LLAMA Mentoring

The LLAMA Mentoring Committee has begun recruiting mentors and  mentees for  our  July 2014-June 2015 year. The mentoring program pairs librarians who are currently in leadership positions  with librarians who are interested in becoming leaders.

For mentors, it is a chance to pass on your experience and knowledge by working one-on-one with an enthusiastic colleague who is ready to learn and benefit from your experience.

For mentees, it is a great opportunity to learn from an accomplished leader how to:

  • explore your leadership potential
  • demonstrate leadership in your current position
  • acquire the skills, attitudes and relationships that you will need to move into leadership roles.

Participants must be ALA and LLAMA members as of the start of the program, and must either attend the Mentor/Mentee orientation at ALA Annual or be able to participate in a virtual orientation at a time to be determined.

The deadline to apply to become a mentor or mentee is January 30, 2014. To apply, go to:

Mentor: https:// www.surveymonkey.com/s/SW9LV2Q

Mentee:: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8M6PS2R

For more information on the program, contact Debbie Tenofsky at tenofsdg@uc.edu

Thank you- Brook Minner, Joyce Wright, and Melissa Laning, LLAMA Mentoring Committee members.



YALSA Announcement

Win $1,000 with the MAE Award for Best Literature Program for Teens


YALSA members who have run an exceptional reading or literature program in the 12 months leading up to Dec. 1, 2013 are eligible to apply for the MAE Award for Best Literature Program for Teens, which recognizes an outstanding reading or literature program for young adults.

Do you run a spectacular teen book club that engages underserved audiences? Did your summer reading program or literature festival connect teens with literature in an innovative way? Have you connected teens to literature or helped them gain literacy skills via some other exciting means?  If so, you could win $500 for yourself and an additional $500 for your library by applying for award.  Individual library branches may apply.

The MAE Award is sponsored by the Margaret A. Edwards Trust. Applications and additional information about the award are available online.  Applications must be submitted online by Dec. 1, 2013. For questions about the award, please contact the jury chair, Laurie Amster-Burton (laurieab@gmail.com).  The winner will be announced the week of Feb. 9, 2014.

Not a member of YALSA yet? It's not too late to join so you can be eligible for this award. You can do so by contacting YALSA’s Membership Marketing Specialist, Letitia Smith, at lsmith@ala.org or (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390. Recognize the great work you are doing to bring teens together with literature and apply



New ACA Links

Resources for ACA Enrollment
 1) Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) Subsidy Calculator
Link: www.kff.org  (Click on the calculator option, the orange box)
This website, run by the nonprofit Kaiser Family Foundation, provides average premiums and subsidy calculations for Utah residents. If you select "Utah” from the pull-down list and type in your in ZIP code, income, age, family size, tobacco use--it will compute how much the benchmark Silver-level plan would cost you per year, and if you would qualify for a subsidy--and how much it would be.
 2) Take Care Utah Enrollment Assistance Locator
Link: www.takecareutah.org
This Utah-based website is a great resource for libraries. By typing in their ZIP code, a consumer can find the contact details and location of the nearest people and organizations that are trained to help them apply for health insurance. These ‘navigators’ and ‘certified application counselors’ are standing by to help people apply at healthcare.gov, answer their pre-enrollment questions, and help them use their new benefits more wisely. The website www.takecareutah.org is constantly being updated with new enrollment assistors, and currently has information for hundreds of contacts.
 3) Healthcare.gov
This is main website to sign up for new insurance coverage in Utah. Note: If you select "See Plans Now" on the landing page for healthcare.gov (a small box in the middle of the page), you can see some basic information about the costs (premiums, co-pays, deductibles) for insurance plans in your state without inputing your personal info. Please note the premiums don't reflect the premium subsidies that many Utah residents will qualify for. For example, a single person in Utah can earn between $11,500 and $44,000 a year (100% to 400% of the FPL) and receive a subsidy to reduce their monthly insurance premiums.
 4) Utah Dept. of Insurance PDF of all Utah insurance premiums, by age, region, and plan
Link: https://insurance.utah.gov/health/Health%20Refrom/ACA_Rate_Individual_20131007_OnExchange.pdf
Not many people know about this 356-page PDF on the Utah Department of Insurance website. But this PDF lists the names (which often contain the deductible amounts) of all marketplace insurance plans by county, as well as the prices for all ages between 0 and 65+.  It's a very informative document for some people - but a bit cumbersome to be used by most consumers. And it only provides premiums for single policies, not families.


ULA Nominations Slate 2015-16

Vote for your ULA elected officials.

If you experience any problems registering your vote, contact Barbara Hopkins.

Name and library affiliation are only collected to prevent duplicate ballots, and will not be included when your vote is counted.

ULA Sections & Committees Job Responsibilities

Please write up a one page document (more if you have a very detailed committee) of your roles and responsibilities and attach to this form.

We are looking for your “wheel documentation” so no one else has to reinvent what you do.


        Time involved, details of activities you sponsor, resources you have used, templates for anything you do over and over every year. (certificates, forms, applications etc..)

         If you do a conference or program step-by-step instructions, so someone coming in cold would be able to replicate your efforts.


ULA Expectations:

                  Attendance at every ULA Board Meeting and any other mtgs( conference, program bd)

                  Yearly budget requests due by May 2nd    (non-conference)

                  Conference Budget requests

                  Annual report

                  Annual goals

                  Updated list of officers on webpage( if applicable) and hopefully more information if necessary .

Round Table Roles & Responsibilities

 ULA Round Table Expectations:

Attendance at all board meetings either in person or by phone

Yearly budget request- by May 2nd (Non-Conference)

Annual Round Table report

Annual goals from each Round Table

At the very least an updated list of officers on the Round Table webpage. Links and information for your members would be better.

Please help us obtain a more complete picture of  your Round Table and its functions by answering the questions below.

GettyReady - Remembering the Gettysburg Address - Events and Information

 Are you GettyReady? Check out some amazing resources that help us remember and connect with the Gettysburg Address @ 

North Carolina Central University - School of Library and Information Sciences

North Carolina Central University is gearing up for the Spring 2014 semester.
The deadline for submitting applications for Spring 2014 to the School of Library and Information Sciences program is Friday, December 6, 2013.  If interested,  visit our website at http://www.nccuslis.org for more information. Most of the classes can be completed totally online.
There are also scholarships available through ALA for Library Science graduate students and also for Information Science graduate students through organizations such as NSF.
For those who may be interested in relocating to North Carolina for this program, we do offer some graduate assistantships that cover tuition (excludes fees) and provides a stipend. In order to qualify, you must first be accepted and admitted into the program. 

Emporia State Applications Open

The Emporia State University School of Library and Information Management is now accepting applications for the next student cohort to begin in January 2014 at the West Jordan Library. Anyone accepted into the upcoming cohort will receive a $500 Welcome Scholarship. The Emporia MLS program is the only one of its kind in Utah,  offering regularly-held face-to-face classes to provide personalized learning experiences. Classes are held approximately 12 weekends out of the year on Friday evenings from 5-9 and Saturdays from 9-5. The GRE is not required for admission. Please see the website for complete details and application information at slim.emporia.edu.

ULA Lunch Hour Librarianship Webinar on Morningstar and other resources

ULA Lunch Hour Librarianship: Investing your money: Morningstar & other online resources
Register: http://ulamorningstar.eventbrite.com/
Sept. 3, 1:30-2:30 PM
By becoming familiar with Morningstar along with other free or low cost resources, members will be able to research questions such as:
    •    Where is a good place to get stock information about a specific company
    •    What is the meaning of the price-to-earnings ratio
    •    What are some screening methods I can use for finding stocks as well as mutual funds
    •    What is an Exchange Traded Fund (ETF)
Location: Online
Audience: All Utah library workers
Instructor: Ed Hahn, Business and Economics Librarian, Weber State University
Sponsors: Utah Library Association; Utah State Library
Series: ULA Lunch Hour Librarianship
To join the meeting: http://stateofutah.adobeconnect.com/usltraining/
If you have never attended an Adobe Connect meeting before, set up your computer: http://stateofutah.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

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