Unique Utah: Reading and Watching Lists

During your holiday break, why not take some time to learn more about the fabulous state of Utah? Below are reading and viewing lists to get you started. The books and movies are about Utah’s unique culture, the story is partially set in Utah, or Utah’s landscape is featured.

Do you have your own favorites? Share them on ARLIS/NA social media using the hashtag #ARLISNA2019.

Vintage racing cars on the Salt Flats in 1938. The first landspeed record was set on the Salt Flats in 1914.  Image courtesy of the Multimedia Archives, Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library


Reading List


Wallace Stegner in a European Country,”
Photo courtesy of the Multimedia Archives, Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library




Watching List 

  • Plan 10 From Outer Space, by Utah native Trent Harris
  • SLC Punk, written and directed by Salt Lake City’s James Merendino
  • 127 Hours, about hiker Aron Ralston’s extreme Utah backcountry experience
  • Utah: the National Parks, see the beauty of Canyonlands, Arches, Bryce Canyon, Capitol Reef, and Zion national parks
  • The Insufferable Groo, by Utah native Scott Christopherson
  • Believer, Imagine Dragons’ LDS (Mormon) frontman explores how the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints treats its LGBT members
  • World’s Fastest Indian, about a man’s journey to set the land-speed record on Utah’s Bonneville Salt Flats
  • The Beaver Trilogy, by Utah native Trent Harris
  • Footloose, filmed in Lehi, Utah
  • Better Off Dead, skiing scenes filmed in Alta, Brighton, and Snowbird, Utah
  • High School Musical 1, 2, and 3, filmed at East High in Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Touched by an Angel, filmed in locations around Utah
  • Westworld, filmed in locations around Utah
  • How the West Was Won, filmed in Monument Valley, Utah
  • Peace Officer, Grand Jury Award & Audience Award for Documentary Feature, 2015 SXSW. Written and directed by Utah filmmakers Brad Barber and Scott Christopherson, Peace Officer shares the story of “Dub” Lawrence, a former sheriff who established Utah’s first SWAT team in 1970, and explores the increasingly militarized approach of American law enforcement today.
  • Beehive Stories (YouTube channel), Utah filmmaker Brad Barber travels through Utah’s 29 counties to produce a series of short documentaries that answer the question, “What makes you feel like a place is your home?”






For some cool and and unexpected places to visit in Utah, see: https://www.atlasobscura.com/things-to-do/utah

Volunteer Opportunities and What’s New at the ARLIS/NA Conference in Salt Lake City

The ARLIS/NA 2019 Annual Conference in Salt Lake City is just around the corner and we need one more element to make it a success – you! Please consider volunteering for one or more of a variety of volunteer opportunities from staffing the registration desk to social media posting to acting as a transportation “wrangler” (no cattle involved!).

Please take a moment to review the opportunities on the ARLIS/NA Conference Volunteer Form . This is a great way for both new  and seasoned members to get involved and meet new friends and colleagues.

Green Conference

The 2019 CPAC has made the decision to prioritize a low-impact conference in Salt Lake City. This will mean a few changes:

  • Lanyards will be provided, though members are encouraged to bring their own from past conferences and reuse. We will be collecting used lanyards at the Registration Desk to recycle for the future.
  • We will not be providing new conference bags, so please bring your own from previous years’ conferences. In fact, bring a few extra just in case your fellow members need one; a leave-one, take-one box will be at the Registration Desk.
  • We will not be accepting or distributing vendor swag. Please visit vendor tables in the Exhibition Hall to get their latest promotional materials.
  • The conference schedule will be provided only online, through arlisna2019.sched.com. If you prefer a hard copy, bring your own by following these instructions on how to download and print Sched.
  • We strongly encourage all members to bring their own water bottle and coffee tumbler to reduce waste throughout the conference and during events. Pitchers of water will be available in all meeting rooms.
  • Salt Lake City public transportation has been engaged for tours and workshops, when possible. Attendees are also encouraged to make use of the Utah Transit Authority (UTA) network (www.rideuta.com/), the community bicycle (greenbikeslc.org) and electric scooter programs (www.li.me and https://www.bird.co/). Bring a helmet!

First-Timer Packet

New conference attendees can use an online packet to help them negotiate ARLIS/NA and learn about “not to miss” workshops, tours, meetings and events.  The packet includes survival tips and ways to get involved in the organization. The First-timer packet can be found here.

Opportunity Drawing

  • Based on ARLIS/NA member feedback, we are experimenting with an Opportunity Drawing rather than a Silent Auction this year. Prizes will include local items and gift cards that are not a burden for members to pack and bring home. Members can participate with as many tickets as they like. Suggested donations for tickets are $5/ticket or 5 tickets for $20. Grand prize will be a $300 Apple Gift Card. 
  • If you’re curious, Utah law requires us to call this fundraising effort an Opportunity Drawing rather than a raffle. Be a rebel, donate today!

Quiet Reflection / Personalized Film Screening Space

  • On level 3 of the conference hotel, we will convert a meeting room with natural light into quiet space. Deborah Ultan Boudewyns will, once again, host free yoga sessions there on Tuesday and Friday evenings, and Wednesday and Thursday mornings. Chairs and open space will remain available throughout the conference, for those who want to step away for personal reflection time and solitude.
  • A portion of this room will be set up with monitors and headphones for attendees to screen Utah-centric films, on-demand. Examples include documentaries about the making of Robert Smithson’s “Spiral Jetty” and Nancy Holt’s “Sun Tunnels,” as well as selections from Utah academic library Special Collections’ holdings.
  • For additional information and start dates/times, see the Special Events category in Sched

Guided Afternoon Hikes

Enjoy the beauty of Salt Lake City with a stroll through Memory Grove Park on Tuesday and Friday evenings. The park includes memorials to Utah Veterans as well as a replica of the Liberty Bell. The hike will end with a stair climb up City Creek Canyon to the Utah State Capitol Building, with sunset views overlooking the entire Salt Lake valley. For start times/dates and additional info, see the Special Events category in Sched