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UEN-TV (Channel 9) Broadcast of Beyond Standing Rock ( Thursday, April 20, 2017 9:00 PM MT)

Beyond Standing Rock is a new documentary that shines a spotlight on the conflict surrounding the Dakota Access pipeline and the struggle for Native American sovereignty. Over the course of this past fall, dramatic confrontations between Native American protesters and riot-clad law enforcement were seen worldwide. The protests became a symbol for Native Americans’ fight for sovereignty and self-determination over its own lands and resources. The documentary digs in deep behind those headlines, into the tug-of-war between climate activists and the need for energy infrastructure, between Native American tribes and the U.S. government, reopening old wounds from broken treaties and a brutal history. From plans to overturn national monuments designations to legislation to fast-track energy infrastructure on Indian lands, there is a great deal at stake for the oil and gas industry, for tribal leaders and for local citizens with the transfer of power in the White House. http://www.BeyondStandingRock.org



Beyond the Welcome Sign: Tailoring Immigrant Services for Success (WebJunction)
Thursday, May 11, 2017  |  1:00 PM–2:00 PM Mountain Time
There is much more to supporting immigrants and refugees than hanging out a “welcome” sign at your library. Successful programs and services are specifically tailored to meet the needs of the range of populations who may come through your doors. Hear from Movers & Shakers who work with communities to empower vulnerable and often underserved populations with a sense of belonging and self-reliance. Learn innovative approaches to identifying and celebrating immigrant leaders; how to foster networking between native-born and newcomer populations and between immigrant groups of varying national origins; how to highlight immigrant-positive narratives; and more. You’ll be sure to find practical ideas among the multi-pronged strategies that these librarians have used to ensure that new immigrants really do feel welcomed by the library and the community. Presented by: Will Chan, Program Administrator, New Americans Project, Denver Public Library (soon to be Economic Programs Manager, City and County of Denver), and 2016 Mover & Shaker; and Sophie Maier, Immigrant Services Librarian, Louisville Free Public Library, and 2017 Mover & Shaker.


ACRL Diversity Alliance
The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) announced the launch of the ACRL Diversity Alliance to unite academic libraries who share a commitment to increase the hiring pipeline of qualified, talented individuals from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups.

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Officers 2016-2017

  • Chair: Heather Novotny, The Joanne and Richard McGillis School
  • Vice-Chair: Susan Spicer, Salt Lake County Library Services
  • Secretary: Vern Waters, Salt Lake County Library Services
  • Webmaster: Juan Tomás Lee, Utah State Library Division
  • Members-at-large:
    • Safi Safiullah, Salt Lake City Public Library
    • Erica Lake, Hope Fox Eccles Health Library / Spencer S. Eccles Health Sciences Library, University of Utah
    • Dale Monobe, School of Library & Information Management, Emporia State University

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