This Week at ULC
Newsletter | June 24, 2020
Thank you to everyone who joined us last week or our first-ever virtual Annual Member Meeting. During the June 18 meeting, members elected DC Public Library Executive Director Richard Reyes-Gavilan as the new Chair of ULC's Executive Board. 

The ULC Executive Board also welcomed three new members who will be serving two-year terms: 
  • Sarah Campbell (Executive Director, Portland Public Library) 
  • Michelle VonderHaar (Deputy General Counsel and Chief Compliance Officer, HP Inc.)
  • Roosevelt Weeks (Director, Austin Public Library)
REALM Project Update
Phase I results for the REALM Project are in! Scientists found that the virus that causes COVID-19 is NOT detectable on common library materials after three days. To receive the latest news on this project, please sign up for the  REALM email update newsletter.
This week, our "Faces on the Front Line" feature on our coronavirus resource page highlights the great work of staff members from San José Public Library, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, Salt Lake City Public Library, Anne Arundel County Public Library, The Indianapolis Public Library, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and Central Arkansas Library System.

ULC’s Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs action team held its kickoff meeting this past Friday and the Race and Social Equity and Digital Inclusion action teams meet again this week. Stay tuned to ULC communications for regular updates on this work and the Going Forward from the Pandemic initiative.
Schomburg Center Releases Black Liberation Reading List
New York Public Library

NYPL’s  Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture , a renowned institution dedicated to the preservation of materials focused on African American, African Diaspora and African experiences, released a list of books celebrating the Black experience. The 95 books chosen by staff and curators mark the Center’s 95th anniversary. 
Launching a New Online Hub for Pride Month
San Diego Public Library

Earlier this week, San Diego Public Library debuted a new Facebook page that will serve as the go-to place for Pride Month events and information. "While we can't mark Pride in the usual way this year due to the COVID- 19 pandemic, our Virtual Pride programming provides a place to come together to celebrate San Diego's LGBTQ community,” said Library Director Misty Jones.
Three Member Libraries Go Fine Free
Edmonton Public Library
Prince George's County Memorial Library System
Vaughan Public Libraries

In the midst of the current public health crisis, public libraries are making the bold decision to waive overdue fines and late fees. Fees are imposed inequitably and they disproportionately affect communities of color and vulnerable populations. Read the linked announcements below to learn more about these libraries who are now fine free!

“Customers most negatively affected by late fees are socially vulnerable individuals, and families with low socioeconomic status,” said Pilar Martinez, CEO of EPL.

CEO Roberta Phillips said, “The elimination of overdue fines is an opportunity for the library to embrace its commitment to equity by ensuring that all customers can easily borrow and return materials with greater flexibility.”

CEO Margie Singleton noted, “We look forward to welcoming our customers back and encouraging them to revisit Vaughan Public Libraries to enjoy the vast array of materials available for loan even while our libraries are temporarily closed.”
Join us for an upcoming webinar tomorrow 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.
In our latest ULC blog post, find out how Mandel Public Library of West Palm Beach has adapted their career services to help the needs of their community and its unemployed. 
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
HR Professionals
Member Group Conference Call
July 6 | 1-2 p.m. ET
ULC Education Leaders
Member Group Conference Call
July 7 | 2-3 p.m. ET
Society for Human Resource Management
Calgary Public Library
Baltimore County Public Library
Urban Libraries Council on Twitter

Want to learn more about the history of #Juneteenth? Check out this new documentary presented by 
Oak Park Public Library Multicultural Learning Coordinator Juanta Griffin.