ULA at Utah Nonprofits Association Day on the Hill

ULA Members and the Utah Legislative Committee met for UNA day on the State Capitol to support Utah Libraries and Librarians.

Upcoming ULA Conferences and Locations

Utah Valley Convention Ctr. 5/1-5/3/2013
South Towne Expo/Sandy April 30-May 2, 2014
Dixie Center/St. George May 13-15, 2015
Davis Conf. Ctr/Layton May 4 - May 6, 2016

ULA Membership Incentives winners

For January ULA was running a special drawing for new and renewing memberships. The winners (determined by random number drawing) are:
Free 2013 Conference Registration: Pat Tompkins, Utah State Library
Free 2014 ULA Membership: Jessica Quarles, Emporia State Student
25$ Giftcard to a bookstore of your choosing: Jennifer Van Wagoner,Davis County Library
Congrats and thanks to everybody who has renewed their memberships so far! If you haven't renewed yet, please visit our memberships page to renew. ULA memberships run on the calendar year, so if you have not yet renewed your membership in January or this month, your membership is currently expired.

Feb ULA Newsletter Now Available

Check out the latest issue of the ULA Newsletter!

ULA Newsletter now taking submissions

We are taking submissions for the ULA Newsletter. Please send all submissions to ulasubmissions@gmail.com by February 5th! Thank you in advance for your contributions!

Upcoming Webinars from ALA Sections

LITA Courses
LITA offering two Web courses in February

CHICAGO — LITA is making available two Web Courses in February: Getting Started with GIS, presented by Eva Dodsworth, geospatial data services librarian at the University of Waterloo Map Library and Inclusive Gigabit Libraries, presented by Jon Gant, director of the Center for Digital Inclusion at University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

Modeled on Eva Dodsworth's LITA Guide of the same name, Getting Started with GIS will provide participants with an introduction to the both online and desktop GIS currently being used by library administrators, librarians, library support staff and library users. The three week course will run Feb. 11 - March 4 and will consist of weekly asynchronous lectures and modules in Moodle. Participants will learn firsthand how to create online maps; how to properly use maps in library Web pages; how to embed GIS technology into library projects; and how to enjoy GIS and mapping technologies in personal endeavors. Students will be exposed to many online resources that are currently being used by public, academic and special libraries across North America. No previous mapping or GIS experience is necessary.

Inclusive Gigabit Libraries will help libraries identify ways to lead in building next-generation Internet applications and services designed to operate on ultra-fast broadband networks that several communities are already building. Consisting of two, two-hour live lectures, held noon - 2 p.m. CST on Feb. 21 and 22, participants will learn what gigabit networks are and how they work in accessible terms, identify strategies to leverage networks for new library services and opportunities based on case studies and develop general concepts that would help apply the strategies in other contexts.

For registration and additional information on both courses, visit: www.ala.org/lita/learning/online

Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) members are information technology professionals dedicated to educating, serving, and reaching out to the entire library and information community. LITA is a division of the American Library Association.

AASL webinar helps prepare school librarians for performance evaluations

CHICAGO —Writer Patricia Owen will discuss the American Association of School Librarians’ (AASL), newest publication “A 21st-Century Approach to School Librarian Evaluation” in a webinar of the same name taking place at 6 p.m. Central time on Jan. 31, 2013. During the webinar, Owen will walk participants through the workbook’s suggested readings, action tips, and evidence collection to help school librarians engage in rigorous self-evaluation and to shape school administrator evaluations. To register, visit www.ala.org/aasl/ecollab/upcoming.

Sweater Vests for Intellectual Freedom

Remember this Sunday is ALA Office of Intellectual Freedom “Sweater Vest Sunday” It is the beginning of a campaign for awareness of reporting challenges to library materials. Besides making a terrific fashion statement it supports the Freedom to Read. The Utah Library Association invites all librarians - and all fans of intellectual freedom - in Utah to wear a sweater vest on Sunday. (Sweaters are ok in a pinch. Bow ties are optional, as are eyeglasses) The point is to be aware and spread the word about reporting ALL challenges.

For more information, please see the announcement on the OIF Blog:

And a Sweater Vest Sunday Q and A:

Participants who submit a picture of themselves will be entered to win a Kindle Fire. Send pictures to:


ULA Conference Registration is now open

Visit the conference site for full details.

Sweater vests and the challenge reporting campaign

OIF designates Jan. 27, 2013 as 'Sweater Vest Sunday' to support intellectual freedom.
ALA Midwinter viral campaign encourages reporting of challenges to library materials. All fans of intellectual freedom – can take a stand for the freedom to read (and for fashion!) by participating in Sweater Vest Sunday! All day on Sunday, January 27, 2013, help spread the word about the importance of reporting challenges to library materials by wearing a sweater vest to your meetings, lunches, programs, and special events.

On site in Seattle, ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) staff and volunteers will be passing out stickers and postcards to Midwinter attendees. And at 2:45 p.m. at the ALA Member Pavilion (booth 1650) on the exhibit floor, everyone is invited to a group photo of librarians showing off their sweater vests!

Burning questions:

What about regular sweaters? Regular sweaters are okay in a pinch. The important thing, after all, is to spread the word about reporting challenges. Midwinter attendees who choose to wear a regular sweater can pick up an “It’s Everybody’s Job” sticker at the ALA Pavilion on the exhibit floor.

What about bow ties? Bow ties are optional. As are eyeglasses.

Those unable to attend Midwinter are encouraged to participate virtually by tweeting photos of themselves in sweater vests to @oif http://www.twitter.com/oif using the#sweatervestsunday and #alamw13 hashtags, adding photos to the ALA Midwinter 2013 Flickr stream, http://www.flickr.com/photos/ala_members/sets/72157632478751809/, pinning a Challenge Reporting Campaign poster, http://www.ala.org/advocacy/banned/challengeslibrarymaterials/challenger... on Pinterest, and “attending” the Sweater Vest Sunday Facebook event https://www.facebook.com/events/144174662404752/
For more information, please visit www.ala.org/challengereporting

January Webinars

Start January off right with a stress management webinar from PLA

CHICAGO — With tighter budgets, smaller staffs and ever-changing technology, working in a public library is not for the faint hearted, so it’s important to keep both heart and mind healthy. Make a commitment this January, when you join PLA and instructor Pat Wagner, partner and trainer, Pattern Research Inc., Denver, Colo., at 1 p.m. CST, Jan. 23, for a live, one-hour webinar, “The Thinking Person’s Guide to Stress Management.”

Wagner will share a successful stress management plan that includes four main strategies: preparing for a stressful event or day; finding respite to re-energize during the workday; repairing the physical and emotional damage during and after difficult times; and preventing unhealthy stress with better choices. She’ll offer ideas to customize these strategies for both home and work and for both self and group.

Registration for “The Thinking Person’s Guide to Stress Management” costs $28 (PLA Members), $31.50 (ALA Members) and $35 (Nonmembers). Groups of any size can register for individual webinars for $129.

For more information about PLA, contact the PLA office at (800) 545-2433, ext. 5PLA, or visit PLA’s website at www.pla.org. PLA is a division of the American Library Association. PLA’s core purpose is to strengthen public libraries and their contribution to the communities they serve. Its mission is to enhance the development and effectiveness of public library staff and public library services.

Be calm, cool, and collected when implementing the common core with an online course from AASL

CHICAGO — Register now for the new American Association of School Librarians (AASL) e-Academy course, Common Core: Moving from Complex to Calm, Cool, and Collected. This four-week, self-paced course facilitated by Paige Jaeger will run from Feb. 4 – March 1, 2013. Registration and course information are available on the AASL e-Academy page.

During the course, participants will be guided through how and why inquiry-based instruction supports the CCSS and will learn how to repackage current research projects into Common Core State Standard (CCSS) aligned research endeavors that foster higher level thought. Jaeger will also lead participants through locating and evaluating rich text for alignment with CCSS curriculum. Participants will leave the course with strategies to reach out to classroom teachers for CCSS integration and be able to seize opportunities to become the building leader for delivering a CCSS-aligned unit of instruction.

Paige Jaeger is the coordinator for school library services at WSWHE BOCES in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., which serves 84 libraries. Jaeger spent a dozen years as an elementary and secondary school librarian and has written numerous articles for professional journals, magazines and newspapers. Jaeger believes librarians are a vital link to fostering higher level thought and creativity in our thought-stunted generation.

AASLe-Academy courses are led in Moodle, a Web-based online learning system that attendees access from their browser. Each course is designed with the busy school librarian in mind - participants can complete coursework at a time that is most convenient for them.

AASL e-Academy courses are designed to give participants 12 hours of learning led by experts in the school library field. Detailed descriptions of available courses and registration information are available on the AASL e-Academy pages. Fees are $99 for AASL members; $149 for ALA members; $225 for nonmembers; $99 for retired AASL members; and $75 for student AASL members.

The American Association of School Librarians, a division of the American Library Association (ALA), promotes the improvement and extension of library services in elementary and secondary schools as a means of strengthening the total education program. Its mission is to advocate excellence, facilitate change and develop leaders in the school library field.

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