Utah Library Day on the Hill – Feb. 12, 2020

Our libraries receive funding from our local, state, and national representatives. Yet sometimes as a profession we struggle to do a great job building relationships with our representatives, lining up our priorities, asking for additional funding, and positioning ourselves as leaders on key issues like net neutrality. Utah Library Association is trying to build infrastructure to better meet this need. One of the efforts in this plan is active participation in the annual Library Day on the Hill alongside other partnering library organizations including the Utah State Library, the Utah Academic Library Consortium, and the Utah Educational Library Media Association. We will be hosting tables in the capitol rotunda and setting up meetings with state legislators for you, their constituents, to advocate for your library. We will be making a coordinated effort this year to ask specifically for $270,000 to be allocated to Utah Education Telehealth Network to help rural libraries and schools pay for reliable broadband Internet. This will make up the difference eRate discounts leave that those libraries and schools can’t pay.

This Library Day on the Hill will be:
February 12, 2020
7 AM – 10 AM
Utah State Capitol

Advocacy may sound like a political activity–but it’s fundamentally about making our passion for the work we do, and our transformational impact on the community, more visible. We invite ULA members to come be part of this unified effort on behalf of all our libraries! Please direct questions about Library Day on the Hill to rebekah.cummings@utah.edu

Utah Library Association (ULA) Supports Passage of Question #1 to Fund School Libraries and Public Education

The Board of the Utah Library Association voted on September 21st to join Our Schools Now, the Utah Education Association (UAE), and the Utah PTA in urging members and supporters to vote “For” on Question #1, which will be on the ballot in November’s election.

Should Question #1 pass, the Legislature has agreed to enact the Teacher and Student Success Act which levies a 10 cent tax on motor fuels that would raise over $100 million dollars for education. School librarians are specifically named in the proposal, and school library programs would directly benefit from this new funding. This is a unique, important, and high-impact way to address deficiencies in education funding in Utah, and improve student achievement through better school library programs across the state.

As the largest library organization in the state, ULA is dedicated to fostering academic and economic success for all Utahns by providing leadership and direction in developing and improving library and information services across the state. The ULA Board’s vote to support Question #1 reflects the organization’s deep commitment to the value of school libraries and the recognition that numerous studies have shown that School Library Media Specialists play a key role in the academic success of Utah students. See: www.lrs.org/data-tools/school-libraries/

The ULA Board believes that their vote of support will send a clear message to legislators, partners, and voters that full funding for education, school libraries, and school media specialists is the best way to support the success of our children and foster a strong economic future for all Utahns. We are encouraging our members and librarians across the state to take the Pledge to Vote for Question #1 at http://www.saveschoollibrarians.org/votefor1.

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