This Week at ULC
Newsletter | September 23, 2020
Thank you to our ULC members who have already submitted to our 2020 Innovations Initiative! Our deadline for submissions is October 1, so there is just one more week for you to showcase your library's cutting-edge efforts and creative strategies.

Need some inspiration? Check out these winning entries from last year:
Entrepreneur Engagement Group
Baltimore County Public Library

Women Innovators Fellowship
Do Space

ULC would like to recognize and thank Ingram Content Group for their support for this year's Innovations Celebration!
During a busy September, ULC's action teams have continued to convene and develop strategies for libraries to address the pandemic and its impact. Updates for this month include:

  • ULC published the Digital Equity in the Age of COVID-19 Leadership Brief, informed by the work and expert guidance of ULC’s Digital Equity action team.
  • Partnering with Schools action team member Beth Yoke penned a ULC blog post, Now is the Time for Risk-Taking & Experimentation, which highlights the unique ways Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library is serving students in a learning environment that is a mix of in-person and remote learning.
  • The Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband Coalition highlighted ULC's new Digital Equity Leadership Brief in their September Anchor Bytes Newsletter.
This week, our "Faces on the Front Line" photo series highlights the great work of staff members from Chicago Public Library, St. Louis County Library, San Mateo County Libraries, Grand Rapids Public Library, Pioneer Library System, Kalamazoo Public Library, Alameda County Library and Anchorage Public Library. 

We encourage you to submit any images or stories from your team's work on the front line of COVID-19 to
Meet ULC's Newest Member
Barrie Public Library

ULC is excited to welcome Barrie Public Library as the newest addition to our member community! Serving a population of 140,000 residents in Barrie, Ont., the library seeks opportunities to cooperate and build connections through partnerships and community engagement.
Welcoming Back Patrons to a Revitalized Downtown Branch
Edmonton Public Library

Earlier this month, Edmonton Public Library celebrated the grand reopening of its renovated Stanley A. Milner downtown library. Patrons can now take advantage of a mesmerizing multi-story interactive digital wall, an expanded Shelley Milner Children’s Library and the library’s Fabrication Lab. The library added 648 additional windows, which is more than double the number of original windows, to maximize natural light while also protecting the library’s collections.
Pictured left to right: Eric Button, SLCL Deputy Director; Dr. Scott Spurgeon, Riverview Gardens Superintendent; Dr. Lavon Singleton, Riverview Gardens Chief Financial Officer; Kim Loomis, Riverview Gardens Director of Federal Programs; Steve Hunter, SLCL Assistant Director
Building Digital Equity for Local Youth
St. Louis County Library

In an effort to keep kids connected during the school year, SLCL staff and county officials passed out 10,000 Wi-Fi hotspots during a distribution event last week. These devices were made possible by $4 million in federal CARES Act funding that is part of the library's Digital Equity Initiative.
LAPL Leader to Present at ICMA Conference
Los Angeles Public Library

LAPL's Deputy Director Susan Broman is a featured speaker during ICMA's annual conference, which kicks off today. Broman's "Take the Lead: Developing Leaders at all Levels" session this Friday will focus on how LAPL created a sustainable, equitable and measurable all-staff leadership development program called Take the Lead.
Ohio Libraries Support Communities During the Pandemic
Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library, Cuyahoga County Public Library

The Ohio Library Council recently published findings from a statewide survey of Ohio's 251 public library systems to find out how libraries are supporting students, parents and entire communities during the pandemic. Examples from Cincinnati & Hamilton Public Library and Cuyahoga County Public Library were featured in the news release.
ULC Directors
Member Group Conference Call
September 24 | 4-5 p.m. ET
ULC Deputy Directors
Member Group Conference Call
September 30 | 4-5 p.m. ET
ULC Development Professionals
Member Group Conference Call
October 1 | 2-3 p.m. ET
ULC Communications and Marketing Leaders
Member Group Conference Call
October 7 | Noon-1 p.m. ET
ULC HR Professionals
Member Group Conference Call
October 19 | 1-2 p.m. ET
ULC Education Leaders
Member Group Conference Call
October 20 | 2-3 p.m. ET
Concierge Hannah Martinez Pens ULC Blog Post
Anythink Libraries

In ULC's latest blog post, discover how Anythink Libraries engages with customers who are often overlooked in our society.
Pima County Public Library
Central Arkansas Library System
Debuting in October, ULC's Knowledge Center will transform into the Knowledge Exchange with a modern, easy-to-use design featuring enhanced capabilities for members to share resources. Stay tuned for a full update soon!
Grand Rapids Public Library

Grand Rapids Public Library is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month by partnering with several local organizations to offer a special storytime event featuring stories read in both Spanish and English.
Los Angeles Public Library

On September 26, LA Public Library is partnering with local organizations to present Los Angeles Libros Festival — a full day of entertainment featuring Spanish-language and bilingual storytelling, performances, workshops and award-winning authors!