ULA 1st TIme Conference Attendees Scholarship

ULA First time Conference Attendee Scholarship

First-Time Conference scholarships are designed to support a library employee or library student to

attend a library conference for the first time. The conference must be a major state, regional or

national library conference that is held outside a 50-mile radius of the library of employment. The

number of awarded grants will be determined by available revenues generated by ULA for this

project and may change in quantity from year to year.

Specific Guidelines for First Time Conference Scholarship:

1) The completed application must be received by ULA 60 calendar days prior to the start date

of the proposed conference. In order to take advantage of Early Bird Conference deadlines,

please submit the grant application as early as possible. Applications should be submitted as

attachments through email.

2) Applications should include a completed and signed application as a pdf file or scanned

document. A link to the conference website or brief description of the conference.

Incomplete applications will not be considered.

3) Applicants must be current members of ULA.

4) First-Time Conference Scholarships will cover the following types of conference expenses:

conference registration, lodging, and airfare or mileage. Pre-Conference fees, meals, and

airport shuttle or taxi fees are NOT eligible conference expenses. Airline baggage fees are

allowable expenses, though they will be limited to one bag fee traveling to the event and one

bag fee traveling from the event.

5) First-Time Conference Scholarships have a maximum award amount of $250. Local match

by the library or the individual will need to cover all additional costs of attending the

conference; however, there is no required match for this grant type.

6) After receiving funding for conference attendance, second or third applications from the

same individual in the same fiscal year will be prioritized pending available funds

To apply: http://www.ula.org/sites/ula.org/files/ULA-scholarship-app.pdf

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Professional Development and Training Programs


UPLIFT – Utah Public Library Institute for Training


Through the Utah Public Library Institute for Training (UPLIFT), the Utah State Library provides training opportunities for Utah library staff and trustees, including basic training for non-MLS library staff, advanced training for the full library community, and training for library trustees, through special institutes, mini-workshops, teleconferences, grants to individuals and grants to library organizations.
The UPLIFT Basic Certification Training includes the popular core courses required to meet the personnel standard required for public library certification under Standards for Utah Public Libraries.
•    Library Administration
•    Cataloging/Acquisitions/Technical Services
•    Youth Services
•    Collection Development
•    Technology
•    Reference
The UPLIFT Advanced Training classes include, but are not limited to:
•    Technology/computers in libraries
•    Leadership
•    Public Library Responses to Utah’s Growing Ethnic Populations.
•    Library Administration Beyond the Basics
•    Collection Development II
•    Budgeting and Planning.

The Utah State Library provides trustee orientation upon request of the library board and biennial trustee training on vital library issues.
Customized Training by the Utah State Library provides customized training events, including special institutes, mini-workshops, teleconferences, and listservs.
Lynda.com Online Training Library®
The Utah State Library provides free online technology training such as Microsoft Word, Excel, Access, Powerpoint, Publisher, Photoshop, GarageBand, Dreamweaver, FrontPage, Fireworks, and many more topics. View the full listing at Lynda.com.  This training is designed for rural public librarians in libraries over 50 miles away from the Utah State Library.
LE@D (Lifelong Education @ Desktop)

LE@D (Lifelong Education @ Desktop) teaches online courses that help Utah library staff deal with the daily challenges that are a part of their work life.  The Utah State Library pays for these courses taught by instructors from the University of North Texas Library School.  Courses available are:
•    Basic budgeting
•    Become an effective trustee
•    Capturing history: digitization projects
•    Change management and leadership
•    Copyright basics for libraries
•    Creating and maintaining an engaging school library website
•    Creating collaborative lessons in the elementary school library
•    Creating collaborative lessons in the secondary school library
•    Creating compelling programming in your school library
•    Ethical standards for library leadership
•    Ethics in the real world
•    Financial management
•    Financial management in tough times
•    Genealogy: an introduction for library staff
•    Gifts for libraries
•    Grant writing basics
•    Homework help: your project is due WHEN?
•    Improving co-worker relations
•    Improving your communication skills: presentation skills for librarians
•    Influence even when you don’t have power or authority
•    Info-age etiquette
•    Keeping your library looking good
•    Leadership in libraries: becoming an everyday leader
•    Library privacy and confidentiality: law and policy
•    Managing difficult patrons with confidence!
•    Meetings for results
•    Mentors and protégés: creating successful workplace programs
•    Multicultural literature for children and young adults
•    Providing excellent customer service in a multi-cultural environment
•    Reaching reluctant readers
•    Reaching teenagers
•    Retailing methods and techniques in libraries
•    RFID technology
•    Strategic planning: quick, cheap, and decent
•    Strategic planning: the 5 minute introduction
•    Supervision without micromanagement
•    Technical Services: what they do, why they do it, and how it’s changing
•    Trends in children’s literature
•    Understanding budgets
•    Using databases
•    Volunteers: recruitment, development, and supervision
•    Weeding: It’s not optional

Basic Skills Courses

For library employees who are new to library work, who have not formally trained in library science, or who are seeking to upgrade skills or knowledge.

•    Book Repair
•    Cataloging Basic Skills for the Uninitiated
•    Collection Development for Small, Rural Library Audiences
•    New Library Director Orientation.
•    Reference Training for Continuing Staff Development
•    Library Interiors

Cataloging Resources, heritage.utah.gov/library/cataloging-basics
The Utah State Library provides a variety of resources for catalogers, including cataloging, classification, MARC cataloging for the computer, subject headings, and other resources.
Public Pioneer – Utah’s Online Library, provided by the Utah State Library

Genealogy – Heritage Quest
Newspapers & Magazines
Health & Medical
Business & Finance
Auto Repair
OverDrive – Audiobooks & eBooks
OneClickDigital – Audiobooks
Jobs and Careers
Homework Help for Kids & Teens

Learning Express
Utah Session Laws (1851- )
K-12 Schools Pioneer
Preschool Pioneer
Academic Pioneer
Free Public Domain eBooks from Overdrive
Utah Futures.org
Good Health Information @ your Library

EbscoHost databases
Mountain West Digital Library
Magazine and newspaper articles
Find My Library
Digital Utah – Utah’s Digital Collections
Utah state publications, laws, counties, and other information
Other Pioneer databases

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