us today. You can learn more about Jones' vision in this podcast by KUER's RadioWest.

In addition to celebrating Reed (who was the recipient of the FTRF Roll of Honor Award in 2000), the reception will highlight work FTRF has done in Utah over the years in protecting free speech, including supporting Jeanne Layton in the 1980s and more recently, librarians in the Davis County Public Schools defending access to In Our Mothers' House.

Tickets are available at www.ftrf.org/event/FTRF45_SLC. Tickets are $25 for the general public, and $20 for FTRF members, Utah Library Association members, and anyone with a ticket to either of the two January 17 performances of Alabama Story. For an additional donation, attendees can reserve a signed copy of In Our Mothers' House and copies of The Rabbits' Wedding, one of the books at the center of the controversy depicted in the play.

Many thanks to the J. Willard Marriott Library, S.J. Quinney Law Library, and the Utah Library Association for their support of this event!

And for those who will not be able to attend, here's Toby Graham, the librarian who brought Reed's story to the attention of FTRF's Roll of Honor Committee, in a video he created that will be shown at the reception.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y4VMzRaqE8c


Heroic American Librarian Takes Center Stage in New Drama in Salt Lake City

A fierce librarian comes to the defense of a challenged children’s book by a beloved American illustrator in the fact-inspired new play "Alabama Story," receiving its world premiere by Pioneer Theatre Company in Salt Lake City, Jan. 9-24, 2015.

 "Alabama Story" puts isolated State Librarian Emily Reed — and the very idea of the freedom to read — in the spotlight as she faces challenges from the same politicians who fund her job and library service in 1959 Montgomery, Alabama. Kenneth Jones' highly theatrical play leaps from pages of history, exploring the moving story that earned Emily Reed international headlines (and a commendation from the American Library Association’s Freedom to Read Foundation) when she squared off against a state senator in defense of "The Rabbits' Wedding," a new book by Garth Williams, best known for his illustrations in "Little House on the Prairie" and "Charlotte's Web." PTC artistic director Karen Azenberg directs this world premiere production.

Utah librarians and their friends, families and colleagues are invited to take advantage of a special group discount offer during the play's run, which includes a special Saturday, Jan. 17 post-show discussion exploring topics of librarianship and the Freedom to Read immediately following the 2 PM matinee. Special guests will include the playwright, director, actors in the production, Wanda Huffaker (Chair of the Utah Library Association’s Intellectual Freedom Committee) and a representative of the ACLU of Utah, which has defended the right to read in multiple cases in Utah.

Emily Reed was a charter member of the American Library Association’s Freedom to Read Foundation, which is celebrating its 45th anniversary in 2015. In 2000, she received The Freedom To Read Foundation’s Roll of Honor Award. In commemoration of these events, the Freedom To Read Foundation is hosting a reception following the post-show discussion, 5-7pm on Saturday, January 17, in the S.J. Quinney Law Library, across the courtyard from PTC. Jonathan Kelley, FTRF Program Officer, will host and present on FTRF’s current litigation and education activities, and the importance of FTRF given the censorship challenges libraries are facing in Utah and across the country. Utah theater, library, and civil rights VIPs will be in attendance and will offer brief comments, as well.

 In addition to these events, Martin Garnar, chair of the ALA Committee on Professional Ethics and board member of the Freedom to Read Foundation, will offer a free half-day training workshop to Utah librarians, library staff, and friends of the library members on Thursday, January 8, 1-4pm. Both the Library Bill of Rights and the ALA Code of Ethics had their 75th anniversary in 2014.  Can principles that were first espoused in a time of printed books and radio programs still be relevant in the age of YouTube and Kindles?  Join Martin Garnar for a lively discussion of how these timeless values apply to not only to today’s challenges, but also to tomorrow’s trends. Registration details are available by visiting: https://uslintellectual.eventbrite.com

These events are co-sponsored by Freedom to Read Foundation, J. Willard Marriott Library, Pioneer Theatre Company, Salt Lake City Public Library, Salt Lake County Library Services, Utah Library Association, and Utah State Library.

“Alabama Story” Performance Details


January 9 through January 24, 2015

Mondays - Thursdays, 7:30 p.m.

Fridays and Saturdays, 8:00 p.m.

Saturday matinees, 2:00 p.m.


Simmons Pioneer Memorial Theatre

300 South 1400 East, Salt Lake City


$25 - $44 in advance; $5 more when purchased day of the show

Kids in grades K - 12 are half price on Mondays and Tuesdays


$5 off the cost of Main Floor and Loge seating for the first seven performances, when tickets are purchased on or before January 2, 2015.


Box Office: 801-581-6961

Open 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m., Mon - Fri


Utah Library Association (ULA) Discount Tickets

The Utah Library Association has made arrangements for discounted ticket prices at the January 17, 2015, 2PM and 8PM performances for ULA members and their guests. To get details and to purchase these discount tickets, visit http://www.ula.org/content/january-17th-alabama-story-ula-discounted-group-tickets

Anyone interested in arranging group-rate discounts for other performance dates may do so by visiting http://www.pioneertheatre.org/tickets/group-tickets/

In order to receive a group discount, an individual or organization must order
all the tickets at one time, pay for them, and distribute them to the members of their group. Group rates are not available by calling the box office and identifying yourself as being a part of a group.

Freedom To Read Foundation Reception

The American Library Association’s Freedom To Read Foundation will host an hors d'oeuvres and wine reception from 5:00-7:00 p.m. — between the two performances of “Alabama Story”— on Saturday, January 17, 2015 at the S.J. Quinney Law Library, located across the courtyard from Pioneer Theatre Company. A $25.00 contribution is recommended to attend, with a discounted contribution rate of $20 for FTRF members, Utah Library Association (ULA) members, and anyone with a ticket to either January 17 performance of the play. Contributions to the FTRF reception can be made in advance online www.ftrf.org/event/FTRF45_SLC, or at the door.

Net Neutrality

The Utah Library Association affirms its support for, and the essential nature of, Net Neutrality.  Net Neutrality is a foundational principle of the Internet and is being falsely characterized as a recent government overreach. Net Neutrality assures that individuals and businesses—large and small, rich and poor, new and old—have a virtual foothold in our world.

As librarians, we are both information professionals and community experts.  Equitable access to information and opportunities is crucial to achieving the American dream, and should not be controlled by a few cable and Internet superpowers.  It is important that the citizenry of the United States and a free Internet decide what content should be consumed, and not intrusive companies and high-bidders. Net Neutrality secures this right for everyone by keeping the Internet free of arbitrary blocking, throttling, and prioritizing.

Many of our community members cannot afford Internet at home and use the library as their main access point. In order to avoid ever-increasing costs for ourselves and our patrons, we must stop service providers from unfairly charging twice for the same services.  They now want to charge both content consumers and content creators for the same service—charges that will inevitably filter back to the content consumers and creators that can afford it the least.  Supporting Net Neutrality is essential for a free and democratic Internet and is supported by leaders from all Information and Technology sectors.


Utah Library Association Executive Board

Pamela Martin, President

Dustin Fife, President-Elect

Trish Hull, Past-President


21st Century Intellectual Freedom: Have Founding Principles Gone Digital?

Training Topic: 21st Century Intellectual Freedom: Have Founding Principles Gone Digital?
Date and time: Jan. 8, 1-4 PM. 

Price: Free
Both the Library Bill of Rights and the ALA Code of Ethics had their 75th anniversary in 2014.  Can principles that were first espoused in a time of printed books and radio programs still be relevant in the age of YouTube and Kindles?  Join Martin Garnar, chair of the ALA Committee on Professional Ethics and board member of the Freedom to Read Foundation, for a lively discussion of how these timeless values apply to not only to today’s challenges, but also to tomorrow’s trends.

This session is in conjunction with the world premiere of the play Alabama Story at the Pioneer Theatre, running Jan. 9-24. Come to this session and then attend the play!

Location: Salt Lake City Main Library, 4th Floor Conference Room

Audience: All Utah library workers; everyone interested in intellectual freedom

Presenter: Martin Garnar, Reference Services Librarian and Professor of Library Science, Dayton Memorial Library, Regis University

Sponsors: Utah State Library; Utah Library Association's Intellectual Freedom Committee; Salt Lake City Public Library; Salt Lake County Library System;  Utah Academic Library Consortium; American Library Association's Freedom to Read Foundation 

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