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.


Call for Proposals - Mountain West Chapter of the Art Libraries Society of North America



WIDE ANGLE: Perspectives on Visual + Media Arts Information

ARLIS/NA Mountain West Chapter 2012 Conference

September 13-15, 2012

Park City, Utah


The Mountain West Chapter of the Art Libraries Society of North America invites proposals for their upcoming conference, which will examine current and future issues in libraries, archives, museums, and cultural heritage institutions for art, film, and media. We welcome proposals for sessions and/or papers on any of the following themes as they relate to art, architecture, film, or media studies:

--the role of information professionals in the teaching of these disciplines

--future directions in the acquisition, preservation, or cataloging of visual materials

--the future of the art library, the film library, or the media collection

--new developments in copyright and fair use for visual material

--assessment, planning, outreach, or marketing of services or collections

--other relevant areas of interest to information professionals working with art, film, media, and related disciplines


Featuring a keynote lecture on filmmaking in Utah, an opening reception at Park City's Kimball Art Center, and an in-depth discussion of Robert Smithson's Spiral Jetty, the conference will take advantage of both the scenic beauty and cultural significance of Utah and the American West in art, film, and visual and material culture.


Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words to by July 2, 2012. Please specify if you are submitting a paper (20 minutes) or a session (panel of 3 papers, 20 mins each). Please include the names, titles, and affiliations of all presenters. The ARLIS/NA Mountain West Chapter welcomes submissions from students, new professionals, librarians, non-librarians, and interested individuals from outside the Mountain West region. You do not need to be a member of Mountain West or ARLIS/NA to submit a proposal. 


About Park City, Utah:

Situated in the unparalleled beauty of the Wasatch Mountains, Park City is home to the Sundance Film Festival, numerous opportunities for year-round outdoor recreation, and innovative dining and spirits.


About ARLIS/NA Mountain West:

The Mountain West Chapter of the Art Libraries Society of North America serves Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. ARLIS/NA is the leading professional organization for art information professionals in libraries, museums, archives, and cultural heritage institutions.



Meredith Kahn

Past Chair, ARLIS/NA Mountain West Chapter
Publishing Services & Outreach Librarian
University of Michigan Library
@M_Publishing & @m_kahn


Committee Meeting scheduled for Thursday, June 28, 10 am, Logan Library.

No Statement At Present

At Wanda's direction, ULA has decided to hold off issuing a statement about the Davis County School District issue until more information is forthcoming. Wanda is working to meet with the key players and hopes for a satisfactory solution for all involved.

Budget Requests due at end of June

If your committee, section, or round table has non-conference budget requests, be sure to fill out the forms by the end of this month.

Executive Board Meeting

The ULA Executive Board, Wanda and Joseph from the IF Committee, Shay from the School Library Section, and Donna from the Utah State Library met at the Day-Riverside Library to discuss an official statement regarding the Davis County School District issue. A draft was composed and it is expected to be finalized soon.

Board of Directors Meeting

Wanda and Joseph attended the quarterly meeting of the ULA Board of Directors at the new West Jordan Llibrary where the Davis County School District issue was discussed. It was decided that an emergency meeting of the ULA Executive Board plus representatives from the Intellectual Freedom Committee and the School Library Section would meet again on Monday, June 11 to further discuss the situation and work on an official statement from ULA.

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