This Week at ULC
Newsletter | July 8, 2020
Did you know that ULC members can take advantage of n o-cost access to our 2020/2019 webinar session recordings? Log in to our Member Knowledge Center today to access our two recent webinars from June:

  • Kindness & Justice highlights how the team at Alameda County Library is aiming to create a world of kind, connected humans.
  • Libraries Offering Pandemic Relief to the Business Community showcases how the teams at Poudre River Public Library District and Spokane Public Library partnered with government agencies to provide vital financial guidance to struggling businesses.
This week, our "Faces on the Front Line" feature on our coronavirus resource page highlights the great work of staff members from Birmingham Public Library, Saint Paul Public Library, Chicago Public Library, Harris County Public Library, Los Angeles Public Library and San José Public Library.

This week, ULC’s Race and Social Equity and Digital Inclusion action teams meet to continue their work on tackling the challenges libraries face in dealing with the continued impact of the coronavirus on our communities. Stay tuned to ULC communications for regular updates on this work and the Going Forward from the Pandemic initiative.
The library’s Executive Director David J. Seleb (left) with President and Founder of The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation Rich Harwood (right) at the Main Library in April 2019. In June 2020, Seleb began serving on the Harwood Institute’s board of directors.
Library Director Joins Harwood Institute Board
Oak Park Public Library

OPPL's David J. Seleb has joined the board of directors of  The Harwood Institute for Public Innovation , an organization dedicated to helping people and organizations solve pressing problems and change how communities work together. “The Harwood approach is about bringing people together in a community to work with one another for positive change. It is about transforming communities to get them on a hopeful path forward out and away from their polarization. But it’s about authentic hope, hope which is rooted in intentional action and in people’s deepest aspirations,” Seleb said.
Pictured (left to right):  Steve Hunter , St. Louis County Library Assistant Director of Operations; Kristen Sorth , St. Louis County Library Director; Dottie Bailer, Missouri State Representative;  Dan Engemann Representative for Missouri State Senator Dave Schatz; Mark Harder , St. Louis County Councilman ; Dr. Lynn Beckwith , St. Louis County Library Board President; Michael A. Wiegand , Eureka Chief of Police.
Library Breaks Ground on New Branch
St. Louis County Library

Last month, community members joined elected officials and library staff for a groundbreaking ceremony at SLCL’s new Eureka Hills branch. Library Director Kristen Sorth said, “We are thrilled to be building a brand new, state of the art library for the residents of Eureka.”  
Four Member Libraries Go Fine Free
Arlington Public Library, Multnomah County Library, Scottsdale Public Library, Tulsa City-County Library

As of July 1, four additional ULC libraries have joined the Fine Free movement and reduced access barriers by eliminating overdue materials fines. Read the linked announcements below to learn more about these ULC member libraries who are now fine free.

“Every member of our community has a right to library services and library fines and fees are known barriers to use,” said Director Diane Kresh.

“This change will help Multnomah County Library truly serve its community in a free and equal way," said Director of Libraries Vailey Oehlke.

“The goals of this program are to get the cards unblocked, we want to get people’s access back to use the library, we want to get our materials back,” said Library Director Kira Peters.

“Moving our library system to a fine free model really speaks to TCCL’s commitment to equitable and accessible service,” said CEO Kimberly Johnson.
ULC Deputy Directors
Member Group Conference Call
July 8 | 4-5 p.m. ET
ULC Directors
Member Group Conference Call
July 9 | 4-5 p.m. ET
ULC Collections Leaders
Member Group Conference Call
July 9 | 4-4:30 p.m. ET
ULC Communications and Marketing Leaders
Member Group Conference Call
July 15 | Noon-1 p.m. ET
ULC Education Leaders
Member Group Conference Call
July 21 | 2-3 p.m. ET
Pierce County Library System
Prince George's County Memorial Library System
Cleveland Public Library

On July 14 , tune in to Route Fifty’s “Government Tech Rush” Town Hall to hear Cleveland Public Library’s Executive Director Felton Thomas Jr. share the library’s work as an essential community tech leader during the pandemic.
As school districts make plans for the Fall, new hybrid teaching models will call for significant online learning to happen from home. Join the Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband Coalition for an upcoming back-to-school webinar on July 16 to learn how K-12 schools can meet the challenges of students who do not have broadband access at home.
Urban Libraries Council on Twitter

Thanks to Vaughan Public Libraries for being the latest library to sign our Statement on Race and Social Equity. Find out how 176 public libraries are actively working to foster a more just and inclusive world.