Failure Worksop – Register Today!

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Strikethrough: The Utah Library Association Failure Workshop is an interdisciplinary discussion of failure for librarians.

Experts in the fields of medicine, performance art, and librarianship (including past American Library Association President Maureen Sullivan) will share their perspectives on the many ways failure is an unavoidable and often integral part of their work.

Participants will then engage in frank conversations about how to cope with mistakes, accept imperfection, and even invite failure into our practice in order to create stronger work environments and communities.


Thursday, February 18, 2016, OPTIONAL reception for keynote speakers from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. at the City Library.

Friday, February 19, 2016, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. FAILURE WORKSHOPS at the City Library.

Saturday, February 20, 2016, OPTIONAL Unconference at the City Library. (We will be workshopping and discussing ideas and situations involving failure), 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

The following keynote speakers will honor us:

Maureen Sullivan

Maureen Sullivan


Maureen Sullivan is a widely recognized leader and educator in the library profession. Her career has included positions as the human resources administrator at two major research libraries; a consultant and trainer with the Association of Research Libraries; a member of the faculty in the Managerial Leadership in the Information Professions PhD program at Simmons College and in two of the annual institutes sponsored by the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

She has designed and facilitated a number of leadership development programs including: the Mountain Plains Library Association Leadership Institute, the TALL Texans program sponsored by the Texas Library Association, the New England Library Leadership Symposium and several designed for particular groups such as archivists, law librarians and medical librarians.

During her term as ALA president in 2012-2013 she launched The Promise of Libraries Transforming Communities, a partnership with The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, to prepare librarians to be conveners of community engagement and public innovators in their communities. She also worked with the Harvard Graduate School of Education to establish the first Library Leadership in a Digital Age institute and created ALA’s first national leadership institute, Leading to the Future. She currently serves as an advisor to the Aspen Institute on Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries.


EDWARD B. Clark, M.D.


Dr. Clark is the Wilma T. Gibson Presidential Professor and Chair of the Department of Pediatrics of the University of Utah and Chief Medical Officer of Primary Children’s Medical Center.  He also holds adjunct professorships in the Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Bioengineering.

Born and raised in New York City, Dr. Clark received his bachelor’s degree with Honors in Biology from Union College in Schenectady, New York, and medical degree magna cum laude from Albany Medical College.  He trained in Internal Medicine at Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital Dartmouth Medical Shoo, and in Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.  

Dr. Clark had faculty appointments at the University of Nebraska, the University of Iowa, and the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Rochester until July of 1996.  He assumed his current position in Utah in 1996.  He is the Chair of the Pediatrics Guidance Council for Intermountain Health Care.

Dr. Clark has outstanding achievements in biomechanics of the developing cardiovascular system, mechanistic classifications of congenital cardiovascular malformations, and the care of children with chronic illness.  In addition to leadership positions in national and international organizations, he is a consultant to the EPA, NIH, and was principal investigator of the Utah Vanguard Site of the National Children’s Study.  

Dr. Clark is a member of the Society of Scholars of the Johns Hopkins University.  He was also honored as the 2-005 Utah Children’s Advocate of the Year and was recognized with the 2006 Gender Equality Award.  He was also nationally recognized with the 2011 Frank H. Morriss Jr. Award for leadership in academic pediatrics.  

Registration for the Failure Workshop is $10. To register fill out the form below.

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