Utah Library Association Annual Conference
May 1-3, 2002
Conference Report by Fran Zedney
During the 2001/2002 year, I served as a member of ULA's Awards Committee
and member-at-large on the Reference and Adult Services Round Table. I
attended the annual awards banquet (and even presented one of the awards)
and two sessions on Friday morning. One of the Friday morning sessions
was a program I had suggested and helped coordinate. The other session
I attended was "The ABCs of PDAs PDQ." Thanks to Joan and Kathy
P. for supporting my attendance at the conference!
After I heard Donna Corby speak here in Special Collections about the
Success for All reading program in the Ogden School District, I thought
she would be a wonderful candidate for the Utah Governor's Award for the
Promotion of Reading. She was instrumental in getting the program funded
and accepted in three of Ogden's inner city elementary schools. I asked
Ruby to submit a nomination for Dr. Corby and the principals of the other
two schools for the award. Although there were other nominees, members
of the Awards Committee voted to give the award to Dr. Corby and her peers,
Catherine Montgomery and Sondra Jolovich-Motes, principals of Dee, Lewis,
and Mountain View Elementary Schools.
I was pleased to be asked to make the presentation at the dinner and
all three women were very appreciative and made touching speeches about
the impact that reading success has had on their students.
Reference and Adult Services Program
As our committee was brainstorming ideas for a program, I suggested the
topic of disability awareness since we had been talking about that issue
here at our library. I highly recommended the video we had viewed "Ten
Commandments of Communicating with the Disabled." We entitled our
program "Communicating with Your Disabled Patrons." It
consisted of showing the video and having Jerry Buttars from the State
Library Division for the Blind and Handicapped and Colby Wilson from University
of Utah Services for Handicapped Students speak about their services and
experiences. It was well attended and we received some very positive feedback
on the evaluation forms. I put together a web page on library
services to the disabled for the session.
The ABCs of PDAs PDQ
My favorite part of this session was the title. Since I'm not familiar
with PDAs, a lot of it went over my head. I admire people who use them
but I'm enough of a techno-phobe not to want one. Sorry, Carol!
July 14, 2002