2019 ULA Book Drive!

The annual book drive at the upcoming ULA Conference will benefit the Venita K. Taveapont Memorial Library, a high school and public library which serves the Ute Indian Tribe. This library currently is a nonprofit and operates without an ongoing budget to buy books. They are in need of new or newer books (2000 to the present).

This library’s greatest needs include:

  • High school or middle school textbooks (math, science, language arts, humanities, history, and college prep)
  • Nonfiction books for all ages (especially do-it-yourself, games/activities, Native American literature, and medical health subjects)
  • Fiction books for youth and adults (especially science fiction and fantasy)

Donations will be accepted in print book, CD, DVD, audiobook, and eBook formats. Also appreciated are gift cards which will be used for purchasing books or supplies. Thank you to all those who choose to participate in this great effort!

Donations can be dropped off at room 300 D near the registration desk at the Mountain America Expo Center in Sandy during the Annual ULA Conference on May 15-17, 2019.

ULA Silent Auction Call for Donations


  • Annual ULA Silent Auction and Networking Social.
  • Thursday, May 16th, 4:30pm, Mountain America Expo Center, Sandy, UT.
  • Proceeds go directly into the ULA Scholarship Fund.
  • ULA Scholarships help awardees attend conferences and other professional development opportunities.

How You Can Help

  • Donate something yourself or from your institution for the silent auction to support the ULA organization and Utah library workers.
  • Examples include gift baskets, university swag baskets, signed books, gift cards, and local treats.
  • Donations of new items of any monetary value are accepted.
  • Low to mid-range priced donations are most successful for bidding.

Donation Instructions

  • Email Mike Goates (michael_goates@byu.edu) and/or Dan Broadbent (dan_broadbent@byu.edu) with the following information about your donation: name and email of donor, name of donation, description of donation, and value of item.
  • Bring your auction item(s) ready to go (baskets, ribbons, cellophane, etc.) to the conference registration tables no later than Thursday, May 16th at 10am. If you aren’t attending the ULA Conference, send items with colleagues or contact the silent auction committee to coordinate pickup.
  • All donations are tax deductible––request receipts from the silent auction committee.

ULA Conference T-Shirts

The ULA Conference Planning Committee is ordering conference t-shirts highlighting this year’s awesome “In Libraries We Trust” logo. Make your order by April 8th so your t-shirt will be ready for the ULA Conference. T-shirts are available in either regular or fitted styles and cost between $20 and $26 (depending on size). Place your order on the ULA Conference website. Any revenue from these t-shirts will be added to the ULA scholarship fund.

2019 Conference Registration is Open!

We are excited to announce that registration is now open for the 2019 ULA Conference, which will be held May 15th through 17th at the Mountain America Expo Center in Sandy, Utah. Our theme for this year’s conference is “In Libraries We Trust.”

Click Here to Register for this Event

Here are a few conference highlights:

  • Pre-conferences on topics such as cataloging with RDA and special format items, building relationships and mentoring opportunities with library staff, creating science activities with children’s books, improving presentation skills, developing advocacy relationships, and cultivating leadership strengths.
  • Keynotes from Fatima Doman, Founder and CEO of Authentic Strengths Advantage, and Lance Werner, Library Journal’s 2018 Librarian of the Year and 2020 ALA Presidential Candidate.
    • Fatima Doman’s keynote: “Thriving in Transition: Finding Strength in Change”
    • Lance Werner’s keynote: “Better Libraries and Stronger Communities Through Kindness, Empathy, and Love”
  • 6th Annual Silent Auction and Networking Social! Proceeds from the auction fund continuing education scholarships for ULA members. The social will be from 4-5pm on Thursday and will facilitate networking with library colleagues from around the state as well as opportunities to learn more about ULA roundtable and committee groups. Direct scholarship donations are accepted on the ULA website as well as the RegOnline website as you register.

If you are interested in applying for a scholarship to fund your attendance at the conference, applications can be submitted at: http://ula.org/scholarship-application/.

We hope to see you in Sandy in May!