2020 Pre-Conferences

The 2020 Utah Library Association Conference has been cancelled. For more information read the full statement from the ULA Board.

Below is the list of the 2020 ULA Annual Conference’s pre-conferences. Pre-conferences begin at 8:30 am on May 13th. Rooms are TBD and the wording of the descriptions may change slightly.

Stand Up for Health: Health and Wellness Services for Your Community for Public Libraries (8 hours – AM and PM session) – Certification Track

Are you interested in engaging with other public librarians and staff members to improve your knowledge and comfort with health and wellness related reference  services? This course for public library staff has you covered. During this eight-hour session, we will explore consumer health, health reference in a public library environment, free health resources for library staff and patrons, and health- and wellness-related programming. This course qualifies the participant for a Level I Consumer Health Information Specialization certification from the Medical Library Association, a helpful addition to your résumé. A pre-workshop and post-workshop assignment (required for those receiving CHIS certification) will allow you to develop ideas that connect to your library. Presented by National Network of Libraries of Medicine and Utah Health Literacy Coalition. Certification Track

Presenters: Trish Hull

Transforming Teen Services: Connected Learning and Computational Thinking (AM session) – Youth Services Track

YALSA’s Transforming Teen Services: training for Utah’s librarians to build strong teen services through Connected Learning (CL) and Computational Thinking. Participants will:

  • Understand the philosophy of Connected Learning as it relates to educational and career opportunities
  • Explore the principles of Connected Learning
  • Think about how to operationalize Connected Learning theory into practice
  • Articulate core concepts of computational thinking
  • Begin designing activities for and with teens that connect to CT
  • Understand the value of integrating CT into activities for and with teens
  • Connect CT to pre-existing library activities and services.

Presenters: Sharon Deeds

Beyond Books 2: Cataloging Archival Materials (AM session)

Academic libraries aren’t the only institutions that care for archival materials. These unique items can often be found in public libraries, historical societies, and other cultural heritage organizations, many of which may not have trained special collections catalogers on staff. In this workshop, participants will learn how to catalog archival materials, including manuscripts, photographs, and audiovisual materials, so they can be discovered in online catalogs and databases. Both item and collection-level cataloging will be discussed, and participants will learn when and how to apply relevant metadata standards like RDA and DACS. They will then practice cataloging with examples provided by the instructors.

Presenters: Allie McCormack

Designing Library Experiences (AM Session)

This session will focus on helping participants design and execute meaningful and memorable experiences, whether it be internal training and onboarding or external programming. Relying on recent research from BYU’s Experience Design and Management department, participants will walk through the process to design an experience in their library. This workshop will be interactive throughout the session as participants learn proven experience design principles by actually going through them rather than simply learning theory. Then attendees will be given time to reflect on and apply those lessons to come up with a successful experience of their own. Ideally participants will arrive with team members and a particular experience in mind that they would like to create for their library.

Presenters: Matt Armstrong, Ben Nielsen, Jed Johnston

Leap into Science – Light and Shadows (4 hours -PM Session) 

Leap into Science is a nationwide program developed by The Franklin Institute Science Museum that integrates open-ended science activities with children’s books, designed for children ages 3-10 and their families. The program empowers librarians to engage underserved audiences in accessible and familiar settings. As a Leap into Science partner organization, you are committing to:

  • Scheduling and leading at least three (3) Leap into Science workshops for children and families living in underserved rural or urban communities. These workshops can be incorporated into your storytimes.
  • Posting each workshop to The Connectory, a searchable directory for STEM programs across the country.
  • Leading Leap into Science activities during National Leap into Science Week during the last week of February.
  • Completing a workshop report following each workshop.
  • Participating in quarterly calls with other trained educators in your state.
  • Completing an annual survey and possible interview.

Each organization who participates in Leap into Science will receive:

  • Ongoing support during program implementation as part of a Leap into Science National Network
  • Access to the national Leap into Science leadership team and online resources
  • A curriculum and materials kit (valued at $300)
  • Web-based training on new curriculum themes in subsequent years

Leap into Science is funded by National Science Foundation, and led by The Franklin Institute and The National Girls Collaborative Project.

Presenters: Sharon Deeds

Interpreting the LBOR Interpretations (PM Session)

Discussion of some of the new revisions of Library Bill of Rights Interpretations that apply often to library work: collections, challenges, meeting rooms, programs and displays. Inside information on how we are represented.

Presenters:  Wanda Huffaker

Practice Project Management with Acuity (PM Session)

Project Management skills are essential for successful librarians in this new and dynamic profession.  In fact, good project management skills will raise your acuity for handling many day to day activities as well as enable you to be more productive with a variety of activities. At the end of this session, you will:

      • Gain awareness and understanding of basic project management processes
      • Gain greater confidence in communicating with stakeholders of all levels
      • Learn how to apply project management techniques to develop and enhance your goals and objectives 

This workshop will include a case study to allow for demonstration of skills.

Presenters: Led by Michael Crumpton and Wanda Kay Brown.