This Week at ULC
Newsletter | August 12, 2020
The Urban Libraries Council has been named as the recipient of a 2020 Power of A Gold Award in the “Power of Diversity and Inclusion” category, recognizing the innovation and international impact of ULC’s online Fine Free Map. Presented by the American Society of Association Executives, the Power of A awards honor outstanding efforts by membership organizations to address key societal issues and strengthen lives, workforces and economies at local, national and global levels.

Launched in 2018, ULC's Fine Free Map makes it easy for anyone to learn about libraries in North America that have eliminated overdue materials fines in order to address the disproportionate impact of fines on low-income populations and children. Over 12,000 individuals have accessed the Fine Free Map, and this tool is frequently cited by cities, counties and libraries as a key resource informing their decision to eliminate fines for their community.
Have you explored the new web pages at for our Going Forward from the Pandemic initiative? Be sure to regularly visit these pages for news about this initiative and the action teams leading its work, including regularly updated lists of helpful resources.
This week, our "Faces on the Front Line" photo series highlights the great work of staff members from Wichita Public Library, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Toledo Lucas County Public Library, Toronto Public Library, Broward County Library, Regina Public Library, San Francisco Public Library and Cedar Rapids Public Library.

We encourage you to submit any images or stories from your team's work on the front line of COVID-19 to
Providing High Speed Internet to Thousands of Students
San José Public Library

Just in time for the upcoming school year, San José Public Library has partnered with AT&T, San José Mayor Sam Liccardo and other partners on a new citywide “SJ Access” initiative aimed at offering students and residents internet, Wi-Fi hotspots and digital literacy programs. “Working to eliminate the digital divide for thousands of students and families can’t happen without strong partnerships and the support of our leaders in education,” said City Librarian and Director of the City’s EOC Digital Inclusion Branch Jill Bourne. 
Joslyn Bowling Dixon Appointed Library Director
Newark Public Library

With more than 20 years of experience working in urban library systems, Joslyn Bowling Dixon began her position as NPL’s new library director on August 3. She recently served as the deputy director of the Prince William Public Library System in Virginia. “After seeing how Newark Public Library has stepped up to the challenge of COVID-19, I am truly honored to lead it into further unchartered territories as we move between real and virtual worlds, and further strengthen its support and contributions to the Newark community,” said Bowling Dixon. 
Patrons Log More than 500,000 Minutes Reading
Evansville Vanderburgh Public Library

During the library’s first-ever virtual Summer Reading program, participants read a total of 503,414 minutes. Readers from each age group were selected every week to win a prize including a Mesker Park Zoo family membership, e-readers and gift cards to local businesses. “During a unique summer, I am thrilled so many readers turned to EVPL to participate in both an educational and entertaining experience,” said EVPL CEO-Director Scott Kinney. 
Welcome Aboard JCPL Flight CV-19
Jefferson County Public Library

In early July, Jefferson County Public Library reopened in-person services and shared a creative video to help prepare their community for new safety guidelines. The fun take on a pre-flight safety video has garnered nearly 5,000 views on YouTube! 
ULC Directors
Member Group Conference Call
August 13 | 4-5 p.m. ET
ULC HR Professionals
Member Group Conference Call
August 17 | 1-2 p.m. ET
ULC Education Leaders
Member Group Conference Call
August 18 | 2-3 p.m. ET
ULC Deputy Directors
Member Group Conference Call
August 19 | 4-5 p.m. ET
ULC Collections Leaders
Member Group Conference Call
August 20 | 4-4:30 p.m. ET
ULC Communications and Marketing Leaders
Member Group Conference Call
September 9 | Noon-1 p.m. ET
Toronto Public Library
Douglas County Libraries
Sno-Isle Libraries
Chattanooga Public Library, San Francisco Public Library, St. Louis Public Library

Creating a weather how-to video, sending a targeted family newsletter and moving summer programming online are just some of the ways public libraries are adapting during the pandemic. Read this great spotlight on Chattanooga Public Library, San Francisco Public Library and St. Louis Public Library.