This Week at ULC
Newsletter | July 6, 2022
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!
What's Cooking at Edmonton Public Library?
Edmonton Public Library

In our latest blog post written by EPL’s Tina Thomas, discover how the library offers patrons learning opportunities for health, nutrition and food literacy in The Kitchen housed inside EPL's Stanley A. Milner Library. The primary focus of The Kitchen is to offer introductory to intermediate level cooking classes for people of all ages and abilities that will help everyday Edmontonians learn new skills and gain hands-on experiences with cooking and nutrition.
Getting Inked for Libraries in Anne Arundel County
Anne Arundel County Public Library

Anne Arundel County Public Library gave book lovers a chance to get predesigned literary-themed tattoos from the Lucky Bird tattoo shop, where 40% of the proceeds went towards funding for county libraries! The recent event was a huge success with talks of another tattoo fundraiser already on the way.
Pictured: Ashley Hammond (center) is the new mental health coordinator and Jessica Door (right) is the director of Boise Public Library.
Welcoming a New Mental Health Coordinator in Boise
Boise Public Library

Boise Public Library's new mental health coordinator, Ashley Hammond, and Library Director Jessica Door recently visited with NPR’s Morning Edition host George Prentice to talk about the new mental health role and how Hammond has already assisted some of the library’s visitors. “The downtown branch does see library users who are experiencing a number of life challenges, which may be those who are unhoused or experiencing mental health symptoms or substance abuse,” said Hammond. “And so connecting them with the resources in the area is kind of what this position is all about.”
Pictured: St. Louis Executive Dr. Sam Page and SLCL Director & CEO Kristen Sorth (Photo Credit: Kara Hayes Smith)
Ensuring Digital Equity in St. Louis
St. Louis County Library

St. Louis County Library recently announced the expansion of the popular GrandPad lending program. Using American Rescue Plan Act funds, SLCL will purchase and distribute 1,500 GrandPad tablets to area seniors. The program is part of the Digital Equity Initiative established by St. Louis County Executive Dr. Sam Page in 2020. “We are so grateful to the County Council for supporting older adults in the region and for expanding access to those that need it,” Kristen Sorth, St. Louis County Library Director & CEO said.
Pictured: Danielle McDonald (right) receives the 2022 Bissett Alumni Award from School Director Jennifer Stewart (left) on June 24.
Danielle McDonald Honored for Public Service in Ottawa
Ottawa Public Library

Congratulations to Ottawa Public Library’s CEO Danielle McDonald for being honored with the 2022 Carleton University Bissett Alumni Award for Distinctive Contributions to the Public Sector! Since joining the OPL in January 2009, McDonald has led significant initiatives in facilities planning and development across OPL’s 33 branches. Most recently, McDonald secured OPL’s historic collaboration with Library and Archives Canada on Ādisōke, the joint landmark library facility that will welcome visitors from Ottawa and around the world.
ULC Social Workers & Public Safety Officers
Member Group Call
July 7 | 3-4 p.m. ET
ULC Communications and Marketing Leaders
Member Group Call
July 13 | 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
Borrowing Materials Policy
Salt Lake County Library

Photography and Video Policy
Milwaukee Public Library

Fine Free Data Analysis
Cincinnati Public Library

Apply Today for the Jerry Kline Community Impact Prize
Library Journal

If your library engages with local government to support the service area’s defined goals, fights for the inclusion of underserved populations and social cohesion and more, you are encouraged to apply! Library Journal’s Jerry Kline Community Impact Prize application closes on July 8, 2022. The winning library will receive $250,000 in unfettered grant monies from the Gerald M. Kline Family Foundation and will also be profiled in the November issue of Library Journal and online.
One of Eleven Most Beautiful Libraries
Columbus Metropolitan Library

Columbus Metropolitan Library and its Beaux-Arts-style architecture and Vermont marble is included on Fodor’s Travel’s recent list of the “11 most beautiful libraries in the United States!”
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
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