The Cache Valley Library Association (CVLA) will hold its annual business meeting this evening from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Library Café area of the North Logan City Library. The evening’s activities will include an introduction of the 2017 CVLA Executive Committee, recognition of the 2017 “Library Hero” and a short spotlight on the North Logan Library’s teen program. Guests will also enjoy light refreshments.
Membership of the 2017 CVLA Executive Committee is comprised of seven elected volunteers who meet bimonthly to support efforts to develop a more cohesive Cache Valley library network. Paul Daybell, associate director of the North Logan City Library, will serve as this year’s president.
“Our service is focused on encouraging our local libraries to be more collaborative,” he said. “Throughout the year, we rotate the libraries where we meet, and we discuss everything from earthquake preparedness in our facilities to ways to work with book vendors to bring national authors to our community. We encourage our libraries to share resources, and we try to connect them through programming and social events that build the larger library community. In the past, our libraries have kind of been their own little silos. My main goal is to continue our outreach. As we establish more joint programming, we can circumvent the localness of our libraries to create a broader aspect.”
In conjunction with its networking efforts, the CVLA also serves as an advocacy arm for the bookmobile and supports Cache Valley libraries in providing patrons with expanded services like job training and resources to acquire technical/computer skills. Membership in the CVLA is not restricted to library professionals.
“It’s easy to sign up, and membership is free,” said Daybell. “We invite anyone who supports libraries to join.”
This year’s Executive Committee members, along with their professional affiliations, include:
<ul><li>President: Paul Daybell (North Logan City Library)</li><li>Vice President/President Elect: Dory Cochran (The Merrill-Cazier Library at USU)</li><li>Past President: JaDene Denniston (Mountainside Elementary, retired)</li><li>Secretary: Flora Shrode (The Merrill-Cazier Library at USU)</li><li>Member at Large—Academic/Special: Coral Larson (The Logan Family Center)</li><li>Member at Large—Public: Brittany Benson(North Logan City Library & Mendon Library and City Hall)</li><li>Member at Large—School: Nancy Krogh (Adams Elementary)</li></ul>
The CVLA’s 2017 Library Hero, Shawn Bliss, is Cache Valley’s bookmobile librarian, and he exemplifies the organization’s commitment to library service. The criteria for nominees include their efforts in: promoting, working in or volunteering in libraries; developing new, innovative, pertinent or effective library programming; standing up for library principles in challenging situations; and/or completing library-related projects. Bliss was selected to receive the award based on his involvement in building the CVLA, his past service on the Executive Committee and his efforts to serve Cache Valley’s rural communities.