This Week at ULC

Newsletter | September 28, 2022


2022 ULC Annual Forum: Creating a Place for Democracy

Washington, D.C. | November 16-18

This November 16-18, the 2022 ULC Annual Forum: Creating a Place for Democracy invites executive library leaders to Washington, D.C. to engage in expert-led sessions on preserving democracy and cultivating the future of libraries as a central pillar within our communities.

Registration for the 2022 ULC Annual Forum is still open. Early bird rates end in two days on September 30, so register now! Stay tuned to ULC's social media (#ULCForum22), website and newsletter for additional details. ULC has reserved a hotel room block at the Grand Hyatt Washington for attendees. Information on booking a hotel room will be provided to attendees in the Annual Forum registration confirmation email.

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

The Annual Forum will be hosted by DC Public Library, bringing together leaders from major urban library systems across the U.S. and Canada. 

Group 4

We thank Group 4 for sponsoring a portion of the 2022 ULC Annual Forum!

Celebrate ULC's Story

During the Annual Forum, ULC members will gather to celebrate 50 years strengthening and promoting the value of public libraries. The Celebration is included with your Annual Forum registration and is sure to be a wonderful time. The dazzling gala bash will held at the newly renovated Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. 

Celebrate with national and local industry and government leaders as we honor our past and innovate our future! Stay tuned for more details about this momentous event.

We thank Baker & Taylor for their generous support of ULC's 50th Birthday Celebration!



Lessons from the Field: Growing Your Business Services to Improve Your Local Economy

Baltimore County Public Library, Enoch Pratt Free Library

Last week, ULC held Lessons from the Field: Growing Your Business Services to Improve Your Local Economy hosted by Baltimore County Public Library and Enoch Pratt Free Library and sponsored by Gale Cengage. We thank everyone who was involved in fruitful discussions regarding libraries’ role in strengthening local economies.

Check out our Twitter thread that features event panels, moderators and topics and stay tuned for an upcoming blog in the next few weeks featuring highlights and key takeaways. 

Business Value Calculator

The Urban Libraries Council’s Business Value Calculator provides public libraries with a concrete way to measure and evaluate its contributions to economic development. Since its launch earlier this year, 30 U.S. and Canadian ULC libraries — which represents just 18% of ULC member libraries — have calculated over $200 million in annual value to their economy through services provided to local businesses!

ULC would like to recognize and thank Gale Cengage for their generous support of this year’s Lessons from the Field event.


Fresh Approaches: Food Security & Public Libraries

Association for Rural & Small Libraries, Chattanooga Public Library

ULC hosted the session Fresh Approaches: Food Security & Public Libraries at the Association for Rural & Small Libraries (ARSL) Conference on September 15. We shared the results of our preliminary research scan focused on food security initiatives in public libraries and case studies of libraries who are excelling in this work. ULC staff also toured Chattanooga Public Library and learned about the library’s sound recording services, makerspace and other facilities.


Our ULC Member Job Board is regularly updated as we learn of new positions that are open at our member libraries.

The latest job postings: 

  • FT Physical Processing Line Assistant – Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library
  • Fiscal (Finance) Specialist – Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library
  • Deputy County Librarian – Johnson County 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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Battling Food Insecurity At Cuyahoga County

Cuyahoga County Public Library

The Greater Cleveland Food Bank is teaming up with multiple Cuyahoga County Public Library locations to host mobile food pantries. This partnership aims to combat food insecurity by distributing free food to those in need on a first-come, first-served basis, while supplies last.

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Carlsbad City Goes Fine Free

Carlsbad City Library

On September 1, Carlsbad City Library announced their decision to go fine free. In addition to eliminating late fines for overdue items, they forgave all existing overdue library fines in the past.

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Pictured: Roanoke County Public Library Director Jim Blanton and Saint Paul Public Library Interim Director Barb Sporlein

Welcoming New Library Leaders

Roanoke County Public Library, Saint Paul Public Library

Roanoke County Public Library and Saint Paul Public Library welcomed new library leadership to their teams this month. At Roanoke County Public Library, Jim Blanton serves as the new director while Barb Sporlein serves as interim director at Saint Paul Public Library.

Pictured: Stark Library Community Services Director Marianna DiGiacamo

Strengthening Childhood Literacy in Ohio

Stark Library

Good early habits lead to a lifetime of success. That philosophy is at the core of Stark Library which offers several programs geared towards getting kids to read at an early age. An ABC affiliate in Cleveland released a feature story on the library's early literacy programs. "Here at Stark Library, we want to make sure that parents and caregivers have the resources they need to ensure that when their child does start school, they're ready to learn," Director of Community Services Marianna DiGiacomo said.

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ULC Customer Experience Leaders

Member Group Call

September 29 | 3-4 p.m. ET


ULC Development Professionals Call

Member Group Call

October 19 | 4-5 p.m. ET


ULC Analytics and Tech Leaders

Member Group Call

October 20 | 2-3 p.m. ET


Lexington Public Library

Congratulations to Lexington Public Library for launching their newest Makerspace section!

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Hamilton Public Library

Children at Hamilton Public Library are preparing to engage with democratic elections by casting in votes for their favorite Canadian animal!

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Portland Public Library

Congratulations to Portland Public Library for holding a successful Annual Book Sale.

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Cincinnati Public Library

Check out this hilarious TikTok by Cincinnati Public Library about their one-year anniversary going fine free!

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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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