Utah Library Association Wins 2019 ALA Gerald Hodges Award for Intellectual Freedom

The Utah Library Association is honored to receive the 2019 American Library Association Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Award! This award is given to the most innovative and effective intellectual freedom project covering a state or region. ULA is awarded the 2019 Hodges Award for taking the lead in building a coalition of partners that lead to the reinstatement of access to EBSCO databases for more than 650,000 students after a state Board blocked access based on complaints that EBSCO databases were pornographic. The month-long campaign to overturn the censorship decision was multi-faceted, strategic, and generated thousands of emails from ordinary Utah citizens direct to UEN Board Members, resulting in a reversal of their initial decision to ban access to the databases.

ULA Advocacy Chair Peter Bromberg, who coordinated the effort to reinstate EBSCO, will be at the ALA Annual Conference in Washington DC to receive a plaque and $1000 prize on behalf of the Utah Library Association. Congratulations, Peter and ULA!

Show Me the $$$! How Your Library Can Obtain Funding from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine

Who: Chris Pryor, Library Engagement and Missouri Coordinator

John Bramble, Associate Director from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine MidContinental Regional Medical Library

What: A discussion of just how easy it is to apply for all of the great funding opportunities available during this year’s grant cycle. John and Chris will briefly cover the different types of awards offered as well as the application process. Then they will open the session answer any questions that attendees may have about how to apply.

When: Thursday, May 9, 2019 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM (Mountain Time)

Where: Online

Registration Link: https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/7011491490871312898

More information about the grants:

The National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Mid-Continental Region is thrilled to announce our 2019-2020 funding opportunities! Note the deadline for application is May 31, 2019. You can see the full list of opportunities on our website at https://nnlm.gov/mcr/funding.

We have a lot of new funding opportunities to support all types of libraries, library staff, and community-based organizations. This year the Mid-Continental Regional Medical Library has nearly $90,000 in sub-award funds and nearly $110,000 from the NNLM All of Us program. You don’t want to miss out on this!

For inspiration read how one library tackled community needs with help from the NNLM. A Colorado library used a NNLM MCR grant to support cooking demonstrations, discussions with kids about the digestive system, classes on nutrition, and a program for parents on emotional well being. Grants may be available for programming, community engagement, staff professional development, or technology upgrades, among other project areas.