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ECPA is one of the Internet’s most outdated laws – it was enacted in 1986, before most people had access to a home computer or email.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: 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://


For more information on the program, contact Debbie Tenofsky at

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 (  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 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:  (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
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, answer their pre-enrollment questions, and help them use their new benefits more wisely. The website is constantly being updated with new enrollment assistors, and currently has information for hundreds of contacts.
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 (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
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.


Fall Workshop 2015 - “Libraries: The Bedrock of Our Communities”

Date:       Friday, September 25th

Place:       Uintah County Library  -  Vernal, Utah

Time:       9:30 am – 4:00 pm

Early registration - $15

Early registration deadline is Friday, September 18th

Regular registration - $20    

To Register, go to the bottom of this page.

Questions?  Email Connie Lamb or Valerie Buck

The program will be as follows:

“Libraries: The Bedrock of Our Communities”

ULA Fall Workshop

Uintah County Library / Vernal, Utah

25 September 2015

Registration   9:30 – 10:00

Opening Session  10:00 – 11:15

Tour of the Regional History Center & Tour of the Uintah County Heritage Museum

Break   11:15 – 11:30

Breakout Sessions:     11:30 – 12:30

Community Programs at the Library

The program will address new innovative programming, thinking outside the box of traditional library programming, as libraries across the country are transforming. The presenters will discuss community programs in libraries such as yoga, music, concerts, biking, hiking, games, community conversations, dance, cooking, sewing, etc., in the library complex or outside the library. Librarians can sponsor or collaborate with other organizations to do such programs with low or no budget.

Presenters: Amber Lynch, Youth Services and Teen Activities Librarian, Uintah County Library & Dani Rasmussen, Director, Garland Public Library

Family History Resources for Librarians

Budgets are tight and librarians are busy. Fortunately, there are many free, online resources that librarians can point patrons toward, allowing them to help themselves discover their own family histories. And simple handouts can help patrons tap into billions of free, online records and discover websites where they can build and store their family trees.

Presenter: Robert Raymond, Deputy Chief Genealogical Officer, FamilySearch

Lunch   12:30 – 1:40

Luncheon speaker

A park ranger from the Dinosaur National Monument will fascinate us with stories of the history and geology of the park.

Breakout Sessions:   1:45 – 2:45

Babies Need Words Every Day: Talk, Read, Sing, Play

Children whose parents talk to them frequently hear 30 million more words by the time they start kindergarten than children whose parents seldom talk to them. This can result in a huge disparity of vocabulary attainment between children from different backgrounds when they start school.

To help combat this “word gap,” the Association of Library Services to Children (ALSC) has created a campaign to help libraries and their community partners raise awareness to parents and caregivers who may not understand the importance of talking continually to their children. Matt McLain was on the ALSC Early Childhood Programs and Services Committee to help design the posters that are the centerpiece of the initiative—called Babies Need Words Every Day. He’ll talk about the program’s background, highlight the posters, and lead a group  discussion about how to incorporate Babies Need Words Every Day into your library. For a sneak preview .

Presenter: Matt McLain, Manager, South Jordan Library

Issues of Open Source Software (OSS) for Libraries

As libraries begin to look at open source software to resolve a variety of modern needs, there are many questions to be asked. Will it really save us money because it’s free? We don’t want to give up our current software – what OSS alternatives are out there? We can’t write computer code – how hard is it to start using OSS? What kind of tech support is there for OSS? How do we find the best OSS for our situation? This session will discuss these questions and others, and help to provide answers.

Presenter: Christopher Davis, Systems and Electronic Services Librarian, Uintah County Library

Break   2:45 – 3:00

Breakout Sessions:   3:00 – 4:00

Awareness & Outreach: The Bedrock for Improving Library Services to the American Indian / Alaska Native Community

Increase your knowledge about Utah’s eight sovereign tribal nations and discover many opportunities to develop programs and services for your AI/AN patrons. This workshop will highlight the needs, achievements, and opportunities to enhance the service to Utah’s AI/AN communities.   We will share success stories and strategies from other communities to help you develop and strengthen your own library programs.

Presenter: James Toledo, Program Manager, Utah Division of Indian Affairs

The Power of One iPad

This workshop will focus on what libraries can do with a single iPad. iPads offer a unique opportunity for librarians because they are relatively affordable, easy to configure and maintain, and highly adaptable. We will be discussing the integration of iPads in story times at the Salt Lake County Library and looking other programming trends, apps, and best practices.

Presenters: Robin Chalhoub, Training Coordinator, Salt Lake County Library System & Jessica Whetman, Training Coordinator, Utah State Library


We Hope To See You There!

Register here:


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

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