As the Murray Library completes its centennial year celebration, there will be a new library director with a new vision for the future. After 18 years as the Murray Library Director and 42 years of library service, Dan Barr is retiring at the end of August. Beginning September 24th, Kim Fong will become the new director. Kim plans to continue on the same successful path that has already been established for Murray Library by continuing the tradition of great customer service and providing excellent programs for children and youth. The Murray Library will continue to foster a spirit of unity through community partnerships, by reaching out to under-served populations, and by making the library a center of community activities. It is her feeling that the library is more than the materials it holds; it is the people that use the library and the staff that provide services that make the Murray Library a vibrant, relevant and essential part of the community. Library Board President Gamal Herbon said, "Dan has been a wonderful part of the Murray Library for the past 18 years and we appreciate all he has done for the library and the community. We look forward to working with Kim in the continued growth of the library and meeting the changing needs of our patrons."


Carole Cannon – Marketing & PR (801) 264.2578
Gamal Herbon – Library Board President (801) 910.1244

Mentoring and Training from Utah State Library

Trading Spaces Mentoring Program

 Applications for the Trading Spaces Mentoring Program are due by Sept 15th.



"RU Redy? Scenario Planning & Collaboration among Libraries and Archives to Improve Disaster Preparedness for Collections"

Finally, the event we've all been waiting for. Don't wait for disaster to hit you in the side of the head. Be ready with a game plan. Learn from Randy Silverman, the disastrous teacher of the year, what it looks like to mop up after a real disaster event.


Please register today so you'll have time to prepare for this event.

Move the calendar forward to the month of September and click on the workshop: Vernal, UT:  September 13, 2012.


Randy will help you with the details once you're registered, if you want or need help.

Audience: Public, academic, and special librarians and archivists throughout Utah. Includes Directors and those involved with keeping library collections safe and sound. That means you!

Location:  Vernal, UT             

Date:  Thursday September 13, 2012   9:00 AM - 4:00 PM

Sponsored by: Western States & Territories Preservation Assistance Service (WESTPAS)

Workshop instructor: Randy Silverman, Preservation Librarian, University of Utah




Goals of the “R U REDY?” workshop:

  • Test emergency plans & identify areas for improvement
  • Identify mechanisms for mutual aid
  • Improve participants’ ability to evaluate risks (via a pre-workshop self-survey)
  • Encourage participants to improve disaster preparedness


Who should attend?

When possible, send 2-3 participants from your library/archive to work together on disaster preparedness activities:  

  • Staff member(s) responsible for emergency preparedness
  • Administrator and/or manager responsible for the building/collection
  • Key members of the emergency/disaster team responsible for decision-making


Requirements for attendance:

  • A written disaster plan that includes collections response/recovery
  • A letter of institutional commitment to explore collaboration to optimize preparedness
  • A completed 3-page vulnerability assessment (distributed 3 weeks before workshop)


Cost:  No charge to the institution. Funding provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities; co-sponsored by the Utah State Library and the University of Utah Marriott Library.


Registration:  Pre-registration required. Register online at:

Move the calendar forward to the month of September and click on the workshop: Vernal, UT:  September 13, 2012. Complete and submit the registration form.

For registration assistance please contact: Alex Gingerich


RMSLA Virtual Lunch, Aug 16: Sue Cronizer, Making a Difference

Please join the Rocky Mountain Chapter of SLA in welcoming Sue Cronizer for an August 16 Virtual Lunch session on “Making a Difference in Your Organization.”

Sue will discuss how information professionals can become active and visible participants in their organizations. Learn to see your unit as a business within a business, expand your impact within a strategic framework, and be recognized for your essential contributions.

Sue says, “Relevancy is the name of the game. It doesn’t matter where you work – corporate, public, or academic - it’s imperative that you stay nimble and consistently stay relevant with your constituency. You need to treat your users as if they were paying customers deploying the same techniques that companies do to sell their products. In this session, you will learn how to use the traditional tools and techniques – strategic planning, market sensing, branding, and others – to stay relevant in your dynamic environment.”

Date: August 16, 2012
Time: 12:00 noon Mountain Daylight Time (2:00 p.m. Eastern)
Platform: GoToWebinar

This program is free to all SLA members. Register now to reserve your space:

Non-members are welcome to attend by paying a $15 registration fee via the PayPal link provided on the RMSLA website, here:

Note: please allow our volunteers 48 hours to approve your registration (and payment, if applicable). Last-minute registrations cannot always be reviewed in time to admit attendees.

About Sue Cronizer

Sue Cronizer joined CSC in 1996 as a Senior Business Researcher and is currently the Managing Director of the ResearchNetwork, the Company’s dedicated market and competitive intelligence organization. In her role, Sue is responsible for managing a global team of researchers and analysts who develop actionable intelligence in support of deal prosecution, account expansion, solutions development, and strategic planning. She recently also took on the management of CSC’s global market research and sales enablement tools.

Prior to joining CSC, Sue spent seven years with Kraft Foods in the General Foods market and technical research business unit. Sue supported the research requirements for the Post Cereals, Maxwell House Coffee, and Desserts Divisions. She was responsible for understanding and anticipating all competitor activities, supporting the product development teams with market intelligence, and supporting the biologists, chemists and flavor technologists with technical research.

Sue began her career at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City. While at the teaching hospital, Sue provided medical intelligence in support of breakthrough research and clinicians. She developed and led educational programs for medical students and nurses on how to conduct their own research.

Sue holds a dual B.A. in Geology and Anthropology from Binghamton University and an MLIS from the School of Information Science and Policy at SUNY-Albany.

GoToWebinar System Requirements

PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer

SLA’s Rocky Mountain Chapter is here to serve and connect information pros and librarians in Colorado, South Dakota, Utah, and Wyoming (and we have members beyond these borders as well). See information about SLA at

Connie Clem
RMSLA Director, 2012-2013 |
Principal, Clem Information Strategies | 303.242.6278 |

Utah LSTA Grants Available

Utah LSTA Grants Available
The Utah State Library is pleased to announce the opening of Library Service and Technology Act (LSTA) Re-grants to eligible libraries.  There is up to $600,000 available for grant projects.  Partnerships are encouraged. Grant applications due are due August 24th.  The three project areas are that grants can be submitted in are: technology, collections, or digitization.  Details are available on the State Library website:
Please talk to Grants Coordinator Sara Wever about ideas to ensure compliance with all state and federal rules:
Sara Wever:  801.715.6732 or

Online Seminar Thursday: How to Handle Legal Reference Questions

Do your patrons ask you for legal information or advice? Are you unsure how to respond to these questions? If so, sign up for How to Handle Legal Reference Questions this Thursday, August 2nd from 1:30 to 2:30 pm at your computer. This class is being offered through the Utah State Library's Thursdays Online Series. 

Legal reference questions can seem more challenging than traditional reference questions. In this training you will learn about free legal information resources on the Internet. We will show you how to instruct patrons in using these resources and give you tips for addressing legal reference questions without providing legal advice.

To register, visit


Applications now open! Funding available to increase literacy resources for adult English language learners

In May 2012, The ALA Office for Literacy and Outreach Services (OLOS) received funding from the Dollar General Literacy Foundation to continue the American Dream Starts @ your library, a literacy initiative serving adult English language learners and their families.  A primary goal of this project is to help public libraries in Dollar General communities add or improve library literacy services for adult English language learners and their families.
Since 2007, 100 public libraries in 28 states have received American Dream grants. These libraries are located in urban centers, suburban communities, and rural towns within 20 miles of a Dollar General store or distribution center. Previously funded American Dream libraries have used their grants to develop collections, offer classes and conversation clubs, reach out to diverse populations, and collaborate with new partners.
Eligible libraries can now apply online for grants range from $5,000 to $15,000. Applicants must be:
·         A  public library with a demonstrated need and the capacity to provide literacy services for adult English language learners.
·         Located within 20 miles of a Dollar General Store, distribution center, or corporate office (please visit the Dollar General’s Store Locator online). 
·         Library systems and libraries that have previously received American Dream Starts @ your library grants are eligible to apply.
Applications are being accepted through Sunday, August 26, 2012. To access the 2012 grant application go to: .
For further information contact Dale Lipschultz, OLOS Literacy Officer at

Save the date for CSRT/YART fall workshop

Don't miss the 2012 CSRT/YSRT Fall Workshop.  It's "Back to Basics" this fall as we explore ways to keep youth engaged in reading and learning through library programs and activities.  All staff who work with children and teens in either public and school libraries are invited.  The workshop will be Friday, October 12 at the new West Jordan Library in Salt Lake County.  Registration will open in early September on the ULA site.  More details about the schedule and cost coming soon.

Federal school literacy grants available for school librarians

Federal school literacy grants available for school librarians
WASHINGTON, D.C.— The application filing period for Innovative Approaches to Literacy Program (IAL) school literacy grants is now open, the Department of Education announced today in the Federal Register. The American Library Association encourages school librarians to apply for the program grants, which can range from $150,000–750,000. The deadline to apply for the grant funding is Aug. 10, 2012, at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time.
The literacy grant program is designed to support innovative literacy programs for young children, increase student achievement by using school libraries and motivate older children to read. According to the Department of Education, the grants are to be used to “develop and improve literacy skills for children and students from birth through 12th grade within the attendance boundaries of high-need local educational agencies.”
At least 50 percent of the $28.6 million is designated for school librarians. Local education agencies can use the funding to support school libraries and purchase materials.
To learn more about federal funding opportunities for librarians, visit District Dispatch, the ALA legislation and policy blog. For more information about the literacy grant, visit the ALA application guide Web page.

Past & Future Meetings

At our meeting last week we met one of our newest members, DaNae Leu, and she gave us a unique insight into the Davis County School District situation. We also discussed our non-conference budget proposal and preparing for upcoming intellectual freedom training sessions that we hope to have in the near future.

Our next meeting will be Thursday, July 26 at 10:00 AM at the Logan Library. 

A Wee International Excursion: Utah Library Students Meet Colleagues Across the Pond

A Wee International Excursion: Utah Library Students Meet Colleagues Across the Pond

by Paul Daybell and Angela Loertscher

Recently, three Utah MLS students travelled to Scotland as part of a course at  Emporia State University’s School of Library and Information Management. The students spent ten days touring and attending presentations at Scottish information organizations. Participants in the short intensive course were chosen from among students in Utah, Kansas, Colorado, and Oregon and were led by Emporia’s Dr. Andrew Smith and accompanied by SLIM Dean, Gwen Alexander.

In a series of excursions from their base in Glasgow, students had the opportunity to visit libraries, archives, and special collections across Scotland.  Over the course of the trip, the students not only toured facilities and explored collections, but were also able to connect with library professionals and gain important insight into their work, policies, and challenges they currently face.

Institutions visited included the Scottish Parliament Information Centre, St. Andrews University, the Mitchell Library, University of Glasgow, The National Library of Scotland, John Murray Archive, and Innerpeffray Library.

The School of Library and Information Management at Emporia State University offers several study abroad courses.  These courses provide students the opportunity to network with information professionals worldwide while simultaneously gaining familiarity with  international professional standards, techniques, and perspectives.  Past course destinations have included Serbia, Paraguay, and Ukraine.

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Utah M.L.S. students Paul Daybell, Angela Loertscher, and Kathryn Spencer-Kociol were among those chosen for this year's Emporia State University tour of Scottish libraries.


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