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May 12-14

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ULA Fall Workshop

September 24, 2010

Brigham City Library

(9:00 am to 4:00 pm)

Registration form now available

Breakout sessions topics will include: NetLibrary, UEN Highlights, Family History for Youth and Children, Service during Disasters, Volunteers in the Library, and Teen and Children Programming. In addition there will be a great luncheon speaker and time to visit with colleagues.

Changes are coming for the ULA website!

In the next few weeks, the ULA website will migrate to a new content management system, making it easier for Round Tables and Committees to maintain and update their own pages. The current ULA site and all of the content on it will be available as an archive.

New Budget Form are available, both are due July 31st

Non Conference Program Request form

Non Program Budget Request form

FCC releases new report highlighting role of libraries in bridging broadband divide

Broadband Adoption in Low-Income Communities,” conducted by the Social Science Research Council (SSRC), draws on roughly 170 interviews of non-adopters, community access providers, and other intermediaries – including library patrons and library staff. Primary research was conducted in Philadelphia, Albuquerque, upstate New York and Minneapolis-St. Paul in late 2009 and early 2010. http://webarchive.ssrc.org/broadband_adoption.pdf

2010 ULA Annual Conference
"Come Together... for Utah Libraries"

May 12-14, 2010
St. George, Utah

The 2010 ULA Annual Conference Registration is NOW OPEN!

Registration for the upcoming 2010 Conference to be held in sunny St. George, Utah is now open!

The conference will be held from Wednesday, May 12 – Friday, May 14 at the Dixie Center. The beautiful Hilton Garden Inn has been chosen as the conference hotel. It is just a few steps away from the Dixie Center, making it a convenient choice as well. Book now for the best rooms! 

The registration site is just a click away. Besides registering for the full conference, there are two other options on how you can attend and participate in this year's conference: Exhibits Only and by accessing the Virtual Conference page.

You can renew your membership or save money on conference registration by becoming an ULA member.  Full conference registration includes a choice of two Pre-conferences on Wednesday, May 12, and lunches on Thursday, May 13 and Friday, May 14.  Pre-conferences are available for $25 per session to those who choose not to attend the full conference. 

Pre-conference offerings include: 

  • Front Line Advocacy with Camilla Alire, ALA President;
  • Leading from the Middle with Mary Bushing, National Library Consultant;
  • Strategic Stories with Nancy Dowd, New Jersey State Library;
  • Anythink Libraries: A Revolution of Rangeview Libraries with Pam Smith, Director of Anythink Libraries;
  • What’s New with Family Search; and How to Write for Library Science Journals.

Looking forward to seeing you in sunny St. George as we “Come Together for Utah Libraries.”  

ULA Resolution
Please read and show your support!

The Utah State Library suffered a $600,000 budget cut last year, and may face further cuts in the coming year. ULA recognizes the immeasurable importance of the State Library to library services throughout the state and has issued a resolution urging Utah legislators not to make additional cuts to the State Library’s budget this year. You can help in this effort by speaking with your legislators and sharing this resolution with them. View the resolution here.

Utah Humanities Council Announcement:

Looking for a way to engage your patrons this winter?  The Utah Humanities Council offers free speakers to libraries around the state:  humanities scholars through our Public Square program, speaking on topics as far ranging as the culture of the Middle East and intriguing stories from Utah's past; and a wide variety of award-winning Utah authors talking about their work through Authors on Main Street.  The lists of speakers for both programs are available at www.utahhumanities.org/PublicSquareTopics.htm and www.utahhumanities.org/authorsonmainstreet.htm.   The process to apply is easy!   Questions?  Call Jean Cheney or Hikmet Loe at 8091.359.9670.  Book your speakers now for the best selection.

Mountain Plains Library Association 2010 Leadership Institute

The MPLA Leadership Institute was initiated in 2002 as a way of “growing” leaders for both MPLA and our member states.  MPLA desired to help shape the future of libraries, and to fulfill its mission of “providing educational training and growth opportunities for all persons engaged in library activities in the region to enhance their skills and professionalism.”  MPLA recognized the need to ensure that libraries in its member states were able to remain “competitive” with more populous areas of the country. It’s very likely that you know someone who was able to attend a previous MPLA Leadership Institute session, or at least know of them through their work or participation in MPLA or State Association activities. If you ask them, they will probably speak of the experience as one of the best professional development experiences they have experienced. 

The next MPLA Leadership Institute will be held April 25-30, 2010 in Estes Park, Colorado. It will again be facilitated by nationally known organizational development consultant Maureen Sullivan.  Ms. Sullivan has over 25 years experience in leadership development.  She helped establish the ACRL/Harvard Leadership Institute and is a faculty member for its annual program.

The criteria for applicants have now changed. New applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Employed in a library organization in MPLA’s 12-state region
  • Current member of one of MPLA’s 12 affiliated state library associations
  • Minimum of 5 years in a library-related job with progressive experience
  • Record of experience that demonstrates leadership potential
  • Expected continued contribution to the profession
  • A thoughtfully completed application
  • Two letters of recommendation

(Note:  Education requirements of previous institutes have been removed.) 

The registration cost for MPLA members is $450; non-MPLA members $550, the same fee charged at the last Leadership Institute. This fee includes room and all meals.  Attendees pay for their own transportation costs. MPLA members may apply for a personal grant to assist in paying for the cost of the Institute. The Utah Library Association Board of Directors recently approved setting aside funds for attending leadership programs. For information about that program, contact ULA President Ruby Cheesman: rcheesman@slcolibrary.org

DEADLINE for Applications is Tuesday, December 1, 2009.

Application forms and more information are available at the MPLA website: http://www.mpla.us/leadership/index.html

For Broadband Applicants- New FAQ Information on Indirect Costs

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) has added additional information to the Frequently Asked Questions page on its Web site http://www.broadbandusa.gov/files/BIP_BTOP_FAQ_I-III.pdf

regarding the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program, most notably information on indirect costs and their eligibility for BTOP funds as well as matching funds requirements.

Libraries may send questions not covered on this site to librarystimulus@ala.org.

The Today Show features libraries lending a helping hand in tough economic times.

Competencies for Librarians Serving Children in Public Libraries

The Association for Library Service to Children, a division of the American Library Association recommends these core competencies to all children’s librarians and other library staff whose primary duties include delivering library service to and advocating library service for children from birth to age 14.

Check out the list at:


The list includes competencies in:

I. Knowledge of Client Group
II. Administrative and Management Skills
III. Communication Skills
IV. Knowledge of Materials
V. User and Reference Services
VI. Programming Skills
VII. Advocacy, Public Relations, and Networking Skills
VIII. Professionalism and Professional Development
IX. Technology

2009 ULA Conference a Success!

Thank you for attending the 2009 ULA Annual Conference.  We have had overwhelmingly favorable comments about the conference.  We would love to know what you liked about the conference and what might have been done better.  We seek input from every attendee.  Please take a few minutes to complete the survey at the link below.  Not only will you be able to let us know what you thought, the survey will provide information about programming and attendance for the coming year.

The survey will be open until Friday, May 8th.  You may access the survey at:   http://www.surveymonkey.com/s.aspx?sm=SCX6b936i_2fdWHRH1YVAu0g_3d_3d

Thank you for your participation.

Also, Presentation slides are available here for download as they become available. Please check often. Conference photos have now been uploaded here.

ULA Announces Award Winners for 2009!

The Utah Library Association Awards Committee is pleased to announce the following recipients for the 2009 Awards:

Distinguished Service: Randy J. Olsen (Brigham Young University)

Librarian of the Year: Samantha Hastings (Salt Lake County Library Services)

Special Recognition: Vicky M. Turner (American Fork Library)

Special Services: North Utah County Library Consortium (NUCLC)

Utah Humanities Council (UHC) has a long history of partnering with libraries and other community organizations to present and fund programs. We currently provide speakers, books, and discussion leaders to libraries around the state. As we develop new literature programs and funding opportunities it is important to us to get your feedback. Please take a few minutes to answer this brief survey. This questionnaire is intended for librarians of all rank and specialty, along with library directors. Your thoughts will shape our Library Initiative for the next few years. Thank you! -- Hikmet Loe

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Urgent Action Needed!!!
A letter from Kristin Murphy, ALA Government Relations Specialist regarding
" Children's Books in the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act "

As you may know, Congress passed legislation titled "The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008" last August.  This legislation seeks to decrease the levels of lead and phthalates in products intended for children under 12 and will be enforced by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). 

Currently, books are considered an unregulated product.  This means they are generally considered safe and are not subject to the same rules and regulations as toys and other objects on the U.S. market.  Under the new interpretation of the CPSIA, books would be subject to the same testing standards as children's toys and clothing. 

Very few recalls have actually involved books; in fact, the recalls surrounding books have not happened because of the books themselves but rather the toys that were attached to the books that were considered potential choking hazards.  In spite of this information, the standard hardcover and paperback books would be subject to the same testing standards as children's toys under the new legislation.

As a result of these new regulations, publishers have tested the components of books and found that the levels of lead in children's books were far below the future legal requirements at the full implementation of the regulations three years from now.  However, the advisory opinion from the CPSC says that not only must the testing be
done by one of their certified labs but that this legislation also is retroactive, and every book must be tested.  This situation will become even more complicated because the CPSC has not certified any labs to administer the lead testing.

These regulations go into effect on February 10th, 2009, which means school, academic and public libraries will be forced to either remove all children's books from the shelves, or ban children from entering libraries completely. 

We need to make sure this doesn't happen.  The American Library Association's Washington Office has been closely monitoring this situation and communicating with Members of Congress and the Association of American Publishers (AAP) on how to ensure that libraries are exempt from the CPSIA.  The deadline for implementation is quickly approaching, which means we need make sure we are doing everything possible to ensure access to children's books in our school and public libraries.

The American Library Association is considering filing a suit for preliminary injunction against the CPSC implementing the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008.  In order to move forward, we need your assistance by contacting all your school and public libraries and asking them the following questions:

*       What will they have to do on or prior to February 10, 2009 to cut off access to children's books to ensure CPSIA compliance?
*       Would they be willing to file an affidavit stating the steps they will need to take?
*       If they can show that this legislation will cause them irreparable harm, would they be willing to sign onto the suit for injunction as a plaintiff?

As always, thank you for everything you do.  This is an extremely critical issue and your timely responses are greatly appreciated.

Libraries offer free relief from tough times
Brian Williams - NBC Nightly News

The New LDS Church History Library
Rises in Downtown SLC!

H. B. 135 – Grants From Department of Community and Culture includes $9 million for the Board of Directors of the Utah State Library, Utah Arts Council, the Museum Services Advisory Board, and the Board of State History. This bill includes about $2.7 million in grant dollars for Utah libraries and it requests the Utah State Library Board "submit a request to the Governor and Legislature for prioritized capital facilities grants."

This is not in the Governor's Budget, but USL has supplied and we are supplying information through our Department of Community and Culture, at the request of Representative Allen from Davis County. H.C.R. 3 - Concurrent Resolution - Declaring Love Your Library Week -- Clark, S http://le.utah.gov/~2008/htmdoc/hbillhtm/hcr003.htm

Please ask your legislator to sign the bill so the entire state can celebrate and recognize libraries during National Library Week this year.

    The Utah Center for the Book invites you to attend meetings from 4:30 to 6 pm on the fourth Tuesday of each month. Alternate Tuesdays are scheduled for holiday dates. For more information or to RSVP, contact Angelica Lopez Moyes at amoyes@slcpl.org or (801) 524-8254.  

ULA Strategic Planning Document 2006-09

Report to American Library Association Council and Executive Board [PDF][Word]

Major Program Board deadlines and ULA Board meetings have been added to the ULA calendar. See details on ULA calendar.

ULA Program Board has posted an annual meeting schedule and budget request form for non-conference programs. Find them on the ULA Organization page under the Program Board heading.

ULA approved revised guidelines for the Certificate of Achievement program, designed to recognize the involvement and contributions of career-oriented library
paraprofessionals in Utah and to acknowledge their support of libraries and librarianship. The guidelines are now available in MS Word and PDF formats.

Be sure to join or renew your ULA membership soon. See your options for joining and renewing on the Member Services page!

Utah State Library

"The mission of Utah Kids Ready to Read! is to provide information, training, technical assistance, and resources on emergent literacy for Utah librarians and their community partners. Our vision is for all parents and caregivers to nurture their children's early literacy skills, and for all children to develop as independent, lifelong readers."

Brigham City Public Library presents: