Category Archives: Utah Library Association


logo_808707_printI just want everyone to know, though I may have already made this abundantly clear through past podcasts and blog posts, that I AM A HUGE SUPPORTER OF ILEAD USA Utah! The deadline for applications is only two weeks away and I encourage everyone to get involved. Creative Libraries Utah is a product of ILEAD USA Utah 2013. This program and our project have been an important success in my career. I had the opportunity to work with colleagues and mentors from across the state and country. I was taught skills that helped develop a participatory technology, but more importantly, that helped develop me professionally.

A great example of what ILEAD USA Utah can do is Librarians from several universities and the Utah State Archives built a beautiful and still growing digital collection about historical Highway 89. ILEAD projects are not constrained by your walls or your communities, but by your ideas and willingness to explore.

This program allows you to take chances with new ideas in a safe environment. The primary role of each ILEAD Team is to create an innovative program directly addressing an identified user need. Individual participants will join together in diverse teams, including public, school, and academic librarians, as well as specialized library staff members.” This is an amazing opportunity to work on one of the many innovations that are stuck in your brain or in the pipeline. Success will not be measured with a year-end review, but by how much you take away from the program. 

If you are a library manager or in charge of an institution, find ways to get your people involved. There are great ideas among your staff and they are waiting for a forum and opportunity to blossom. You can help your staff develop professionally and be more fulfilled (and that is never a bad thing.) Encourage them to apply. Encourage them to grow.

Creative Libraries Utah’s own Kristen Stehel is the Program Director for ILEAD USA Utah for the Utah State Library. If you have any questions please contact her! [email protected]


By: Dustin Fife, San Juan County Library Director and ULA President-Elect


Utah Library Association Conference Program Handouts






Program presentations and handouts have begun to be posted from last week’s 2014 ULA Annual Conference. It was a great conference. If you saw an idea you liked or want to catch up on presentations that you missed, please follow the link.

Program Handouts

Episode #036–Pamela Martin, Incoming President of the Utah Library Association and Reference Librarian Extraordinaire






Pamela Martin, Reference Librarian for Merrill-Cazier library at Utah State University and incoming President of the Utah Library Association calls in to talk about the fast-approaching ULA conference, especially what she is excited for and some ideas for her upcoming year as president.

We will be releasing a new podcast every Thursday.

Evil Librarians Podcast 036

Resources we discuss:

ULA Conference


ULA Mentoring Program


We are all about collaboration here at Creative Libraries Utah so we are very excited about ULA’s new mentoring program. Mentoring connects individuals and the institutions that they serve. Mentoring is key to professional development and truly helps with professional satisfaction. Here is a link to the program and the announcement from the Utah Library Association.

Utah Library Association Mentoring Exchange

“Utah Library Association Mentoring Exchange

The Utah Library Association is founding a mentoring exchange. We are calling for willing mentors and interested mentees. Mentoring relationships can be essential to professional development and personal fulfillment. The mentoring relationship is personal and should be enriching to mentor and mentee alike. ULA is invested in the development and sustainability of librarians in Utah and believes a mentoring program an invaluable resource.

A small group of interested librarians will be helping connect mentors and mentees. If you are willing to be a mentor please send a short (one page) biography to [email protected] . If you are interested in being a mentee please submit a biography (including professional aspirations) to [email protected] . Once connected, no one is obligated to remain in a mentoring relationship. Each relationship will be unique and will be exclusively molded by the mentor and mentee.

This will be an ongoing program, so please feel free to inquire at any time.

Utah Library Association Mentoring Exchange