Last Thursday, nearly 100 ULC directors and deputy directors convened for an online Member Summit to preview a new ULC initiative designed to address the unprecedented challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Going Forward from the Pandemic will leverage the combined strengths of ULC's membership through the coordinated efforts of member Action Teams. Read
this ULC Executive Board Statement to learn more, and stay tuned to ULC communications for a full membership update on next steps soon.
Partnering to Develop Protocols for Safe Materials Handling
Columbus Metropolitan Library
As part of a new partnership
spearheaded by IMLS, Columbus Metropolitan Library is providing a collection of library materials for testing to researchers from Battelle. Strains of the coronavirus will be tested on the items to assess the longevity of the virus. "The work we do here will have far-reaching implications for public libraries around the state, country and even the world," said CML CEO Patrick Losinski.
Earlier this month, Richland Library launched a
new online service to help patrons find detailed information on loans and unemployment benefits. The library is also hosting weekly virtual meetings with local business leaders to curate job prospects and resources for community members in need.
Donating Computers to Scientists Fighting COVID-19
Regina Public Library
Regina Public Library's digital media studio, which is normally used for recording and editing music and movies, is now being used by scientists remotely to fight the coronavirus pandemic. Five computers and four servers from the library have been dedicated to this endeavor, part of the COVID-19
How Eliminating Library Fines Advances Racial Equity
Written by program leaders from the
National League of Cities, the latest ULC blog post shares insights on how municipalities can rethink library fees to advance race and social equity during the COVID-19 public health crisis and beyond.
In the wake of COVID-19, entrepreneurs and small businesses need support from libraries now more than ever before. Join ULC for a Twitter chat on May 6 (3-4 p.m. ET) to help raise awareness of how public libraries are stepping up to support the needs of their local business communities during this difficult time.
👏 The Indianapolis Public Library is helping parents who are deemed essential workers by partnering with the YMCA of Indianapolis to deliver books to children receiving day care at various YMCA centers.