Committees

Advocacy Committee: Committee members watch current and pending legislation and respond to requests for information from legislative agencies and other associations and organizations. 

Awards Committee: Awards are presented at the annual ULA conference and chosen based on nominations. Committee members volunteer to help select the award winners from the nominees.

Conference Planning Committee: Coordinates program selection and activities for ULA’s Annual Conference.

Continuing Education Committee: To represent ULA on continuing education issues in Utah; to coordinate with the Utah State Library Division in implementing the continuing education directives of the Statewide Advisory Committee on Library and Information Services; to recommend to the Board of Directors specific proposals for association support and expenditures for continuing education opportunities for ULA members; to foster continuing education involvement by ULA members at the annual conference and at least one regional workshop; and to prepare and administer periodic needs assessment surveys.

Finance Committee: Considers all matters of a financial nature that are referred to the committee. Manages Non-Program Budget and Non-Conference Programming Budget Requests. 

Intellectual Freedom Committee: Creates an awareness of the issues of intellectual freedom, investigates any controversial issue, provides resources for handling problems, and prepares recommendations.

Nominating Committee: Submits to the Board of Directors a list of candidates for the next annual election and prepares master ballots of Association, section and roundtable candidates for distribution.

ULA Paraprofessional Certificate Program: This program is designed to recognize the involvement and contributions of career-oriented library paraprofessionals in Utah and to acknowledge their support of libraries and librarianship. For the purposes of this program, a paraprofessional is defined as a library worker who does not hold a professional library degree.

Past Presidents: All Past Presidents of the Utah Library Association.

Program Board: Responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating all programs of the Association and its subunits throughout the year.

The Publications Committee: The Publications Committee creates and distributes the newsletter directed to the ULA membership and Utah’s library community.


The most common reason for forming a committee is the desire for group participation in the solving of a problem. For a committee to feel its existence justified, its product should be something that no member of the committee could have done alone. A committee’s work should contribute to the efficient operation of an organization. A committee should be concerned with the communication of information and should assist the leadership in the decision-making process by providing needed information.