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EVENTS
ULC Education Leaders Conference Call 
Wednesday, September 7, 2016 | 1:00 pm ET

ULC Education Leaders are invited to join an upcoming conference call to discuss the topic Data-sharing MOUs and Agreements between Public Libraries and School Systems.

Click here to register or contact Emily Samose for additional information.



Measurement Matters: Using Edge, Project Outcome, and the Impact Survey to Assess and Improve Community Outcomes

Thursday, September 8, 2016
11 am-12 pm PT | 12-1 pm MT | 1 -2 pm CT | 2-3 pm ET

In an effort to better support library's assessment needs, the Public Library Association's (PLA) Project Outcome has partnered with the Edge Initiative and the University of Washington's Impact Survey to host a free webinar that will demonstrate how all three tools can help libraries implement a comprehensive assessment strategy to better their data and share their community impact. Collectively, Impact Survey, Project Outcome, and the Edge Initiative are powerful, field-tested instruments being used by libraries throughout the United States to make strategic decisions on which programming and services to offer and which technology investments should be made to ensure that the library continues to meet patron needs and community priorities.

Click here to learn more and register today!



ULC Deputy Directors Conference Call 
Thursday, September 22, 2016 | 2:00 pm ET

ULC Deputy Directors are invited to join an upcoming conference call to discuss the topic of library cards and access.

Click here to register or contact Katherine Behrens for additional information.



2016 ULC Annual Forum
ULC Libraries: Getting to the Evidence
October 5-7, 2016
Kansas City Marriott Downtown - Kansas City, MO
 
As vital community leaders, public libraries need to strengthen their programs and practices with effective frameworks for evaluating and demonstrating community impact. This October, ULC invites library executives and leadership team members to share innovative models and strategies for measuring community outcomes at the 2016 ULC Annual Forum!

The deadline to register for the Annual Forum is September 23, 2016. Also, be sure to reserve your hotel room by September 9 to lock in the special ULC rate!

Visit the ULC website to learn more about the Annual Forum and register today!  
 
If you have questions about registration or hotel reservations, please contact ULC Member Programs Executive Katherine Behrens.
MEMBER NEWS
Join ULC's Session on Teens and Summer Learning at the Young Adult Services Symposium

This November, ULC's Director of Education and Learning Initiatives, Emily Samose, will host a session on teen leadership in summer learning at the Young Adult Library Services Association's (YALSA) Young Adult Services Symposium, November 4-6 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

On Saturday, November 5, 8:30-10:00 am, Emily will lead a panel of ULC library leaders
from Arlington Heights Memorial Library, New York Public Library, and the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh for "The Double Bottom Line: Engaging Teens as Summer Learning Leaders for Younger Students." This session will explore how public libraries build powerful community partnerships to target and engage high school students as tutors, mentors and program leaders for younger students via hands-on and connected learning activities. Participants will learn about library summer learning programs that include this "double bottom line" approach: addressing the summer slide for struggling early elementary school students while providing teens with connected learning opportunities, community connections, leadership development and college and career readiness. This session builds on research conducted by ULC in partnership with the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Click here to register and learn more about the exciting sessions offered at the YALSA Symposium!

And this October, don't miss ULC's featured sessions at the
National Center for Families Learning's (NCFL) Families Learning Summit and NSLA's National Conference on Afterschool and Summer Learning to learn how libraries are leading strategic partnerships to expand learning opportunities for youth and families.
 


ULC Libraries Partner with Sprint to Bridge the Digital Divide in Their Communities

This month, ULC members Charlotte Mecklenburg Library (CML) and Denver Public Library (DPL) have announced partnerships with Sprint, a major player in the national ConnectED and ConnectHome initiatives, to promote digital inclusion in their communities by launching brand new mobile hotspot lending programs.

Earlier this month, DPL announced the launch of a pilot program to lend Wi-Fi hotspots to low-income families through ConnectHome, a national public-private collaboration developed to bridge the digital divide for families with school-age children who live in HUD-assisted housing. Through this program, DPL partners with the Denver Housing Authority, the city's Office of Children's Affairs and Denver Public Schools to lend out 50 devices at five of their branch locations. Customers can check out these items for up to three weeks.

CML is taking a slightly different approach by expanding ONE Access, a program developed in response to the the ConnectED Library Challenge that allows local students to access library resources and services using their student IDs. The Library's hotspot lending pilot program, which kicked off the 2016-17 school year, enhances students' access to needed resources by allowing them to check out one of 150 wireless devices for up to 30 days.

Click here to learn more about Denver Public Library's program and here to read about Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and their ONE Access program. 
Please note that the ULC office will be closed on Monday, September 5, for Labor Day. 
ULC WEBINAR
Earlier this week, ULC hosted a webinar, Library Fees: To Forgive or Forget, with a special presentation on how to make strategic decisions around library fine/fee programs in your community.

If you missed the webinar and would like to hear insights from our presenters on how to take your social media game to the next level, you can purchase the recording for the ULC member price of $150.

Click here to view the full webinar archive and purchase recordings today!

To learn more about how ULC members are implementing library fine/fee programs, visit the ULC Knowledge Center and review the "Policies" topic or search keywords "fees" or "fines." 
LIBRARY NEWS
USAC Hosts Fall 2016
E-rate Applicant Trainings 

This fall, the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) will host eight all-day E-rate Applicant Trainings for schools, libraries and consortia in major cities across the United States. Covering general topics for E-rate applicants, each training is identical and applicants should only register for one event.

The events are complimentary and space is limited, so be sure to register today!

Click here to learn more and view the full list of trainings. If you have questions or need assistance, contact USAC Training.

And, be sure to stay up-to-date on the latest E-rate news by joining USAC's weekly calls for ULC members every Tuesday from 2:30 - 3:00 pm ET. For call details and call-in information, please contact Katherine Behrens.



Engage Your Community with Outside the Lines Week! 

This year, libraries and other organizations across the globe will celebrate library innovation and creativity for Outside the Lines Week, held from September 11-17. This weeklong celebration was designed by Colorado library marketers and directors to get library staff and leaders outside of their branches and into the community to shift public perception about the library's role as a community leader. This event is a great opportunity for your library to take action and demonstrate how libraries are evolving to provide creative services and resources to local communities.

Click here to learn more about Outside the Lines and how your library can participate in this exciting initiative. 
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