This Week at ULC
Newsletter | June 17, 2020
There is still time to register for our Annual Member Meeting tomorrow! IMLS Director Crosby Kemper III will join the meeting to share key updates on the REALM Initiative and highlight how libraries can respond to the extraordinary challenges in our world today. Connect with your peers during the meeting, and tune in to hear updates on ULC’s strategic initiatives, ongoing response to the COVID-19 outbreak and new Going Forward from the Pandemic action teams. You will also get the opportunity to review the slate of ULC Executive Board candidates and elect the new Executive Board.
This week, our "Faces on the Front Line" feature on our coronavirus resource page highlights the great work of staff members from Oakland Public Library, Cleveland Public Library, Salt Lake City Public Library, Mid-Continent Public Library, Austin Public Library, Chicago Public Library and Sonoma County Library. 

ULC’s Partnering with Schools action team held its kickoff meeting earlier this week and the Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs action team meets for the first time this coming Friday. Stay tuned to ULC communications for regular updates on this work and the Going Forward from the Pandemic initiative.
Offering Unlimited Copies of E-Books on Race and Privilege
DC Public Library

In an effort to help residents better understand issues of racism and white privilege, DC Public Library is providing unlimited access to e-books and e-audiobooks on these subjects. With their library card, residents can now download copies of books like Why We Can't Wait by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Unapologetic: A Black, Queer and Feminist Mandate for Our Movement by Charlene Carruthers.
"We Are the Alexandria Library Sit-In" Wins Award
Alexandria Library
Congratulations to Alexandria Library for winning ALA's 2020 "Excellence in Library Programming Award" for its "We Are the Alexandria Library Sit-In." The year-long program celebrated the historic sit-in held in 1939 to protest the denial of library access to African Americans. “During this year-long celebration, the library’s goal was to highlight the 1939 Sit-In that was led by Samuel W. Tucker and the five brave men that sparked major change in our community,” said Executive Director Rose T. Dawson.
Partnering to Provide Free Food and Resources to Children
Cleveland Public Library

This summer, Cleveland Public Library and the Greater Cleveland Food Bank are working together to offer Grab & Go meals once a week at four library branches. “We’re in the business of developing the minds of children, however, we recognize kids can’t thrive and grow without a nutritious meal,” said Cleveland Public Library Executive Director and CEO Felton Thomas, Jr. 
Providing Wi-Fi Access to Students in Need
Kalamazoo Public Library

Through a citywide "Digital Access for All" partnership, Kalamazoo Public Library is helping to provide free internet and Wi-Fi routers to 1,000 Kalamazoo Public School households. KPL will manage and lend the devices through their OneCard program. “Access to the internet has already become more of a necessity than a luxury, even without a pandemic,” Kalamazoo Public Library Director Ryan Wieber said.
Join us for an upcoming webinar on Thursday, June 25 to learn how the team at Alameda County Library is aiming to create a world of kind, connected humans. Cindy Chadwick (County Librarian) and Deb Sica (Deputy County Librarian) will discuss how kindness can become systemic and institutionalized — and why libraries must play a role in this work.
ULC Annual Member Meeting
All Member Conference Call
June 18 | 3-4 p.m. ET
ULC Collections Leaders
Member Group Conference Call
June 18 | 4-4:30 p.m. ET
ULC HR Professionals Call
All Member Conference Call
June 22 | 1-2 p.m. ET
ULC Education Leaders
Member Group Conference Call
June 23 | 2-3 p.m. ET
ULC Deputy Directors
Member Group Conference Call
June 24 | 4-5 p.m. ET
Kindess & Justice
Member Webinar
June 25 | 2-3 p.m. ET
ULC Directors
Member Group Conference Call
June 25 | 4-5 p.m. ET
Communications and Marketing Leaders
Member Group Conference Call
July 1 | Noon-1 p.m. ET
In an update provided today , the REALM Project has released a systematic literature review completed by Battelle to help inform the scope of the project’s research. This in-depth review focuses on studies of virus attenuation on commonly found materials and methods of virus transmission. To receive the latest news on this project, please sign up for the REALM email update newsletter .
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Thanks to Schaumburg Township District Library for being the latest library to sign our Statement on Race and Social Equity! Find out how 173 public libraries are actively working to foster a more just and inclusive world.