Registration is still Open for Conference 2020!

Coding Grant

Keynotes

What do the authors Ellen Oh, Karl Beckstrand and Mackenzie Lee all have in common?


Keynote

Ellen Oh is the co-founder of We Need Diverse Books, the groundbreaking, grassroots non-profit organization that advocates essential changes in the publishing industry to produce and promote literature that reflects and honors the lives of all young people.

She is also the author of the award-winning Spirit Hunters series for middle grade readers and the Prophecy trilogy (Prophecy, Warrior, and King) for young adults.


Lunch

Publisher and speaker Karl Beckstrand is the bestselling and award-winning author/illustrator of 21 multicultural/multilingual books and more than 60 ebook titles. He has a B.A. in journalism from BYU, an M.A. in international relations from APU, and a broadcast & film certificate from Film A. Academy.

Since 2004 he has run Premio publishing focusing on multicultural YA fiction, e-book mysteries, nonfiction/biographies, Spanish language & bilingual picture books (with ESL/ELL pronunciation guide), short stories, wordless books, Up-lit, and activity STEM books (astronomy, zoology, ecology) feature diverse characters in vivid color.



Both will be at our conference on March 06. Will you? Register and get more information on our UELMA.org and Conference pages.

Words Have Power

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Schedule:

10:00 – 11:00 – Opening Session – Wanda Huffaker, Chair-elect of the ALA Roundtable on Intellectual Freedom
11:00 – 11:15 – Break/Snack
11:15 – 12:00 – Breakout Session One
12:15 – 1:00 – Breakout Session Two

Breakout Sessions – (Participants pick two)

  • Evaluating and Updating Library Policies to Foster Academic Freedom – Jim Wilson, Canyons School District
  • Book Selection Strategies and Guidelines – Sharon Deeds, State Library
  • Good Reading Processes – Monica Flint, Davis School District

                               

Please see the attached flyer for our upcoming statewide symposium on intellectual freedom.  The  main meeting/broadcast site will be at Highland High School.  We are excited to have the following regional sites onboard – Heber City, Blanding, Richfield, Price and Cedar City.   We are still working out logistics to broadcast to the Uintah Basin, Grand County and Logan and other areas which have all shown interest in having local meetings. We can arrange for more sites if there is interest.

Wanda Huffaker, Chair-Elect of the ALA Intellectual Freedom Round Table, will be our keynote speaker and there will be breakout sessions following.

Our Agenda for the day will be:

  • 10:00 – 11:00 AM:  Opening Session – Keynote
  • 11:00 – 11:15 AM: Break/Snacks
  • 11:15 AM – 12:00 PM:  Breakout Session 1
  • 12:15 – 1:00 PM:  Breakout Session 2


The entire event will be broadcast, including the breakout sessions. This will be a very informational event, if you have questions about book purchasing policies, book challenges and how to handle controversial content and more,  you must attend! You can register in Midas, this is the state system mostly used by teachers, but all paraprofessional have access as well, you just need to create an account here.https://usbe.midaseducation.com/site.php?page_id=1210

President Invite

To all Utah school librarians and those who support library programs. Studies show school libraries impact all students for success. The 2020 UELMA Conference theme, Libraries Are For Everyone, spotlights what we do to assure our students see themselves in the library. On behalf of the UELMA Board and UELMA 2020 Conference Committee, I invite you to join us in Ogden at Weber State University on Friday, March 6, 2020.

Don’t miss:

  • Amazing Keynotes including Ellen Oh, author and co-founder of We Need Diverse Books, and Karl Beckstrand, author/illustrator of 21 multicultural/multilingual books.
  • Engaging Breakout Sessions elaborating ways the National School Library Standards are implemented for our students to have the best opportunity to Think, Create, Share, and Grow.
  • Awesome Networking Opportunities with your Personal Learning Network of fabulous Utah school librarians.
  • Incredible Exhibitors of everything library!

I’m looking forward to seeing you at UELMA 2020!

Ann Riding
UELMA President, 2019-2020