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Book Buzz

Book Buzz lends book sets to book clubs, book groups, libraries, organizations, schools, and community centers. The Utah State Library acquired the Book Buzz lending program from the Utah Center for the Book, Utah Humanities Council in 2012. Please read our Policies before requesting any books.

Featured Collection

Adventure & Travel

Newest Book Buzz Additions

Option B
Small Great Things
Hidden Figures
Hillbilly Elegy
The Orphan Keeper
Find more new Book Buzz titles

How to Request a Book Set

  1. Choose a Title
  2. Check Availability
  3. Request a Title

Book Buzz Title Lists

Promotional Materials

For questions or problems contact:

Linda Roholt
Book Buzz Coordinator
Phone Number (801) 715-6754 or (800) 662-9150 (Utah toll-free)
Email address lroholt@utah.gov
 

UPLIFT Professional Excellence Grant

Grant Description

The Utah State Library (USL) offers the UPLIFT Professional Excellence Grant to persons employed in Utah libraries for advancing the knowledge, skills, and abilities of individual library employees to better serve their patrons. The Utah State Library funds these grants. Recipients are required to acknowledge the Utah State Library when undertaking and promoting grant supported activities.

Application deadlines:

  • January 15
  • May 15
  • August 15
  • September 15

Applicant Eligibility

  • Applicant must be a resident of Utah for at least one year.
  • Applicant must be employed by, or be a board member of, a publicly funded school or public library, or be a Utah-based member of the Utah Academic Library Consortium.
  • Only one grant per individual funded every two state fiscal years (July 1- June 30).
  • An MLIS applicant must first have completed at least six credit hours in a library science program to be eligible for a tuition support grant.
  • Individuals working in personal, church, or private libraries and full-time students working on general undergraduate degrees are not eligible for these grants.

Project Eligibility (Priority given in the following order)

  • Graduate library science courses.
  • Appropriate undergraduate courses in library science.
  • Appropriate non-credit courses in library science.
  • Workshops, in-depth training opportunities in library service, or library-related conferences having direct impact upon work or board responsibilities.
  • Targeted training that is customized to the audience.

Funds Available

Applicants may request funds to reimburse registration fees and reasonable travel to a professional development opportunity. Applicants registering for credit courses in a graduate or undergraduate library science degree program may request funds for tuition support only. In this circumstance, a maximum grant pays tuition up to $1,000 per individual, based upon available funding. The Utah State Library will reimburse grant recipients enrolled in credit classes after USL receives a copy of an unofficial transcript and evaluation.

Evaluation

Grant recipients agree to evaluate training opportunities and credit courses using the evaluation and claim form provided by the Utah State Library.

Procedures

  • Applications must be submitted online only. See contact information below.
  • Applications are due by 5:00 p.m. on whichever deadline is most appropriate. This schedule may vary in future years depending upon demand and funding.
  • Utah State Library staff reviews the application and gives recommendations to the Director. USL notifies applicants of the decision within thirty days of the review dates (by March 15, July 15, or November 15) and sends out a contract for signatures.
  • The grant recipient returns the signed contract to the State Library.
  • The grant recipient submits financial receipts (for credit courses, a grade report showing successful completion of the course with a grade of C or better), and an evaluation and claim form to the Utah State Library within 30 days of the completion of the event.

For more information or assistance contact:

Jessica Whetman
Training Coordinator
250 North 1950 West, Suite A
Salt Lake City, UT 84116
Phone Number (801) 715-6762 or (800) 662-9150 (Utah toll-free)
Email address jwhetman@utah.gov
 

ARSL Grant

2017 ARSL Grant Information

Application Deadline: May 15, 2017, 11:30 PM

The Utah State Library is offering a grant to pay for attendance to the Association for Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) Conference, September 7-9, 2017 in St. George, UT.  It may also include the preconference on September 6, 2017.

This grant covers conference registration, a one year membership to ARSL, and travel expenses excepting car rental, up to $1,000 total.

The Utah State Library (USL) offers the UPLIFT Professional Excellence Grant to persons employed in Utah libraries for advancing the knowledge, skills, and abilities of individual library employees to better serve their patrons.

Application

Online Application

Applicant Eligibility

Applicant must be a library director, library staff, or trustee in a small or rural public library or a tribal library in Utah.

Project Eligibility

This grant round is limited to attendance at the Association of Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) to be held in in St. George, UT on September 7-9, 2017, preconference September 6.

Funds Available

USL pays for registration, ARSL membership, lodging, meals, and transportation expenses excluding car rental. The maximum award is up to $1,000 per individual. Applicant must complete the Memorandum of Agreement (MOA).

Acknowledgement

The USL and the Library Services Technology Act (LSTA) fund these grants. Recipients are required to acknowledge USL and LSTA when undertaking and promoting grant supported activities.

Evaluation

Grant recipients agree to evaluate this experience using the Claim Form provided by USL.

  1. Online Claim & Final Report Form

Procedures

  1. Apply online
  2. Applications are due by 11:30 pm on May 15, 2017.
  3. Utah State Library Division staff reviews the applications and gives recommendations to the Division Director. Decisions are made based upon the merits of the application. The Division notifies applicants of the decision within 15 days of the review date and sends out a memorandum of agreement (MOA) for signatures.
  4. The grant recipient returns the signed MOA, and all attachments, to Julie Anderson of the State Library, 801-715-6797, juanderson@utah.gov.
  5. The grant recipient submits financial receipts and the Claim Form and Final Report Form document to the Utah State Library Division by October 1, 2017.
  6. Attendees will be required to share what they learned with the larger Utah library community within one year:
    1. Present information you learned in an online training session sponsored by the State Library (Jessica Whetman will help with this)
    2. Submit a short review for use on the State Library’s social media pages
    3. Present at ULA or another Utah library conference
    4. Provide training at your library that others from neighboring libraries may attend
    5. Other

For more information or for assistance in the grant process, contact:

Jessica Whetman
Training Coordinator
Phone Number (801) 715-6762 or (800) 662-9150 (Utah toll-free)
Email address jwhetman@utah.gov
 

Library Statistics Dashboard

The Library Statistics Dashboard visually shows the use and activity of Utah State Library programs. Our Dashboard will be evolving over the coming weeks. Check back soon.

2017 Webinars

May 10, 2017 – Register
All for Tech & Tech for All, Part 3
Shauna Edson, Elaine Stehel, and Stacy Vincent
May 3, 2017 – Register
All for Tech & Tech for All, Part 2
Shauna Edson, Elaine Stehel, and Stacy Vincent
April 26, 2017 – Register
All for Tech & Tech for All, Part 1
Shauna Edson, Elaine Stehel, and Stacy Vincent
February 23, 2017
Delegating: When, How, and to Whom?
Linda Bruno