Save the Date – ULA Fall Workshop

ULA Fall Workshop

Friday, September 30, 2016

Grand County Library

Moab, Utah

Theme:  Libraries: “Archway to the Future”


Session topics will include advocacy, State Library offerings, health & wellness resources, and others TBD.  The luncheon speaker will be Roy Webb from the University of Utah, a river running specialist and author.  More details to come.  Please save the date and plan to join us for a great time in scenic Southeast Utah.

Utah Library Association Statement on Orlando Shooting

we are orlandoEsteemed Colleagues,

Since the catastrophic event at Pulse in Orlando, we have witnessed beautiful tributes to victims and survivors through news and social media. We have also seen unfortunate support for hatred, judgement, and exclusiveness. It is difficult to navigate such emotions. And it is even more difficult to express the profound sadness I’ve felt during this tumultuous time.

I’m writing to you to unite our voices and ignite our efforts as Utah Librarians. Day by day, we experience opportunities to do better for the people we have the privilege to serve. It truly is a privilege. We are fortunate to work in a field that not only experiences diversity, but also values it. However, it is not enough that our library buildings exist as institutions open to all. Our buildings are merely structures. You create the humanity in your library.  It is a Librarian who radiates inclusiveness. It is a Librarian who sets an example for someone who lacks courage to accept another. It is the Librarian who values each individual and their story. It is a Librarian who uses only one label for every person – important.

My friends, I believe libraries are the center of our communities only because you have your community members at the center of your heart. Now, it is our opportunity to act. Please join with me. Renew your dedication to inclusion. Start and continue conversations about inclusiveness with your team members. Enhance your daily interactions with every individual knowing they have a unique and important story. Use every opportunity to demonstrate humanity and kindness along with great information.

Our community members deserve our voices and our courage. Let us do this for them, for each other, and for ourselves.

Jami Munk Carter
President, 2016-2017
Utah Library Association

Read moreUtah Library Association Statement on Orlando Shooting

Silent Auction – Thank you!

The ULA Silent Auction of 2016 brought together tons of goodwill and a bit of excitement Thursday night of the conference. We had 30 items valued at over $2,000.00 donated to the auction this year and we raised over $1,400.00 for scholarships for first time conference attendees. There were a few bidding wars that were fun to watch (and participate in)!

The Silent Auction Committee, Rich Paustenbaugh and Liesl Seborg, send a very heartfelt thank you to the bidders. (We don’t want to name names but there were 20 winning bidders and all 30 items were taken home.) And many thanks to our wonderful donors (and wranglers) for this year’s auction:

  • Allyson Mower & Paul Mogren
  • Anne Diekma
  • Brigham Young University – Harold B Lee Library–coordinated by Roger Layton
  • Carrie Rogers-Whitehead
  • David Vandyke, Jennie Hansen, Jo Schneider & Mark Minson
  • Dixie State University coordinated by Rich Pastenbaugh
  • Intermountain Healthcare Central Region Libraries and the LiveWell Campaign coordinated by Trudy Jorgensen-Price
  • Liesl Seborg
  • Local Authors: Jana S Brown & Mark Minson
  • Local Authors: Lora Koehler & Dr.Vicky Burgess
  • Local Authors: Nan Weber & CR Asay
  • Marilyn Getz
  • Pamela Park
  • Salt Lake Community College coordinated by Jon Glenn
  • Southern Utah University coordinated by Trudy Widup
  • Stacy Vincent
  • Susan Hamada & Bobbie Pyron
  • Susan Jeppesen
  • Trish Hull
  • University of Utah coordinated by Catherine Soehner
  • Utah State University & USU Libraries coordinated by Pamela Martin
  • Wanda Huffaker
  • Weber State University and Stewart Library coordinated by Jamie Weeks
  • Westminster College – Giovale Library coordinated by Amy Kelly

We look forward to next year’s auction and watch for the scholarship application announcement coming soon.