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:


Uplift Grant Deadline July 17th, 5:00pm!

UPLIFT Professional Excellence Grant: ARSL Grant

2015 ARSL Grant Information

Application Deadline: July 17, 2015, 5:00 PM

The Utah State Library is offering a grant to pay for attendance to the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) Conference, October 1-3, 2015 in Little Rock, AR. It may include the pre-conference (September 30, 2015) as well.

This grant covers conference registration, a one year membership to ARSL, and travel expenses excepting car rental, up to $1,300 total.

The Utah State Library (USL) offers the UPLIFT Professional Excellence Grant to persons employed in Utah libraries for advancing the knowledge, skills, and abilities of individual library employees to better serve their patrons.


Both the online application and the letter of support are required, in order to be considered for this grant.

  1. Online Application: To be filled out by the attendee
  2. Letter of Support: To be filled out by the attendee’s employer: library director, city hall, or the library board chair.

Applicant Eligibility

Applicant must be a library director, library staff, or trustee in a small or rural public library or a tribal library in Utah.

Project Eligibility

This grant round is limited to attendance at the Association of Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) to be held in in Little Rock, AR on October 1-3, 2015, preconference September 30.

Funds Available

USL pays for registration, ARSL membership, lodging, meals, and transportation expenses excluding car rental. The maximum award is up to $1,300 per individual. An advance of up to $700 to offset up-front costs is available, upon completion of the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).

Up to four grants will be awarded for this event.


The USL and the Library Services Technology Act (LSTA) fund these grants. Recipients are required to acknowledge USL and LSTA when undertaking and promoting grant supported activities.


Grant recipients agree to evaluate this experience using the Claim Form provided by USL.

  1. Online Claim & Final Report Form


  1. Apply online
  2. An online letter of support must be completed by your employer (Library Director, or City/County Government) stating that they support your attendance, and why.
  3. Applications are due by 5:00 pm on July 17, 2015.
  4. Utah State Library Division staff reviews the applications and gives recommendations to the Division Director. Decisions are made based upon the merits of the application. The Division notifies applicants of the decision within 15 days of the review date and sends out a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for signatures.
  5. The grant recipient returns the signed MOA, and all attachments, to Julie Anderson of the State Library, 801-715-6797,
  6. An advance of up to $700 may be granted upon receipt of the MOA. This is payable to the library.
  7. The grant recipient submits financial receipts and the Claim Form and Final Report Form document to the Utah State Library Division by October 23, 2015.
  8. Attendees will be required to share what they learned with the larger Utah library community within one year:
    1. Present information you learned in an online training session sponsored by the State Library (Jessica Whetman will help with this)
    2. Submit a short review for use on the State Library’s social media pages
    3. Present at ULA or another Utah library conference
    4. Provide training at your library that others from neighboring libraries may attend
    5. Other

For more information or for assistance in the grant process, contact:

Jessica Whetman
Training Coordinator
Phone Number (801) 715-6762 or (800) 662-9150 (Utah toll-free)
Email address

YSRT 2015 Fall Workshop

We all became librarians for a reason (or reasons!) and, hopefully, it makes us happy! But even the happiest librarians get run down doing that thing we do and it can be difficult to stay energetic, productive, and effective. Join us in Ogden on Friday, September 18th at the 2015 Youth Services Roundtable (YSRT) Fall Workshop to recharge your batteries, remember why you became a librarian, and discover new ways to enjoy that thing you do!

 Highlights include:

*Notable guest speakers Jessilyn Peaslee, debut author; Dustin Fife, ULA President; and Peter Bromberg, Associate Director for the Salt Lake County Library

*Knowing and Using your Personality Type in the Work Field and Beyond

*What's Your Fandom?

*Weaknesses into Strengths

*Not Your Normal Networking Session

It’s good to know who you are and why you are, because it affects how you are. And helping yourself enables you to better help others.

Early-bird registration opens to everyone on July 1st at Regular registration will be August 16th - September 12th.

ULA Conference Survey

Tell us about your 2015 ULA Annual Conference experience by filling out this survey



Welcome to ULA 2015-2016!

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
with us.


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




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 (
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.


ULA Conference 2015 Photos

Roll over photos for additional information.

Your LSTA Stories are Needed....


State Librarian Donna Jones Morris met with the staff of all but one of  Utah's Federal legislators to report on the investment of Library Service and Technology Act (LSTA) funds in Utah Libraries.  Utah Librarians need to capture stories about how LSTA funds are positively impacting Utah library patrons. Please send stories to Donna (, LSTA Officer Telesa Nicholes (, or Program Specialist Jeri Openshaw ( 
Senator Lee's Washington Office Staff ask Sate Librarian Morris if Utah Libraries could loan, check-out, or give Senator Lee books or any other type of materials about Utah or by Utah authors, that would include material relevant to Utah.  Senator Lee has just moved to new, bigger offices and they have many empty shelves.  They would also like to have a library card from every public library.  Please contact Donna or Jeri Openshaw about this before sending anything. The State Library will coordinate the sending of materials.  


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