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UPLIFT Training


About UPLIFT Training

The Utah State Library offers the popular core courses required to meet the personnel standard required for public library certification under Standards for Utah Public Libraries.

Library directors and key personnel who do not have formal training in library science may participate in basic certification training which includes introductory coursework in core areas:

  • Reference brings the skills needed to be an effective provider of reference and information services. Emphasis is on reference services, the reference interview, online searching strategies including Pioneer, and sources of information. Fall 2018
  • Library Administration covers the fundamentals of public library administration, the need to integrate planning, budgeting, the basics of personnel management and policy development. Spring 2019
  • Cataloging/Acquisitions/Technical Services explains how to create accurate bibliographic records and standard resources used in catalog work: Dewey Decimal Schedules, AACR2 Rules, and MARC Records; also basic acquisitions and technical services functions. Fall 2019
  • Youth Services explores the elements of running a successful program for children and teens including presenting library programs for children and young adults, developing children’s and young adult materials collections, and using the stages of childhood and adolescent development to guide your programs. Spring 2020
  • Collection Development teaches the principles of selection of library materials and standard practices involved in building and promoting collections. Fall 2020
  • Technology includes things the librarian needs to know to keep computer services up and running. It includes computer security, wireless access issues and solutions, technical support that the librarian can do, and when to call an IT person for help. Spring 2021

For more information or assistance contact:

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

Team 3: H.E.A.L.T.H. (Health Empowerment Alliance for Literacy and Tech Help)

Many people who are living with Multiple Sclerosis are isolated from information and support. An abundance of information support is accessible online. Some of the people living with MS in Utah do not have access to a computer with internet service, or do not have the skills to access information online. There are long stretches of time between their doctor visits and they do not always feel well enough to leave the house.

Libraries are in a unique position to help. Through this project we will provide people who are living with MS a tablet with Internet service for a 30 day period. We will pre-load the tablet with personalized information and provide them with some basic training.  Acquired skills will provide participants with long term health management.

Team Participants:

Katie Larsen, Tooele City Library
Casey Cox, Tooele City Library
Erica Lake, Spencer  S. Eccles Health Science Library
Liesl Seborg, Salt Lake County Library, Hunter Branch

ILEAD 2015 Team 3 Group Photo: H.E.A.L.T.H. (Health Empowerment Alliance for Literacy and Tech Help)

H.E.A.L.T.H. Group Photo

Team 2: Cache Collection Connection

The Cache Collection project seeks to supplement the collections of 9 libraries in Cache Valley by deploying Kindle Fire HD tablets that are circulated with pre-loaded content. The benefits for this project are numerous and diverse for the libraries participating in the project. By using the relatively inexpensive tablets and establishing a collection development protocol that increases the content offered by the libraries for much less than the traditional models and simultaneously decreasing the staff effort allocation we can significantly enhance the collection of our participating libraries.

Team Participants:

Anne Hedrich, Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library
Adam Winger, North Logan City Library
Paul Daybell, North Logan City Library
Shawn Bliss, Cache County Bookmobile
Karen Clark, Logan Library

ILEAD 2015 Team 2 Group Photo: Cache Collection Connection

Cache Collection Connection Group Photo

Utah OER Website

Utah OER Poster Board

Team 1: Utah OER: Open Educational Resources

Utah OER exists to increase awareness of the many, free open educational resources available and uses marketing and strategy to encourage the adoption of these resources in classrooms all over Utah. The site we develop will aggregate useful resources as well as seek to educate visitors on OER in general. We seek partnership with existing organizations with similar purposes.

Team Participants:

Donald Williams, LDS Business College Library
Mary Naylor, LDS Business College Library
Allyson Mower, University of Utah, Marriott Library
Jen Hughes, Salt Lake Community College, Markosian Library
Trevor Young, Utah Valley University Library

ILEAD 2015 Team 1 Group Photo: Utah OER

Utah OER Group Photo

Utah OER Website

Utah OER Poster Board

ILEAD USA Utah 2015

Utah was one of ten states participating in ILEAD USA (Innovative Librarians Explore, Apply and Discover) in 2015. ILEAD USA was a year-long program designed to help library staff understand and respond to user needs through the application of participatory technology tools and the creation of an easy-to-replicate model program.

2015 Utah ILEAD Projects

2015 Utah ILEAD Speakers



2015 Utah Program Dates

Session 3: October 26-29, 2015

Tuesday, October 27, 2015
Keynote: 8:00am – 9:15 am MST
Libraries are for use. And by use, I mean copying.
Mita Williams, Librarian, Leddy Library, University of Windsor
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Libraries are allowed to lend printed books because of the first-sale doctrine. But digital and digitized material does not fall under the doctrine so now frequently, ownership is kept by publishers and use is governed by restrictive licenses. In this talk, we are going to explore what possibilities libraries might explore in this new landscape and will consider that the future of libraries might be dependent on the ability to copy work.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015
Keynote: 8:00am – 9:15 am MST
Making and Learning in Libraries
Bill Derry, Director of Innovation, The Westport Library, Westport, CT
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With over 3 years of managing a Makerspace at the Westport Library there are many stories to share about planning, implementing and growing a participatory learning environment. MakerSpaces are serving as engaging learning environments in all types of libraries. They are symbols of the evolving library and this presentation will focus on concepts and strategies that can be used to help create or expand YOUR community’s interpretation of a Makerspace.

Thursday, October 29, 2015
Keynote: 10:30am – 11:00 am MST
Final Thoughts with David Lankes
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Session 2: June 22-25, 2015

  1. Agenda
  2. Videos: Illinois Keynote Speakers
    1. David Lankes
      1. Part 1
      2. Part 2
      3. Part 3
      4. Part 4
    2. James LaRue
    3. Michael Stephens
  3. Videos: Utah Speakers
    1. Catherine Soehner & John Spears
    2. Anne Arendt
    3. Kari May
    4. Tod Robbins
    5. Amanda Crittenden

Session 1: March 23-26, 2015

  1. Social Media Links
  2.  Keynotes
    1. Keynote Schedule
    2. Handouts for Keynotes
    3. Keynote Video: Anne Craig / David Lankes
    4. Keynote Video: John Emerson
    5. Keynote Video: Eli Neiburger
    6. Keynote Video: Sina Bahram
    7. Keynote Video: David Bendekovic
    8. Keynote Video: The Llamas
  3. ILEAD USA Utah Team Videos
    1. HEALTH (Health Empowerment Alliance for Literacy and Tech Help)
    2. The Advisors
    3. Utah OER (Open Educational Resources)
    4. Cache Collection Connection
    5. ELF (Early Literacy Facilitators)

For more information or assistance contact: 

Kristen Stehel
ILEAD USA Utah Program Director
Phone Number (801) 715-6753 or (800) 662-9150 (Utah toll-free)
Email address


UPLIFTUPLIFT – Utah Public Library Institute for Training

Goal: To meet the need of Utah’s library staff and public library trustees for ongoing training so they may provide dynamic professional library service.

Basic Certification Training | Grants | Find & Register for Workshops

Program Description

Through the Utah Public Library Institute for Training (UPLIFT), the Utah State Library (USL) offers a variety of training opportunities for Utah library staff and trustees. UPLIFT includes training for non-MLS library staff, the full library community, and for library trustees, through special institutes, mini-workshops, teleconferences, and grants to individuals and library organizations.

For more information or assistance contact:

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


2015 Program | 2013 Program

Innovative Librarians Explore, Apply and Discover (ILEAD): The 21st Century Technology and Leadership Skills Institute for the States

The primary goal of ILEAD USA Utah is to implement national programs that develop the knowledge, skills and abilities of library staff members who will apply participatory technology tools to understand and respond to users needs. ILEAD was designed to help library staff understand and respond to user needs through the application of participatory technology tools and the creation of an easy-to-replicate model program.

Examples of participatory technology tools include:

Blogging Tools
Digital Audio/Podcasting
Digital Photography
Digital Video
Instant Messaging
Photo Sharing Sites
Social Bookmarking
Social Networking
Virtual Reference
Virtual Worlds
Web Conferencing

The primary role of each ILEAD Team is to create an innovative program directly addressing an identified user need. Individual participants will join together in diverse teams, including public, school, and academic librarians, as well as specialized library staff members. Each team will be assigned a qualified mentor who will work with participants throughout their program development process.

ILEAD USA has a direct impact on end users by engaging communities in conversations to identify needs, involving community user representatives to provide critical feedback during product development, and using team products to meet identified needs and to improve quality of life in Utah communities.

Each team member will select a community user (or “user/patron”) representative who will provide feedback during the project, bringing the total number of community user representatives per team to five. These representatives will give direct feedback about plans and the team products, and will help assess whether the team products are reaching a community or addressing a constituent need. Team members will regularly consult their user representatives, asking for opinions and assessments, as well as allowing experimentation with prototypes of team products.

Curricula will focus on strategic leadership; effective survey techniques; community needs assessment skills; working with reluctant administrations; privacy and security issues with participatory technology; and meaningful applications of technological solutions. The curricula will endeavor to inspire, and to encourage play and experimentation.


ILEAD USA Utah 2013

Utah was one of five states participating in ILEAD USA (Innovative Librarians Explore, Apply and Discover) in 2013. ILEAD USA was a year-long program designed to help library staff understand and respond to user needs through the application of participatory technology tools and the creation of an easy-to-replicate model program.

The six ILEAD USA Utah 2013 projects were:

  1. Utah Accessible Tutorials provides videos, webinars, training, & information to librarians working with patrons with a variety of physical, mental and leaning disabilities.
  2. Utah Author Visits helps Utahns find or submit author public events in Utah. Subscribe to the calendar to keep informed.
  3. Utah Bookmobiles created a a tug at your heartstrings video showing the importance of Bookmobiles in rural Utah.
  4. Creative Libraries Utah provides a space where libraries can share and freely use library created resources. Materials are public domain or use Creative Commons licenses.
  5. Digitizing Community Resources is working with the Salt Lake City Public Library & the Church History Library to digitize obituaries and user generator content. No website yet.
  6. Highway 89 Collections is an online exhibit that captures Highway 89’s storied past through the digitization of photographs, manuscripts, and printed items.

For more information or assistance contact: 

Kristen Stehel
ILEAD USA Utah Program Director
Phone Number (801) 715-6753 or (800) 662-9150 (Utah toll-free)
Email address

Build-A-Lab – View Archived Webinars

Eventbrite - Build-A-Lab: Techspiration in Brownsburg IN
Eventbrite - Build-A-Lab: Digital Projects in Darien, CT
Eventbrite - Build-A-Lab: Digital Media Lab in Highland Park IL
Eventbrite - Build-A-Lab: Makerspaces in Lomira QuadGraphics, WI
Eventbrite - Build-A-Lab: Media Labs in Ela Area, IL

This five-part online series highlights Digital Media Labs and Makerspaces in public libraries across America. Digital Media Labs provide library patrons with a space where they may use various digital media technologies that support their educational, professional, and personal goals and endeavors. Labs include equipment and software. Patrons can create, design, restore and share: videos, images, music, websites, presentations, animations, digital art, physical objects, eBooks, podcasts, and much more.

  1. Brownsburg Public Library Techspiration: Creative Media Lab in Brownsburg, IN (January 14) – View webinar
  2. Darien Library Digital Media Lab in Darien, CT (January 28) – View webinar
  3. Highland Park Public Library Digital Media Lab, in Highland Park, IL (February 11) – View webinar
  4. Lomira QuadGraphics Community Library Makerspace in Lomira WI (February 25) – View webinar
  5. Ela Area Public Library Digital Media Labs in Lake Zurich, IL (March 4) – View webinar

For more information or assistance contact:

Kristen Stehel
Innovative Technology Coordinator
Phone Number (800) 662-9150 x753 (Utah toll-free) or (801) 715-6753
Email address

ULA Lunch Hour Librarianship

Utah Library Association (ULA) LogoThe Utah State Library is partnering with the Utah Library Association (ULA) to bring you occasional online learning opportunities about libraries and librarians.

No trainings at this time.

View previous webinars.

For more information or assistance contact:

Colleen Eggett
Training Coordinator
Phone Number (801) 715-6776 or (800) 662-9150 (Utah toll-free)
Email address