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San Juan High School Library Fire – How You Can Help

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

San Juan High School Library Fire – How You Can Help

Many thanks to those who contacted the Utah Library Association to offer help for San Juan County High School following the recent fire that left the library destroyed. The care and concern all of you expressed in regard to this situation shows the wonderful giving nature of everyone involved in libraries.
I have spoken with Brett Jacobson, the San Juan School District Library Specialist. He expressed gratitude for the great outpouring of support they have received. Classes started Monday, November 26, utilizing temporary rooms. A makeshift library was set up in a hallway. They have 10 bookcases, 17 computers, and tables and chairs where students can study. Currently, they are stocking the shelves with popular items.
For those who would like to get involved, a book ‘wish list’ has been set up on Amazon.  Right now this is a good way to contribute, as school officials work to rebuild.  To find the ‘wish list’ you can link to a special Facebook page called the “San Juan High School Phoenix Project”.  The Phoenix Facebook Project shows the magnitude of the fire damage and provides regular status updates.
I am inspired by everyone’s spirit of giving. Thank you for your dedication to libraries.
Adriane Herrick Juarez
Utah Library Association President, 2012-2013

Joint Statement on e-book pricing

ULA has joined with other state chapters in signing on to a joint statement on e-book pricing. For details, see this American Libraries magazine article.

San Juan High School Library Fire

Monday, November 19, 2012

Dear Utah Library Community,
Many of you heard about the fire that destroyed the San Juan High School Library over the weekend. Two men have been arrested on suspicion of arson in relation to the incident. From what we understand, there is over $1 million dollars in damage and, of course, the community is shocked and dismayed.
As librarians, we are all deeply troubled by this news.  Our thoughts and well wishes go out to everyone affected by this tragedy. The loss of a library cuts at the heart of a community. My thanks to everyone who has contacted me to ask what can be done to help. Your spirit of caring is outstanding!
ULA received an email from a student today who wrote, “I’m a senior at San Juan High School in Blanding, Utah. Friday night my high school's library got set on fire, and is a total loss.  All the books, computers, printers, etc. were destroyed.” She was wondering if the ULA would be willing to donate or help in any way.
Knowing the broad generosity of Utah librarians, I feel comfortable answering this question with a sincere “yes”. I am working to contact the school to find out how we may be of assistance. As soon as I hear back from them, I will let you know the next steps we can take to help out with this situation.
Greatest thanks,
Adriane Herrick Juarez
Utah Library Association President, 2012-2013

Utah Library Association Statement on Intellectual Freedom

The Utah Library Association Executive Board has issued the following statement:
November 14, 2012

Utah Library Association Statement on Intellectual Freedom

The Utah Library Association supports Intellectual Freedom for libraries and librarians in all types of libraries, including academic libraries, school libraries, public libraries, and special libraries.  Books and other library resources should be provided for the interest, information, and enlightenment of all people of the community the library serves.  Libraries should challenge censorship in the fulfillment of their responsibility to provide information and enlightenment. ULA supports the American Library Association’s  “Freedom to Read Statement “, “Intellectual Freedom and Action Guide”,” Library Bill of Rights” and  “Access to Resources and Services in the School  Library.”
The Utah Library Association’s position on Intellectual Freedom is outlined in its Intellectual Freedom Manual (

The mission of the Utah Library Association is to serve the professional development and educational needs of its members and to provide leadership and direction in developing and improving library and information services in the state.

Wanda Mae Huffaker
Utah Library Association
Intellectual Freedom Committee Chair


November Continuing Education Opportunities

 November educational opportunities

RDA Cataloging Bee

If you are a cataloger and want to really understand RDA and using it for your organization, please come to the RDA Cataloging Bee to be held at BYU's Harold B. Lee Library November 12-16 2012.  

Register today:

National implementation of Resource Description and Access (RDA), the new cataloging rules, is right around the corner. Are you ready? Please come to a week long, hands on workshop on cataloging using RDA sponsored by the Utah State Library and Brigham Young University's Harold B. Lee Library.  The Lee Library participated in the National Test of RDA during 2010 and has adopted RDA as its cataloging standard. With more than two years experience cataloging using the code, the Library is well equipped to help others in Utah implement the new standard. The workshop will be from the ground up, so catalogers with any level of experience are welcome.
Audience: Catalogers from public, academic, and special libraries
Instructors: John Wright, head of general cataloging at the Lee Library; Robert L. Maxwell, author of Maxwell's Handbook for AACR2 (ALA 2004), and the forthcoming Maxwell's Handbook for RDA (ALA).
Required: RDA Toolkit. It will be provided at the workshop site, and a free 30 day trial is available. The State Library will pay for a 1 year subscription for attendees. Turn in your receipt within 60 days after the event to get reimbursed, maximum reimbursement: $325 per institution. Note: You must attend to qualify.
Bring: Some of your library's materials to practice cataloging with RDA
Mileage reimbursement: Available to those traveling over 50 miles one way, for those driving a personal vehicle. Sorry, no reimbursement to libraries.
Hotel: Marriott Courtyard Provo, 1600 N Freedom (200 West) Boulevard · Provo. 801-373-2222. Ask for the Utah State Library group rate of $78, before October 29, 2012

Advocacy Webinars:

The Power of Data

Presenter: Dr. Sandra Andrews
Thursday, November 15, 2012 | 7 p.m. EST/6 p.m. CST/5 p.m. MST/4 p.m. PST
Register Now
The Power of Data will explore the types of data available to school librarians and how the data can be used to support school library programs. Dr. Sandra Andrews will explore with participants a variety of datasets at the local, state, and national level that include information on schools and school libraries. Participants will have the opportunity to compare local data with national data to determine how data can help in making decisions at the school level. The concept of benchmarking will be explored and a demonstration of how benchmarking can be utilized will be explored. Topics will include using data for advocacy and communicating your needs and successes through the use of data.
Sandra Andrews, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in the department of library and information studies. She has worked as both a school librarian and a district media supervisor. Andrews has presented regionally and nationally on school library topics, including the use of standards, technology integration and benchmarking. She has written in the area of curriculum, technology integration and the use of data in developing exemplary programs. Sandra’s interests include hiking, camping, reading, knitting, and playing with her two extraordinary grandchildren. She currently lives with her husband in Concord, NC.
Note: Webinar is open  to AASL members and eCOLLAB subscribers only. Registrations will be accepted until 12:00pm on Wednesday, November 14. A seat in the webinar is guaranteed to the first 100 attendees. As a webinar registrant, you will receive follow-up correspondence from AASL.

November webinars from ALCTS

CHICAGO —RDA, holdings comparison and long-term storage are webinar topics coming to you in November from the Association for Library Collections & Technical Services (ALCTS).  Registration is easy.  Just click the title of your choice and sign up.
Nov. 7
RDA in 10 Easy Steps with Thomas Brenndorfer
Resource Description and Access (RDA) is the successor to the cataloging rules, AACR2. RDA completely revamps the structure of the cataloging instructions by closely following the entity-relationship model used to construct databases. However, as complex as these changes are, they can be reduced to 10 easy steps. Join in on a walkthrough of the new structure. A demonstration of how a simple book can be cataloged with RDA helps catalogers understand the new structure and makes it easier to navigate RDA and find related instructions for other resources.
Nov. 14
The Role of Long-Term Storage in Digital Curation with Laura Osterhout and Erin Rhodes
Introduces considerations for the long-term storage of digital content selected for preservation. This content must be stored in ways that align with good practice. The session addresses issues related to the development of storage management policies, including file formats for deposit and preservation, the preservation of multiple copies, the locations of those copies, the characteristics of those locations and the means for meeting long‐term storage requirements.
Nov. 28
Holdings Comparisons: Why are they so Complicated? with Amy Kirchoff
As librarians look for innovative and effective ways to collaborate and share resources, understanding holdings of partner libraries is imperative not only for resource sharing, but also for preservation purposes. How can libraries work together to compare their holdings as they think through issues of collection management and preservation? This webinar will discuss the challenges of comparing holdings and provide suggestions on how to understand the tools that are available to do this.

For more information on these webinars and all upcoming continuing education from ALCTS, visit

ALCTS is a division of the American Library Association.


ULA Newsletter seeks submissions!

Send your submissions to by November 15th.

ILEAD Program from Utah State Library

Dear Utah Librarians,
Utah librarians have a unique and exciting opportunity to participate in a leadership, technology, and collaboration initiative during 2013,  the inaugural year of ILEAD USA. Utah is fortunate to be working with five states that received a $470,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) for this project. We are working with the Illinois State Library, where the project began in 2010, Colorado, Iowa, and Ohio to create a program that will inspire you, challenge you, and encourage you to create innovative library services to meet the changing needs of your community.
We now have applications and more information is available at You can apply for the ILEAD USA workshops in one of the following areas:
Participants (8 teams of 5 people)
Mentors (1 mentor for each of the 8 teams)
Instructors (Instructors for each in-person session, plus additional webinar sessions between workshops)
Any library employee in Utah is welcome to apply. You will need your library's support because this will be a fairly intensive program. An advanced degree in Library Science is not required.
Applicants will form a team with four other librarians (a total of five) from schools, academic, public, and special libraries where you will apply to create a resource that will meet the needs of your collective communities. The catch? If your team is selected, you will create a plan, design the resource, and implement your ideas together as a team. You get to decide what and how, and ILEAD USA will provide tools, training, and an opportunity to make it happen. Through the grant, each team will also receive $1000 for equipment to help build and implement the resource.
If you are interested in forming a team, the State Library can facilitate that. Visit the ILEAD USA Utah Discussions Page to add your own information or look for others to be on your team!
During the 9-month workshop, keynote speakers include David Lankes, a Library Futurist from Syracuse University; Sari Feldman, Director of the Cuyahoga County Library in Ohio; George Needham, Longtime Library Strategist and Consultant; Eli Neiburger, Associate Director of Information Technology for the Ann Arbor District Library in Michigan; and other fantastic speakers to be named soon!
The workshops will take place in 2013, with in-person sessions at the Utah State Library on March 25-28; June 17-20; and October 21-24, 2013. During these sessions, you will have the opportunity to work with each other and with librarians across the state, have the chance to use new technologies, and be energized by the keynote speakers, local instructors, and by the ideas of librarians in four other states.
Please read the following description, or visit the ILEAD USA page on WebJunction Illinois for more information!
ILEAD USA is a competitive, application-only program, with applicants applying in teams of five members in Utah. One application packet is submitted for each team. A statewide Steering Committee will review the applicant pool and select teams for participation in the cohort cycle. Each team will be comprised of library staff members from Utah who are committed to fully participate in the nine-month program. Each project team consists of staff members from at least three different organizations. ILEAD USA participants remain with the five-member team throughout the program and are assigned a mentor who keeps participants motivated; offers expertise; and provides guidance and advice throughout the entire cohort cycle.
As part of the application process, ILEAD USA program cohort teams identify a single group project of the team’s design that will address at least one identified need within their communities of users. For example, a project could address and meet the needs of a community related to economic development. Teams use the skills and training acquired throughout the sessions to develop, implement, manage and evaluate the projects. In addition, within the application, each team member identifies a user or patron within the team member’s community who will serve as an advisor and a conduit for feedback about programs and services.

ILEAD USA does not take a “sink or swim” approach to continuing education; rather, it is learning by immersion--buoyed by instructors, by mentors and by the participating library staff who work collaboratively to match the assessed needs of their users with the appropriate technology tools.


We are grateful to be working with Utah's library associations and consortia. ILEAD USA has been endorsed by the Utah Library Association, the Utah Academic Library Consortium, and the Utah Educational Library Media Association.

The project will officially kick off on November 1 with a "National Day of Application," featuring a live webinar from 9-11 a.m. During the webinar, ILEAD USA project directors will answer any questions about how to complete the ILEAD USA application. Registration is encouraged but not required to take part in the "National Day of Application" webinar.  Register at

The live webinar will take place at  Log in as a guest with your name and state.  No password is needed.  If you wish to test the system prior to November 1, please contact Debra Aggertt at or 217-558-1945. If you do not have an audio connection via your computer for November 1, you may participate via conference call. Please call this conference call number:  888-494-4032, Access Code: 3886075450.

ILEAD USA is made possible by a Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program grant awarded to the State Library by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

We are looking forward to getting your application!

Matt McLain


Donna Jones Morris, State Librarian
Director, Utah State Library Division
250 N 1950 W, Suite A
Salt Lake City Ut  84116-7901
801-715-6770 (phone) 801-715-6767 (fax)
1-800-662-9150 (in-Utah-WATS)


Special Libraries Section and SLA Rocky Mountain Chapter Join together to sponsor a Fall Library Tour!

WHEN: Thursday, November 8, 2012 TIME: 3:00-5:00 pm (optional dinner immediately following)

WHERE: Meet at the Natural Resources Library (1594 W. North Temple). We will begin here and end at the State Library (250 North, 1950 West, Suite A)

DINNER: (Optional, “going dutch”) Those who would like to meet for dinner immediately following the tour will gather at the Red Iguana 2. (866 W. South Temple)

See attached flyer for full event and RSVP details.

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