Registration is now open for RMSLA's March Virtual Breakfast!

In a special collaboration with the First Five Years Council, the Rocky Mountain Chapter is pleased to present Leadership and Career Development for the 21st Century Information Professional, featuring Lisa Chow and Sandra Sajonas.  Head to our Web site to register today:

Date: Thursday, March 21, 2013

Time: 8:00 AM, Mountain Standard Time

Cost:  Free to SLA members, and $10 for non-SLA members

Anyone can be a leader. You don’t need to be in a leadership position to develop leadership skills. In three simple and easy to remember concepts, participants will learn valuable tips, tricks and tools for paving the way to leadership and career success in the 21st century.


1. Participants will conduct an individualized career analysis.

2. Participants will receive an overview of useful tips and tools.

3. Participants will be equipped with practical career strategies that can be implemented immediately.

About Lisa:

Lisa Chow is an information professional with a few "library ribbons" including Special Libraries Association (SLA) SLA Rising Star, Library Journal (LJ) Mover & Shaker, American Library Association (ALA) Emerging Leader, and Association of Research Libraries (ARL) Diversity Scholar. Lisa is half of People Interact, a consultancy that works with libraries and nonprofits to implement creative solutions to effectively improve individual and organizational performance. Find out more at

About Sandra:
Sandra Sajonas is an independent information professional with 6 years experience at the Brooklyn Public Library in young adult, business, career/labor, education and employment services. Sandra has several special projects, presentations, publications and accolades under her belt including ALA Emerging Leader and Library Journal Mover & Shaker.  Learn more about Sandra at


Conference Program and Early Registration now available

The ULA Conference site has the online program posted and early registration is now available.

Also, check out our keynote, featured authors and poster sessions!

If you are signing up for the conference, remember to join ULA or renew your membership to take advantage of discounted member rates!

Collaboration for Libraries training coming in April

Attention all those who have graduated from Uplift or have an MLS degree:

Please register for the Advanced Uplift class, to be held in 2 locations:

April 16 at the State Library, 9 AM-4 PM

April 18 at the Springville Library, 9 AM-4 PM

Develop your capacity to create and implement effective collaboration that will have a measurable impact on your library. Be seen as a viable partner with community agencies. Get strategies to increase your community’s awareness of the value of cooperation and collective efforts. We will focus on answering the following questions: What valuable assets, resources and attributes do libraries provide for collaboration? Why is it important to collaborate? What are the benefits of collaboration? How do you develop effective partnerships? How do you identify partners for collaboration?

Instructors: Pam Jaskot, Consultant/Trainer & Raye Oldham, Consultant, North Carolina State Library Audience: Library Directors and others who have graduated from Uplift Mileage reimbursement: Available for travel over 50 miles one way. Sorry, no reimbursement to libraries.

Colleen Eggett Training Coordinator/ Consultant Utah State Library

250 N 1950 W Suite A Salt Lake City UT 84116 (801)715-6776 | fax (801)715-6767

ULA at Utah Nonprofits Association Day on the Hill

ULA Members and the Utah Legislative Committee met for UNA day on the State Capitol to support Utah Libraries and Librarians.

Upcoming ULA Conferences and Locations

Utah Valley Convention Ctr. 5/1-5/3/2013
South Towne Expo/Sandy April 30-May 2, 2014
Dixie Center/St. George May 13-15, 2015
Davis Conf. Ctr/Layton May 4 - May 6, 2016

ULA Membership Incentives winners

For January ULA was running a special drawing for new and renewing memberships. The winners (determined by random number drawing) are:
Free 2013 Conference Registration: Pat Tompkins, Utah State Library
Free 2014 ULA Membership: Jessica Quarles, Emporia State Student
25$ Giftcard to a bookstore of your choosing: Jennifer Van Wagoner,Davis County Library
Congrats and thanks to everybody who has renewed their memberships so far! If you haven't renewed yet, please visit our memberships page to renew. ULA memberships run on the calendar year, so if you have not yet renewed your membership in January or this month, your membership is currently expired.

Feb ULA Newsletter Now Available

Check out the latest issue of the ULA Newsletter!

ULA Newsletter now taking submissions

We are taking submissions for the ULA Newsletter. Please send all submissions to by February 5th! Thank you in advance for your contributions!

Upcoming Webinars from ALA Sections

LITA Courses
LITA offering two Web courses in February

CHICAGO — LITA is making available two Web Courses in February: Getting Started with GIS, presented by Eva Dodsworth, geospatial data services librarian at the University of Waterloo Map Library and Inclusive Gigabit Libraries, presented by Jon Gant, director of the Center for Digital Inclusion at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Modeled on Eva Dodsworth's LITA Guide of the same name, Getting Started with GIS will provide participants with an introduction to the both online and desktop GIS currently being used by library administrators, librarians, library support staff and library users. The three week course will run Feb. 11 - March 4 and will consist of weekly asynchronous lectures and modules in Moodle. Participants will learn firsthand how to create online maps; how to properly use maps in library Web pages; how to embed GIS technology into library projects; and how to enjoy GIS and mapping technologies in personal endeavors. Students will be exposed to many online resources that are currently being used by public, academic and special libraries across North America. No previous mapping or GIS experience is necessary.

Inclusive Gigabit Libraries will help libraries identify ways to lead in building next-generation Internet applications and services designed to operate on ultra-fast broadband networks that several communities are already building. Consisting of two, two-hour live lectures, held noon - 2 p.m. CST on Feb. 21 and 22, participants will learn what gigabit networks are and how they work in accessible terms, identify strategies to leverage networks for new library services and opportunities based on case studies and develop general concepts that would help apply the strategies in other contexts.

For registration and additional information on both courses, visit:

Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) members are information technology professionals dedicated to educating, serving, and reaching out to the entire library and information community. LITA is a division of the American Library Association.

AASL webinar helps prepare school librarians for performance evaluations

CHICAGO —Writer Patricia Owen will discuss the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL), newest publication “A 21st-Century Approach to School Librarian Evaluation” in a webinar of the same name taking place at 6 p.m. Central time on Jan. 31, 2013. During the webinar, Owen will walk participants through the workbook’s suggested readings, action tips, and evidence collection to help school librarians engage in rigorous self-evaluation and to shape school administrator evaluations. To register, visit

Sweater Vests for Intellectual Freedom

Remember this Sunday is ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom “Sweater Vest Sunday” It is the beginning of a campaign for awareness of reporting challenges to library materials. Besides making a terrific fashion statement it supports the Freedom to Read. The Utah Library Association invites all librarians - and all fans of intellectual freedom - in Utah to wear a sweater vest on Sunday. (Sweaters are ok in a pinch. Bow ties are optional, as are eyeglasses) The point is to be aware and spread the word about reporting ALL challenges.

For more information, please see the announcement on the OIF Blog:

And a Sweater Vest Sunday Q and A:

Participants who submit a picture of themselves will be entered to win a Kindle Fire. Send pictures to:

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