Utah Library Association (ULA) Supports Passage of Question #1 to Fund School Libraries and Public Education

The Board of the Utah Library Association voted on September 21st to join Our Schools Now, the Utah Education Association (UAE), and the Utah PTA in urging members and supporters to vote “For” on Question #1, which will be on the ballot in November’s election.

Should Question #1 pass, the Legislature has agreed to enact the Teacher and Student Success Act which levies a 10 cent tax on motor fuels that would raise over $100 million dollars for education. School librarians are specifically named in the proposal, and school library programs would directly benefit from this new funding. This is a unique, important, and high-impact way to address deficiencies in education funding in Utah, and improve student achievement through better school library programs across the state.

As the largest library organization in the state, ULA is dedicated to fostering academic and economic success for all Utahns by providing leadership and direction in developing and improving library and information services across the state. The ULA Board’s vote to support Question #1 reflects the organization’s deep commitment to the value of school libraries and the recognition that numerous studies have shown that School Library Media Specialists play a key role in the academic success of Utah students. See: www.lrs.org/data-tools/school-libraries/

The ULA Board believes that their vote of support will send a clear message to legislators, partners, and voters that full funding for education, school libraries, and school media specialists is the best way to support the success of our children and foster a strong economic future for all Utahns. We are encouraging our members and librarians across the state to take the Pledge to Vote for Question #1 at http://www.saveschoollibrarians.org/votefor1.

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ULA 2018 Fall Workshop

“Enrich Your Library Services in Richfield”

Date: September 28, 2018

Time: 9:30 am – 4:00 pm

Place: Richfield, at the Sevier Valley Center, on the Snow College Richfield Campus

Registration on-site: $20

Lunch is included in the registration fee.

Opening Session Speaker: Colleen Eggett, Utah’s new state librarian

6 program sessions:

Big Bang or Little Pop: Marketing through Programming

Looking through New Lenses: How to run a Media Equipment Checkout at your Library

Citizen Science: Putting Your Patrons in Touch with Discovery

Intellectual Freedom: A Value for the Left and the Right

Are You Safe? A Practical Guide for Online Privacy and Security

I Need to do What? Recognizing Institutional Barriers to Access

For questions, please contact Valerie Buck valerie_buck@byu.edu  or Erin Morris emorris@slcpl.org .

Utah Library Association Statement on Exhibits

The Utah Library Association (ULA) has received numerous messages regarding a recent article published in the St. George Spectrum & Daily News titled “Southern Utah Library workers told to remove buttons, displays featuring LGBTQ-themed materials” by David DeMille. In light of renewed questions and concerns over library exhibit policies, ULA reiterates our commitment to the American Library Association (ALA) Library Bill of Rights, which states “Libraries should provide materials and information presenting all points of view on current and historical issues. Materials should not be proscribed or removed because of partisan or doctrinal disapproval.”

ULA upholds our fundamental professional value of equity, diversity, and inclusion and the belief that communities are best served when a variety of viewpoints and voices are represented in our collections and exhibits. ULA recognizes the importance of having a collection development policy that includes a process for responding to challenges to our materials, exhibits, and use of space. We will continue to work with our members to develop library policies regarding exhibits and intellectual freedom challenges and welcome any feedback you have on these issues.

Rebekah Cummings, ULA President

Dan Compton, Past President

Vern Waters, ULA President-Elect

Wanda Huffaker, Chair, ULA Intellectual Freedom Committee

 

 

Call for Submissions: ULA Fall Workshop Session Proposals

Hello!

The annual ULA Fall Workshop will be September 28, 2018 in Richfield, UT. The theme is “Enriching Your Library Services in Richfield.” Sessions will be 60 minutes long. Please provide the following information regarding your proposal in an email to Erin Morris (emorris@slcpl.org) by July 23, 2018.

Presenter(s):

  • 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 Marketing/Advocacy, Professional/Staff Development, Serving Youth and Children, Technology and tools.

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

  • You must be able to travel to Richfield, 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.