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.


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.

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