Library Collaboration on UEN PD!

In part one of this special two-part series, host Katie Blunt takes you to Providence Hall High School in Herriman, Utah, to meet with Library Media Specialist Mariah Gerlach, who shows us how she uses technology tools to support students’ information literacy skills while collaborating with English teacher Catherine Jensen and her students on their research project. More resources here!

UELMA Service Project 2020


Panguitch High School is located in Garfield County, Utah. This is one of the more remote towns in Southern Utah, it is designated as a “frontier town”, with only one traffic light in the whole county! The county’s economy has struggled as timber and farming jobs have disappeared. This area is the gateway to Bryce Canyon and depends on tourism to sustain the economy. This has made it difficult for the school district to operate financially, and one area of impact has been the library. It has not been staffed for several years. The teachers and students at this school are rugged pioneers and have been making the best of it. They use the old pocket card system and student honor system, so students still have access to books, but nothing has been added to the library.

At this point, the school has involved the teachers, Student Council, Trustlands Committee and others to create plans for a “new” library that will meet the students’ needs for years to come. They have procured funding to order new shelving and hire a librarian, but could really use the help from our UELMA Librarians!

This school would love to have 7-12th grade fiction books to offer their students. You can donate a book at our UELMA Conference March 6 or donate the funds to buy a book or two.

Ways you can help!
Contact Chris and I’ll pick them up
Donate books at the information table, be sure to fill out the bookplate.
Donate cash during lunch, we’ll pass the hat.
Donate at Donors Choose, use the code “liftoff” to double your donation!
Thank you!

This is what the students have designed!

Words Have Power

more information on this!


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.

Southern Utah Media Conference

October is a great time of year to be in Southern Utah!

Come to the beautiful Southern Utah University Campus and join over 100 librarians from the Southwest Region to share ideas and make new friends!

We will have book vendors, engaging sessions on topics such as Collection Development, Library Lessons, revealing a brand new training opportunity and sharing a new software program for creating MARC Records.

Admission is free for Media Specialists in the Southwest Educational Development Center area, we ask those not in the SEDC region to please pay $15 at the door to cover lunch.

Register Here-

Contact Chris Haught ( with questions or if you would like to present!