This Week at ULC
Newsletter | July 13, 2022
This year, ULC is joining in the celebration dedicated to elevating the importance of keeping kids learning, safe and healthy every summer! Each day is dedicated to five unique themes, including fostering friendships, love of literacy and learning and more! Discover new ways our library can celebrate the week.

  • ULC’s latest blog, “Discover the Power of Summer Learning,” explores how our partners and our member libraries are encouraging kids across the nation to stay engaged during the summer. Learn more
  • The National Summer Learning Association is hosting a virtual Engage Every Student Launch Event on Thursday, July 14 at 2 p.m. ET. Learn More
  • Check out our Twitter thread featuring resources for libraries and community members to embrace National Summer Learning Week. Learn More
Member Group
ULC Member Libraries Welcome New Leaders

ULC is thrilled to welcome and congratulate the following library leaders for taking on new roles at our member libraries.
Andrew Medlar
Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

Andrew Medlar now leads Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh as president & director after previously serving as director of BookOps for New York Public Library. Learn More
Susan Wray
Mid-Continent Public Library

Assistant Library Director and Chief Operating Officer of Mid-Continent Public Library, Susan Wray, stepped into the role of acting director for the library system in June. Learn More
Tim McDonald
Pasadena Public Library

Tim McDonald currently serves as interim director of Pasadena Public Library. Learn More
Peter Coyl
Sacramento Public Library

Peter Coyl began his role as director & CEO of Sacramento Public Library in January 2022 after previously serving as director of Montclair Public Library. Learn More
Nichelle M. Hayes
The Indianapolis Public Library

Nichelle M. Hayes serves as interim CEO of The Indianapolis Public Library after having been with the system since 2015. Learn More
Kimberley B. Knight
Virginia Beach Public Library

Kimberly B. Knight was appointed as the new director for Virginia Beach Public Library in February 2022, after serving as the deputy director at Alexandria Library. Learn More
New Exhibit Features the History of East San José
San José Public Library

San José Public Library is collaborating with San José State University King Library’s Africana, Asian American, Chicano and Native American Studies Center to present their newest and free exhibit East Side Dreams: The Untold Story of East San José. The exhibit, open now through September, synthesizes stories both remembered and forgotten through images, artifacts and organizations.
Honored for Preserving State and Local History in Kansas City
Kansas City Public Library

Congratulations to Kansas City Public Library for earning the American Association for State and Local History’s Award of Excellence, the nation's top award. The award recognizes the library’s multifaceted 2021 Kansas City Black History project — a 44-page publication highlighting Black trailblazers, barrier breakers and history makers.
Encouraging Summer Learning and Storytelling in Chicago
Chicago Public Library

Chicago Public Library launched “City of Stories” with Mayor Lori E. Lightfoot — an all-ages and citywide approach to summer programming! The programming will be both online and in-person, focusing on education, engagement and safety for children, teens and adults. Participating youth will tell stories of their communities through written and spoken word, art-making and digital media production.
Debuting a New Makerspace in Mississauga
Mississauga Public Library

Mississauga Library’s Malton Branch recently debuted their new makerspace, making it one of four makerspaces in Mississauga Library branches. Patrons now have the resources and tools to input lines of codes, wire circuits, code with robots and more! Whether you are a digital filmmaker, a handy-crafts person or a coder, the makerspace has the tools you need to succeed.
Register for CGLR Salutes Our Public Library Session
July 18 | 3 p.m. ET

The Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (CGLR) is hosting its annual virtual conference, "GLR Week: Bright Spots and Silver Linings," July 18-22, 2022. On Monday, July 18 at 3 p.m. ET, GLR Week will be launched with a special virtual reception honoring public library partners across the country. 

This session will acknowledge public library leadership for important initiatives including Summer Learning, Lunch at the Library, Book Rich Environments, Digital Equity, Literacy in Laundromats and Remake Learning. A panel of library leaders will join in a conversation, moderated by Susan Hildreth, former director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services, to discuss the attributes of public libraries’ contributions toward advancing early school success from both historical and contemporary perspectives in an ever-changing information and resource-challenged environment. 

Panelists include:
  • Melanie Huggins, Richland Library
  • Erin Silva, Association for Rural & Small Libraries
  • Pilar Martinez, Edmonton Public Library
  • Felton Thomas, Cleveland Public Library
ULC Communications and Marketing Leaders
Member Group Call
July 13 | 3-4 p.m. ET
ULC Collections Leaders
Member Group Call
July 14 | 3-4 p.m. ET
ULC Analytics and Tech Leaders
Member Group Call
July 14 | 2-3 p.m. ET
ULC Customer Experience Leaders
Member Group Call
July 28 | 3-4 p.m. ET
Name Recognition Policy
Johnson County Public Library

Social Media Policy
Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries

Explore Career Opportunities on the ULC Member Job Board

We are thrilled to announce a new ULC member benefit available for you to explore career opportunities at member libraries across North America – the ULC Member Job Board. Our Job Board will be updated regularly as we learn of new positions that are open at our member libraries. Now is the time to chart your new professional journey!

Once you are logged into your ULC member account, you can access the Job Board link on the left side under “Member Hub.” And, if you have a job posting at your library, please email [email protected] and we will gladly add it to the Job Board!
1000 Books Before 4 Years Old!
Vaughan Public Libraries

Dominic, age 3, participated and completed Vaughan's 1000 Books Before Kindergarten Challenge! Dominic will turn 4 next month and is excited to start kindergarten this upcoming September.
The second Library 2.022 mini-conference: "Urban Librarianship: Embracing Challenges and Opportunities through Innovation, Leadership, and Best Practices," will be held online (and for free) on Thursday, July 14, 2022. This event is hosted by Library 2.0 and co-founded by The School of Information at San José State University, and this year features organizational help from Michael Lambert, City Librarian for the City and County of San Francisco. 

Keynote speakers will include:
  • Michael Lambert, City Librarian, San Francisco Public Library
  • Chris Brown, Commissioner, Chicago Public Library
  • Lessa Kanani'opua Pelayo-Lozada, Adult Services Assistant Manager, Palos Verdes Library District
  • Dr. Rhea Lawson, Executive Director, Houston Public Library
  • Kelvin Watson, Executive Director, Las Vegas-Clark County Library District
Questions? Interested in Submitting a Story?

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