Utah State Libraries

FY 2010 Annual Report

The Utah State Library will develop, advance and promote
library services and access to information.

According to the Utah State Library's Director, Mrs. Donna J. Morris and all her team believes that libraries change lives. The programs and services offered to Utah public libraries by USL helps libraries at the local level provide for their individual community needs.

They believe that never before has library service been so crucial to citizens of Utah and the nation. As the economy and residents struggle to stand on firmer ground again, libraries provide a solid base where patrons can look for jobs, find free family entertainment and learning, be involved in community activities and develop new technological skills.

The services offered for Utah State Library:

USL offers consulting, board training, continuing education, interlibrary loan, a summer reading program, online databases, downloadable audio, E-rate and more.
USL serves state government and public libraries by collecting and disseminating public information and providing reference services and library materials.

USL provides training and consulting to public libraries, assisting them in becoming stronger advocates within their communities, integrating digital resources effectively into services and operations, providing educational opportunities and to develop 21st century skills.

USL meets the informational and recreational needs of the blind and disabled throughout the state as the move is made into a new era of delivering information through technology.

• USL facilitates cooperation among Utah’s public, academic, school and special libraries.

USL recognizes the importance of instilling a love for reading at an early age, the State Library has developed a coordinated program to promote early childhood literacy and a lifelong love of reading that contributes to the state’s overall economic growth and quality of life.

The program offers a wide variety of lifelong learning and enrichment tools available to all Utah residents. Resources include online archives of newspapers, magazines, business and health information, down-loadable audiobooks, genealogy information, and even car repair.


USL provides a collection of over 45,000 items available to supplement smaller public library collections and millions of other items through interlibrary loan. Smaller libraries such as Tooele County Bookmobile, San Juan County Library, Grand County Library, Kanab Library, Mt. Pleasant Library and Cedar City Library use this service heavily.


Utah’s citizens receive premium information resources through Pioneer: 1,200,000 items to over 500,000 visitors in FY 2010. Pioneer provided over 100,000 downloadable audiobooks and eBooks to users. It is a popular supplement to local library collections making new fiction and non-fiction and foreign language learning materials available to anyone with an mp3 player.
The Utah State Publications Digital Library (http://publications. ( provides complete, permanent, full-text access to state publications and websites. The Digital Library is part of
the Department of Community & Culture’s (DCC) Digitization Initiative. USL added 5,000 publications in FY 2010.


The Utah State Library (USL) Program for the Blind and Disabled served 17,101 patrons in FY 2010. USL contracts with 20 states to provide Braille titles and provides Wyoming full library services. The library circulated 291,136 cassette and digital audiobooks, Braille books, magazines, large print books and descriptive videos.
Digital book distribution increased, accounting for 30% of the audiobook circulation. The library produced 29,496 pages of Braille material, which provided a wider variety of reading material to patrons. The blind library website had 16,422 visits, and the webbased patron catalog had 27,752 visits.

The library now provides Newsline, a phone-based audio news resource to replace the radio service.

The local book recording program was expanded to utilize former radio reading rooms. Ten former radio volunteers became book narrators and/or reviewers. This year 20 books were produced at USL. The USL Reading for the Blind program (RFB) at the Utah Department of Corrections recorded 200 new audiobooks and made 9,442 copies of 326 titles.

The Blind and Disabled program provided a summer reading program for children. Online lists of available children’s audiobooks, large print, and Braille books are accessible at Participants spent 447 hours reading over the seven week period.

Over 500 people attended an exhibition of art by blind and disabled patrons. USL staff and several partners coordinated the exhibit. First Lady Jeanette Herbert opened the event held at the Rio Grande Depot.

21st Century Utah Library Endeavors
In November 2009 the Institute of Museum and Library Service (IMLS) unveiled its 21st Century Library Initiative. As a result, the Utah State Library (USL) is leading the way in preparing Utah’s library community to address 21st Century issues. USL has incorporated 21st Century Skills into its new 2010-2012 Strategic Plan, established a 21st Century Library Blog and a Librarianship in the 21st Century Wiki to share information with colleagues across
the State and nation.
USL is working to build a collaborative partnership of Utah library organizations including: USL, Utah Academic Library Consortium (UALC), Utah Educational Library Media Association (UELMA), and ULA. The partnership will share resources, lessons learned and
expertise in every aspect of librarianship and library operations. USL is also working to integrate its efforts with the Governor’s 21st Century Workforce Initiative, and Jordan School District’s 21st Century Skills model in their Engaged Classroom Project.

The Utah State Library Division was once again recognized by the Institute of Museum and Library Service (IMLS), Washington, D.C., with the Francis Keppel Award for prompt, complete, and highquality public library data submissions and the John Lorenz Award for timely and accurate submission of State Library Agency data.

Nine bookmobiles serve 14 counties to provide library resources for Utah’s rural residents. Each bookmobile carries about 5,000 books, with another 15,000 items available from a repository library used to refresh the shelves as patrons check out their favorite titles from the
Innovative, efficient, and effective delivery technologies enhance how staff and patrons use library materials. All 14 counties are served by an integrated automated library system that not only carefully monitors the whereabouts of books and other materials, but also provides the following additional services to Bookmobile patrons:
• An easy-to-use Online Public Access Catalog
• eBooks
• Patron self-service such as “Review my Account,”
“Renew My Materials,” and “Place a Hold on a Book”