This Week at ULC
Newsletter | July 20, 2022
Explore Career Opportunities on the ULC Member Job Board

Now is the time to chart your new professional journey! Our ULC Member Job Board is regularly updated as we learn of new positions that are open at our member libraries.

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.
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. Once you are logged into your ULC member account, you can access the Member Knowledge Exchange link on the left side under “Member Hub.” And, if you have a resource you'd like to share with other member libraries, please email [email protected].

This Week's Featured Resources:
Fine Free Data Analysis
Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library

Distribution of Free, Nonlibrary Publications
Jacksonville Public Library

RFP for Website Discovery, Design and Development
Howard County Library System

Summer Blog Series Post
Play Coalition

In a recently published blog for the Play Coalition, ULC's Senior Advisor Liz McChesney explores the idea of True Play — which is now becoming the method public libraries across the country are using for summer learning. True Play involves four critical skills: communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity.

“Connecting play to the mission of the public library is just one of the many ways public libraries are moving beyond the bricks and mortar repository of books and into an active laboratory of experiential learning. This approach emphasizes risk-taking, problem-solving and the four critical 21st-century skills: communication, collaboration, critical thinking and creativity,” said McChesney.
Meet ULC's Newest Member
Oakville Public Library

We are thrilled to welcome a new Canadian member to ULC — Oakville Public Library! The library's vision is to inspire Oakville, and create an inclusive, barrier-free environment where all members of the community can access physical and digital resources and services. 
Sonia Alcántara-Antoine Named PLA President
Baltimore County Public Library

Congratulations to Baltimore County Public Library Director Sonia Alcántara-Antoine for being named PLA President! Alcántara-Antoine began her three-year term this June, which includes one-year stints as president-elect (2022-2023), president (2023-2024) and immediate past-president (2024-2025). 

“I am honored and humbled to be the next President Elect for the Public Library Association. Public libraries have an unparalleled role in directly dismantling the inequities that exist within our communities and society, and for defending the intellectual freedom rights that uphold our democracy. Public libraries are needed now more than ever. This is both a daunting and exciting time for public libraries, and I am thrilled to be in a position to advocate for library workers in the trenches.” — Sonia Alcántara-Antoine, Director, Baltimore County Public Library.
Ensuring Library Access for Students in Wichita
Wichita Public Library

Wichita Public Library recently announced a partnership with Wichita Public Schools to give all middle school and high school students the opportunity to opt-in for a public library eCard at enrollment. This partnership allows students access to the library’s collection of eBooks, audiobooks and research databases. “This partnership has been a long-time coming, and we’re really excited to provide a wealth of information and knowledge to middle and high school students in Wichita schools,” said Jaime Prothro, director of libraries for Wichita Public Library.
ULC Customer Experience Leaders
Member Group Call
July 28 | 3-4 p.m. ET
ULC Analytics and Tech Leaders
Member Group Call
August 18 | 2-3 p.m. ET
Banned Camp Summer Series
Austin Public Library

Austin Public Library is starting their summer program called “Banned Camp”, which empowers community members to read and discuss banned books!
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