Utah State Library for the Blind loses Radio Reading Service

Nostalgia washes through me about the Utah State Library for the Blind’s loss of their Radio Reading Service, effective April 2010.

Sure, it may be an outmoded idea, not really a 21st Century Idea. ¬†And sure, the State of Utah has huge budget cuts and we need to keep a balanced budget. And sure, I support our Governor Herbert and our legislature on keeping a balanced budget. After all, we try to do that at home and it seems to be workin’.

I especially support USL admin for doing their homework and finding the least used service, since we can’t keep them all in these tight times. Hopefully one day we’ll be back to the days we had pre-recession. I’m all for that.

Moreover, many people may have given up the radio for something zestier like facebook, like twitter, like Salt Lake Tribune online, who has thoughtfully written an article about it.

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Law Library Celebrates National Library Week

In commemoration of National Library Week, the Utah State Law Library will be offering a number of classes and tours at the Matheson Courthouse (April 13-16, 2009).

Introduction to Resources for Self-Represented Parties

The class introduces the resources available for people representing themselves in court, including how to find an attorney, legal clinics, forms, the Online Court Assistance Program and other resources. The presentation will be followed by a tour of the Utah State Law Library introducing the print and electronic resources available.

  • Monday, April 13th 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
  • Wednesday, April 15th 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. and 3:30 – 4:30 p.m.

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Federal Recovery Grant Money for Library Broadband

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, Public Law No. 111-5, will be providing $4.7 billion establishing the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program. This program will fund eligible entities to develop and expand broadband services to rural and underserved areas and to improve access to broadband by public safety agencies.

At least $200 million of this funding will be available in grants for upgrading broadband at public computing centers including community college libraries and public libraries.

Get the details about these broadband grants at:


Financial Wellness Programs

Salt Lake County Libraries and the Utah State Law Library have partnered with local experts to present a series of financial wellness programs to the Salt Lake community.

These free classes will be offered in March and April. Feel free to attend any or all of the classes. Registration is not required.

Estate Planning 
East Millcreek Library, Tuesday, March 31 at 7:00 p.m.

Bankruptcy 101
Columbus Library, Tuesday, April 7 at 7:00 p.m.

Foreclosures 101
East Millcreek Library, Tuesday, March 17 at 7:00 p.m.
West Jordan Library, Thursday, March 26 at 7:00 p.m.
Taylorsville Library, Wednesday, April 29 at 7:00 p.m.

Overview of Landlord/Tenant Law
East Millcreek Library, Wednesday, April 15 at 7:00 p.m.
Columbus Library, Wednesday, April 22 at 7:00 p.m.
West Jordan Library, Thursday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m.

Visit the Salt Lake County Library Services map for location information.

Want more information? Contact the Utah State Law Library at 801-238-7990 or library@email.utcourts.gov.

Using Maps to Access Library Resources

The public has a great interest in being able to access information by typing in an address, entering a zip code, selecting a location on a map, or automatically receiving content via GPS detection in their mobile devices. Google Maps mashups are almost expected on every site.

Who represents me in the Utah Capitol?

http://www.scottriding.com/utahlegislators/Utah legislature interactive map
This extremely useful mashup by Scott Riding shows what is possible in combining Google Maps with geographic data from the Automated Geographic Reference Center and legislative directory information from Legislative Research and General Counsel. Just type in your address or select your community from a list to see who is representing you (thank you Phil Windley for the alert).

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