This Week at ULC
Newsletter | May 18, 2022
The Business Value Calculator Challenge is ON!
This week, we launched the ULC 2022 Business Value Calculator Challenge. It runs through May 31. The ULC Business Value Calculator enables your library staff to calculate the dollar value of services that you provide to local entrepreneurs and small businesses. Once we aggregate the totals from the challenge, we will share an announcement that showcases what leading urban libraries are doing across North America to strengthen their local economies.

We know the number will be big because we already have totals for the following libraries:

  • Los Angeles County Library (Calif.) | $293 million
  • Mid-Continent Public Library (Mo.) | $22.3 million
  • St. Louis County Library (Mo.) | $20 million
  • East Baton Rouge Parish Library (La.) | $4 million
  • Brampton Library (Ont.) | $3.2 million
  • Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (Md.) | $2.5 million
  • Pima County Public Library (Ariz.) | $2 million
  • Jersey City Free Public Library (N.J.) | $1.3 million
  • Greensboro Public Library (N.C.) | $815,000
Still need inspiration? Read ULC’s latest blog post on Do Space’s calculated value of $450,000 to the Omaha business community.
Join the Challenge Now!
  1. Accept the 2022 Business Value Calculator Challenge today by signing up here.
  2. Access the Business Value Calculator on the ULC Knowledge Exchange.
  3. Look to ULC’s support resources for assistance, including watching our Overview Webinar or exploring our User GuideCommunications Guide and Methodology Guide. The Methodology Guide is provides detailed information on how we derived dollar values used in the calculator and alternatives for developing localized values for your library.
  4. Reach out to ULC’s Betsey Suchanic ([email protected]) with any questions you or your team may have. 
  5. Stay tuned for our announcement highlighting the economic value of public libraries to business communities across North America.
Library Partnerships in a Post-COVID World Convening
June 8-10, 2022 | Cleveland Public Library

Join ULC and peer library leaders in the birthplace of Rock and Roll ­— Cleveland, Ohio — for a field trip that will get you ready to rock a post-COVID world. Our in-person Lessons from the Field event June 8-10 is one-part big ideas, one-part constructive collaboration and a big dose of experiential learning that you can apply immediately at your library.
Attendees will hear from Cleveland Public Library Executive Director and CEO Felton Thomas, Jr. on the innovative ways CPL has cultivated community partnerships to serve their community during the pandemic.

Attendees will also engage in interactive learning sessions to discover how we reinvigorate the partnerships we have and connect in meaningful ways with new community partners to prepare for the future.
And we are proud to announce that Cleveland Public Library and ULC will co-host a dinner at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Thursday, June 9. More details to come!

Don’t miss out on this unique and inspiring experience. Be sure to reserve your spot today!
Join Colleagues at ULC's Member Breakfast
June 26, 2022 | Washington, D.C.

ULC members are invited to a breakfast and discussion in Washington D.C. on Sunday, June 26. Please join us to connect with ULC peers and learn about ULC’s 2022 work and focus.
Understanding Our Business Value in Omaha
Do Space

Explore how Do Space, the nation's first technology library, used ULC's Business Value Calculator to estimate the impact of their business services in our latest ULC blog post written by Do Space Library Director Angela McGraw. After using the Business Value Calculator, McGraw found that DoSpace offered an estimated $455,000 in economic value to the Omaha community in 2021, which included support in training and education, physical space and technology and equipment. “As a nonprofit, it is important for us to recognize that we are creating economic value and that value should be acknowledged and well understood,” said McGraw.
Launching an Indigenous Market
Hamilton Public Library

The Hamilton Public Library just announced the launch of an Indigenous Market which will run every Saturday until mid-December, allowing regional Indigenous artists and markets to sell handcrafted items like jewelry, ceramics, leatherwork and more. “We invite everyone in the region to visit the Indigenous Market at Central Library to connect and support talented artists and crafters, learn more about Indigenous culture and traditions and support the local economy,” said HPL CEO Paul Takala.
Connecting with Patrons with Monthly Podcast
Pasadena Public Library

Each month, Pasadena Public Library does a deep dive into stories, music and more in their podcast called "Pod PPL." With topics ranging from Black History in Pasadena to Exploring Native American Music, these episodes are made available on Spotify and Don’t miss their new episode which went live today, May 18!
May the Fandom Be With You
Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach

Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach is hosting their second month-long fan convention called May the Fandom be With You: The Sequel! Events include digital character sketching, Star Wars Takeover Day and 3-D printing pixel art. Folks who attend have the opportunity to win prizes that will be given out at the end of the month.
ULC EDI Officers
Member Group Call
May 26 | 2-3 p.m. ET
ULC Customer Experience Leaders
Member Group Call
May 26 | 3-4 p.m. ET
Lessons from the Field: Library Partnerships in a Post-COVID World
In-Person Convening
June 8-10
ULC Analytics and Tech Leaders
Member Group Call
June 9 | 2-3 p.m. ET
ULC Member Breakfast
Member Breakfast
June 26 | 8:30-10 a.m. ET
2022 ULC Annual Forum
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!
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

Session proposals are now being accepted. Registration is free, and full recordings will be made available to all who register after the event.
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Contact ULC's Director of Communications Paul Negron at [email protected].