Utah Library Association Statement on Exhibits

The Utah Library Association (ULA) has received numerous messages regarding a recent article published in the St. George Spectrum & Daily News titled “Southern Utah Library workers told to remove buttons, displays featuring LGBTQ-themed materials” by David DeMille. In light of renewed questions and concerns over library exhibit policies, ULA reiterates our commitment to the American Library Association (ALA) Library Bill of Rights, which states “Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.”

ULA upholds our fundamental professional value of equity, diversity, and inclusion and the belief that communities are best served when a variety of viewpoints and voices are represented in our collections and exhibits. ULA recognizes the importance of having a collection development policy that includes a process for responding to challenges to our materials, exhibits, and use of space. We will continue to work with our members to develop library policies regarding exhibits and intellectual freedom challenges and welcome any feedback you have on these issues.

Rebekah Cummings, ULA President

Dan Compton, Past President

Vern Waters, ULA President-Elect

Wanda Huffaker, Chair, ULA Intellectual Freedom Committee



Call for Submissions: ULA Fall Workshop Session Proposals


The annual ULA Fall Workshop will be September 28, 2018 in Richfield, UT. The theme is “Enriching Your Library Services in Richfield.” Sessions will be 60 minutes long. Please provide the following information regarding your proposal in an email to Erin Morris (emorris@slcpl.org) by July 23, 2018.


  • Name
  • Library
  • Email
  • Phone

Intended Audience:

  • Academic
  • General
  • Public
  • School
  • Special

Working Title for Program:

Program Description (50-150 words):

Please note popular workshop program topics include Marketing/Advocacy, Professional/Staff Development, Serving Youth and Children, Technology and tools.

If your proposal is accepted, please understand and agree to the following:

  • You must be able to travel to Richfield, UT to present.
  • You must provide your own devices and connection cables for your presentation.
  • ULA does not pay honorariums or reimbursement for travel expenses.

Thanks for a Great Conference

We had a great conference Leveling Up. Thanks to those who helped with planning, those who presented, and those who attended!

If you have slides from a presentation that you would like posted to the website, please send them to Emily Darowski, emily_darowski@byu.edu.

Are you Ready to Level Up?

We are just days away from joining together in Provo for the 2018 ULA Annual Conference. Below, you’ll find a summary of key details that will make sure you are fully prepared to Level Up!

Conference Information

Conference Highlights

  • Four Keynotes: Kris Boesch, Miguel Figueroa, Roger Altizer, Ally Condie
  • Silent Auction & Networking Social: Closing Session on Thursday at 4pm
    • There will be a short keynote, bidding on silent auction items, and fun ways to network and learn about ULA roundtables & committees
  • Friday Raffle Prize Drawing for a Nintendo Switch
    • Right after the last session on Friday at 4:30, we’ll draw for this awesome prize. Must be present to win. Tickets can be earned at the silent auction and networking social on Thursday and by attending the last Friday session.
  • 2nd Annual Career Services Booth: visit booth # to learn how to ramp up your career
  • 2nd Annual Vendor Showcase: come learn about various vendors in a lightning talk format.
  • Book Drive: Instead of a blood drive, we’re trying out a book drive this year. Please look at the linked flier to see if you might be able to donate.

The Conference Planning Committee

Silent Auction: 10 More Donations Needed

To meet the number of donations from last year, we need about 10 more donations.
Please consider contributing an individual donation or combining with colleagues to make a donation. In the past, donations have ranged from goodies baskets, signed books, gift cards, local merchandise, artwork and more.

All proceeds from the Silent Auction go directly into the ULA Scholarship Fund. These scholarships enable recipients to attend professional development opportunities like the ULA conference, the Association of Rural and Small Libraries Conference, and more!

If you plan to donate something, see the instructions below.

Donation Instructions:

  • Email Emily Darowski (emily_darowski@byu.edu) or Sydney Biggs (sydney_biggs@byu.edu)  with the following information about your donation: name and email of donor, name of donation (e.g., Level Up Your Reading Shelf), description of donation, and value of item.
  • Bring your auction item(s) ready to go (baskets, ribbons, cellophane, etc.) to the conference registration tables no later than Thursday, May 17th at 10am. If you won’t be attending the conference, consider sending items with colleagues who will be attending or contact the silent auction committee to coordinate pickup.
  • All donations are tax deductible; make sure to request receipts from the silent auction committee.

Plan to attend the silent auction and social at the annual conference on Thursday, May 17, 4pm.

This year, the ULA Silent Auction and Networking Social was shifted earlier to 4pm on Thursday, May 17th. We’ve changed things up to make this the closing session of the day with a short keynote and improved networking opportunities. We really want everyone to be able to come and enjoy this time to reconnect.

Donating items and/or bidding during the silent auction is great way to support the ULA organization and our librarians.