Failure Workshop

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Strikethrough: The Utah Library Association Failure Workshop is an interdisciplinary discussion of failure for librarians.

Experts in the fields of medicine, performance art, and librarianship (including past American Library Association President Maureen Sullivan) will share their perspectives on the many ways failure is an unavoidable and often integral part of their work.

Participants will then engage in frank conversations about how to cope with mistakes, accept imperfection, and even invite failure into our practice in order to create stronger work environments and communities.


Thursday, February 18, 2016, OPTIONAL reception for keynote speakers from 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m. at the City Library.

Friday, February 19, 2016, 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. FAILURE WORKSHOPS at the City Library.

Saturday, February 20, 2016, OPTIONAL Unconference at the City Library. (We will be workshopping and discussing ideas and situations involving failure), 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

The following keynote speakers will honor us:

Maureen Sullivan

Maureen Sullivan

Biographical Statement

Maureen Sullivan is a widely recognized leader and educator in the library profession. Her career has included positions as the human resources administrator at two major research libraries; a consultant and trainer with the Association of Research Libraries; a member of the faculty in the Managerial Leadership in the Information Professions PhD program at Simmons College and in two of the annual institutes sponsored by the Harvard Graduate School of Education.

She has designed and facilitated a number of leadership development programs including: the Mountain Plains Library Association Leadership Institute, the TALL Texans program sponsored by the Texas Library Association, the New England Library Leadership Symposium and several designed for particular groups such as archivists, law librarians and medical librarians.

During her term as ALA president in 2012-2013 she launched The Promise of Libraries Transforming Communities, a partnership with The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation, to prepare librarians to be conveners of community engagement and public innovators in their communities. She also worked with the Harvard Graduate School of Education to establish the first Library Leadership in a Digital Age institute and created ALA’s first national leadership institute, Leading to the Future. She currently serves as an advisor to the Aspen Institute on Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries.


UUHC_160127_008_webEDWARD B. Clark, M.D.

Biographical Statement

Dr. Clark is the Wilma T. Gibson Presidential Professor at University of Utah School of Medicine, Associate Vice President for Clinical Affairs for University of Utah, President of University of Utah Medical Group, Chair of Department of Pediatrics, and Emeritus Chief Medical Officer of Primary Children’s Hospital (1996-2015). He also holds adjunct professorships in the Departments of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Bioengineering.

Born and raised in New York City, Dr. Clark received his bachelor’s degree with Honors in Biology from Union College in Schenectady, New York, and medical degree magna cum laude from Albany Medical College. He trained in Internal Medicine at Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital Dartmouth Medical School, and in Pediatrics and Pediatric Cardiology at the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions.

Dr. Clark had faculty appointments at the University of Nebraska, the University of Iowa, and the Johns Hopkins University and the University of Rochester until July of 1996. He assumed his current position in Utah in 1996. He was the Chair of the Pediatrics Guidance Council for Intermountain Health Care from 1996 to 2015.

Dr. Clark has outstanding achievements in biomechanics of the developing cardiovascular system, mechanistic classifications of congenital cardiovascular malformations, and the care of children with chronic illness. In addition to leadership positions in national and international organizations, he is a consultant to the EPA, NIH, and was principal investigator of the Utah Vanguard Site of the National Children’s Study. In his nearly 20-year tenure as Chair, he has developed extensive experience in building collaborative leadership among chairs and within the community. He is also known for his strong advocacy in gender equality.

Dr. Clark has remarkable accomplishments as an innovator in clinical care delivery systems, population health research and GME education. These include a regional pediatric care network, focused population management of children with complex medical conditions, and an innovative pediatric accountable care organization featured in the recent issue of Algorithms.

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