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.
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.”
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!
Last Friday, November 9, ULA President Rebekah Cummings wrote the following letter of support for increasing funding to $1 per capita for LSTA.
Dear Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA),
I write today on behalf of the Utah Library Association (ULA) in support of increasing funding to $1 per capita for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Grants to States program. IMLS/LSTA programs have had a tremendous impact on Utah residents through funding programs that support early digital literacy (WeeLearn), expanded book delivery for at-risk children (Community Collections and Connections), and leadership and technology training for Utah librarians (ILEAD USA). LSTA funding strengthens Utah libraries and communities by providing critical services and resources. Therefore, the Utah Library Association supports the following resolution:
RESOLUTION TO SUPPORT INCREASED FEDERAL FUNDING FOR LIBRARIES
WHEREAS, the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA) have started a “One Dollar Per Capita” campaign to increase funding for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Grants to States Program; and
WHEREAS, one dollar per capita represents a doubling of current funding for the Grants to States program. The current funding for Grants to States is $164 million. COSLA proposes to increase that funding level to $325 million. Funding for Grants to States has remained essentially flat for more than 20 years despite rising costs to state library agencies and local libraries; and
WHEREAS, Utah libraries have greatly benefited from LSTA funding and an increased federal investment in libraries would support lifelong learning, early literacy, economic growth and workforce development, services to veterans, community sustainability, and many other programs that grow communities and enrich the lives of persons of all ages here in Utah;
BE IT RESOLVED that the Utah Library Association supports COSLA’s “One Dollar Per Capita” campaign to increase funding for the Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) Grants to States Program and will encourage Utah’s Congressional Delegation to support this investment in the state’s and nation’s libraries.
Utah Library Association, President
Save the Date!
The 2019 ULA Conference will be held May 15th-17th, 2019 at the Mountain America Expo Center in Sandy, UT.
For your information, the 2018 ULA Conference Survey Report is now available to view online.
In late September, the Utah Education and Telehealth Network (UETN) shut off access to the Ebsco databases for K-12 Utah students after receiving and investigating complaints about inappropriate content in the Ebsco database. On October 1, the UETN Board voted 6-1 to retain the ban on Ebsco pending further investigation.
Over the past three weeks, ULA has partnered with UELMA, EveryLibrary, UEA, and ALA to advocate that UEN restore access to Ebsco. ULA and EveryLibrary created an online petition that generated nearly 7,000 emails to members of the UETN Board, and an additional push through ALA Engage this week generated 550 more emails. Peter Bromberg, ULA Advocacy Chair and Elaine Shelburne, a UELMA representative and librarian at Bonneville High School, were interviewed on KRCL 90.9 Radioactive Wednesday night encouraging Utah residents to attend the UETN Board meeting today where the Board would vote on whether to restore access to Ebsco.
This morning, the UETN Board voted unanimously to immediately restore access to Ebsco for K-12 students. Several library representatives from ULA and UELMA made public comment and State Librarian Colleen Eggett spoke in support of restoring access to Ebsco. The motion to restore Ebsco was passed with the caveat that should UEN receive future complaints, UEN staff will immediately verify the legitimacy of the complaint and work with Ebsco to block the offending item. If the verified offending content can’t be blocked, UEN will again shut down access to the whole database. To mitigate the risk of Utah students again losing access to Ebsco, ULA will follow up with UEN to make sure they are aware of the granular administrative control that can be exercised over Ebsco content.
The Utah Library Association wishes to thank our membership for their support of Utah students and intellectual freedom. Your actions through signing petitions, commenting on UEN’s website, and making public comment at the UETN board meeting helped raise awareness and garner support for a critical information resource that keeps Utah students informed and academically competitive. We also want to thank EveryLibrary, UELMA, UEA, and ALA for partnering with us to restore Ebsco. Lastly, thank you to the UETN Board for making sure Utah students have continued access to high-quality, safe, and scholarly resources.
Rebekah Cummings, Utah Library Association, President
Peter Bromberg, Utah Library Association, Advocacy Chair