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, juanderson@utah.gov.
  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 jwhetman@utah.gov

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 www.ula.org/content/2015-ysrt-fall-workshop-registration-form. 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 https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/9JFMW6Z.



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 (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.


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 (dmorris@utah.gov), LSTA Officer Telesa Nicholes (tnicholes@utah.gov), or Program Specialist Jeri Openshaw (jerio@utah.gov). 
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.  


Current ULA Financial Statements

To view ULA current financial statements please visit http://www.ula.org/content/ula-financial-reports

2015 ULA Conference Program


Please click here to view the 2015 ULA Conference Program.



ULA Conference Twitter

To tweet about ULA conference sessions please use #ULACONF15

We look forward to your insight and feedback!



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.

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