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Utah State Library Awarded Contract for Blind and Disabled Library Service

SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah State Library will continue to provide blind and disabled library service to states west of the Mississippi River through a contract that is nearly $1 million and supports at least seven jobs in the state.

The agreement with the Library of Congress’ National Library Service for operation of the Multistate Center West is the largest service contract for the Utah State Library.

The contract’s renewal allows Utah blind residents to continue to have immediate access to materials not only in the Blind State Warehouse, but also available through the Multistate Center West. Currency Reader machines are also available to the blind in Utah through the Utah State Library.

“The Utah State Library is honored to be selected by the Library of Congress to continue to operate the Multistate Center West,” State Librarian Donna Jones Morris said. “The contract means that Utah continues to be a leader in blind and disabled library services.“

Housed in Utah State Library headquarters (250 N., 1950 W., Salt Lake City), the Multistate Center West is the National Library Service’s western distribution center for equipment and special format reading materials, including Braille and audio books. It also provides materials and machines nationwide through the Interlibrary Loan program.

The Utah State Library contracts with 19 states to provide Braille materials and full library service to Alaska and Wyoming. Library service for the blind and disabled is free for patrons who qualify to receive material.

Media Contact: Josh Loftin
Utah Department of Heritage & Arts
801-245-7205
jloftin@utah.gov

Applications Open for DesignArts Utah ‘17 Exhibit

Design Arts Utah logoSALT LAKE CITY — Utah designers from all fields are encouraged to apply for the annual DesignArts Utah exhibition.

The Utah Division of Arts & Museums’ Design Arts Program will host the 2017 exhibition Sept. 8 through Oct. 20 at the Rio Gallery in Salt Lake City. Applications can be uploaded here. Designers in any field are encouraged to submit their work. Realized, conceptual, or prototype designs are eligible. The deadline for applications is July 10, 2017.

DesignArts Utah celebrates the state’s great designers and provides a valuable platform for viewers to engage with the design community. Partners in this free public exhibition include Salt Lake Design Week and Craft Lake City.

Brooke Hodge, the director of the Palm Springs Art Museum Architecture and Design Center, formerly with the Cooper Hewitt, The Hammer and Los Angeles MOCA, will curate the exhibition. The designer selected as the Juror’s Award Winner will receive a $3,000 award. Two designers selected in the student category will each receive a $500 award.

In conjunction with Salt Lake Gallery Stroll and Salt Lake Design Week, a closing reception will take place Oct. 20th from 6-9 pm at the Rio Gallery. Admission for the public reception is free.

To learn more about Utah Division of Arts & Museums’ Design Arts program or to view past exhibition catalogs and images, visit visualarts.utah.gov. If you have any questions contact Mackenzie Morton (email or call 801.245.7270) or Jim Glenn (email or call 801.245.7271).

Media Contact:
Josh Loftin
Utah Department of Heritage & Arts
801-245-7205
jloftin@utah.gov

 

New Poet Laureate Celebrates Literary Voices Throughout Utah

Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert has named University of Utah English professor Paisley Rekdal as the state’s new Poet Laureate.

“The literary arts are an essential part of our state’s rich cultural heritage,” Herbert said. “Ms. Rekdal’s artistic accomplishments and teaching service make her ideally suited to continue the tradition of bringing poetry and literature to the people of Utah.”

During her four-year term, Rekdal will serve as the governor-appointed advocate for literature and the arts. She is also available to conduct readings and lead workshops for community groups, arts organizations, and educators. Continue reading