ALA president releases statement on libraries and the Affordable Care Act

ALA president releases statement on libraries and the Affordable Care Act
CHICAGO — American Library Association (ALA) President Barbara Stripling issued the following statement:
“The American Library Association anticipates that many Americans will turn to libraries for help in accessing enrollment information when open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplace component of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) begins on October 1, 2013.
“Our research shows that Americans regularly turn to their local libraries as a trusted resource for information regarding government initiatives and programs. A recent study showed that more than a third of library computer users (28 million people) use library computers and seek assistance from librarians for health and wellness issues, including learning about medical conditions, finding health care providers, and assessing health insurance options. A 2012 ALA study found that 97 percent of libraries reported assisting library patrons with applying for and accessing e-government services.
“The American Library Association and other groups are working to be sure librarians and the public are aware of information on the new law. The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the federal agency responsible for the improvement of library services nationwide, and the U.S. Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are working in partnership to make sure that libraries are aware of and able to connect patrons with the information and resources they will need.  IMLS has also awarded a grant to OCLC’s WebJunction to provide training support for this effort.
“Just as our communities turn to libraries for help to learn about citizenship and passport requirements, use public access computers to get disaster relief information and obtain assistance with copyright and patent questions, we expect libraries will receive many inquiries from the public about the Affordable Care Act.
“Decisions about how libraries will respond to inquiries about the ACA will be made by local libraries. As always, libraries do not promote specific programs or points of view, but provide the public with balanced, unbiased access to information."

Creative Libraries Utah


Creative Libraries Utah is a 2013 ILEAD USA project focused on greater cooperation between all Utah libraries (academic, public, and school) and increased sharing of uniquely created library content and programming. Creative Libraries Utah has founded a site which will easily archive and disseminate library creations for the betterment of all Utah libraries. Redundancy is not only the enemy of budgets, but of creativity. All librarians need more time to program and create and by sharing resources and ideas we can do more.


Find us at or email us at This project is being spearheaded by:
Tegan Davis
Park City Library
Youth and Spanish Services Manager

Dustin Fife
San Juan County Library

Kristen Stehel
Utah State Library
Resource Sharing Coordinator

CSRT/YART Fall Workshop on October 4, 2013 at the Cedar City Library

Call for Presentations- CSRT/YART Fall Workshop
Do you have an idea for a session you would be willing to share with your fellow youth services librarians? You are invited to submit a proposal for a session to be presented on October 4, 2013 at our CSRT/YART Fall Workshop.  The conference will be held at Cedar City Library.
Please return the attached form by:       August 15, 2013
Send form to:     Jamie Ward, YART Chair  /  /  801-944-7547

Omeka Training June 18th at State Library

Are you interested in building an updated, awesome collection of digital materials for your library or archive? Come and learn about Omeka, a platform designed specifically for libraries and archives. Build your own exhibit that day with the help of an expert. 
This training session is a part of iLead USA Utah, sponsored by the Utah State Library, but we'd like to invite interested others since this will be a specialized and important training event. If' you're already coming to iLead, no need to re-register here.
June 18, 10:45-4:30. Register today:

10:45-Noon: Intro to Creating a Virtual Exhibit with Talbot
For general audiences. Learn about what Omeka is and how you may be able to use it for your project. A demonstration of the key features and discussion of what's good, what's bad about it.
12-1 PM Lunch provided by the Utah State Library
1:15-2.45 PM Build your own Omeka exhibit! --Liza Talbot
Build your own Omeka exhibit! Bring your own laptop, please, and 20 or so digital objects of any kind (photos, video or sound files, pdfs, documents, or all of the above--a variety will be the most fun to play with) and a .csv file with any metadata you may have (if you don't have any, that's OK, too).
3:00-4:30 PM Build your own Omeka exhibit cont'd.
Finish our exhibits, if we need more time, and then we'll discuss them. What did you like? What did you want to do that you couldn't do? We'll look at some examples of "stretched" Omekae, where institutions have modified the platform to make it suit their needs, and what kinds of skills you need to do this.

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


Save the date for the CSRT/YART Conference!

Save the Date!
CSRT/YART Fall Workshop
Friday, October 4, 2013
at the Cedar City Library Library
Keynote Speaker:
Nathan Hale, Illustrator
Book a hotel early as it is the same weekend as the St. George Marathon!
More information to come soon! 

ULA Executive Board Letter to Ogden School District Board

The ULA Executive Board recently sent a letter to the Ogden School District Board in support of school librarians.

June Meeting date set

June 7th is the date for our first board meeting! Mark your calendars if you are a board member or a committee, section, or roundtable chair!
Also, Round Table and Section pages have been updated to reflect current chairs for 2013-2014. Please review your pages to make sure you are listed accurately.

The Utah Library Association 1912-2012 Essays in Honor of Its Centennial

The Utah Library Association 1912-2012 Essays in Honor of Its Centennial is now available! Print copies of the book are available for purchase at the ULA booth. Visit our book page to download a PDF of the book for free. Ordering information is also available. 

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