This year’s theme is “Explore! Enrich! Engage! The Future is here.” We’re excited to have Joan Frye Williams, an independent consultant focused on re-imagining libraries for a changing environment, as our keynote speaker. The conference will also feature Nathan Hale, the author and illustrator of many exciting graphic novels and picture books for children, including the Eisner-nominated graphic novel Rapunzel's Revenge and its sequel, Calamity Jack, as our lunch speaker. Additionally, one of our featured pre-conference programs, entitled Real World Library Safety & Security, presented by Warren Graham, will provide instruction on the full spectrum of library security needs.
The mission of the Utah Library Association is to serve the professional development and educational needs of its members and to provide leadership and direction in developing and improving library and information services in the state. In order to accomplish these goals, ULA provides continuing education programs for Utah librarians and library employees, especially at its annual spring conference. The Association also initiates and supports legislation promoting library development and monitors legislation that might threaten Utah libraries and librarians. ULA offers members a number of opportunities for library leadership, professional growth, networking, and community service. We hope that you will find the Utah Library Association to be an organization that makes a difference for you, for Utah librarians, for Utah Libraries, and for the citizens of Utah.