ALA conducting new survey about librarians and privacy

The American Library Association's (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) is inviting librarians and library workers across the country to participate in a survey that will measure librarians' attitudes about privacy rights and protecting library users' privacy. 
The survey is available online, and takes only 15 minutes to complete. All responses are anonymous and confidential:
The survey, which builds on an earlier 2008 survey assessing librarians' attitudes about privacy both within and outside of the library, will provide important data that will help ALA assess the state of privacy in the United States and help guide OIF's planning for "Privacy for All," ALA's ongoing campaign to engage librarians in public education and advocacy to advance privacy rights.  The survey will be available until March 1, 2012.
The study is funded by a generous grant from the Open Society Institute and is managed by Dr. Michael Zimmer, an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee's School of Information Studies and co-director of its Center for Information Policy Research.

Join the RM-SLA Utah Chapter for a Night at the Museum!

Join the RM-SLA Utah Chapter for a Night at the Museum!

Where: Natural History Museum of Utah
When: Wed., Feb. 22nd. 6pm
What: An evening of networking with librarians and information

We will be meeting at the Museum Café at 6pm for introductions and
refreshments. Once all have arrived we will then purchase tickets as a
group - for a group of 12 or more the rate is $7 per person. The
is open late on Wednesday so we will have plenty of time to tour the

RSVP to:
Stephanie Earls,
Dona Christensen-Guinn,

We look forward to seeing you there!

Dona & Stephanie

White House Petition for School Libraries

We need only an additional 6,717 signatures so this petition can reach the President’s Desk! (The White House Petition for School Libraries. A total of 25,000 signatures is needed.)

For background information, see below:
Carl Harvey, 2011-2012 AASL president, has initiated a White House petition on school libraries, which specifically petitions the Obama administration to “ensure that every child in America has access to an effective school library program.” 25,000 signatures are required in order for this petition to be viewed by White House staff, no later than February 4, 2012.
Please take a few seconds to sign this petition, spread the word to your member groups, ask your colleagues and library supporters in your circles to sign on, and spread the word via Facebook, Twitter and other channels!
The url is: .
A few things of note:
·         We’ve heard that the petition software is temperamental. If you cannot sign in on your  first attempt, please log out and log back in. Or, try a different web browser, or as a last resort, try a different computer.                                                                       
·         This petition should not be confused with a petition begun in 2011.
·         White House petitions must be authored by individuals, not any association. Therefore, Carl has introduced this petition as an individual, not as a representative of AASL or ALA.
Thank you,
Marci Merola
Marci Merola, Director
Office for Library Advocacy
American Library Association
50 E. Huron Street, Chicago, IL, 60611
312.280.2431; 800.545.2433, x2431


Register for ULA's Centennial Conference

Pre-registration is now open for ULA’s Centennial conference, to be held in Salt Lake City on April 25-27! Early registration will save you $25 off the full conference price, so sign up today at
Early Registration ends on March 23rd.
List of rates for the conference:

ULA/MPLA Member; Regular Reg. 180.00

Non-ULA Member; Regular Reg. 245.00

One-day Registration/Thursday 105.00

One-day Registration/Friday 105.00

Student Full Conference 100.00

One day Student/Thursday 75.00

One day Student/Friday 75.00

Exhibit rental 575.00

Conference Registration Unavailable on Friday January 20th

RegOnline is going through a major software upgrade on Friday, January 20th.
The system will be down from 9:30 am (MST) till approximately 5:30 pm.  No registrations can be done during that time.

Membership Renewal Time

January is membership renewal time for ULA! Please visit our Membership page to renew your ULA membership.

Refresh and Extend Your Health Literature Search Skills to Better Support your Users: PubMed Update

Do you serve pre-med, nursing, or health sciences students? Do you have faculty or students asking for help on how to identify the latest research on a given health topic? Need a refresher on PubMed so you can effectively aid your users with their literature searching? Then join us on Wednesday, February 8, 2012 at 10:00 a.m. MDT (11:00 a.m. Central) for a one-hour online session presented by Rebecca Brown, a trainer for the National Library of Medicine Training Center, Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library. Rebecca will discuss how to keep current with changes in PubMed, tips on how to use many of PubMed’s special features, explain and explore PubMed’s controlled vocabulary (MeSH), and more! Also learn whom you can contact to get help when you are stumped with a search.
To participate, you will need:

  • A computer with an Internet connection
  • Telephone (audio via incoming call)

To join:

  1. Use your web browser to navigate to  (note the "s" in "https"; it assures a secure connection).
  2. Follow the online instructions to enter the "room" and provide a phone number which the system can call you back at to provide audio.

If the system does not call back, or you get disconnected, here is the dial-in information:

  • Conference Number: 1-877-760-2042
  • Participant Code: 724047

Questions? Contact Todd Vandenbark, Web Services Librarian, Eccles Library ( or 801-581-5263).

ULA Jobline Page updated

Many new positions have been listed on the ULA Jobline Page

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