UELMA Conference 2018 Keynote Speakers

 

We are excited to announce the keynote speakers for the

UELMA March 9, 2018 Conference!

 
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Shannon McClintock Miller
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Craig Seasholes

Shannon is THE Future Ready Librarian guru. She is an author, teacher librarian, international speaker and consultant, the 2016 ISTE Make It Happen Recipient, and a 2017 AASL Social Media Superstar Finalist. This past February, Shannon was named Spokesperson for Future Ready Librarians. Read about Shannon in this School Library Journal article and check out her blog, The Library Voice . Shannon will be joining us via Skype.  Craig is an elementary teacher-librarian in Seattle, Washington. He has been president of the Washington Library Media Association several times as well as an AASL director for the Pacific Northwest (Region 8). He blogs at Booksmansbytes and is active @craigseasholes on Twitter.

 

We are fortunate that Craig will be the “Sage on the Stage” with Shannon during the keynote.

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UELMA Board Members with Shannon and Craig at AASL

UELMA 2018 Conference Wrap Up

2018 Conference – Future Ready Librarians – The Future is Now!

The 2018 Conference is behind us and what a wonderful day it was!  Thank you so much for attending and we hope that it was informative and fun. Please remember you can access conference session videos on the UELMA website under Member Resources (https://uelma.org/member-resources/). (email us at uelmaboard@gmail.com if you need the password)

Here are a few of the conference highlights:

  • Skyping with Shannon McClintock Miller in Hong Kong – a first for our conference!
  • Authors Pamela S. Turner, Jean Reagan and Emily Summerill – inspiring speakers!
  • Amazing Book Art Contest – what talented crafters we are with books!
  • 35 Sessions with over 45 Presenters – the largest offering ever!
  • The Idea Lab Café – multiple presentations to sample!
  • Shuttle Service to alleviate parking – a first for UELMA and UCCC!
  • And last, but certainly not least – 465 library staff/supporters/vendors in attendance – a record!

Much gratitude to the inspiring and inexhaustible 2018 conference committee, the UELMA Board and conference volunteers. With all of the presenters, we had an army of facilitators. We are an organization of volunteers and pulling this conference together is a labor of love and endurance. This event would not have been possible without everyone’s efforts.

We also want to thank the Utah State Library for the generous $3,000.00 Uplift Grant that offset the rental cost of the venue. It was a pleasure to meet Colleen Leggett, the new Director of the Utah State Library, and show her our passion for school libraries.

sarah headshotFinally, I want to thank you for the opportunity to serve you on the UELMA Board. I have had an amazing time the last 5 years meeting so many of you throughout Utah. You are all truly inspiring. I am not only leaving the Board this spring but also retiring as a library technology teacher. This truly has been a dream career for me but it is time for me to let others have this much fun. Thank you, all of you, for your support, collaboration and friendship. You are wonderful.

Sarah G. Herron

2018 UELMA Past President & Conference Chair

UELMA Live!

Thanks to everyone who made the UELMA Conference a hit! We had record attendance and the feedback has very positive! Attendees can access all the session information in the members section here with the password provided in a previous email. Need help? Use the Contact form.

Be sure to mark your calendars now for next year so you don’t miss the fun! March 8 2019!

Conference Evaluation and Relicensure Points

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Your feedback is important to us, we use the information to plan for next year’s conference and we appreciate your time and value your thoughts.

At the end of the evaluation, there is a section to complete to register for licensure points.

Please take a moment to complete the evaluation, for your convenience, we have provided the survey in the following formats:

Online Survey-Click here to access

Fill out the survey on your device.

 

 

 

Click here to Download and Print (paper copies available at the registration table)

2018 Conference Evaluation Paper Version.docx

Service Project 2018

Update May 2018

UELMA 2018 Service Project Recap

The service project chosen for the 2018 UELMA Conference focused on the Delta North Elementary School library in Delta, Utah. According to Betsy Lee, school librarian, the library shelves were in a state of disrepair due to weakened particle board shelves. The shelves were overcrowded and collapsing which became a hazard to students and library staff. As a result, library book trucks were used as replacement bookshelves.

Delna Bliss, principal of Delta North Elementary wrote in their thank you letter, “Your kind gesture will help us fix our shelves that are in bad need of repair. Thank you for thinking of rural schools. It is a great feeling to know you recognize our needs and are willing to help. The superintendent is aware of your generous donation and is also appreciative.” Through the generosity of UELMA members, a total $767.20 was donated to their library.

 

Thanks to the generosity and giving spirit of all the UELMA members, $767.20 was raised for the service project at Delta North Elementary! We so appreciate the camaraderie and support that is shown by all members!

 

The Delta North Elementary School was built in 1993. The shelving in the library is from the original build out. The weight of the books, combined with gaps between the shelves and the side of the bookshelves, are causing the the peg holes to tear out the particle board and weakening shelf support. This can be dangerous. When moving books, whether removing or reshelving, the shelves often fall. Adjustment of the shelves does help, but there isn’t much leeway available due to book size. Moving the shelves helps with this situation, however doing so causes another issue. It puts the books too high for the students to see titles well and makes it difficult for them to remove and replace the books. I have concern for my students safety. Currently there are two carts used as shelves for thin paperback books. An alternative shelving unit would facilitate better accessibility to the books.  I really want the library to be a place of learning, adventure, and exploration for the students. Having the shelves replaced or repaired will provide a greater opportunity for students to expand their horizons by creating an efficient and safe atmosphere for learning engagement.  

Thank you for considering the Delta North Elementary library as a recipient for your service project.

Sincerely,

Betsy Lee

Delta North Elementary School Librarian

UELMA Social Media Conference Information

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Hello,

We are so excited you will be joining us this year!

The conference  will be held March 9th at the:

Utah Cultural Event Center

Click here to see the full schedule

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Repurposed Book Art Contest

Do you have piles of well-loved but tattered and now discarded books?
Turn them into art – flowers, clothing, furniture, table art – the sky’s the limit!
Enter your creations in the Repurposed Book Art Contest.
Win a Grand Prize of a $50 gift certificate from King’s English!
Great way to replace those worn copies that you used!
Members will vote on the Conference favorite by the start of lunch so the winner can purchase books from the Book Sales at the conference.
We can’t wait to see your creations! See you at the UELMA Conference!
Need some Inspiration? Check out Pinterest!