Get a glimpse of some unique projects happening in Utah Libraries. Five librarians will take ten minutes each to show you the success of new programs at their libraries. Providing library access to the most remote locations with book lockers. Fine free and library users are loving it. Taking library services anywhere with a book bike. Community adventure kits are lending equipment to access adventures. Room to grow: community gardens at the library.

Explore unique ideas that are ready to be implemented in any size library
See the pros and cons of unique program attempts


Original broadcast October 29, 2019 

Biography ~ Dan Comptonan
Dan Compton grew up in Green River, Wyoming. He earned his B.S. in Social Science from Westminster College in 2004 and his M.L.S. from the University of North Texas in 2008. He began working as a part-time Library Clerk for the Summit County Library in 2005 and became the Director in 2011. He’s been fortunate to work on 2 new libraries for Summit County: Coalville in 2012 and Kamas Valley in 2018.
Jami is the Director of Tooele City Library (UT) and served as the President of Utah Library Association (2016-2017). She and her library’s leadership team are the creators of Self-Directed Achievement – an organizational model for individualized staff learning.

Biography ~ Carrie Valdes

Carrie Valdes has been the Director of the Grand County Public Library in Moab, UT since 2007 although she has worked for the library for almost 20 years. She has an MLS from the University of North Texas and a Bachelor’s in Human Resources. She has lived in Utah all her life (except for a brief stint in Mexico) and is passionate about reducing institutional barriers to library access for all community members.

Biography ~ Emma Wilson
Emma Wilson is the Community Garden Coordinator of The Plot for the City Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. She works with the Wasatch Community Gardens Leadership Network to provide a learning laboratory for library patrons to sow, grow, and share using sustainable gardening practices.

Biography ~ Dona Gay
Dona Gay is the Director of the Payson City Library in Payson, Utah.