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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Utah Library Association Executive Board Responds to Ogden School District School Librarian Position Terminations

The Utah Library Association is greatly concerned about the recent news that the Ogden School District plans to terminate the positions of many full-time media specialist/librarians.
School Librarians make essential contributions to schools by teaching lessons in reading, critical thinking, research skills, information literacy, and technological competencies. The presence of full-time school librarians in schools has been linked to improved standardized test scores and greater student achievement.
Multiple studies showing the benefits of full-time School Librarians are available on Library Research Service’s School Library Impact Studies page:

Fully staffed school library programs are a cost-effective way to support students as they become lifelong learners. The Utah Library Association urges the Ogden School District to reconsider this decision.

For more information, contact

Trish Hull
Utah Library Association President
Library Manager 
Magna Branch,
Salt Lake County Library System
8339 West 3500 South
Magna, UT 84044 

Work Phone: 801 944-7626

Shay Woodruff-Walton
Utah Library Association School Library Section Chair

435-755-2380 ext. 5220

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April ULA Newsletter Posted

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Free Webinars in April and May

United for Libraries to host webinar on ‘Library Advocacy at the State Level: 12 Steps to Success’
PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries will present the free webinar “Library Advocacy at the State Level: 12 Steps to Success” from 2 to 3 p.m. Eastern time on Tuesday, April 30.
This webinar will be led by Jeffrey Smith, director of public affairs for Humanim and president of the Foundation for Baltimore County (Md.) Public Library (BCPL). Participants will learn the basics of government/legislative advocacy and understand the 12 steps necessary to be an effective advocate for library issues when meeting with key decision-makers. Additionally, a case study in successful advocacy for library related funding will be presented. The webinar is geared toward trustees, friends, foundation members and staff members. This webinar is co-sponsored by ALA’s Office for Library Advocacy.
Jeffrey Smith is a member of the Baltimore County Board of Library Trustees and the Board of Directors of Citizens for Maryland Libraries. He secured two separate $250,000 state appropriations in support of BCPL’s nationally-recognized “Storyville” children’s libraries. He writes a monthly column focused on advocacy and messaging for libraries that appears inLibrary Journal. Additionally, he writes a biweekly column covering general library issues forPublic Libraries Online. He presently serves United for Libraries as division liaison toASCLA and as a member of the Newsletter & Web Advisory Committee.  He also serves onALA’s Legislation Assembly.
The webinar is free; registration is limited to 100. This webinar will be presented with Internet audio only. You will need a computer with speakers or headphones as well as Internet access. United for Libraries members can access a recording of the webinar after April 30. For more information and to register, visit 
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
The Office for Library Advocacy (OLA) supports the efforts of advocates seeking to improve libraries of all types by developing resources, a peer-to-peer advocacy network, and training for advocates at the local, state and national level. In order to achieve this goal, OLA works closely with the Public Information Office, the Chapter Relations Office, the Office for Government Relations, and other ALA units involved in advocacy on behalf of particular types of libraries or particular issues, in order to help better integrate these efforts into the overall advocacy planning and strategies of the association. OLA also works to cultivate future leadership in order to sustain the advocacy efforts of the association.

ALCTS webinar: The Preservation of Family Photographs: Here, There and Everywhere
Date: April 23, 2013
All webinars are one hour in length and begin at 11am Pacific, noon Mountain, 1pm Central, and 2pm Eastern time.
Description: This presentation will offer basic guidance on the care and preservation of family photographs from 19th-century tintypes to contemporary color prints. The webinar will address the fundamental physical and chemical properties of photographic print and negative materials, including albums and scrapbooks, and the causes and mechanisms of their deterioration. Strategies for preservation, such as proper handling, storage and display techniques, will be shared.
This webinar is offered for free to celebrate Preservation Week.
ALCTS thanks Archival Products for sponsoring this webinar and supporting Preservation Week.
Learning outcomes: Upon completion of the session, attendees will better understand:
• Basic characterization and identification of albumen, silver gelatin, and chromogenic color print materials, and film base negatives
• Agents of deterioration for photographic materials
• Storage and exhibition practices
• Handling guidelines
• Prioritization for preservation
Who should attend? Anyone responsible for the preservation of family or other photographic holdings and collections and interested in the preservation of our global photographic heritage.
Presenter: Debra Hess Norris is Chair of the Art Conservation Department at the University of Delaware, and Professor of Photograph Conservation.

Since 1985, Norris has authored more than 30 articles and book chapters on care and treatment of photographic materials, emergency response, ethics, and conservation education; and taught more than 100 workshops and seminars for conservators and allied professionals. Norris has lectured and consulted on the preservation of photographic collections worldwide.
Registration Fees:  Free.

For additional information and access to registration links, please go to the following website:
ALCTS webinar: Personal Digital Archiving

Date: April 24, 2013
All webinars are one hour in length and begin at 11am Pacific, noon Mountain, 1pm Central, and 2pm Eastern time.
Increase your understanding of common digital files – digital photos, recordings, video, documents, and others – and learn what it takes to preserve them. Technology changes rapidly. If you don’t actively care for your digital possessions you may lose access to them as some technologies become obsolete. Learn about the nature of the problem and hear about some simple, practical tips and tools to help you preserve your digital stuff.
ALCTS thanks The MediaPreserve for sponsoring this webinar and supporting Preservation Week
Learning outcomes:
1. the nature of the problem
2. simple practical tips to describe and save digital files
3. tools that can be used
Who should attend? Anyone with an interest in preserving their own digital photos, documents, recordings, videos and other digital files.

Presenter: Mike Ashenfelder, Digital Preservation Project Coordinator, has worked for the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program at the Library of Congress since 2003. He writes about personal digital archiving, leaders in digital preservation and new developments in digital preservation. He also produces public information videos and podcasts. Before joining the Library of Congress, he worked for a decade in the Bay Area as a technical writer.
Mike has a Bachelors degree in Music Education from the Berklee College of Music and a Masters in Music History from San Francisco State University.
Registration Fees:  Free but registration is required.
For additional information and access to registration link, please go to the following website:
ALCTS webinars are recorded and registrants receive a link to the recording shortly following the live event.
ALCTS webinar: Archival 101: Dealing with Suppliers of Archival Products
Date: April 25, 2013
All webinars are one hour in length and begin at 11am Pacific, noon Mountain, 1pm Central, and 2pm Eastern time.
Do you need to purchase archival supplies for your organization or even yourself?
Are you confused by the terminology and not sure about the differences between the various vendors?
Not finding exactly what you are looking for and unsure about adapting different products?
Archival 101 is designed to demystify the archival product market for the layperson and non-preservation specialist. The presentation will provide an overview of the conservation and preservation issues facing libraries, cultural organizations, and individuals; describe the terminology in use; discuss products and offer buying tips on the different ways these can be used. A list of links to other resources will also be provided.
ALCTS thanks Gaylord for its generous support of this webinar and Preservation Week.
Who should attend? Archival 101 is designed for individuals with little or no experience and will also provide the more experienced user with helpful hints.

Presenter: Peter D. Verheyen, Head of Preservation and Conservation at Syracuse University.
After beginning as work-study in preservation under John Dean at Johns Hopkins, Verheyen studied binding and conservation in Germany and Switzerland to become a rare book conservator working in private practice and research library preservation programs. He established the conservation lab at Syracuse for the treatment of special collections materials, and developed a high-density system for storing architectural drawings among other things.
The Archival 101 presentation was originally developed for call center staff at Gaylord Bros. when he worked there as Archival Product Manager. It has since been presented regionally to varying audiences.
Registration Fees:  Free but registration is required.
For additional information and access to the registration link, please go to the following website:
ALCTS webinars are recorded and registrants receive a link to the recording shortly following the live event.
For questions about registration, contact ALA Registration by calling 1-800-545-2433 and press 5 or email For all other questions or comments related to the webinars, contact Julie Reese, ALCTS Events Manager at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5034 or

Posted on behalf of the ALCTS Continuing Education Committee.

Registration Available: Free E-Government Webinar for Public Librarians
WASHINGTON, D.C.— As governments continue to move services online, public libraries are a bridge between the government agencies and the communities they serve. To assist libraries in providing job-related e-government services to patrons, the American Library Association will host the no-cost webinar “E-Government in Action: Matching People with Jobs” from 2 - 3:30 p.m. EST on May 1, 2013. Register now
As part of the webinar, participants will hear from numerous e-government grant recipients on innovative workforce development programs that have successfully connected people with jobs. Speakers include:

  • Janice Collins: The Mandel Public Library (West Palm Beach, Fla.) technology supervisor will discuss the “Career Catalyst Program,” a career initiative that creates and manages employment initiatives to assist unemployed library users in one setting.
  • Betha Gutsche: The WebJunction OCLC programs manager will discuss the organization’s partnership with the State Library of North Carolina, which produced an innovative curriculum and provided training for library staff throughout the U.S. to assist patrons with job and career skills through its Project Compass Program.
  • Tiffany McClary and Sheri Shafer will discuss NJ Works @ your Library, the New Jersey State Library Program that gives libraries the tools they need to expand services to the unemployed and underemployed.
  • Jeff Scott: The Tulare County (Calif.) deputy county librarian will detail the  library’s innovative “Job in a Box” grant program that reaches the unemployed through job-resource book vending machines at One Stop locations.

WHAT:     The American Library Association will host the interactive online webinar
E-Government in Action: Matching People with Jobs” for public librarians.
WHEN:    Wednesday, May 1, 2013, from 2 –3:30 p.m. EST.
Register now

Join the SLA Rocky Mountain Chapter April for a Third Thursday Virtual Lunch

Join the SLA Rocky Mountain Chapter April for a Third Thursday Virtual Lunch featuring Anne Hengehold! Head to our blog to register today:

Date: Thursday, April 18, 2013

Time: 12:00 PM, Mountain Standard Time

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

Are you wondering if you can trade the insecurity of your corporate gig for more control over your destiny? Or hoping to use an unemployed moment to discover work you love?

Hear the story of how one corporate library refugee is turning downsized into a right-sized job and life.

You’ll come away with a starter kit of questions, checklists and resources including:

    What to know about yourself before you start
    5 essential team members
    3 planning sketches you can’t do without
    Time, dirt and money
    Measuring gains along the way

About Anne:

While officially an “independent information professional” since 2011, Anne Hengehold has been on a trajectory leading to the founding of Clarify Information Services since the mid 80’s. By day, she was growing the production side of a fledgling audio services company. By night, prepping for radio interviews with authors and other intriguing thinkers allowed her inner info junky to run wild. Add one Masters in Library Science and Information degree, seven years in a fabulous library at an engineering firm, blend with one corporate implosion, and you have a recipe for the making of an independent info pro.

An SLA member since 2005, Anne currently serves as President of SLA Illinois.
Rachel Bates Wilfahrt
RMSLA President

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