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Newsletter | October 12, 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 still open, yet seats are limited! Reserve your library’s spot today before the Annual Forum is sold out — we are very close to reaching our goal! 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. The hotel registration deadline is October 25, 2022.

Below is a preview of the speakers that will present at the 2022 ULC Annual Forum.

Jonathan Capehart

MSNBC, The Washington Post & PBS

Jonathan Capehart is a Pulitzer Prize-winning Associate Editor of The Washington Post. Since 2007, he has been an opinion writer and member of The Post’s editorial board. He hosts a weekly Opinions podcast “Capehart” (formerly named “Cape Up”) and the weekly Washington Post Live show “First Look,” which is also streamed on “The Choice MSNBC” on Comcast’s Peacock streaming service. At MSNBC, Capehart is the anchor of “The Sunday Show with Jonathan Capehart.”

Tommi Laitio

Bloomberg Center for Public Innovation

Tommi Laitio is the inaugural Bloomberg Public Innovation Fellow at the Bloomberg Center for Public Innovation at Johns Hopkins University. Laitio brings a decade of senior city leadership experience to the fellowship. He joined the City of Helsinki as Director of Youth Affairs and was later elected as the first Executive Director of Culture and Leisure - acting as a member of the mayor's executive team with an overall responsibility for arts and culture, sports, public library and youth work.

Kelvin Watson

Las Vegas-Clark County Library District

As executive director at LVCCLD, Kelvin Watson oversees 25 branches run by 600+ employees, spanning 8,000 square miles, with a budget of $77 million and a collection of 3.2 million items. Kelvin has brought innovative, award-winning leadership to Nevada’s largest library system and his deep experience in fundraising, technology, program development and demonstrated success in addressing the digital divide has brought a new era to this library system. 

Join 71 Leading Libraries from Across North America at the 2022 ULC Forum

The following libraries have registered for the 2022 ULC Forum. Ensure your library's voice is heard by registering today.

Alexandria Library

Allen County Public Library

Anne Arundel County Public Library

Austin Public Library

Baltimore County Public Library

Berkeley Public Library

Boston Public Library

Broward County Library

Calgary Public Library

Carlsbad City Library

Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

Cedar Rapids Public Library

Chicago Public Library

Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library

Cuyahoga County Public Library

Dakota County Library

Dallas Public Library

DC Public Library

Do Space

Edmonton Public Library

Enoch Pratt Free Library

Forsyth County Public Library

Free Library of Philadelphia

Greensboro Public Library

Halifax Public Libraries

Harris County Public Library

Hartford Public Library

Hennepin County Library

Houston Public Library

Howard County Library System

Jacksonville Public Library

Jersey City Free Public Library

Johnson County Library

Kansas City Public Library

Las Vegas-Clark County Library District

Lexington Public Library

Live Oak Public Libraries

Los Angeles Public Library

Louisville Free Public Library

Memphis Public Libraries

Metropolitan Library System

Mid-Continent Public Library

Milton Public Library

Milwaukee Public Library

New York Public Library

Olathe Public Library

Paterson Free Public Library

Pima County Public Library

Pioneer Library System

Poudre River Public Library District

Prince George's County Memorial Library System

Queens Public Library

Richmond Hill Public Library

Richmond Public Library

Sacramento Public Library

Salt Lake City Public Library

San Antonio Public Library

San Diego Public Library

San Francisco Public Library

San Mateo County Libraries

Santa Clara City Library

Sarasota County Public Libraries

Schaumburg Township District Library

St. Charles City-County Library District

St. Louis Public Library

Stark County District Library

The Ferguson Library

The Seattle Public Library

Toledo Lucas County Public Library

Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library

Toronto Public Library

Thank You to Our Sponsors!

We thank Ingram Library Services for their generous support of the 2022 ULC Annual Forum Welcome Reception!

We thank Baker & Taylor for their generous support of ULC's 50th Birthday Celebration, which will be held during the Annual Forum.

We thank Group 4 for sponsoring a portion of the 2022 ULC Annual Forum!


Pictured: Astros Manager Dusty Baker (left) and NCAA, HLOC, City of Houston public officials and host institution coaches (right)

Honoring Literacy Advocates in Texas

Houston Public Library

Last month, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, the Mayor's Office for Adult Literacy and Houston Public Library hosted the 2022 Mayor's Literacy Breakfast: A Salute to Adult Literacy. Houston Astros Manager Dusty Baker served as the event’s honorary chair and stepped into his new role as the City of Houston’s first Ambassador for Adult Literacy. “Now is the time to celebrate what the Mayor's Office for Adult Literacy has achieved in just three years and to look towards the future. There is so much potential that can be unlocked through this important, hopeful work,” said Houston Public Library Director Dr. Rhea Brown Lawson. 

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Pictured: EPL staff, EPL Board of Trustees, City of Learners Steering Committee Members, the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning Governing Board Chair, Daniel Baril, and City Partners.

Edmonton Joins UNESCO’s Global Network of Learning Cities

Edmonton Public Library

Edmonton is the first Canadian city to join UNESCO's network of top learning cities in the world. UNESCO’s Global Network of Learning Cities (GNLC) is an international network of cities committed to fostering a culture of excellence and learning for all to enhance social inclusion, economic development and culture prosperity. EPL was joined by members of our EPL Board of Trustees, City of Learners Steering Committee, the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning Governing Board Chair, Daniel Baril, as well as many of our learning city partners. This milestone builds on the City's current strengths and commitments to learning and development, including the Council-supported City of Learners initiative, which began in 2008 and has been under the stewardship of the Edmonton Public Library since 2013.

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Pictured: SLCL Director & CEO Kristen Sorth

Honored with 2022 Missouri Library of the Year

St. Louis County Library

During the Missouri Library Association's annual conference held last month, St. Louis County Library was named the 2022 Missouri Library of the Year. The library was recognized for work in the areas of digital equity, community partnerships, improved facilities, service to the justice involved and COVID-19 relief efforts. Kristen Sorth, SLCL Director & CEO said, “We are honored to receive this award celebrating the work of our employees. St. Louis County Library is very proud of our work supporting the region during the pandemic. Together with our community partners, we have provided essential services such as meals, diapers, technology, tutoring, vaccines and rental assistance at our branches. The resiliency and creativity of our employees made this achievement possible.”

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Increasing Telehealth Accessibility in Pima County

Pima County Public Library

Pima County Public Library recently launched Health Connect — a service that provides secure and private environments for individuals to connect with their doctor — at two branches. Health Connect is currently being offered at rural libraries where residents don't always have easy access to their healthcare providers to connect communities to the healthcare they need. Ken Zambos, Program Manager for Workforce and Economic Development said, "Access to telehealth is essential for people to get the care they need when traveling to an in-person visit isn't possible. By providing this service, the Library is providing access to equipment that transforms healthcare delivery and positively affects healthcare outcomes."

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With support from Lyda Hill Philanthropies and the IF/THEN® Initiative, the Association of Science and Technology Centers (ASTC) is accepting applications from public libraries in the United States for IF/THEN® Gender Equity Engagement Grants. Grantees can receive funding up to $6,000 to support projects that address gender equity in museum content, including efforts to increase visual representation through the use of photos and videos featuring women and gender minorities. 

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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: 

  • Circulation Supervisor – New Haven Free Public Library
  • Adult Services Librarian, Special Collection – The Seattle 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

The latest resources: 

ULC's Staff Page allows members to conveniently connect with our staff for any questions, ideas or suggestions. If you have any department specific inquiries, please email corresponding staff as necessary.

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ULC Development Professionals Call

Member Group Call

October 19 | 4-5 p.m. ET


ULC Analytics and Tech Leaders

Member Group Call

October 20 | 2-3 p.m. ET


ULC Customer Experience Leaders

Member Group Call

October 20 | 3-4 p.m. ET


ULC Education Leaders

Member Group Call

October 31 | 2-3 p.m. ET

November 9

ULC Communications and Marketing Leaders

Member Group Call

November 9 | 3-4 p.m. ET


Kansas City Public Library

Kansas City Public Library does community members one better than a pay phone by offering a public and free phone at their Ruiz Branch!

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Calgary Public Library

In honor of Love Your Library Day on October 15, Calgary Public Library is celebrating 110 Years of Library love with free family programming for their birthday.

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Montgomery County Public Libraries

Montgomery County Public Libraries serves coffee lovers with a restock of fresh beans and pastries.

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Lincoln City Libraries

Lincoln City Libraries provided an update from The Well Read Runners who have been running since 2014 (sat 2020 out due to COVID)!

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