This Week at ULC

Newsletter | September 7, 2022


2022 ULC Annual Forum: Creating a Place for Democracy

Washington, D.C. | November 16-18

Public libraries serve as champions for democracy, ensuring core values of free speech and access to information for all. At this critical time in our history, public libraries continue to be on the frontlines of protecting this freedom.

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 now open. 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. Early bird rates will end September 30.

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library

Hosted by the DC Public Library, this important event will bring together leaders from major urban library systems across the U.S. and Canada. 

Group 4

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

Celebrate ULC's Story

During the Annual Forum, ULC members will gather to celebrate 50 years strengthening and promoting the value of public libraries. Join us for a dazzling gala bash held at the newly renovated Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. 

Celebrate with national and local industry and government leaders as we honor our past and innovate our future! Stayed tuned for more details about this momentous event.

We thank Baker & Taylor for their generous support of ULC's 50th Birthday Celebration!



Lessons Baltimore 2022

Growing Your Business Services to Improve Your Local Economy

Baltimore | September 21-23

There is still time to register for our upcoming Lessons from the Field event in Baltimore later this month! Explore how libraries can equip themselves to be the business leaders of tomorrow.

During this conference, you will learn how to:

  • Develop key techniques to push your business services to the next level
  • Tell your library's business story to local leaders and key decision makers
  • Measure the value of your library’s business resources and impact on your community
  • Connect and engage with new and small business owners, entrepreneurs and jobseekers

Participants will have a chance to hear success stories from ULC's Entrepreneurship cohort at interactive sessions held at Baltimore County Public Library and Enoch Pratt Free Library. We thank Gale Cengage for sponsoring this in-person event.


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: 

  • Chief of Public Services – San Francisco Public Library
  • Buder Assistant Manager – St. Louis Public Library
  • Library Deputy Director – Pima County 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 [email protected].

The latest resources: 

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Meet ULC's Newest Member

Richmond Public Library

We are pleased to welcome Richmond Public Library (Calif.) as the newest member of the ULC family. Richmond Public Library aims to enrich lives and expand opportunities for all citizens by promoting reading and the active use of cultural, intellectual and information resources through a dedication to excellence and professional service.

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Connecting Communities to Digital Navigators

Salt Lake City Public Library, Institute of Museum and Library Services

Check out this great grant spotlight from IMLS on ULC’s partnership with Salt Lake City Public Library and National Digital Inclusion Alliance to advance the Digital Navigators service model to help libraries address the new and intensified digital access barriers resulting from COVID-19. 

“My favorite part of working on this project was spending time getting to know folks in our community during our ‘foot campaign,’ where we spent six weeks canvassing 220 miles in our service areas of Glendale, Poplar Grove, and Rose Park. “I was humbled by how excited people were to greet library staff in their neighborhoods. We were able to help folks with their tech questions right on their front porch!” — Shauna Edson, Technology and Digital Equity Manager at the Salt Lake City Public Library

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Enhancing Literacy Through Music

Multnomah County Library

Multnomah County Library’s “Book to Beats” program promotes literacy among teens at juvenile detention centers through music. Bringing a remote sound recording studio to the facility and five-time Grammy Award winner and Harvard professor Esperanza Spalding, the program encourages the creative and imaginative process and provides studio spaces that would otherwise be inaccessible to the teens.

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Displaying Design and Excellence in Library Architecture

Fulton County Library System, Salt Lake County Library

This year’s American Libraries’ Library Design Showcase highlights two ULC member libraries — Fulton County Library System and Salt Lake County Library! Fulton County Library’s interior design prioritizes accessibility, flexibility and transparency with large windows and multipurpose collaboration spaces while Salt Lake County Library’s focus on the outdoors boasts a landscaped walking path lined with native plants and a rooftop garden.

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ULC Analytics and Tech Leaders

Member Group Call

September 8 | 2-3 p.m. ET

September 14
ULC Communications and Marketing Leaders
Member Group Call
September 14 | 3-4 p.m. ET

ULC Customer Experience Leaders

Member Group Call

September 29 | 3-4 p.m. ET



Civil Legal Issues of Natural Disasters: Libraries Can Help

September 22, 2022 Webinar

Natural disasters strike everywhere. In their wake, communities are left reeling and many people turn to their libraries for support and information. Your library may have plans to secure its facilities and collections in order to keep the doors open, but are you prepared to support patrons’ civil legal issues that arise? As part of the Improving Access to Civil Legal Justice initiative, OCLC’s WebJunction is offering a free webinar where you’ll learn about civil legal issues common in natural disasters and how public libraries help.


El Paso Public Library

El Paso Public Library allows patrons to check out seeds with their awesome display!

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Cuyahoga County Public Library

Cuyahoga County Public Library is celebrating their 100th birthday with a garden themed event! 

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Las Vegas-Clark County Library District

Check out Las Vegas-Clark County Library District’s new gallery exhibits while having a chance to meet the artists.

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Cincinnati Public Library

Did you know that parts of Cincinnati Public Library will be in complete totality during the next solar eclipse? 

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Questions? Want to Submit a Story?

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

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