El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day)

The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is asking for your help to spread the word about the Día Celebration on or around Monday, April 1st.
El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day) is a celebration every day of children, families, and reading that culminates yearly on April 30. The celebration emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds.
Below are ALSC’s examples of how you can help spread the word via your organization’s social media accounts.
Celebrate diversity on April 30th with Día! Diversity in Action. Register your program today at: http://dia.ala.org #dia13alsc
The Día! Diversity in Action 2013 Celebration is only a month away!  Celebrate diversity and connect children to the world of learning through books, stories and libraries by hosting a Día 2013 program on or around April 30th. Learn more about creating a program at http://dia.ala.org. Register your celebration today in the Día National Program Registry and receive free bookmarks, stickers and buttons!
Email or website announcement:
The Día! Diversity in Action 2013 Celebration is only a month away, have you registered your library or school’s program yet?  Register your Día Celebration in the 2013 Día National Program Registry to build a national database that showcases all types and sizes of Día programming and receive free bookmarks, stickers, and buttons!
Visit the Día website at http://dia.ala.org to learn more about how you can celebrate diversity and connect children to a world of learning through books, stores and libraries.  Explore and download the free bi-lingual Día booklist, poster and resource guide to help make your program a success!
Día is a daily commitment to linking children and their families to diverse books, languages and cultures.  The celebration is intended to be year-round, culminating on April 30th.
Thank you for your support of the Día Celebration!

ILEAD USA Update- March 2013

ILEAD USA Update- March 2013
We’re now just days away from the kickoff of ILEAD USA: 
Innovative Librarians Explore, Apply and Discover. 
It is a national program developed by Illinois State Library and funded by IMLS that is being held in Illinois, Utah, Colorado, Ohio, and Iowa.
The goals are to build library leadership, and to help library staff understand and respond to user needs through participatory technology tools. The project follows a model built by Illinois State Library. Thanks, Illinois!
Sessions will be held simultaneously in each of the five states.  The first of three sessions runs from March 26-28 2013. Many library workers in Utah's public, academic, and school libraries are participating.

Keynote addresses will be delivered by web streaming on the following dates:

Tuesday March 26, 9:30 a.m. MDT, Anne Craig, Gwen Harrison and Andrew Bullen of the Illinois State Library will welcome ILEAD USA participants.

Wednesday, March 27, 9:30 a.m. MDT, John Emerson, New York City based activist, graphic designer, writer, and programmer.  Emerson’s address, “Have You Seen This?” presents ways to get the word out about new projects and initiatives, looking at techniques for online and offline
marketing, using real world examples and taking into account real
world library budgets.
Thursday March 28, 9:30 a.m. MDT, Marshall Breeding, independent
consultant, speaker, and author.  Breeding’s address is entitled “The
Next Generation of Library Automation and Discovery: Key Issues and

You are invited to view these sessions online: 

Follow ILEAD USA on social media:
ILEAD USA is made possible by a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant to the Illinois State Library from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Matt McLain of the Utah State Library is over the project in Utah. Please direct any questions to him: mmclain@utah.gov 801-715-6742

Those who are over this project in Illinois: 

Gwendolyn Harrison
ILEAD USA - Project Director
Illinois State Library
Gwendolyn Brooks Building
300 S. Second Street
Springfield, Illinois 62701-1796
Phone 217- 785-7334  Fax 217 - 782-1877
Debra Aggertt
ILEAD USA - Assistant Project Coordinator
Illinois State Library
Gwendolyn Brooks Building
300 S. Second Street
Springfield, Illinois 62701-1796
Phone 217-558-1945 Fax 217-557-2619


University of North Texas Online Master's Degree Program Information Sessions

Come Hear About the University of North Texas Online Master's Degree Program at Information Sessions to be held this week in the Salt Lake City area. Are you interested in becoming a librarian or earning your certification as a school librarian, want to learn about new information technologies –virtual reference, online storytelling, digital libraries, graphic novels, web site development, database management, metadata, or about different types of libraries? Through the University of North Texas Department of Library and Information Sciences MLS Program, you can earn your MLS degree by completing blended and online courses.

Come hear about the MLS degree program, School Library Certification, opportunities to earn a Graduate Advanced Certificate, and scholarships from UNT Professor Dr. Yvonne J. Chandler at an Information Session to be held in the northern Utah area and Salt Lake City from March 20 - 22, 2013.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013
10:00 a.m.- 11:00 a.m.
Weber State University – Stewart Library
WSU Stewart Library, Room 55
University Archives Reading Room
2901 University Cir
Ogden, UT

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Utah State University – Merrill Cazier Library
Room 249
3000 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT

4:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Weber County Public Library – Southwest Branch
Conference Room
1950 W 4800 S
Roy, UT 84067

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Salt Lake City Public Library
Conference Room
210 East 400 South
Salt Lake City, UT

Thursday, March 21, 2013
11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Brigham Young University
Sixth Floor Conference Room
Provo, UT

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Utah Valley University Library
Computer Lab LI206
Orem, UT

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
West Jordan Branch
8030 S 1825 W
West Jordan, UT

Friday, March 22, 2013
11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
University of Utah
J. Willard Marriott Library
Room 5201
295 S 1500 E RM 5010
Salt Lake City, UT

ULA Election Results for 2013-2014

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2013-2014 ULA Election, either by running for office or by voting! The nominating chair and the ULA Executive Board learned of updates to the ballot after it went live, so after consulting with everyone involved, the Executive Board has voted to appoint revised Round Table slates for the Archives, Manuscripts, and Special Collections Round Table and the Library Instruction Round Table as listed below.

Vice President/President Elect

Pamela Martin, Utah State University

Members at Large

Robert Shupe
Jami Carter

Academic Section
Chair, Diane Hirning, Dixie State College
Vice-Chair, Michael Goates

Special Section
 Dorothy Horan, Family History Library
 Marie Erickson, LDS Church History Library
Jennifer St. Clair, LDS Church History Library

New Perspectives Round Table
Chair Britt Fagerheim, Utah State University

Vice-Chair Xiaolian Deng, Salt Lake County

Health Round Table

Chair Amy Honisett, Eccles Health Sciences

Vice-Chair Abby Adamczyk, Eccles Health Sciences

Secretary Allene Dotson, Salt Lake City

Archives, Manuscripts and Special Collections Round Table
Chair, Catherine McIntyre
Vice-Chair Kellie Johnson, Highland

Association of College & Research Libraries

Chair Trevor Young, Utah Valley University
Vice-Chair Sarah LeMire, University of Utah

Business Round Table
Chair AnnaLaura Brown, LDS Business College

Member-at-Large Andy Spackman

Children’s Services Round Table
Chair Stephanie Jewett, Salt Lake County

Vice-Chair Melinda Tooley, Salt Lake County

Genealogy Round Table
Chair Patricia Hardesty, Family History Library

Member-at-Large Allene Dotson

Government Documents Round Table
Chair Ross McPhail, S.J. Quinney Law Library

Library Administration and Management Round Table
Chair Vern Waters, Broadview University

Library Instruction Round Table
Chair Emily A. Swanson, Westminster
Vice Chair Ben Wilson, Utah Valley University

Library Paraprofessional & Support Staff Round Table
Chair Amy Birks, Eccles Health Sciences

Vice-Chair Melinda Barlow, Uintah County

Secretary Darlene Marsh, Summit County Board 

Sherrie Mortensen

Multicultural Services Round Table
Chair Liesl Seborg, Salt Lake County

Vice-Chair Safi Safiullah, Salt Lake City

Secretary Kim Fong, Murray
Members-at-Large Allene Dotson, Michele Elnicky, Tiffany Hudson, Connie Lamb, Candy Markle

Reference and Adult Services Round Table

Chair Jennifer Fay, Salt Lake County

Service & Technology Training Round Table
Chair Ryan Combs, Brigham Young University

Technical Services Round Table
Chair John Fackrell

Trustees & Friends Round Table
Chair Juan Lee, State Library

Young Adult Round Table
Chair Jamie Ward, Salt Lake County

Vice-Chair Heidi Tice, Salt Lake County


YALSA launches Website to promote teen summer reading

CHICAGO - The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is launching the 2013 Teen Summer Reading Programs website. As the hub for summer reading and summer learning, the website offers a place to go to exchange information and ideas to help them implement programs for and with teens.
The website is funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, which also provides grants for summer reading programs. To join and access the materials available on the YALSA Teen Summer Reading Programs site, visit www.summerreading.ning.com. The website will continue to be updated throughout the spring and summer and a great place to share ideas and brainstorm with fellow teen services librarians and library workers.
“Even though it may still be cold out in certain parts of the country, it’s never too early to start thinking about summer reading programs for the teens at your libraries,” said Jack H. Martin, YALSA president. “This cool new website will hopefully help you formulate, plan and share awesome summer reading ideas to help you keep teens in your community reading and learning all summer long.”
Libraries play a critical role in helping young people maintain and build literacy skills.  According to the 2010 “Public Library Summer Reading Programs Closing the Reading Gap” study from the Dominican University, students who participated in a public library summer reading program scored higher on reading achievement tests at the beginning of the next school year than those students who did not participate.
About Dollar General
Dollar General is a leading discount retailer with 10,000 stores in 40 states. Dollar General stores provide convenience and value to customers by offering consumable basic items such as food, snacks, health and beauty aids and cleaning supplies, as well as basic apparel, house wares and seasonal items at everyday low prices. The company has a longstanding tradition of supporting literacy and education. Since 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $71.2 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 4.1 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy, a general education diploma or English proficiency. To learn more about Dollar General, visit www.dollargeneral.com.
For more than 50 years, YALSA has been the world leader in selecting books, videos, and audio books for teens.  For more information about YALSA or for lists of recommended reading, viewing and listening, go to www.ala.org/yalsa/booklists, or contact the YALSA office by phone, (800) 545-2433, ext. 4390, or e-mail, yalsa@ala.org.

ALSC offers publicity tools to promote El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day)

CHICAGO — On April 30, families, children and communities will celebrate our nation’s rich cultural tapestry during El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children’s Day/Book Day).  Also known as Día, libraries across the country will host multicultural celebrations that include family programs, bilingual story hours, book giveaways and other literacy events.
Is your library hosting a Dia event?  School and public libraries are welcome to promote their Día event with free publicity tools offered by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC).  The Día Publicity Tool kit includes a number of templates libraries can use to publicize Día activities, including a Press Release Template, PSA Templates, Letter to the Editor Template, Proclamation Template, Flyer Template, Talking Points,  Logos  and downloadable Audio PSAs featuring Día founder Pat Mora, are all available http://tinyurl.com/diapubtools. Participating libraries are also encouraged to register their Día programs in the 2013 National Dia Program Registry to showcase their event and receive free Día bookmarks, stickers and buttons.
Día is sponsored by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC), a division of the American Library Association, and is an enhancement of Children’s Day, which began in 1925.   Children’s Day was designated as a day to bring attention to the importance and well-being of children.   In 1996, nationally acclaimed children’s book author Pat Mora proposed linking the celebration of childhood and children with literacy thus the inception of El día de los niños/El día de los libros.
Through a series of grants from the W. K. Kellogg Foundation and more recently the Dollar General Literacy Foundation, the Association for Library Service for Children (ALSC) continues to increase public awareness of the event in libraries throughout the country. ALSC is collaborating on this effort with the Founding Partner of Día, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking (REFORMA).
For book lists and additional information on Día please visit http:/dia.ala.org

Upcoming Webinars from ALA - March and April

Free webinars to Engage! young adult audiences through visual arts programming
CHICAGO — The American Library Association (ALA) Public Programs Office and ProgrammingLibrarian.org are pleased to announce a free, three-part series of webinars for school and young adult librarians that introduces the Engage! programming model. Developed by ALA and piloted in ten Illinois libraries in 2010, “Engage! Teens, Art, and Civic Participation” introduces young audiences to themes of civic participation using the visual arts as a springboard for discussion and action. This project is funded by the Searle Funds at the Chicago Community Trust and the Terra Foundation for American Art.
During these three free webinars, participants will:

  • Hear from librarians who participated in the Engage! pilot program, who will share what worked and what didn’t with teens.
  • Be introduced to a free PDF guide to the Engage! model, featuring detailed instructions on how to get started.
  • Learn how to formulate effective “looking questions” that will elicit participation and engagement with art and thematic content.
  • Learn how to select images that will illuminate relevant civic participation issues for teen discussion and learning.

Engage! Teens, Art & Civic Participation: An Introduction
Thursday, March 21, 2013, 2:00 p.m. Central time - Registration
In this first session, learn more about this program model for young adults that uses visual art as a springboard to civic engagement. Three librarians who participated in the pilot project—Marcus Lumpkin, Youmedia, Chicago Public Library; Tom Spicer, Arlington Heights (Ill.) Memorial Library; and Nanette Freeman, Portage-Cragin Branch, Chicago Public Library—will share their programs and how they can be adapted for other libraries; in addition, a free project resource guide will be debuted during this webinar.
Engage! Teens, Art & Civic Participation: Creating Compelling Discussion through Art
Wednesday, April 17, 2013, 2:00 p.m. Central time – Registration
This second session will delve in to how to present and look at art. Sarah Alvarez, director of Teacher Programs at the Art Institute of Chicago, will discuss how to ask looking questions and frame issues and activities. Brandy Morrill, an Engage! pilot librarian at the Chinatown Branch of the Chicago Public Library, will share how this adaptable approach worked in her library.
Engage! Teens, Art & Civic Participation: Creating Local, Issues-Based Programming
Wednesday May 15, 2013, 2:00 p.m Central time – Registration
This session will focus on issues-based discussions for teen audiences, using the Engage! Teens, Art & Civic Participation model. Adam Davis, director for the Project on Civic Reflection and an advisor to the Engage! project, will walk webinar participants through how to identify locally relevant issues and images for issues-based teen programming, and Christie Chandler-Stahl, formerly of the Evanston (Ill.) Public Library and currently at the Rakow Branch of the Gail Borden Public Library District in Elgin, Illinois, will share her approach in her former library and how she would adapt it for her current one.
The Engage! Project builds on the NEH’s Picturing America art initiative through the development of supplemental resources that utilize the visual arts as a springboard to civic engagement for young adult audiences. The objective for these resources is to deepen participants’ knowledge and appreciation of American art and its relation to American history and civic life, and to contribute to the development of informed and discerning voters. Through the thematic selection of visual arts resources as points of engagement, participants are led in facilitated discussions on and interactions with the depth and history of American civic life. Resources have been specifically designed for opt-in youth audiences in public library settings.
The ALA Public Programs Office promotes cultural and community programming as an essential part of library service in all types and sizes of libraries. Successful library programming initiatives have included Let’s Talk About It reading and discussion series, traveling exhibitions, film discussion programs, the Great Stories CLUB, LIVE! @ your library and more. Recently, the ALA Public Programs Office developed www.ProgrammingLibrarian.org, an online resource center bringing librarians timely and valuable information to support them in the creation of high-quality cultural programs for their communities. For more information about the ALA Public Programs Office, visit www.ala.org/publicprograms.

ALSC releases Spring 2013 Online Course schedule
CHICAGO - The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) has released the schedule for spring 2013 ALSC online courses. Registration is open for all courses. Classes begin Monday, April 8, 2013.
The schedule includes courses which are eligible for continuing education units (CEUs), certified by the International Association of Continuing Education and Training (IACET). There is also one new course for 2013, Integrating New Technologies into Your Collections.
ALSC online courses are designed to fit the needs of working professionals. Courses are taught by experienced librarians and academics. As participants frequently noted in post-course surveys, ALSC stresses quality and caring in its online education options.

Registration now open for PLA’s online train-the-technology trainer course in April
CHICAGO - The interactive online course “The Accidental Public Library Technology Trainer” April 8-May 3, is now open for registration. This four-week blended-learning program presented by the Public Library Association (PLA) is designed for library professionals who have unexpectedly found themselves responsible for technology training of users or staff at their library.
Librarian, author and trainer Stephanie Gerding will guide participants through an engaging combination of live webinars, independent assignments and online discussions. See the full syllabus here.
As a result of taking the course, participants will learn practical tools and techniques to help others learn; will be able to lead activities that increase learning, participation and retention; will be able to design and share workshop materials to create a learning community; and will receive helpful, personalized advice from Gerding's years of coordinating and providing training for public libraries.
Pricing for the four-week “The Accidental Public Library Technology Trainer” is $129 for PLA members, $159 for ALA members and $179 for nonmembers. The deadline to register for this course is April 5.
PLA is a division of the American Library Association. PLA’s core purpose is to strengthen public libraries and their contribution to the communities they serve. Its mission is to enhance the development and effectiveness of public library staff and public library services.


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:  http://tinyurl.com/rmslamarch

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 http://bit.ly/lisachow

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 http://bit.ly/sajonas


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: http://library.utah.gov/workshops

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 ceggett@utah.gov

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