Continuing Education

Welcome to the Continuing Education Page!
We hope you check this page for information about upcoming seminars and conferences our committee sponsors. We work to provide ULA members with continuing education opportunities throughout Utah.

Save the Date!

ULA Fall Workshop 2017

September 29th at the Park City Library in Park City, UT.

“Mining the Library Mother Lode”

Details coming soon!


“Libraries: Archway to the Future” 

ULA Fall Workshop

Grand County Library / Moab, Utah

30 September 2016

 Registration   9:30 – 10:00

Opening Session:  How to be an Advocate for Your Library

State Librarian Donna Jones Morris will describe the benefits libraries bring to their communities and ideas about how to ask for new funding or new resources. Highlights will include strategies from a former Utah legislator, selecting appropriate data and anecdotes to support funding requests.

Presenters: Donna Morris, Utah State Librarian, Utah State Library

This session will include a special recorded presentation by Julie Fisher, Executive Director Utah Department of Heritage and Arts, Former Utah State Representative from Davis County.

Breakout Sessions:

Social Media: Face(book) the facts                                                         

Social media is a great tool for connecting with library users and for marketing the many amazing resources and programs available from/at your library and within your community. Although social media accounts are easy to establish, they do require time and dedicated attention to maintain. This crash course on social media will equip you with simple tips for optimizing your social media presence and engagement on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram in a manner that is both time and cost effective.

Presenters: Liz Sollis, Marketing Manager, West Jordan Library, Salt Lake County Library Services; and Leslie Schow, Manager, Herriman Library, Salt Lake Country Library Services

What’s New with Utah Kids Ready to Read?                                                                      

This session introduces resources that “Utah Kids Ready to Read” has produced over the past year, and shares practical, hands-on tips for early literacy and family engagement. Directors, managers, and children’s librarians can catch up with “Utah Kids Ready to Read” by continuing the statewide conversation about increasing reading readiness through parent engagement.

Presenters: Heather Novotny, Children’s Outreach & Programming, Kearns Library, Salt Lake County Library Services; and Sharon Deeds, Youth Services Coordinator, Utah State Library Division

Lunch   Catered lunch by Sweet Cravings Bakery + Bistro.

Luncheon speaker

Roy D. Webb is the Multimedia Archivist at the Marriott Library at University of Utah. He is also “a veteran river runner and Utah historian who has authored five books on river running history in the American West.” He serves on the Board of Directors of the Utah Rivers Council. []

Breakout Sessions:  

Activate, Collaborate and Educate: Health Outreach and Programming in Your Community                                                                                                                                              

This presentation will provide an overview of ideas for how to conduct health information outreach and create health programs for libraries. Participants will learn how to integrate resources from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and other reputable agencies to introduce community members in fun and engaging ways. Examples of programs for children, teens, adults and/or seniors using NLM and other National Institutes of Health center and office resources will be shared.

Presenters: John Bramble, Technology Coordinator, Eccles Health Sciences Library, University of Utah; and Claire Hamasu, Associate Director, Eccles Health Sciences Library, University of Utah

Graphic Novels & Manga: An Update in Kids, Tweens, and Teen Titles                  

Learn more about Japanese manga and American graphic novels for kids, tweens, and teens. This “comic-book” format (not genre) has been exploding in popularity as books, designed directly for these younger age groups, have become more readily available. We’ll take a look at the hottest kids and teens titles of 2016, and review a few past favorites that should not be missed.

Presenter: Tina Bartholoma, Youth Services Librarian, West Valley Library, Salt Lake County Library System

It’s All Branding                                                                                                               

Your library’s brand is your promise to the community, and everything you do (and many things you don’t have any control over) influence your users’ perception of that brand. In this session the presenter will provide a basic branding education: what it is, why it’s important, and what you can do to make your best promise to your community and deliver on it with everything you do.

Presenter: Andrew Shaw, Communications Manager, Salt Lake City Public Library

Archway to Service: The Utah State Library                                                        

Grants, continuing education credits, traveling workshops, oh my! The Utah State Library is the one-stop shop for public libraries across the state. Come find out more about what the Utah State Library can offer you and tell us what you would like to see in the future.

Presenter: Jessica Whetman, Training Coordinator, Utah State Library
Early registration online will be available. On-site registration begins at 9:00 am on the 30th. Lunch and refreshments are included with your registration fee. $20 for early registration; $25 for same-day registration.

To represent ULA on continuing education issues in Utah; to coordinate with the Utah State Library Division in implementing the continuing education directives of the Statewide Advisory Committee on Library and Information Services; to recommend to the Board of Directors specific proposals for association support and expenditures for continuing education opportunities for ULA members; to foster continuing education involvement by ULA members at the annual conference and at least one regional workshop; and to prepare and administer periodic needs assessment surveys.

We have an archive of past events we have sponsored and handouts related to presentations we have made.  Please follow this link for more information.
We have pictures from our last Fall Conference in Utah State’s Merrill-Cazier library! See them in the file list below.

The committee should consist of a chairperson appointed by the vice- president/president-elect of ULA, the Continuing Education Coordinator of the Utah State Library Division will be invited to serve as an ex officio member, and at least five additional members representing as many types of libraries as possible.

Current Officers:

Co-Chair – Valerie Buck Title: Rare Books/Literature Cataloger, BYU Email: Phone: 801-422-4477

Co-Chair – Erin Morris Title: Manager, Day-Riverside Branch, Salt Lake City Public Library Email: Phone: 801-594-8630

Members: Connie Lamb Title: Social Sciences Librarian, BYU Phone: 801-422-6196


Sue Hill Title: Director, Brigham City Library Email:; Phone: 435-723-5850

Safi S.M. Safiullah Title: Manager, Browsing Library & Welcome Desk, Salt Lake City Public Library Email: Phone: 801-322-8121


Richard Daines Title: Director, South City Campus Library, Salt Lake Community College Email: Phone: 801-957-3385

Jessica Whetman (State Library Liaison) Title: Training Coordinator, Utah State Library Email: Phone: 801-715-6762


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