This Week at ULC
Newsletter | April 29, 2020
GOING FORWARD FROM THE PANDEMIC
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.

ULC continues to update our coronavirus resource page and we encourage you to share sample statements and policies as libraries grapple with the possibility of reopening soon. These resources will be highlighted in the Member Knowledge Center , This Week at ULC newsletter , social media and other chann els. If you have updates to share or any questions, please email ULC Director of Conferences and Community Engagement Colleen Bragiel directly.
MEMBER NEWS ROUNDUP
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.
Offering Small Business and Employment Support
Richland Library

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 Folding@home Project.
NEW ON THE ULC BLOG
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.
JOIN ULC FOR A LIVE TWITTER CHAT
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.
UPCOMING MEMBER EVENTS
ULC Deputy Directors Call - COVID-19
Member Group Conference Call
April 29 | 4-5 p.m. ET
ULC Directors Call - COVID-19
Member Group Conference Call
April 30 | 4-5 p.m. ET
ULC Collections Leaders - COVID-19 Responses
Member Group Conference Call
April 30 | 4-4:30 p.m. ET
ULC HR Professionals - COVID-19 Responses
Member Group Conference Call
May 4 | 1-2 p.m. ET
ULC Education Leaders - COVID-19 Responses
Member Group Conference Call
May 5 | 2-3 p.m. ET
ULC Communications and Marketing Leaders - COVID-19 Responses
Member Group Conference Call
May 6 | Noon-1 p.m. ET
#ULCchat: Supporting Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses
Twitter Chat
May 6 | 3-4 p.m. ET
ULC Deputy Directors - COVID-19 Responses
Member Group Conference Call
May 6 | 4-5 p.m. ET
ULC Directors - COVID-19 Responses
Member Group Conference Call
May 7 | 4-5 p.m. ET
ULC Collections Call - COVID-19 Responses
Member Group Conference Call
May 7 | 4-4:30 p.m. ET
ULC KNOWLEDGE CENTER
CORONAVIRUS RESOURCES
Newark Public Library
Chesterfield County Public Library
Hamilton Public Library
SOCIAL MEDIA SPOTLIGHT
Urban Libraries Council on Twitter

👏 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.

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