This Week at ULC

Newsletter | November 2, 2022


2022 ULC Annual Forum: Creating a Place for Democracy

Washington, D.C. | November 16-18

We are excited to convene our member community in Washington, DC for the 2022 ULC Annual Forum: Creating a Place for Democracy! This must-attend event will include extensive networking opportunities, dynamic education sessions and unforgettable social programming. With only two weeks until the event, stay tuned to ULC's social media (#ULCForum22), website and newsletter for more details about this event. 

Event Details
Forum Speaker Gif 10-26-22

#ULC50 on Twitter

During the Annual Forum, ULC members will gather to celebrate 50 years strengthening and promoting the value of public libraries. To count down this historic event, we are highlighting a piece of ULC's history every day with our #ULC50 campaign.

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Welcoming Our Newest Sponsor

We are thrilled to announce that our friends at Children's Plus, Inc will be supporting the 2022 ULC Annual Forum this year!

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Leading Libraries from North America

Attending the Annual Forum

Alexandria Library

Allen County Public Library

Anne Arundel County Public Library

Austin Public Library

Baltimore County Public Library

Berkeley Public Library

Boston Public Library

Broward County Library

Calgary Public Library

Carlsbad City Library

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

Cedar Rapids Public Library

Chicago Public Library

Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library

Columbus Metropolitan Library

Cuyahoga County Public Library

DC Public Library

Dakota County Library

Dallas Public Library

Dayton Metro Library

Do Space

Durham County Library

Edmonton Public Library

Enoch Pratt Free Library

Forsyth County Public Library

Free Library of Philadelphia

Greensboro Public Library

Halifax Public Libraries

Harris County Public Library

Hartford Public Library

Hennepin County Library

Hoboken Public Library

Houston Public Library

Howard County Library System

Jacksonville Public Library

Jacksonville Public Library

Jersey City Free Public Library

Johnson County Library

Kansas City Public Library

Las Vegas-Clark County Library District

Lexington Public Library

Live Oak Public Libraries

Los Angeles Public Library

Louisville Free Public Library

Memphis Public Libraries

Metropolitan Library System

Mid-Continent Public Library

Milton Public Library

Milwaukee Public Library

New York Public Library

Olathe Public Library

Ottawa Public Library

Paterson Free Public Library

Pima County Public Library

Pioneer Library System

Poudre River Public Library District

Prince George's County Memorial Library System

Queens Public Library

Richmond Hill Public Library

Richmond Public Library

Sacramento Public Library

Saint Paul Public Library

Salt Lake City Public Library

San Antonio Public Library

San Diego Public Library

San Francisco Public Library

San Mateo County Libraries

Santa Clara City Library

Sarasota County Public Libraries

Schaumburg Township District Library

Shreve Memorial Library

St. Charles City-County Library District

St. Louis Public Library

Stark County District Library

The Ferguson Library

The Seattle Public Library

Toledo Lucas County Public Library

Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library

Toronto Public Library


Faces of Democracy: Libraries as Leaders for Civic Engagement

Urban Libraries Council

In the lead up to ULC’s 2022 Annual Forum: Creating a Place for Democracy this November here in Washington, DC, we will be spotlighting Faces of Democracy in North America! This campaign highlights our member libraries and partners’ role in promoting democracy. Whether it be as civic educators, taking on censorship or providing access to information, libraries stand as pillars and advocates for democracy geared to empower their communities.

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Summer provides a time of tremendous opportunity for youth. However, it is also a time that reveals significant inequities for many, including children and youth of color, and those living in high poverty and with physical or emotional disabilities. On October 24, the Urban Libraries Council, in partnership with National Summer Learning Association, issued a Call to Action on Equity in Summer Learning during the NSLA conference.

Statement on Summer Learning

ULC Statement on Summer Learning | Call to Action on Summer Equity

ULC's Statement on Summer Learning serves as a baseline upon which libraries can build policies and actions that make their communities more inclusive and just.

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Free Internet Access in Shreveport

Shreve Memorial Library

Residents of Shreveport will soon have the option of getting free internet access thanks to a new initiative from the City of Shreveport and Shreve Memorial Library. “Providing access to information resources is the main purpose of public libraries,” stated John Tuggle, Shreve Memorial Library Executive Director. “The economic and educational synergy created by these types of digital equity efforts boosts our communities’ abilities to grow and prosper. Universal Digital Access is a win-win for everyone.”

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Unlocking Magic For Local Schools and Nonprofits in Douglas County

Douglas County Libraries

Each year, Douglas County Libraries encourages community wide participation in Summer Reading through the program’s community reading challenge, which benefits a local nonprofit if the reading goal is met. This year, participants exceeded the goal of 8.5 million minutes of reading which allowed for four Douglas County schools to receive $500 and local nonprofit AllHealth Network to receive $1000 for securing the most Summer Reading sign-ups per school level in DCL’s Summer Reading school contest. “We love that we are able to do this for our community, and it’s so fun seeing the kids get excited about reading,” said DCL Special Events Supervisor Kristen Kallio. “The schools all do such a wonderful job, and our summer readers have such a heart for our nonprofit partners.”

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ULC Members Welcome New Leadership

Ottawa Public Library and Anythink

Sonia Bebbington was announced as the new Chief Executive Officer of Ottawa Public Library, effective October 31, 2022. "This is great news for Ottawa Public Library", said Vice-Chair Kathy Fisher. "Sonia Bebbington has a record of proven leadership in her past roles, and we are excited by what she will bring to the organization. The future of OPL is in steady hands and we can expect the Library’s mission — to inspire learning, spark curiosity, and connect people — to flourish in the years ahead for the benefit of the people of Ottawa."

Anythink also announced the selection of its next executive director, Mark Fink, who began his role on October 24, 2022. “Successful libraries evolve and thrive by embracing innovation and risk-taking while adopting a mission-driven strategy that reflects the identity, needs, and personality of their local constituencies,” says Fink. “Anythink has done just that over the past 13 years, and I’m honored to be part of the next phase of its evolution as the next executive director.”

Partnering on Voter Engagement in Hartford

Hartford Public Library

Hartford Public Library has partnered with Hartford's Town & City Clerk’s Office and local artist Joe Young to create B.B. (Ballot Box), the City of Hartford’s new voting mascot. Community members may also vote at any Hartford Public Library location. “Our election day is critical, and we want to ensure that everyone exercises their right to vote, either if they’re going to choose to go to their polling places, or if they choose to vote as an absentee voter,” said Thomas Clarke II, a member of the Hartford City Council.

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Our ULC Member Job Board is regularly updated as we learn of new positions that are open at our member libraries. Once you are logged into your ULC member account, you can access the Job Board link on the left side under “Member Hub.” And, if you have a job posting at your library, please email [email protected] and we will gladly add it to the Job Board!

The latest job postings: 

  • IT Business Systems Analyst Senior – Austin Public Library
  • Buder Assistant Manager - St. Louis Public Library
  • Supervisor Librarian Position – Indianapolis Public Library

ULC's Member Knowledge Exchange makes it easy for our members to build relationships and share transformative tools and ideas with ULC library leaders across North America. If you have a resource you'd like to share with other member libraries, please email [email protected].

The latest resources: 

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November 9

ULC Communications and Marketing Leaders

Member Group Call

November 9 | 3-4 p.m. ET

November 9

ULC Development Professionals Call

Member Group Call

November 9 | 4-5 p.m. ET


ULC Analytics and Tech Leaders Call

Member Group Call

November 10 | 2-3 p.m. ET



Library Journal

The editors of Library Journal need your help in identifying emerging talents in the library world — both great leaders and behind-the-scenes contributors who are providing inspiration and model programs for others. Their 21st annual round of Movers & Shakers will profile up-and-coming individuals from around the world who are innovative, creative, and making a difference fighting against censorship, and helping improve their workplace. Submissions will close on November 14.

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Caledon Public Library

We're thrilled to announce that Caledon Public Library signed our Statement on Race and Social Equity!

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Bloomberg Citylab

Read “Libraries Can Unite a Divided Nation” co-written by ULC President and CEO Brooks Rainwater.

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Pioneer Library System

Check out Pioneer Library System’s awesome costumes from this Halloween!

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Vancouver Public Library

Vancouver Public Library provided book lovers with a last minute costume idea via Strand Book Store!

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Questions? Want to Submit a Story?

Contact ULC's Director of Communications Paul Negron at [email protected].

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