Gratitude in the Workplace

by Faye D. Fischer Thanksgiving is here! Hopefully you can find a little quiet time for reflection in the whirlwind of the holiday and focus on all there is to be grateful for. I notice that I always feel a little bit better when I think about what I have instead of what I don’t. Research on gratitude is still …

Updated Collection Policy

by Faye D. Fischer Earlier this year Marie Erickson and the Resources Team worked to make some updates to our collection policy.  A well-developed collection plan helps a library use their resources in ways that support and maintain their mission and avoid ending up with a collection that reflects bias or passing trends. It is more important than ever to …

Get to Know the New USL Board Chair

Earlier this year the Utah State Library Board elected Rebekah Cummings as the new board chair. Rebekah Cummings is the Interim Director of Digital Matters at the University of Utah Marriott Library where she coordinates digital humanities research, teaching, and support. Prior to her current position, Rebekah was the Assistant Director of the Mountain West Digital Library and the Data …

La Fantasma

by Faye D. Fischer Preface: Every library has a ghost story. The State Library is no exception. The following is an adaptation of true events. Some liberty has been taken, but many of the staff walk a little faster past the stacks at dusk and dawn or report feeling like they are being watched when they work late at night. …

What’s the Buzz with Book Buzz?

by Faye D. Fischer and Hannah Jones Many of you have heard of Book Buzz, the Utah State Library program for loaning out sets of books to book clubs, libraries, schools, community centers, and other groups. But do you know how much the program is growing? We want to share some exciting updates with you! Our collection is growing. Since …

Cook by the Book

by Faye D. Fischer There is something that happens when you can feel that cool edge in the air, and the leaves begin to change; a primal physiological shift telling you to settle in and slow down. It’s time to gather the harvest and start baking again! It’s time for soups and stews and the hearty meals you just didn’t …

Digital Equity Summer Outreach

by Faye D. Fischer and Amanda Rock Liz Gabbitas, USL Digital Equity and Education Program Manager and Cristina Reyes, USL’s Rural Services Program Specialist, hosted community events for rural Utahns focused on digital equity. Lots of families attended both events and had a great time. In exchange for ice cream treats, kids shared information about their computer skills while adults …

Work Can Be Fun

by Faye D. Fischer The summer is in full swing and here at the Utah State Library our director gave us a gift to boost our morale and help celebrate the season. We received some awesome library swag, a tumbler and mug marked with the library logo and the phrase “work can be fun.” This is a central tenet of …

USL Grant Performance Rubric

by Faye D. Fischer and Rachel Cook The Utah State Library is rolling out something new for the fiscal year 2023 grant season. In an effort to align more fully with federal LSTA grant guidelines, we are implementing a grant performance rubric. The new rubric will help us manage our risk and assure that we have ongoing funding to support …

Celebrating Juneteenth with Our Diversity Collection

by Amanda Rock When April Kennedy was hired as a readers’ advisor at the Utah State Library in 2017, she asked for time off to celebrate Juneteenth in Austin, Texas. She had to explain what Juneteenth was to her co-workers. Five years later, Juneteenth became a State holiday in Utah.  Commemorating the end of slavery in the U.S. and celebrating …

A Newsletter with History

By Faye D. Fischer The Utah State Library newsletter has a history that spans over 62 years. The newsletter is a journey in ever advancing technology. Going from a hand drawn banner printed and stapled together, to a bound edition using the best computer graphics the 80s had to offer, to a pdf electronic file, to an email format delivered …

Welcome to Our Blog

By Faye D. Fischer To say life has been interesting for the past few years, feels like the understatement of the century. To say it has been unprecedented perhaps goes a bit too far as we know that we are not the first humans to have dealt with a sweeping global pandemic. Maybe the right word is defining. We have …