Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Q&A With Our President

 Robert Heaton is the 2024 President of the Cache Valley Library Association

What is your library story?
In college, my career aspirations careened from classical music to the law, then to Spanish translation, and finally aiming to be an English professor. The latest steps along that path brought me to USU, where I collaborated with the talented librarians Sandra Weingart, Kacy Lundstrom, and Wendy Holliday in teaching freshman writing as a master's student. Rather than move on to a PhD in English, I stuck around in Logan after graduating, and in 2012 Jennifer Duncan hired me as an electronic-resources assistant at USU. I went to library school at the University of North Texas (online) and was fortunate to land a faculty job at the Merrill-Cazier Library right after graduating. I stayed long enough to receive tenure and began working at EBSCO Information Services in the summer of 2022, where I work with a fantastic team to help libraries implement the open-source library services platform FOLIO.
What do you hope to accomplish as President?
Broadly, my goal is to harness the enthusiasm of library-minded people throughout the valley to make life better for all of them. CVLA has a history of providing its members valuable opportunities for collaborative work, professional development, and personal networking. I hope to hold that torch high, promoting the value that the organization offers and encouraging its members to keep collaborating just beyond the bounds of their different employers and library types.
Who are your favorite authors? What are your favorite genres?
I'm not as prolific a reader as many library folks. I have long been a fan of low fantasy, where magic intrudes on the real world (Susan Cooper's "The Dark Is Rising" series and C. S. Lewis's "The Chronicles of Narnia" are longtime favorites). More recent discoveries include the "Jackaby" series by William Ritter, Stuart Tarton's The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle, and Neil Gaiman's The Graveyard Book, I think all of which my wife found for me in one way or another. Brandon Sanderson's "Mistborn" series and "Elantris" books are brilliant too.
What do you like to do for fun?
I enjoy baking (including learning the science of sourdough), visiting family, playing volleyball with friends, noodling on the piano (or listening to my wife play), taking backpacking trips with more lounging in a hammock than trekking for miles and miles, and watching either high-quality kids' movies or time-twisting sci-fi.

Monday, January 29, 2024

2024 Library Hero Award

Congratulations to
Joseph Anderson
who was named our 2024 Library Hero!

"I would like to nominate Joseph Anderson as a library hero. Joseph has loved and worked in libraries for years. As assistant director and non-fiction librarian at the Logan Library, he advocates for collection diversity and freedom to read, making sure that his collection has items to fill the needs of all members of the community. He is also a strong advocate for patron privacy. Joseph helps facilitate Friends of the Library and has also helped form partnerships with community entities such as Helicon West. Joseph has been involved in CVLA from the beginning. He currently serves as web master keeping the community informed. He also keeps us on track and makes sure we adhere to the by-laws. Joseph has combined his love of libraries with his inclination as a history buff.  For his MSLS, he wrote a research paper on the history of past and present attempts to form a county-wide library system in Cache County. He also recently gave a presentation for the Cache Valley Historical Society on the history of the Logan Library. All in all, Joseph works to help libraries be the best they can. Isn’t that a library hero?"
(nominated by Lauri Hancey)

The award was presented to Joseph on Tue, Jan 23 at our membership meeting at the USU Merrill-Cazier Library.

Friday, January 26, 2024

2024 Annual Meeting

At our annual meeting on Tue, Jan 23 at the USU Merrill-Cazier Library, we introduced our 2024 Executive Committee, thanked our outgoing 2023 Executive Committee, announced our 2024 Library Hero Award recipient, and shared our personal histories with libraries. Thanks to all who attended.

Friday, January 19, 2024

Annual Meeting


Please join us for our annual first meeting of the year. We'll be introducing our 2024 Executive Committee members, presenting our 2024 Library Hero award, and getting to know each other. Hot cocoa and cookies will be available.

Tue, Jan 23, 6:00 PM
USU Merrill-Cazier Library, room 101
(most USU parking doesn't require parking permits after 5:00 PM)