This Week at ULC
Newsletter | January 29, 2020
ULC Engages Macmillan CEO During "Ask Me Anything" Session

Macmillan Publishers CEO John Sargent hosted a 90-minute open conversation with public library leaders on Saturday, January 25, during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia. ULC President & CEO Susan Benton and Director of Communications Curtis Rogers attended this session, along with leaders from ULC member libraries and allied organizations, to express our deep concerns about the impact of restrictions to e-book access for libraries, and to engage actively in dialogue about productive next steps that will benefit the entire ecosystem.
 
During the session, librarians shared impact data from our systems, suggested alternatives to Macmillan’s embargo lending model and emphasized ways that Macmillan’s actions and communications have shown a fundamental misunderstanding of the role of public libraries. ”When you say that our consumers are getting information for free – actually that is completely false,” said Benton. “We are given the responsibility by our mayors and county executives to foster an educated citizenry. That work is funded through property taxes and sales taxes that people in our jurisdictions pay.”
 
As one promising sign of progress, Sargent expressed his openness to engaging with five library associations — ULC, COSLA, ALA, PLA and ARSL — for future conversations about mutually-beneficial e-book lending models rather than one-on-one conversations with library executives from across the country. ULC will keep our members informed about those conversations, when and if they occur.

To learn more about this session, read the detailed overviews from  Publishers Weekly  and  American Libraries , as well as  ALA’s press release  concerning the event.
 
Visit ULC’s website for  resources and information  about fair e-book pricing and access for libraries, including the Statement on Equitable Public Access to E-Books , which has been signed by 110 mayors and county leaders across North America.
MEMBER NEWS ROUNDUP
Design Revealed for New Central Library
Ottawa Public Library

On January 23, the proposed architectural design for the Ottawa Public Library – Library and Archives Canada Joint Facility was revealed to much public, political and media acclaim. The result of unprecedented partnerships and community engagement, the story of this groundbreaking project is about two major public institutions coming together to build a place where — when its doors open in late 2024 — Ottawa Public Library customers, Ottawa residents, Canadians and visitors from around the world will come together to connect to learn, discover and create.
Meet the New Friscolibrary.com
Frisco Public Library

Last week, Frisco Public Library launched its newly redesigned website aimed at making it easier to engage with library's services. Patrons can now set up their own profiles, tag specific events or books based on their interests and post comments and reviews.
Pictured (left to right): Susan Benton , President & CEO, ULC; Supervisor Mike Wasserman , Santa Clara County Board of Supervisors and Chair of the Santa Clara County Library District JPA Board; Chris Brown , Deputy County Librarian, Santa Clara County Library District;  Nancy Howe , Executive Director, Santa Clara County Library District; Diane Roche , Director of Communications and Marketing, Santa Clara County Library District
Highlighting Santa Clara's Innovative Approach to Mental Health Services
Santa Clara County Library District

Santa Clara County Library District received a 2019 Top Innovator award in recognition of the library’s groundbreaking approach to providing mental health services through mobile technology. On January 23, ULC President and CEO Susan Benton joined library leadership and local officials at a meeting of the SCCLD Joint Powers Authority Board to formally present the award to the library.
UPCOMING MEMBER EVENTS
Why Cybersecurity Starts With Staff Training Webinar
February 6 | Noon-1 p.m. ET

Join East Baton Rouge Parish Library as they share and discuss the policies, assessment tools and training they have implemented to help staff become more aware of security threats.
ULC Communications and Marketing Leaders Member Group Call
February 12 | Noon-1 p.m. ET

ULC marcomms professionals connect to discuss outreach strategies, messaging tactics, pressing questions and other matters related to community engagement for Census 2020.
ULC Development Professionals Member Group Call
February 19 | 2-3 p.m. ET

ULC development professionals connect to discuss effective library and foundation partnerships.
ULC Member Breakfast at PLA
February 28 | 9-10:30 a.m. CT

ULC members are invited to a breakfast and discussion at Nashville Public Library during PLA.
NEW IN THE ULC KNOWLEDGE CENTER
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NEW ON THE ULC BLOG
Flier Overload? How Self-Service Templates Can Help
Free Library of Philadelphia

From after-school STEAM activities for teens to open-mic nights and fashion showcases, library staff are always finding new and creative ways to engage local audiences. But, for a big public library system with a small communications team, this events machine presents a lot of challenges. Learn how the Free Library of Philadelphia built self-service flier templates for to fast-track their event promotion needs.
SEGUIMOS CREANDO ENLACES CONFERENCE
Submit Your Presentation Topic Today

The Seguimos Creando Enlaces annual conference fosters community connections and cultural diversity in public, academic and special libraries. This year’s conference theme of Civic Engagement in Action welcomes library workers from both sides of the California-Mexico border to share best practices and work towards more inclusive library spaces for all. Presentation categories were chosen based on recommendations from ULC's Leadership Brief: Libraries Leading Civic Engagement. The deadline for proposal submissions is March 16, 2020.
SOCIAL MEDIA HIGHLIGHT
Urban Libraries Council on Twitter

👏 1️⃣5️⃣8️⃣ North American public libraries have now signed our Statement on Race and Social Equity! Thanks to @MetroLibraryOK for joining other #PublicLibraries in actively working to foster a more just and inclusive world. Learn more ➡️...

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