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 …