ULA Centennial Video

Check out the special video created by Harold B. Lee Library to celebrate ULA's Centennial!

2012 Conference & Call for Members

The Intellectual Freedom Committee was honored to host celebrated banned book author Chris Crutcher at the annual conference. As the luncheon speaker, and in an emotionally charged session following, he described how books could provide healing and understanding to readers. The charge for us was not to just allow access to a variety of materials, but to help young people find books to face their challenges. We thank ULA for their tremendous support. At this time we are taking applications for the 2012-2013 Intellectual Freedom Committee.  If you are interested in being on the committee for the first time or if you would to re-apply for this year please send an e-mail to the committee Chair or Vice-Chair listed below.

ULA Jobline Page updated

There's a new position listed on the ULA Jobline Page!

'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!


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