This Week at ULC
Newsletter | August 26, 2020
We are excited to announce that ULC’s 2020 Innovations Initiative will launch next week! This annual awards program recognizes and raises the visibility of cutting-edge programs, strategies, tools, techniques and ideas from ULC’s entire membership. Please use the following links to preview the 2020 submission categories and discover tips for the 2020 application process. Submissions will be accepted from September 1-October 1.

Entries should tell the stories of library programs, initiatives and transformative ideas that have either launched in the past 12 months or achieved significant breakthroughs during that time. An independent panel of judges will select Top Innovator and Honorable Mention award winners in each of the program’s 10 categories, including a new category for Digital Citizenship. Winners will be announced during a special online event later this fall.

ULC looks forward to receiving submissions from each ULC library! Please be sure to stay tuned to ULC communications for additional information about the 2020 Innovations program.
Our Going Forward from the Pandemic initiative continued moving forward this week, with our Partnering for Schools and Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs action teams convening meetings. Team members continue to develop techniques and strategies for libraries to address the pandemic directly. Explore our new web pages at to learn more about the guiding questions and access updated resources that are driving this work.
This week, our "Faces on the Front Line" photo series highlights the great work of staff members from Miami-Dade Public Library System, Prince George’s County Memorial Library System, Do Space, Alexandria Library, Oakland Public Library, Anne Arundel County Public Library, Detroit Public Library and Springfield City Library.

We encourage you to submit any images or stories from your team's work on the front line of COVID-19 to
'State of Stories' Explores Missouri's 200-Year History
Mid-Continent Public Library

This coming Friday, MCPL’s Story Center kicks off the first virtual event in its State of Stories series, which will explore and celebrate Missouri’s bicentennial. Offered in partnership with the University of Missouri Extension Community Arts Program, the event series will run through August 2021.
Pictured: Derek Gordon, Stark Library Director of Special Events and Stephanie Cargill, Stark Library Director of Communications, during a media event
New Branch Opens with Design Input from Community
Stark Library

Construction on Stark Library’s Jackson Community Branch began in March 2019 and was completed earlier this year, but the pandemic pushed the grand opening back to last week. Residents provided direct input on what they wanted most in the new library, rating “a place to gather” as number one on their list. Following that feedback, the new branch's 10,000-square-foot building includes a large meeting room which can be converted into two spaces.
Welcoming a New Director
Hennepin County Library

Starting this month, Chad Helton began his new role as the director of Hennepin County Library. Before coming to HCL, Helton most recently served as the director of branch library services at Los Angeles Public Library. In addition to directing LAPL's 72 branches, Helton has served in leadership roles at Palo Alto City Library and Contra Costa County Library during his career.
ULC Directors
Member Group Conference Call
August 27 | 4-5 p.m. ET
ULC HR Professionals
Member Group Conference Call
August 31 | 1-2 p.m. ET
ULC Deputy Directors
Member Group Conference Call
September 2 | 4-5 p.m. ET
ULC Collections Leaders
Member Group Conference Call
September 3 | 4-4:30 p.m. ET
ULC Communications and Marketing Leaders
Member Group Conference Call
September 9 | Noon-1 p.m. ET
ULC Education Leaders
Member Group Conference Call
September 15 | 2-3 p.m. ET
St. Charles City-County Library
Wichita Public Library
Kalamazoo Public Library
Birmingham Public Library

In our latest ULC blog post, discover how Birmingham Public Library put together an event to resonate the voices of local storytellers and authors to share books by people of color. 
El Paso Public Library, Miami-Dade Public Library System, Rochester Public Library

Congratulations to ULC member cities El Paso, Texas, Miami Gardens, Fla, and Rochester, N.Y. for being honored with a 2020 All-America City award for enhancing health and well-being through civic engagement!