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'Rallying Your Community: Mobilizing the Grassroots' webinar to showcase examples of community advocacy efforts

“Rallying Your Community: Mobilizing the Grassroots” will be the topic of a free webinar sponsored by ALA’s Committee on Library Advocacy from 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. CDT on Wednesday, May 2.
In a difficult economy, the citizen voice is more important than ever. Learn how two community organizations, the Sustainable Library Citizens Coalition of Indianapolis-Marion County (Ind.) Public Library and Urban Librarians Unite of New York City, have used their voices to impact library funding.
Laura Johnson, deputy director, public services, of the Indianapolis Public Library and Tara Seeley, senior grants officer, Central Indiana Community Foundation, will share their story of engaging the Indianapolis community to successfully advocate on behalf of libraries and librarians.
Lauren Comito, director of communications and operations, Urban Librarians Unite, will describe this group’s radical tactics for promoting and supporting libraries in the New York area.
Marci Merola, director of the ALA Office for Library Advocacy, will moderate the webinar and demonstrate practical applications of resources from the ALA Office for Library Advocacy.
Registration is mandatory.  Visit https://ala.ilinc.com/register/thvbchx to sign up today.

April ULA Newsletter now available

Did you hear that the Davis County Library's Central Branch was "Lost in Space?" Did you know students gave the BYU Library a giant hug? You can read about these events as well as the new Millcreek Library, Emporia's SLIM admission changes, and the latest ULA annual conference updates in the April issue of Utah Libraries News, which is now available from http://www.ula.org/newsletter.

Utah Librarians to Attend Regional Library Leadership Institute

Stephanie Bertin, Salt Lake County Library Services, Kearns Library, Kearns UT; Lori Brassaw, Utah State University - College of Eastern Utah Library, Price UT; and Holly Cole Okuhara, Weber County Library System, North Branch, Ogden UT were recently selected to attend the Mountain Plains Library Association (MPLA) 2012 Leadership Institute. Only 30 were chosen to attend from over 60 applicants in 12 states.   

Adriane Juarez (Utah), Director, Utah Regional School of Library and Information Management with Emporia State University and Manager of the Day-Riverside Library; and Robert Shupe (Utah), Director, Logan Library will serve as Leadership Mentors.

The Institute will be in Estes Park, Colorado, May 6-11, 2012.  Institute facilitator is Maureen Sullivan, President-Elect of the American Library Association.
For full details, read the attached press release.


Thanks for Supporting Libraries in Utah!

Thank you for writing your elected officials during 2012 National Library Week to let them know how important libraries are to your Utah community. You made a difference!

If you haven't yet written them a message to support Utah's libraries, you still have an opportunity! Please take a few minutes to send a quick message to your elected officials from the Utah Library Association's take action page: http://capwiz.com/ala/ut

Libraries continue to be busier than ever helping families, students, seniors, etc., during these tough times. But as we know, public libraries, school libraries, and academic libraries are still struggling to maintain budgets, staff, and resources to serve the needs of their communities. The State of Utah provides much needed funding for certified public libraries. The State Library invested roughly $500,000 to ensure that public libraries and Utah residents have access to critical databases for businesses, career exploration and preparation, genealogy, personal research and popular downloadable e-books and e-audiobooks.
Do you rely on the library for Internet access, take your children to library programs, or use the library's resources for research? Share a personal story about how your Utah library is making an impact!
Please forward this message to your friends, family, and colleagues, and ask them to take this opportunity to support Utah's libraries!


Apply by May 1 to host "Discover Tech" interactive traveling exhibition

The ALA Public Programs Office, in partnership with the National Center for Interactive Learning at Space Science Institute, the Lunar Planetary Institute and the National Girls Collaborative Project, announces a new traveling exhibition opportunity for public libraries. Following a competitive application process, eight public libraries will be selected to host an interactive exhibition called Discover Tech: Engineers Make a World of Difference. Public libraries in rural areas and those serving rural populations and underserved groups are especially invited to apply. Online applications must be submitted to ALA by May 1. To apply, visit www.ala.org/programming/discovertech.
Discover Tech is made possible through the support of the National Science Foundation. The exhibition and its educational support materials and outreach opportunities are part of the STAR (Science-Technology Activities and Resources) Library Education Network (STAR_Net), a hands-on learning program for libraries and their communities.
Discover Tech will tour from September 2012 to June 2014, visiting each of the eight selected sites for a period of eight weeks. The exhibition requires approximately 750 square feet of space for optimal display. Each site will be awarded a grant of $1,000 to support public programs related to the exhibition. Each host library will also be asked to join a national Community of Practice (CoP), accessible at http://community.discoverexhibits.org, and is expected to take part in project evaluation. For more information about Discover Tech, STAR_Net and the CoP, visit www.ala.org/programming/discovertech.     
The Discover Tech exhibition will focus on a number of timely topics that are essential for understanding the nature of 21st  century technology and engineering—both high and low tech— and their potential for helping to solve many of the world’s problems. Through interactive elements and displays, visitors to the Discover Tech traveling exhibition will understand that engineers are real people who, through a creative and collaborative design process, arrive at practical solutions to help solve society’s problems in the U.S. and throughout the world. Exhibit visitors will also learn about the fundamental principles of energy, become aware of their own energy use, and understand the impact of engineering on societies over time and place.
ALA Public Programs Office

GRE No Longer Required for Admission to the Emporia MLS Program

The Emporia State University School of Library and Information is now accepting applications. The Graduate Requisite Exam (GRE) is no longer needed to apply. The next student cohort will begin in January 2013 at Utah Valley University.
For a complete application go to:


Application materials include:

• Official transcripts from all undergraduate colleges/universities attended. A minimum 3.0 GPA is required for full admission. Applicants with a GPA under 3.0 may be considered for probationary admission. 

• Admissions Interview* 
An admissions interview, which would be scheduled with your regional program director, has been designed to provide you an opportunity to demonstrate your interest in SLIM’s MLS program as well as your own professional preparation and experiences, your professional promise, and your academic aptitude. It will also provide you an opportunity to familiarize yourself with the SLIM program and professional outcomes, shown here: http://slim.emporia.edu/index.php/prospective-students/mission-vision-statements/ 
*Effective March 2012 -The admissions interview requirement replaces the requirement for GRE scores.

• Two letters of reference

• Current résumé or curriculum vitae 

• Statement of Objectives 
A statement of objectives focuses on how your experiences have shaped your professional and academic goals. You may choose to discuss why you hope to enter a master of library science program, what your current career objectives are, and what you hope to take away from your relationship with Emporia State University’s School of Library and Information Management. The statement of objectives should be no longer than two pages, double-spaced. 

Please contact Adriane Juarez, Utah Regional MLS Director, 801-661-0457ajuarez@emporia.edu with questions.


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