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!

ULA writes letter of support for increased federal funding for LSTA “Grants to States” program

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:


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.


Rebekah Cummings

Utah Library Association, President