ULA Program Submissions

Dear Utah Library Association Member,

Program Submissions for the Utah Library Association 2018 Annual Conference are open from now until midnight on October 31st. Click here to submit a program or here to see the information needed to submit a program. The 2018 conference will be held at the Utah Valley Convention Center in Provo, Utah from May 16th-18th. This year’s theme is Level Up.

Please consider sharing your expertise with your colleagues from around the state by submitting a conference program proposal. We are looking for programs of a variety of lengths (Pre-Conference – 3 hours, Speaker/Panel Session – 50 minutes, Speaker/Panel Session – 20 minutes or Lightning Talk – 10 minutes) and on any topic applicable to libraries. Last year’s attendees expressed particular interest in more programs on the following topics:

  • Adult or Senior Citizen Programming
  • Author Sessions
  • Collection Development
  • Digitization
  • Fundraising
  • Intellectual Freedom
  • Leadership
  • LGBTQ & Diversity
  • Marketing
  • Staff Training & Development
  • Special Collections
  • Technical Services

Extra consideration will be given to programs covering the topics listed above, however all submissions will be considered.

I am looking forward to seeing another great crop of submissions from a great group of people.


Patrick Hoecherl, Program Board Chair: phoecherl@slcpl.org

Extending the Learning – ULA Conference 2017

As the trainer for the Salt Lake City Public Library system, I love conferences. They are a great place to learn, grow and meet new friends. One dilemma I always face though, is how do you transfer what you learned at the conference into daily practice? And how can you share the information gained across the organization? At SLCPL my solution has been to encourage our staff to present a “spark talk.” A spark talk is a short (4-6 minute) recorded presentation summarizing one great session they attended. The spark talk helps the presenter gain a deeper understanding of the topic, because it requires that they spend time reviewing their notes and further researching the topic. In addition to sharing knowledge with colleagues, the videos also serve as a call to action to anyone else at the library with interests in the topic. But why describe Spark Talks when I can just share examples? Here are two that cover some of the great session from this year’s conference.

Allied at the Library

Book a Librarian

Shout out to Michael Cox, Spring Lavallee and Salvador Oregon who were the original presenters of Allied at the Library at the ULA conference and also to Dory Cochran and Alex Sundt who presented Book a Librarian 2.0. Thanks to all of you for inspiring us!

ULA Conference 2017 – So Many Adventures, Which One Will You Choose?

Don’t miss out on the adventure, ULA Conference early registration ends on Monday, April 10th at midnight.

Follow this link to see the excellent pre-conference and session choices ULA 2017 offers.

You can also explore the program on sched.com (the schedule is public; if you would like to mark sessions you are attending, you will have to sign up for a free account or use your account info from last year).

Questions? Contact Jessica Breiman at jessica.breiman@utah.edu or Tommy Hamby at thamby@slcpl.org