This Week at ULC
Newsletter | August 10, 2022
Trigger Terms: Harmful Detours and Healing Redirects
2022 ASAE Summit Award Winner

The Urban Libraries Council has earned a 2022 ASAE Summit Award — the highest recognition bestowed by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) — for the Trigger Terms: Harmful Detours and Healing Redirects framework. This award distinguishes the association community’s valuable contributions on the local, national and global levels in going above and beyond their missions to benefit society and improve our quality of life.

Launched in 2021, ULC’s Trigger Terms framework is designed to help leaders grow alignment, surface misunderstandings and find paths forward through difficult conversations. With the language developed with the guidance of ULC's Anti-Racism action team, the framework names polarizing and conflicting terms as well as interpretations that can derail productive conversations (“harmful detours”) and suggests translations to foster mutual respect and understanding (“healing redirects”).
ULC’s Member Hub makes it even easier for you to build relationships, develop your professional skills and share transformative tools and ideas with ULC library leaders across North America. The platform is available at

Members can access key resources on the left side of the homepage under “Member Hub.” For assistance with accessing or using ULC’s Member Hub, please email [email protected].
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: 
  • Library Chief | Houston Public Library
  • Librarian III Black Resource Center | LA County Library
  • Library Services Manager | Milwaukee 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: 
Expanding Tech Skills in Topeka
Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library

On August 15, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library will open a new Level 2 Tech Center! The space includes a fully-equipped digital art studio, two recording studios, 30 computers and 5 small meeting rooms which allows newbies, pros, hackers and crafters to sharpen their skills.
Reimagining Libraries as Community Hubs
Brooklyn Public Library, Olathe Public Library

Two stylish renovations of Olathe Public Library and Brooklyn Public Library locations showcase how libraries are evolving into essential gathering spots for community members who seek safe social contact. Brooklyn Public Library’s Adam Street branch centered the heart of renovations around young learners and their enrichment, with Olathe Indian Creek Library featuring a makerspace, café, gaming area and more. 
Let's Get Cooking in Markham
Markham Public Library

This summer, Markham Public Library is celebrating its 11th Annual Markham Reads event by soliciting recipes from patrons for a new cookbook. Patrons in the community are all all reading the same title Have You Eaten Yet? by author Cheuk Kwan. The book tells stories of Chinese entrepreneurs and restaurateurs who have brought delicious Chinese food across the globe.
ULC Analytics and Tech Leaders
Member Group Call
August 18 | 2-3 p.m. ET
ULC Customer Experience Leaders
Member Group Call
August 25 | 3-4 p.m. ET
ULC Communications and Marketing Leaders
Member Group Call
September 14 | 3-4 p.m. ET
November 16-18, 2022
DC Public Library, Washington, D.C.

This November, the 2022 ULC Forum will convene our member community in Washington, D.C. Details and registration information are forthcoming!
Anne Arundel County Public Library

Congratulations to Anne Arundel County Public Library for celebrating the one year anniversary of their community pantry!
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