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ULA 2022 Election Results
ULA 2022 Election Results

Thank you very much to so many of you for voting in our annual elections! It does matter, and the races were very competitive this year with exceptional candidates. The ULA Board expresses their appreciation for each of them and their willingness to run.

Incoming 2022-2023 Chairs are also listed below along with those just elected as Vice-Chair/Chair-Elects. It is our pleasure to congratulate and declare the following candidates elected to the following offices and ULA Bylaws amendments approved:

ULA President-Elect: Patrick Hoecherl, SLC Public Library

ULA Board Member-at-Large: Angela Edwards, Wasatch Library

ULA Board Member-at-Large: Hiroko Hashitani, U of U

Academic Section

  • Chair: Diana Meiser, Weber State University
  • Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect: Paul Robbins, Brigham Young University
  • Member-at-Large: Nena Schvanavelt, University of Utah
  • Member-at-Large: Catherine Soehner, University of Utah

Public Section

  • Chair: Erin Warnick, American Fork Library
  • Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect: Casandria Crane, American Fork Library

Special Section

  • Chair: Karen Newmeyer, Rocky Mountain University
  • Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect: NO CANDIDATE

ULA Bylaws Amendments

  • Article 1. ULA Bylaws Mission Revision - PASSED (87.2%)
  • Article 5.C.; Article 6.B.4.;L.; Article 7.A.;B.; Article 9.C.2,; Article 14.B.3.a. - Dissolution of the School Section; Reinstatement of UELMA Liaison; ULA Voting Board reduced to 14 votes - PASSED (97.8%)
  • Article 10.D. - Program Funding Request Clarification - PASSED (99.1%)

Archives, Manuscripts, & Special Collections Roundtable

  • Chair: Kathleen Broeder, Dixie State University
  • Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect: Bryan Hull, University of Utah

Assessment Roundtable

  • Chair: Molly Cozzens, Salt Lake County Library
  • Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect: Heidi Fendrick, Utah State Library Division
  • Member-at-Large: Ambra Gagliardi, University of Utah
  • Member-at-Large: Lindsey Memory, Brigham Young University
  • Member-at-Large: Cristina M. Reyes, Utah State Library Division

Business Roundtable

  • Chair: Zach Allred, Salt Lake Community College
  • Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect: Brandon Bowen, Ensign College
  • Member-at-Large: Leticia Camacho, Brigham Young University
  • Member-at-Large: Alex Sundt, Utah State University
  • Member-at-Large: Ben Wilson, Utah Valley University

Copyright Education Roundtable

  • Chair: Dave Pixton, Brigham Young University
  • ice-Chair/Chair-Elect: Ann Richins, Salt Lake Community College
  • Member-at-Large: Becky Loveridge, Family History Library

Diversity Services Roundtable

  • Chair: Diana Castro, Salt Lake City Public Library
  • Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect: Karen Liu, Utah State Library Division
  • Member-at-Large: David Bird, Salt Lake County Library
  • Member-at-Large: Teirza Kupka, Orem Public Library
  • Member-at-Large: Cristina Reyes, Utah State Library Division

Genealogy Roundtable

  • Chair: Jeremy Myntti, University of Utah
  • Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect: Matt Armstrong, Brigham Young University
  • Member-at-Large: Katie Althoff-Hall, Family History Library
  • Member-at-Large: Joe Everett, Brigham Young University

Government Documents Roundtable

  • Chair: Shane Wallace, University of Utah
  • Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect: Jen Kirk, Utah State University

Health Roundtable

  • Chair: James Heiner, Provo
  • Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect: Meg Frost, Brigham Young University

Library Administration and Management Roundtable

  • Chair: Casandria Crane, American Fork Library
  • Vice-Chair (Not Chair-Elect): Juan Lee, Wasatch County Library

Library Instruction Roundtable

  • Chair: Ernesto Hernandez Jr., Weber State University
  • Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect: Jessica Green, Brigham Young University
  • Member-at-Large: Ashley Bassett, Intermountain Health Care
  • Member-at-Large: Anne Diekema, Southern Utah University
  • Member-at-Large: Katherine Paterson, Utah Valley University

Library Paraprofessional and Support Staff Roundtable

  • Chair: Abigail Brisson, Provo
  • Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect: Kara VanderLinden, Salt Lake County Library
  • Member-at-Large: Melanie Petersen, Duchesne County Library

New Perspectives Roundtable

  • Chair: Nathan Robison, Orem Public Library
  • Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect: Maggie Marchant, Brigham Young University

Outreach and Community Engagement Roundtable

  • Chair: Trevor Alvord, Brigham Young University
  • Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect: Cindy Brightenburg, Brigham Young University
  • Member-at-Large: Pat Huff, Huff Paralegal
  • Member-at-Large: Dainan Skeem, Brigham Young University

Reference and Adult Services Roundtable

  • Chair: Jamie Bartlett, Orem Public Library
  • Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect: Deanna Simonis, Salt Lake County Library
  • Member-at-Large: David Bird, Salt Lake County Library
  • Member-at-Large: Cynthia Lopez, Manti Public Library

Rural & Small Libraries Roundtable

  • Chair: Rachel Cook, Utah State Library Division
  • Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect: Emily Coltrin, Hyrum City Library

Technical Services Roundtable

  • Co-Chair: Tammy Buehler, Southern Utah University
  • Co-Chair: Christopher Clark, Southern Utah University
  • Co-Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect: Abby Beazer, Brigham Young UniversityCo-Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect:
  • Julia Pehrson, Murray City Library

Youth Services Roundtable

  • Chair: Gloria Larsen, Washington County Library
  • Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect: Katrina Kmak, Park City Library

Thank you again to all our candidates and for all who voted!

Daniel Mauchley ULA Past President Nominating Committee Chair 2021-2022

 
Statement on Censorship of Pride Display at Orem Public Library
Statement on Censorship of Pride Display at Orem Public Library

The Utah Library Association became aware of a censorship issue at Orem Public Library through social media posts on May 29 which stated that the Orem City Council is forbidding the library from doing any displays in the children’s area related to Pride Month in Utah. The library director has indicated that in spite of the positive reception and thankful comments from parents last year, there will not be a Pride display in the Children’s wing this year, and instead there will be a single display in another location in the Library away from the children’s area. In the interest of serving all members of the community, library staff have wide latitude to create or not create displays, and to decide where to locate them. However, it is unacceptable, and a possible infringement of citizen’s first amendment rights, when politicians intervene and direct staff to eliminate planned displays or have them moved to a less frequented area of the library because those politicians do not like the topic or viewpoint being expressed. Moving a children’s book display to the adult section where materials may not be age appropriate for children is problematic because it actually increases the likelihood of exposing children to material that is unsuitable for their age and makes the materials less accessible for families and harder to discover. It is important to note that Pride Month is a nonpartisan observance and recognition of the fight by LGBTQ+ Americans to have their rights as American citizens fully recognized under the law. In 2022 Utah Governor Spencer Cox has again issued a proclamation naming June “LGBTQ+ Pride month in Utah.” The Proclamation says, “we must encourage relevant and vital conversations about what it means to love each other, understand our differences, and support our LGBTQ+ friends and family members.” We stand with Governor Cox, and agree with his recent statement in conjunction with the Utah Pride Month Proclamation that “there should be nothing controversial about supporting a group of people in our state who have historically been marginalized.” Sadly, we know that LGBTQIA+ youth have a higher incidence of mental health issues and the highest youth suicide rate in the nation and (according to a CDC report) are four times as likely to attempt suicide than their peers. Additionally, research from the Trevor Project reports that LGBTQ+ youth are less likely to attempt suicide when they have access to LGBTQ+-affirming spaces and information, which means there are literally life and death implications at stake. In short, a display of curated, age-appropriate materials, in conjunction with Utah Pride Month, is an absolutely appropriate and important way for the library to serve Orem’s parents and youth, families, neighbors and friends. It must also be noted that in a state where hate crimes against LGBTQ+ residents nearly doubled last year there are real and measurable health and safety impacts to be considered when Council members forbid age-appropriate displays of LGBTQ+ materials. Indeed, a recent news article reported that “officials and community members worry divisive politics could embolden future attacks.” [Hate crimes against Utah LGBTQ nearly doubled last year, with a big jump during Pride Month, Salt Lake Tribune, May 31, 2022] We trust librarians to fulfill the library’s mission, and to create collections and displays for all community members, without illegitimate, politicized pressure to restrict, impede, or limit community members’ access to age-appropriate information based on viewpoint. We therefore request that Orem City Council members publicly and transparently address their actions in this matter, rescind any directives they have given to the library related to displays of materials, and commit to refraining from future directives that seek to restrict library staff from carrying out the mission of the library, or directives that seek to limit access to information for the residents of Orem. Signed
  • Utah Library Association: Marissa Bischoff, President; Katie Wegner and Rikki Carter,
    Intellectual Freedom Co-Chairs; Peter Bromberg and Rebekah Cummings, Advocacy
    Co-Chairs
  • Equality Utah: Troy Williams, Executive Director
  • PFLAG: Provo/Utah County, Heather Kester, Vice-President
  • Utah LGBTQ+ Chamber of Commerce: Liz Pitts She|They, President & CEO
ULA Statement on Censorship of Pride Display at Orem Public Library
ULA School Libraries Statement
ULA School Libraries Statement

Statement from the Utah Library Association in Support of School Libraries and Librarians

The Utah Library Association, founded in 1912 and representing thousands of librarians and library workers across the state, stands with parents, teachers, and school librarians in advocating for the health, well-being, and safety of all students. 

We strongly support local school boards in the creation and following of policies that ensure that school libraries have materials that support the Utah Core Standards for education. The Utah Core Standards identify a number of roles for School Libraries, including helping students: 1) read to pursue intellectual, personal, and emotional growth for life, and 2) make personal connections while respecting the right to read, seek information, and speak freely. 

The Core Standards for Grades 6-12 specify that “Libraries support independent readers by providing a variety of materials for informational and leisure reading,” and that “Reading extensively strengthens stamina and broadens students’ global perspective. The goal is to recognize individual students’ interests and needs and provide materials in a variety of formats, genres, and languages, at varied reading levels.” 

The Standards further state that “Students need the lifelong skills of selecting information from a wide variety of sources . . . preparing them for learning, doing, and problem solving in college, career and throughout life.” 

To ensure that school libraries support the “inquiry-based learning” that statewide standards call for, it is imperative that school library collections continue to provide access to materials that reflect a variety of thoughts, perspectives, and experiences. The targeted elimination of materials that reflect the authorship or experiences of anyone based on their race, gender, or sexual orientation is not only illegal, it puts Utah students at a disadvantage academically and in the job market by failing to provide an education that prepares them for success in an increasingly diverse and global economy.

We support policies that provide reasonable opportunities for parents to speak with teachers and librarians about what is appropriate for their child. And we champion prudent procedures that allow for “requests for reconsideration” when there is concern that a book may not be age-appropriate. Most libraries have had these time-tested policies in place for a century, and librarians have strong records of listening and working with parents in taking appropriate actions in a respectful and responsive manner. 

Following the rules when library books are questioned–rules which are passed by a Board in an open, public, transparent, and consultative manner–protects the constitutional freedoms of all parents and students, and also safeguards due process, ensuring that no one parent, group of parents, or administrator can substitute their personal preferences, biases, or political agenda for the legitimate policies that exist to support official statewide school standards and the success of all students. 

School librarians are literary arbiters that curate their collections based on such legitimate policies, professional reviews, and award lists. This includes literature that reflects painful parts of human experience, including violence, abuse, and discrimination. To be clear, pornographic material is not reviewed for selection as these items only appeal to the “prurient interest” of readers, and lack serious literary, scientific, or artistic value. Labeling literature that addresses issues of race, abuse, gender, or sexual orientation as “pornographic” or “obscene” fails to meet any state or federal standards, and harms our students, limiting their ability to understand and navigate the world. 

And helping students prepare for success in the world is what school librarians do. There is a great deal of research that shows that students thrive academically in the presence of a well-staffed, professionally run school library and that the effect is strongest for vulnerable and at-risk students. School librarians help students develop a love of reading and inquiry, and as well as develop 21st century literacy skills such as critical thinking, which enables them to identify, find, evaluate, and use information and ideas effectively and ethically, now and in the future. 

The Utah Library Association supports the Supreme Court’s recognition that libraries are places for voluntary inquiry and should contain a world of ideas and experiences, even if some of those ideas and experiences might be uncomfortable for some. We urge parents, teachers, school librarians, and administrators to engage in community conversations and follow established collection development and reconsideration policies, as well as state and federal laws, to ensure the health, well-being, safety, and success of all students in Utah.