United in Diversity | Year of Learning
June 2021 | Publishers of Color
A collaboration with the Utah Library Association (ULA) and the Diversity Services Round Table (DSRT).
In the 12 months leading up to ULA’s 2022 Annual Conference, the State Library is proud to partner with ULA and DSRT to present a year long curriculum on the conference theme “United in Diversity | Unida en la Diversidad.” Each month will highlight a new focus area, with opportunities for Utah library professionals to learn, interact, and take action.
Our first month of the Year of Learning was informative and motivating! During the month of June, I learned why it is important to support minorities in publishing and how to find and vet publishers of color. I hope you continue to take advantage of the monthly opportunities to learn, interact, and take action, that lead up to the ULA 2022 Annual Conference. Explore the Year of Learning Hub to familiarize yourself with the year long “United in Diversity | Unida en la Diversidad” curriculum.
Library equity partners, the Utah Library Association and Utah State Library, will focus on Serving Homeless Patrons during the month of July. Commit to becoming a focused leader of change–register for the July diversity workshop and meetup now. I am excited to learn more about Serving Homeless Patrons and improve my professional skills and abilities. See you soon!
Rita Christensen (She/Her/Hers) ULA President, 2021-2022
LEARN Workshop: Librarian's Guide to Homelessness – Ryan Dowd – Watch On Demand. During the month of July watch Ryan Dowd's "Librarian's Guide to Homelessness (Core Training)" available for Utah library staff on Niche Academy. [View Now]
DISCUSS Zoom Meetup: Serving Homeless Patrons – Becca Lael – Thursday, July 29, 2021 – 12:00 p.m. July discussion: How do you best serve patrons who are experiencing homelessness? What have you learned? What resources can you share? [Register Now]
TAKE ACTION: Be Prepared with Resources. Challenge: Reach out to local homeless service providers in your area and gather resources you can refer homeless patrons towards. Join the Slack #edi discussion. Resources: Access the Librarian's Guide to Homelessness & the Interactive Food Resources page. [Read More]
Emergency Alerts That Impact Library Buildings & Communities in Utah
Let’s keep Utah libraries and communities safe. The Utah Library Association will post relevant information regarding fire, earthquakes, and severe weather that may impact Utah’s libraries. We will let you know if there are specific things that ULA members can do to help libraries that are in danger. Go to ULA's Emergency Alert page for more information, links, and updates! The link is posted under the Connect menu tab.
Utah’s 2021 fire season could cost hundreds of millions to fight and burn a record amount of land if predictions hold. This year is one of the driest years on record and over 90 percent of the state is experiencing extreme drought. Gov. Spencer Cox said this 2021’s fire season, which normally runs from June 1 to Oct. 31, has the potential to be one of the worst ever seen (Salt Lake Tribune 6/12/2021).
Helper City Library
Address: 19 S. Main Street, Helper, UT 84526
Concern: The Bear Fire is approximately two miles away from the Helper City Library.
Fire Incident Info: https://inciweb.nwcg.gov/incident/7530/
6/26/21: Bear Fire Update