This Week at ULC

Newsletter | September 14, 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 now open. 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. Early bird rates will end September 30.

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Hosted by the DC Public Library, this important event will bring 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. Join us for a dazzling gala bash 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! Stayed tuned for more details about this momentous event.

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



Action Teams

ULC's Action Teams establish new models, techniques and approaches that can help all libraries lead their communities into a stronger post-pandemic future. This initiative's work is being led by action teams comprised of over 60 total leaders from ULC libraries, who are focused on identifying immediate ways that all libraries can overcome key challenges in the COVID-19 era.

To join our Anti-Racism or Digital Equity Action Team, please contac Director of Strategic Initiatives Michelle Hamiel at [email protected].

To join our Economic Opportunity or Partnering with Schools Action Team, please contact Director of Strategic Initiatives Shari Henry at [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: 

  • Children and Teen Librarian I — Palm Beach County Library System
  • Branch Manager – Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library
  • Manager, Community Branch – The 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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Chief Librarian Mark Williams Receives Queen’s Jubilee Pin

Milton Public Library

Earlier this month, Milton Public Library’s Chief Librarian Mark Williams was presented with the Queen’s Jubilee Pin for exceptional service and dedication to support the Milton community by Milton MP Adam van Koeverden. “To say I was taken aback is an understatement and I am humbled and honored to receive this award. My utmost and sincerest gratitude is extended to MPL Ambassador and federal Milton MP, Adam Van Koeverden for being such an advocate for everything we do,” shares Chief Librarian and recipient, Mark Williams.

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New Transit Partnership Spurs Reading in Sacramento

Sacramento Public Library

SacRT teamed up with the Sacramento Public Library to create Sacramento’s first Rolling Library Train, allowing riders to sit back, relax and read a book! Resembling bookshelves on the walls, riders can take out their phone and scan the QR code leading them to Sacramento Library App where they can download ebooks or audiobooks for free. 

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Richland Library

Providing Entrepreneurial and Creative Resources in Richland

Richland Library

Richland Library’s Library of Things offers patrons the free alternative of buying supplies through their extensive collection of ladders, pressure tools, sewing machines, scanners, laminators and more! “Our purpose is to allow people to check out objects that might be cost-prohibitive or space-prohibitive,” said Richland Library Arts and Media Assistant Manager Kelsey Andrus. “Or if you don’t know if you want that particular model, you can kind of test it out.”

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September 28

ULC Development Professionals

Member Group Call

September 28 | 4-5 p.m. ET


ULC Customer Experience Leaders

Member Group Call

September 29 | 3-4 p.m. ET



National Summer Learning Conference

Summer Changes Everything | October 24-26

National Summer Learning Association Conference

Join nearly 1,000 cross-sector civic and education leaders providing high quality summer learning experiences at Summer Changes Everything - the National Summer Learning Association’s annual conference in Washington, DC from October 24-26, 2022! ULC is proud to partner with the National Summer Learning Association, the country’s only organization solely focused on increasing outcomes for youth in summer programs.

During the conference, you will have the opportunity to connect with library professionals and learn strategies for connecting with elected officials and national partners, current research about COVID-19 learning loss and recovery and best practices for summer learning programs at public libraries. 

NSLA is offering a special promotion for ULC members to attend the conference. Use the promo code 2022-PLC-LIBS to enjoy a $200 registration discount. Please contact Liz McChesney at [email protected] for more details.

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IMLS National Medal

Submit Your Nominations By November 1

Institute of Museum and Library Services

Nominations are now open for the 2023 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation’s highest honor awarded to libraries and museums for service to their communities. “The IMLS National Medals recognize excellence and the strong positive impacts on communities by our libraries and museums. Every year we salute innovation, intensity, and imagination in what they do for all of us,” said IMLS Director Crosby Kemper.

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Madison Public Library

Madison Public Library welcomes live jazz music at their library, bringing back their tradition of Jazz at Sequoya Library.

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Arlington Public Library

Check out this TikTok made by The Washington Post highlighting Arlington Public Library!

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Cedar Rapids Public Library

Cedar Rapids Public Library held their Community Cultural Celebration and Expo at the library as part of their Welcome Week.

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San Francisco Public Library

San Francisco Public Library held an event with the cast of To Kill a Mockingbird, including Richard Thomas (Atticus), Melanie Moore (Scout) and Yaegel T. Welch (Tom Robinson).

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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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