DaNae Leu receives 2013 Downs Intellectual Freedom Award

Elementary school librarian DaNae Leu is the recipient of the 2013 Robert B. Downs Intellectual Freedom Award given by the faculty of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Leu is being honored for her efforts to defend the picture book In Our Mothers’ House by Patricia Polacco against her school administration’s decision to remove the book from the library shelves of the district.  



Day of Action to Demand ECPA Reform

 Day of Action to Demand ECPA Reform

Posted on December 5, 2013 by Jazzy Wright  

Today, the American Library Association is joining a nationwide day of action calling for reform of the Electronic Communications Privacy Act (ECPA), the law that says the government can access your email and documents in the cloud without a warrant.
ECPA is one of the Internet’s most outdated laws – it was enacted in 1986, before most people had access to a home computer or email. While the public has been rightfully outraged over reports that the NSA accesses communications without a warrant, ECPA says that hundreds of other government agencies—like the IRS, FBI, and DEA, as well as state and local law enforcement agencies—can access many of our stored emails, private social media messages, and documents in the cloud without getting a warrant from a judge. The law flies directly in the face of our Fourth Amendment values.
Bills to reform ECPA have gained huge support in recent months from both parties in Congress. However, legislation is now being blocked by a power grab from the Securities and Exchange Commission, which is pushing for a special carve-out for regulatory agencies to get your documents from online providers without a warrant. The SEC carve-out would neuter ECPA reform.
That’s why we’re calling on the White House to break its silence and stand up for ECPA reform. We need President Obama to tell the SEC to back down in its demands for troubling new powers and make clear that the time for ECPA reform is now.
Today we ask you join us by signing this petition to the White House. It’s time for the President to join hundreds of tech companies, startups, advocates, and Members of Congress by supporting this commonsense, long overdue reform to ensure our privacy rights online.
Participating organizations:
Americans for Tax Reform
American Library Association
Center for Democracy & Technology
Demand Progress
Electronic Frontier Foundation
Engine Advocacy
Fight for the Future
Free Press
Internet Infrastructure Coalition
Liberty Coalition
Open Technology Institute
R Street

MPLA December Newsletter

The December MPLA Newsletter is online now at: http://mpla.us/documents/newsletter/december2013.pdf. Take a look at the exciting things going on in our region!

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 @ 

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