Feb ULA Newsletter Now Available

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We are taking submissions for the ULA Newsletter. Please send all submissions to ulasubmissions@gmail.com 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: www.ala.org/lita/learning/online

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 www.ala.org/aasl/ecollab/upcoming.

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:


ULA Conference Registration is now open

Visit the conference site for full details.

Sweater vests and the challenge reporting campaign

OIF designates Jan. 27, 2013 as 'Sweater Vest Sunday' to support intellectual freedom.
ALA Midwinter viral campaign encourages reporting of challenges to library materials. All fans of intellectual freedom – can take a stand for the freedom to read (and for fashion!) by participating in Sweater Vest Sunday! All day on Sunday, January 27, 2013, help spread the word about the importance of reporting challenges to library materials by wearing a sweater vest to your meetings, lunches, programs, and special events.

On site in Seattle, ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) staff and volunteers will be passing out stickers and postcards to Midwinter attendees. And at 2:45 p.m. at the ALA Member Pavilion (booth 1650) on the exhibit floor, everyone is invited to a group photo of librarians showing off their sweater vests!

Burning questions:

What about regular sweaters? Regular sweaters are okay in a pinch. The important thing, after all, is to spread the word about reporting challenges. Midwinter attendees who choose to wear a regular sweater can pick up an “It’s Everybody’s Job” sticker at the ALA Pavilion on the exhibit floor.

What about bow ties? Bow ties are optional. As are eyeglasses.

Those unable to attend Midwinter are encouraged to participate virtually by tweeting photos of themselves in sweater vests to @oif http://www.twitter.com/oif using the#sweatervestsunday and #alamw13 hashtags, adding photos to the ALA Midwinter 2013 Flickr stream, http://www.flickr.com/photos/ala_members/sets/72157632478751809/, pinning a Challenge Reporting Campaign poster, http://www.ala.org/advocacy/banned/challengeslibrarymaterials/challenger... on Pinterest, and “attending” the Sweater Vest Sunday Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/144174662404752/
For more information, please visit www.ala.org/challengereporting

January Webinars

Start January off right with a stress management webinar from PLA

CHICAGO — With tighter budgets, smaller staffs and ever-changing technology, working in a public library is not for the faint hearted, so it’s important to keep both heart and mind healthy. Make a commitment this January, when you join PLA and instructor Pat Wagner, partner and trainer, Pattern Research Inc., Denver, Colo., at 1 p.m. CST, Jan. 23, for a live, one-hour webinar, “The Thinking Person’s Guide to Stress Management.”

Wagner will share a successful stress management plan that includes four main strategies: preparing for a stressful event or day; finding respite to re-energize during the workday; repairing the physical and emotional damage during and after difficult times; and preventing unhealthy stress with better choices. She’ll offer ideas to customize these strategies for both home and work and for both self and group.

Registration for “The Thinking Person’s Guide to Stress Management” costs $28 (PLA Members), $31.50 (ALA Members) and $35 (Nonmembers). Groups of any size can register for individual webinars for $129.

For more information about PLA, contact the PLA office at (800) 545-2433, ext. 5PLA, or visit PLA’s website at www.pla.org. 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.

Be calm, cool, and collected when implementing the common core with an online course from AASL

CHICAGO — Register now for the new American Association of School Librarians (AASL) e-Academy course, Common Core: Moving from Complex to Calm, Cool, and Collected. This four-week, self-paced course facilitated by Paige Jaeger will run from Feb. 4 – March 1, 2013. Registration and course information are available on the AASL e-Academy page.

During the course, participants will be guided through how and why inquiry-based instruction supports the CCSS and will learn how to repackage current research projects into Common Core State Standard (CCSS) aligned research endeavors that foster higher level thought. Jaeger will also lead participants through locating and evaluating rich text for alignment with CCSS curriculum. Participants will leave the course with strategies to reach out to classroom teachers for CCSS integration and be able to seize opportunities to become the building leader for delivering a CCSS-aligned unit of instruction.

Paige Jaeger is the coordinator for school library services at WSWHE BOCES in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., which serves 84 libraries. Jaeger spent a dozen years as an elementary and secondary school librarian and has written numerous articles for professional journals, magazines and newspapers. Jaeger believes librarians are a vital link to fostering higher level thought and creativity in our thought-stunted generation.

AASLe-Academy courses are led in Moodle, a Web-based online learning system that attendees access from their browser. Each course is designed with the busy school librarian in mind - participants can complete coursework at a time that is most convenient for them.

AASL e-Academy courses are designed to give participants 12 hours of learning led by experts in the school library field. Detailed descriptions of available courses and registration information are available on the AASL e-Academy pages. Fees are $99 for AASL members; $149 for ALA members; $225 for nonmembers; $99 for retired AASL members; and $75 for student AASL members.

The American Association of School Librarians, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), promotes the improvement and extension of library services in elementary and secondary schools as a means of strengthening the total education program. Its mission is to advocate excellence, facilitate change and develop leaders in the school library field.

Grant Opportunities from ALA

Citizens-Save-Libraries grant applications due to United for Libraries March 15

PHILADELPHIA — Applications for the Citizens-Save-Libraries grants from United for Libraries, made possible by a grant from the Neal-Schuman Foundation, are due March 15, 2013.

The 20 grants will support advocacy at the local level for libraries with troubled budgets by sending expert advocates to library sites over the next two years. The expert advocates will help friends of the library groups, library directors and trustees develop individual blueprints for advocacy campaigns to restore, increase or save threatened library budgets.

The first 10 libraries will be selected in April 2013 (the second 10 will be selected in April 2014). Among the criteria to apply is a willingness to “pay it forward” by sharing what is learned with others in their states through presentations at local conferences, articles written for the state library association journal and a willingness to answer questions and support other advocacy campaigns via digital media and Skype.

Grant winners will receive a power guide – which will also be freely available to all library advocates on the United for Libraries website by Feb. 1– that will lay out a step-by-step blueprint for libraries to follow in generating advocacy campaigns.

To apply for the grants, visit www.ala.org/united/grants_awards/neal-schuman.

The Neal-Schuman Foundation, established in 2000 by Neal-Schuman Publishers' founders Patricia Glass Schuman and John Vincent Neal, strives to aid and promote charitable research and education for the improvement of libraries. An active American Library Association member and past president (1991-92), Schuman founded the Library Advocacy Now program and co-founded the Library Champions program.

United for Libraries: The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, is a division of the American Library Association that supports citizens who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for libraries. United for Libraries brings together library Trustees, advocates, friends, and foundations into a partnership that creates a powerful force for libraries in the 21st century. For more information or to join United for Libraries, visit the United for Libraries website or contact Jillian Kalonick at (312) 280-2161 or jkalonick@ala.org.

ALSC launches application for Everyone Reads @ your library mini-grants

CHICAGO — The Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) is now accepting applications for mini-grants intended to prepare libraries to incorporate Día into their existing programs, throughout the year. Libraries will use these mini-grants to initiate a Día Family Book Club Program. These mini-grants are part of ALSC’s Everyone Reads @ your library grant, funded by the Dollar General Literacy Foundation.

Intended as an expansion of El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Día), the mini-grants will be awarded to libraries that demonstrate a need to better address the diverse backgrounds within their communities. Up to 12 mini-grants will be awarded at $5,000 each. In addition to these mini-grants, funding from this grant will also allow ALSC to create a Día Family Book Club Toolkit that will be accessible to all. For more information, and the application form, go to http://dia.ala.org/dia-2013-mini-grants. The deadline to accept mini-grant applications is Feb. 1, 2013.

Día is an every day celebration of children, families and reading that emphasizes the importance of literacy for children of all linguistic and cultural backgrounds. Día was founded in 1996 by children’s book author Pat Mora, who proposed conceptually linking the existing Children’s Day with literacy. Día’s primary goals are to honor children and their diverse backgrounds; to encourage reading and literacy; and to promote library collections and programs that reflect our plurality, on a daily basis.

The founding partner of Día is REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Literacy and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish-Speaking.

The mini-grants are part of the activities leading up to Dia’s 17th anniversary, culminating on April 30, 2013: Dia: Diversity in Action. For more information, visit dia.ala.org.

About ALSC

ALSC, a division of the ALA, is the world’s largest organization dedicated to the support and enhancement of library service to children. With a network of more than 4,000 children’s and youth librarians, literature experts, publishers and educational faculty, ALSC is committed to creating a better future for children through libraries. To learn more about ALSC visit www.ala.org/alsc.


Established in 1971 as an affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA), REFORMA, has actively sought to promote the development of library collections to include Spanish-language and Latino oriented materials; the recruitment of more bilingual and bicultural library professionals and support staff; the development of library services and programs that meet the needs of the Latino community; the establishment of a national information and support network among individuals who share their goals; the education of the U.S. Latino population in regards to availability and types of library services; and lobbying efforts to preserve existing library resource centers serving the interests of Latinos.

About Dollar General

Dollar General is a leading discount retailer with more than 10,000 neighborhood stores. 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 its inception in 1993, the Dollar General Literacy Foundation has awarded more than $74 million in grants to nonprofit organizations, helping more than 4.4 million individuals take their first steps toward literacy, a general education diploma or English proficiency.

ULA Membership Renewal Time!

Welcome the New Year by renewing your Utah Library Association
membership! 2013 will be an exciting year as we look forward to our
annual conference this May at the Utah Valley Convention Center. ULA
depends on your active membership and support as we continue to
provide excellent continuing education programs and networking
opportunities for Utah Librarians. Your membership supports ULA
services and programming like the ULA web site, Newsletter, annual
conference, and fall workshops.

For the first time, we are offering incentives for anyone who joins
ULA or renews their memberships in January 2013.
All January 2013 renewals and new memberships will be placed in a
random pool for a prize drawing that includes:

1) Free Conference Registration for the May 1-3 2013 Conference, Aim
for the Future: On Target with Vision and Advocacy
2) Free Membership for 2014
3) 25$ bookstore gift certificate to a bookstore of the winner's choosing.

To renew your membership, please visit our membership page:
If you have any questions about your membership or the renewal
process, please contact Anna Neatrour.

Thank you for your continued membership in ULA. If you know of
colleagues who are considering joining ULA, please forward this
message to them. 2013 is a great time to get involved with ULA!

Turning the Page 2.0 Advocacy Training now available!

Turning the Page 2.0 Utah! is starting January 22 and going until April 9. You have 3 months to complete the program.

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

Who can attend? All library workers in Utah: Public, special, academic. Also trustees, Friends of the Library, public officials, and anyone that wants to know more about how to be strong advocates for their library.

What is it? An excellent advocacy program developed by the Public Library Association and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Where is it? Totally online, available 24/7, on your computer

When is it? Online sessions 10 –11 AM Tuesdays:

· Kickoff Jan. 22, 2013

· Session 1 Public perceptions Feb. 5

· Session 2 Telling your story Feb. 26

· Session 3 You as leader Mar. 5

· Session 4 Building relationships Mar. 12

· Session 5 The “Big Ask” Apr. 2

· Session 6 So What’s Next? April 9

Why? Because we all need to live another day.
See details about the program: http://library.utah.gov/programs/training/ttp/index.html

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