This Week at ULC

Newsletter | August 17, 2022


Lessons Baltimore 2022

Growing Your Business Services to Improve Your Local Economy

Baltimore | September 21-23

ULC is headed to Baltimore next month! Registration is now open for our upcoming Lessons from the Field in-person conference. Library staff members at all levels are encouraged to RSVP to attend this unique conference. Don't miss out on this prime opportunity to connect and network with peer library leaders from across North America.

During this conference, you will learn how to:

  • Develop key techniques to push your business services to the next level
  • Tell your library's business story local leaders key decision 
  • Measure the value of your library’s business resources and impact on your community

Participants will have a chance to hear success stories from ULC's Entrepreneurship cohort at interactive sessions held at Baltimore County Public Library and Enoch Pratt Free Library. We thank Gale Cengage for sponsoring this in-person event.

Connecting the Dots: Mapping Entrepreneurship Ecosystems with Public Libraries

As we countdown to this exciting event, we recommend that you  read ULC's blog — "Connecting the Dots: Mapping Entrepreneurship Ecosystems with Public Libraries" — written by ULC Senior Program Manager Betsey Suchanic. The piece reflects insights and takeaways from ULC’s Strengthening Libraries as Entrepreneurial Hubs initiative and showcases that ways libraries reach and engage entrepreneurs in their communities — particularly people of color, women, immigrants and veterans.



ULC Joins Engage Every Student Initiative

U.S. Department of Education

ULC is pleased to announce that we are signing on as an ally to the U.S. Department of Education Engage Every Student Initiative. Through this new collaboration with the National Summer Learning Association and other partners, ULC is committing to helping libraries engage all children, including youth who have been historically excluded, in high-quality summer learning. This partnership will also help to give libraries a voice in a large federal effort to prioritize afterschool and summer learning.

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Building a Better Toledo

Toledo Lucas County Public Library

In our latest ULC blog post, discover how Toledo Lucas County Public Library's "Better Toledo: A Series" commits itself to the betterment of their community. The series offers patrons personal and professional developmental courses twice a month on topics ranging from allyship to emotional intelligence. "We began to wonder, and ask ourselves as library staff, what our role could and should be in the greater well-being of the county residents we serve," said Toledo Lucas County Public Library Adult Services Coordinator Allison Fiscus.

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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: 

  • Executive Director, Customer Experience - Edmonton Public Library
  • Librarian IV, Public Services Administration - New Haven Free Public Library
  • Technology Services Librarian - Sunnyvale 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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Mentoring Aspiring Business Owners in Boston

Boston Public Library

A new entrepreneur-in-residence program will bring two local entrepreneurs to Boston Public Library to help patrons with questions ranging from obtaining funding or developing detailed business plans. “What we see in the city of Boston is a lot of disparities," Boston Public Library Fund Executive Director Paula Sakey said. "While it's an incredible center for innovation and entrepreneurship, if you're not part of that ecosystem, you're not part of that ecosystem.”

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Hosting Conversations on Civil Society in Toronto

Toronto Public Library

Toronto Public Library's “On Civil Society” series pushes boundaries, explores differences and takes people deeper into the issues affecting our world today. This season, conversations will focus on critical local, national and international issues and will be presented on the TPL Culture channel on Crowdcast. Tune in to the next episode on August 22.

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Making Library Resources More Accessible in Barrie

Barrie Public Library

Opening earlier this month, Barrie Public Library’s new Holly Branch makes the library resources accessible to more residents. “We don’t have encyclopedias and such … we don’t keep that stuff anymore. But what we do have is popular materials, research materials, things that are in pop culture that people are wanting to learn about and know about. And, you know, a large focus on indigenous authors and making sure that people have access to those resources to educate themselves,” said CEO Lauren Jessop.

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Connect with ULC CEOs/Directors

Thursdays via Zoom

We invite ULC Directors and CEOs to join our first CEO call this fall with ULC President and CEO Brooks Rainwater on Thursday, September 8. These calls will run weekly every Thursday thereafter from 4-5 p.m. ET. Zoom details will be shared soon!

August 18
ULC Analytics and Tech Leaders
Member Group Call
August 18 | 2-3 p.m. ET
August 25
ULC Customer Experience Leaders
Member Group Call
August 25 | 3-4 p.m. ET
August 29

ULC Education Leaders

Member Group Call

August 29 | 2-3 p.m. ET

September 1

ULC HR Leaders

Member Group Call

September 1 | 3-4 p.m. ET

September 14
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!


Enoch Pratt Free Library

Enoch Pratt Free Library was named the #1 Baltimore life hack in The Baltimore Banner!

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Chicago Public Library

Chicago Public Library's Commissioner Chris Brown was featured in Newcity Chicago's Lit50!

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Hoboken Public Library

Hoboken Public Library welcomed the launch of Black Fire This Time — which included live readings by poets, Keisha-Gaye Anderson, Megha Sood, Margaret & Quincy Troupe and Raymond Nat Turner.

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Oakland Public Library

Oakland Public Library collects all the things left in books — from love letters to old photos and helped create an online collection titled “Found in a Library Book”!

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

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