This Week at ULC

Newsletter | October 3, 2022


Celebrate ULC's Story

For 50 years, ULC has worked to strengthen and promote the value of public libraries. In the lead up to our 50th Celebration next month during ULC's Annual Forum, follow #ULC50 to explore our history and learn how far we’ve come to create who we are today!

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!


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, yet seats are limited! Reserve your library’s spot today before the Annual Forum is sold out — we are very close in reaching our goal of 150 registrants! 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.

Below is a preview of a few speakers that will be present at the 2022 ULC Annual Forum.

Brian Bannon

New York Public Library

Brian Bannon is The New York Public Library’s first-ever Merryl and James Tisch Director. Bannon is the chief librarian responsible for directing NYPL’s 88 neighborhood branches, as well as the Library’s educational strategy. Most recently, Bannon was commissioner and chief executive officer of the Chicago Public Library, serving as chief library officer for one of the largest urban public library systems in the world.

Jonathan Capehart

The Washington Post, MSNBC and PBS

Jonathan Capehart is a Pulitzer Prize-winning Associate Editor of The Washington Post. Since 2007, he has been an opinion writer and member of The Post’s editorial board. At MSNBC, Capehart is the anchor of “The Sunday Show with Jonathan Capehart.” His MSNBC special “A Promised Land: A Conversation with Barack Obama” was nominated in 2021 for an Emmy for “Outstanding News Discussion & Analysis.” At PBS, Capehart serves as a political analyst on “The PBS Newshour” and is featured on the popular Friday segment “Brooks and Capehart.”

Karl Dean

Urban Libraries Council

Karl Dean served from 2007 to 2015 as the sixth mayor of the Metropolitan Government of Nashville and Davidson County. Karl first held public office when he was elected as Nashville’s Public Defender in 1990, a post he was reelected to in 1994 and 1998. He served as Metro Law Director from 1999 to January 2007, when he resigned to run for the office of mayor. Since leaving office in September 2015, Karl has taught at Belmont University and Boston University (2016). He is a graduate of Columbia University and Vanderbilt Law School.

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!

We thank Ingram Content Group for sponsoring the ULC Welcome Reception!

We thank Baker and Taylor for sponsoring ULC's 50th Birthday Celebration!


Pictured: Las Vegas-Clark County Library District Executive Director Kelvin Watson 

Kelvin Watson to be Awarded at "ICABA Salutes Men Who Lead"

Las Vegas-Clark County Library District

The International Career and Business Alliance has selected Las Vegas-Clark County Library District Executive Director Kelvin Watson as one of 16 outstanding Black male leaders from the U.S. Watson will be presented an award at the “ICABA Salutes Men Who Lead” Awards Luncheon and Leadership Summit taking place in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on October 14. “We are proud to salute Black male leaders and provide the public a chance to meet, acknowledge and engage them", said Jerome Hutchinson, Jr., ICABA Founder and Chief Servant Officer.

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Marvel Partners with New York Public Library 

New York Public Library

The New York Public Library partnered with Marvel Entertainment to celebrate Spider-Man’s 60th anniversary, and to mark a whole year since the library eliminated library fines. The partnership features a brand-new library card design inspired by Spider-Man's legacy in order to encourage new and existing patrons to explore all that the library has to offer them and emphasize the importance of learning and knowledge.

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Hosting Comic Expos in Mississauga

Mississauga Public Library

On October 16, Mississauga Public Library will host their 2022 Mississauga Comic Expo. This event will feature an artist alley, exhibitors, workshops, panels, cosplay shoots, tabletop board game demos, video game free-play session, presentations and featured guests!

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This week, ULC member libraries and partner organizations are celebrating National Digital Inclusion Week 2022 with a focus on “Turning Our Moment into Movement”, signaling a turning point and time of action for the digital inclusion movement. Visit the National Digital Inclusion Alliance’s website to learn more about the organizations participating and the special events going on all week that promote digital equity across the country.

Check out the following ULC resources to discover more ways to promote digital equity in your community:

Read ULC's Digital Equity Leadership Brief

ULC’s Digital Equity in the Age of COVID-19 Leadership Brief spotlights how the pandemic has both intensified the digital divide and created a window for action by raising the visibility of what it means to be unconnected in our hyper-connected world. Discover action strategies and key messages to empower library leaders to take on a more active and intentional role in advancing digital equity.

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Read ULC's Digital Equity Blog Posts


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: 

  • Senior Manager of Collection Management Services – St. Louis Public Library
  • Branch Manager – Central Arkansas Library System
  • FT Youth Librarian – Cincinnati & Hamilton County 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: 

ULC's Staff Page allows members to conveniently connect with our staff for any questions, ideas or suggestions. If you have any department specific inquiries, please email corresponding staff as necessary.

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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


Customer Experience Leaders

Member Group Call

October 20 | 3-4 p.m. ET


Education Leaders

Member Group Call

October 31 | 2-3 p.m. ET


The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County

Broom making crafters are having fun at The Public Library of Youngstown and Mahoning County’s Micheal Kusalaba Library!

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Carmel Clay Public Library

Congratulations to Carmel Clay Public Library’s renovated main campus for reopening!

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Columbus Metropolitan Library

Check out how much you can save at Columbus Metropolitan Library — the best deal ever is getting a library card!

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Richmond Hill Public Library

Richmond Hill Public Library's central branch has been chosen by their community as the site for humanitarian protests against recent injustices in Iran.

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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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