Continuing Education

Welcome to the Continuing Education Page!
We hope you check this page for information about upcoming seminars and conferences our committee sponsors. We work to provide ULA members with continuing education opportunities throughout Utah.


ULA Fall Workshop 2019

September 27th in Brigham City, UT.

Session descriptions below:

Lights, Camera, …Action? Opportunities (and Challenges) in Providing a Recording Studio in Your Library 

The BYU Library opened a video production studio in 2015, and Provo City Library opened the Basement Creative Lab in 2018. Both are spaces where patrons can create video and audio content using library provided equipment. We want to talk with you about what we have learned so far in this journey, what creative opportunities come from a studio space in the library, and what challenges it presents. Our discussion will have perspectives from both a public and an academic library, so there will be something for everyone!

Presenter(s): Ben Nielsen from the Harold B. Lee Library at BYU

Gov Docs are Special Too!: Incorporating Historic Government Documents into Instruction and Outreach Programs

Despite their bland appearance, there are many ways to use government documents in library programs. Just like our favorite archival primary sources, government documents can be special too! This presentation will highlight historic government documents as primary sources. From National History Day to the Sesquicentennial of the Transcontinental Railroad, there is a government document relevant to all topics. The presenter will share example lesson plans, activities, and/or handouts utilized in instruction. Perhaps your library has historic government documents on the shelves. If not, a wealth of government documents are freely available online or to borrow from Federal Depository Libraries around the state! 

This discussion may be useful to those who wish to learn more about using in primary source instruction, integrating government documents into general library instruction, and/or creating public programs with primary sources.

Presenter(s):Jen Kirk from the Merrill-Cazier Library at USU

Public Treasures: Special Collections in Public Libraries

Special collections aren’t only found in university libraries and research centers! Many of Utah’s public libraries also house special collections materials. While these collections may include rare books, they often focus on archives, local history, genealogy, and other materials especially relevant to and reflective of the local community. In this presentation, three librarians will share how special collections materials are curated and cared for at the public libraries for which they work. How were these collections built? How are they publicized? What successes and challenges have they experienced? Each institution has a unique story to tell. Public librarians looking for inspiration regarding their own special collections materials, as well as anyone interested in special collections beyond the ivory tower, are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Presenters – Cherie Willis from the Salt Lake City Public Library, Jason Cornelius from the  Logan Library, John Ingersoll from the Grantsville City Library

Neutrality: an asset or a liability? 

Neutrality is a concept long held sacred by Libraries, especially Public Libraries. This session offers an opportunity to explore the idea of ‘neutrality,’ what it means, where it originated and whether it benefits patrons or creates barriers. The premises this session is based on (both for neutrality and against it), are founded in the 2018 Midwinter President’s Program debate, titled Are Libraries Neutral? Additional diverse perspectives and data have been compiled to help us answer the question: does ‘neutrality’ belong among the core values of libraries? If not, does the concept of ‘neutrality’ need to be altered to better suit libraries? 

Presenter(s): Lexi Johnson & Diana Castro from the Salt Lake City Public Library

“The Art of Hosting”

This presentation is bringing a fresh look at the event hosting as customer service. Children’s, Teen and Adult Librarians will talk about how they made small improvements to the library spaces to make them more welcoming and enjoyable for patrons and event hosting. When it comes to event hosting we believe it starts with who you are as a leader. That attitude gets translated to the other employees and your “guests”. Learn how to be confident, relaxed, inviting, relational…and just downright awesome.    

Presenters: Azra Basic, DeAnna Lippman, Yoli Perez from the Salt Lake City Public Library

Everyday Advocacy: How to build support for your library one day at a time.

Regardless of your title or position, everyone in the Library can meaningfully contribute to building more community support of the Library.  Advocacy may sound like a political activity — but it’s fundamentally about making our passion for the work we do, and our transformational impact on the community, more visible. By the end of this session you will understand why people do (or don’t) support libraries, and be able to immediately get into action and effectively cultivate support for the library in your community.

Presenter(s): Peter Bromberg of the Salt Lake City Library


CALL FOR PROPOSALS: ULA Fall Workshop Session Proposals

Thank you for your interest in submitting a session proposal for the 2019 ULA Fall Workshop. The annual ULA Fall Workshop will be September 27, 2019 in Brigham City, UT. Sessions will be 60 minutes long. Please provide the following information regarding your proposal in an email to Erin Mendoza ( by July 31, 2019.


  • Name
  • Library
  • Email
  • Phone

Intended Audience:

  • Academic
  • General
  • Public
  • School
  • Special

Working Title for Program:

Program Description (50-150 words):

Please note popular workshop program topics include Advocacy, Professional/Staff Development, Serving Youth and Children, Technology and tools, and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI).

If your proposal is accepted, please understand and agree to the following:

  • You must be able to travel to Brigham City, UT to present.
  • You must provide your own devices and connection cables for your presentation.
  • ULA does not pay honorariums or reimbursement for travel expenses.


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.

We have an archive of past events we have sponsored and handouts related to presentations we have made.  Please follow this link for more information.
We have pictures from our last Fall Conference in Utah State’s Merrill-Cazier library! See them in the file list below.

The committee should consist of a chairperson appointed by the vice- president/president-elect of ULA, the Continuing Education Coordinator of the Utah State Library Division will be invited to serve as an ex officio member, and at least five additional members representing as many types of libraries as possible.

Current Officers:

Co-Chair – Valerie Buck

Rare Books/Literature Cataloger, BYU


Co-Chair – Erin Morris

Manager, Day-Riverside Branch, Salt Lake City Public Library



Richard Daines

Director, South City Campus Library, Salt Lake Community College



Sue Hill

Director, Brigham City Library



Connie Lamb

Social Sciences Librarian, BYU



LaRee Parkinson

Public Services Librarian, American Fork Library



Safi S.M. Safiullah

Manager, Marmalade Branch, Salt Lake City Public Library



Jessica Whetman (State Library Liaison)

Training Coordinator, Utah State Library


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