My Professional Excellence Grant Experience

By Joanne Gialelis, Library Assistant II, Utah State Law Library

The Utah State Library Division’s UPLIFT Professional Excellence Grant provided me with an excellent opportunity.  With this grant award, I was able to pay for a Collection Management course and apply the credits towards my graduate degree program at SJSU’s School of Library and Information Science. This course showed me how collections are built and changed over time. There was much discussion of the obstacles and challenges faced when trying to build and maintain a strong, relevant collection.  These obstacles include censorship challenges, copyright issues and the increasing annual costs of books, videos, and periodicals.

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UPLIFT Professional Excellence Grant- Shelly Maag Heaps

I received a Professional Excellence Grant from the Utah State Library to attend Emporia State University’s class called “Organization Theories for Administering Information Agencies” this spring. This class provided a great deal of information and ideas about managing libraries and other information institutions. For the final project, each student chose an issue facing library managers and researched that topic. I looked into reasons a library manager should allow teenagers to play computer games and participate in social networking on library computers. In the Fall 2008 issue of Directions, Linda Fields-Richfield discussed her realization that teens gain important literacy skills through gaming (p.4). This is one of many reasons that teen gaming and social networking are valuable to teens and should be allowed in the library. This article outlines one more of those reasons through an interpretation of a recent study on the association between teen gaming and civic involvement.

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UPLIFT grant: Utah Library Assoc. Conference

Utah Library Association received an UPLIFT Organizational Resource grant from the Utah State Library in 2009. About 400 librarians and library enthusiasts attended the annual conference, “Utah Libraries: Turning up the Volume.”

Four presenters were sponsored, in whole or in part, by the grant:

  • Norma Blake, NJ State Librarian, LJ 2008 Librarian of the Year, ULA keynote speaker, “Libraries Surviving Tough Times”
  • Joyce Saricks, “What we didn’t learn in library school”
  • Celia Ross, “Making sense of business reference”
  • Grace Mary Gouveia, “Collecting and supporting local history”

Here’s what attendees said about the programs:

Confidence building
Exceedingly interesting
She (Joyce Saricks) was amazing.
Great ideas and how-to with a small staff
Dr. Gouveia was very interesting–good choice for a presenter
I will share this info with my library’s other reference librarian
I can serve our community’s needs better because of this training
Norma gave a wonderful presentation about coping in today’s world
Celia was great! Excellent speaker with great useful information and sources
I enjoyed learning from this very knowledgeable and competent presenter. She is very good at explaining complex info in an understandable way. I would recommend her returning in the future for additional presentations.

UPLIFT Grant: The Economics of Consortia class

Joanne Taylor received an UPLIFT Professional Development grant in 2009. One class she attended through the grant was Economics of Information.  Here are her thoughts on just one piece of the puzzle:

The Economics of Consortia

“Libraries have long engaged in cooperative ventures.  Government documents and interlibrary loans are two of the older and better-recognized cooperative arrangements among libraries.  Cooperation among libraries offers participating libraries broader collections of resources to meet many and varied user information needs and often at lower cost to participating libraries.  Where it would not be feasible for all libraries to house the many materials that each of their users might seek; through cooperation there is created a much broader collection that all participants may access.  The concept of sharing resources has recently expanded as electronic resources and the Internet now make broad information access possible at many levels.  On-line catalogs have made it possible for information seekers to view the collections of many libraries using computers from most locations.  Electronic media provide full-text books and journal articles, again for information seekers living and seeking from computers at almost any location.  These information opportunities have lead to the development of more extensive and creative collaboration among libraries.  Further, digitization is opening the possibility for information seekers world-wide to see replications of objects, including books and manuscripts, that have long been protected in secure archival libraries and previously only accessible to limited numbers of scholars. These new media have created opportunities for cooperation among libraries and even expanding circles of cooperation among consortia.  Resource sharing may well expand as current economic conditions constrict library budgets. One might anticipate that further emphasis will be placed on consortial relationships where participants may provide broader access to resources at lower cost.”

I really do appreciate how the State Library has offered this support.  Thanks for all you do.

Joanne Taylor

Mission Possible

By Samantha Hastings, West Jordan Library

            The Uplift Grant allowed me to take the Advanced Management of Information Agencies online course through the University of North Texas.  The main focus of the course was the strategic planning process,  including: library vision statements, library mission statements, conducting information audits, and creating a strategic plan.  This brief article will focus on rethinking library mission statements and strategic planning strategies.

Does each member of your library staff know your library’s vision and/or mission?  Joseph R. Matthews (2005) explains that “In most cases, these mission statements are too lengthy and don’t really get to the heart of the library’s mission.  Too often these statements erroneously include processes that the library uses to deliver its mission” (16).   A good mission statement, according to Matthews, could be printed on a T-shirt (16).  A good mission statement is meaningful and memorable.  According to Scott Beagrie (2005), a mission statement should inspire employees to accomplish or to work toward organizational goals.

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