University of Utah Library Tours: J.W. Marriott Library and Faust Law Library ($)

Meet at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center hotel lobby. The bus boards at 7:45 am.

There are two options for this tour. Group A will focus on Historic Salt Lake: Underrepresented/Marginalized Communities (limited to 30) and Group B will experience the ProtoSpace (limited to 20). Both options will have a full tour of the Marriott Library, as well as the Faust Law Library. A boxed lunch will be provided.

Stop 1: J. Williard Marriott Library Building Tour

The J. Willard Marriott Library (Marriott Library) is the flagship academic library for the Utah State System of Higher Education and the largest state-funded academic library in the six-state region of Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming. As the primary service hub and destination for students, the Marriott Library is integral to the teaching, research and public life missions of the University of Utah.

The library’s mission is to inspire the creation, discovery and use of knowledge for Utah and the world. Library holdings include 3 million volumes and nearly 200 unique digital collections containing countless photographs, maps, books, audio recordings, newspaper articles and other items. Important collections span Utah, the Mormons, and the West to extensive science, engineering, medical and legal archives. The library also holds more than 1 million historical photographs and extensive film collections.

Patrons come to libraries seeking many things—information, technology, gathering spaces—but perhaps the most important thing we can provide is an environment where such positive values are upheld in reality. The University of Utah is committed to ensuring that our campus is a place where people can come together to create a compassionate, equitable, and just society. In the libraries, this begins with the way we treat those who come to us seeking assistance. We are committed to creating a welcoming, judgment-free climate for every person who comes through our doors, in-person or virtually, and providing equitable access to our resources. We will uphold values of diversity, equity, inclusivity, and social justice within our libraries, campus, and community.

A tour will provide guests an overview of what makes the Marriott Library unique – from the size of the facility and collections to the state-of-the-art technology and art spaces – the tour is sure to have something for everyone. The Marriott Library showcases many of the current and new trends happening in the Library. It boasts a Family Reading Room, ProtoSpace, a VR Classroom, and under construction is a gender-neutral restroom—the first on the University of Utah campus, just to name a few spaces that will be viewable on the tour.

Presenters: Terra Rossland, Administrative Manager and Assistant to the Dean and Ian Godfrey, Assistant Dean of Facilities, Operations, and Logistics and University of Utah library staff

Select One Option: Stop 2A or 2B

Stop 2A: Historic Salt Lake: Diverse Materials from Salt Lake City’s Past and Present

Participants in this tour will have an opportunity to interact with a variety of rare materials illustrating Utah’s unique history. Photographs, pamphlets, diaries, and other documents from a range of different communities, including indigenous Native American nations, Jewish agricultural colonists, Black political activists, and LDS feminists, will be available for viewing. The history of the state, and the Salt Lake Valley in particular, will be investigated through the eyes and words of members of diverse, underrepresented, and marginalized groups.
Presenter: Allison McCormack, Original Cataloger for Special Collections

Stop 2B: ProtoSpace: Re-envisioning the Academic Library

ProtoSpace is a collaborative digital scholarship center and makerspace lab within a research university library. It houses multimedia production booths; virtual reality systems; an array of small-scale fabrication equipment; data analysis and visualization workstations, and more. A task force, representing a dozen library departments, is newly charged with exploring deployment of emerging technologies at peer institutions, gaining experience with ProtoSpace resources, and identifying opportunities to attain library goals and support the university’s mission by leveraging this innovative space. This tour includes hands-on demonstrations of cutting-edge technology, and a debriefing with task force members to discuss objectives, methods, and early insights.

Presenter: Greg Hatch, Head of Creativity & Innovation and Rebekah Cummings, Interim Director of Digital Matters

Stop 3: Faust Law Library at the S.J. Quinney College of Law

The James E. Faust Law Library is dedicated to the teaching, research, and service mission of the College of Law. As the legal information repository for the University of Utah and the largest public law library in the state, the library also serves the legal information needs of the broader community.
Presenter: Suzanne Darais, Director of the Faust Law Library, Associate Dean of University Libraries and Professor of Law (Lecturer)

Registration Fees

  • $159 Core Member
  • $189 ALA Member
  • $209 Non-Member
  • $99 Student/Retired/Seeking Employment

The event is finished.


Oct 13 2022


8:30 am - 3:00 pm






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