This Week at ULC
Newsletter | September 9, 2020
SUBMIT YOUR 2020 INNOVATIONS TODAY
Submissions are open for our 2020 Innovations Initiative! ULC's annual awards program celebrates and showcases the transformational leadership of ULC libraries in addressing race and social equity in our communities, furthering education for people of all ages, building digital equity for tomorrow’s workforce and enhancing civic engagement for a strong democracy. Please use the following links to preview the 2020 submission categories and discover tips for the 2020 application process. Submissions will be accepted through October 1. We will announce the Top Innovator and Honorable Mention award winners in each category during a virtual event this fall.
ULC would like to recognize and thank Ingram Content Group for their support for this year's Innovations Celebration!
REALM PROJECT UPDATE
In the latest results of Battelle’s laboratory testing, scientists found that COVID-19 was still detectable after six days on several items commonly circulated by libraries. Four of the five items tested — hardcover book cover, softcover book cover, plastic protective cover and DVD case — were stacked to simulate storage in a book drop, bin or on shelves. The fifth item, expanded polyethylene foam, was tested unstacked in open air. 

To receive the latest news on this project, please sign up for the REALM email update newsletter. You may also submit questions about the project via this online form.
FACES ON THE FRONT LINE
This week, our "Faces on the Front Line" photo series highlights the great work of staff members from New Orleans Public Library, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Los Angeles Public Library, Multnomah County Library, Regina Public Library, Virginia Beach Public Library, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library and St. Louis County Library.

We encourage you to submit any images or stories from your team's work on the front line of COVID-19 to media@urbanlibraries.org.
MEMBER NEWS ROUNDUP
Helping Residents Navigate the "Business of Childcare"
Mid-Continent Public Library

MCPL launched a new virtual education program series designed to provide local residents with the information and tools necessary to run a childcare business. “Running a business is never easy, but right now, small business owners — particularly childcare providers — are having to weather incredible challenges,” said MCPL Outreach Business Specialist Morgan Perry.
Convening Urban Library Leaders in Jersey City
Jersey City Free Public Library

JCFPL recently launched a six-part webinar discussion series which showcases innovators across the country demonstrating the value and reach of urban libraries. The first session, entitled “Public Libraries as Agents of Civic Engagement,” featured Shamichael Hallman, manager of the historic Cossitt Library in Memphis, Tenn., who described how libraries can transform citizens from consumers to producers and cultivate stewards and champions of libraries. Nearly 70 library professionals and staff across the U.S. and Canada attended the session.
Summer Readers Log More than 97,000 Hours
The Indianapolis Public Library

The library’s 101st Summer Reading program attracted 12,477 children and families during the nine-week program that ended last month. In a slight change from previous years, the library asked participants to keep track of the amount of time spent reading rather than the number of books read. 
UPCOMING MEMBER EVENTS
ULC Directors
Member Group Conference Call
September 10 | 4-5 p.m. ET
ULC HR Professionals
Member Group Conference Call
September 14 | 1-2 p.m. ET
ULC Education Leaders
Member Group Conference Call
September 15 | 2-3 p.m. ET
ULC Deputy Directors
Member Group Conference Call
September 16 | 4-5 p.m. ET
ULC Collections Leaders
Member Group Conference Call
September 17 | 4-4:30 p.m. ET
ULC Communications and Marketing Leaders
Member Group Conference Call
October 7 | Noon-1 p.m. ET
PUBLIC LIBRARIES ON THE FRONTLINES OF CHANGE IN NORTH AMERICAN CITIES
Brooks Rainwater Pens ULC Blog Post
National League of Cities

ULC connected with Brooks Rainwater, senior executive and director of the National League of Cities’ Center for City Solutions and one of our 2019 Innovations judges. We got his take on what makes public libraries Top Innovators, and what steps public libraries need to take to innovate in 2020 and beyond.

Next week, Rainwater will be a featured speaker during Route Fifty's Future Cities conference held virtually from September 14-18.
BIBLIOCOMMONS WEBINAR: SUPPORTING JOBSEEKERS & ENTREPRENEURS IN 2020
Austin Public Library, Mid-Continent Public Library, Saint Paul Public Library

On September 17, BiblioCommons hosts a panel discussion featuring three ULC member libraries on how to develop new partnerships and programs to support jobseekers and entrepreneurs amid the pandemic.

Presenters include:
  • Julie Brown, Reference Librarian, Austin Public Library
  • Jace Furches, Reference Librarian, Austin Public Library
  • Morgan Perry, Outreach Business Specialist, Mid-Continent Public Library
  • Amy Fisher, Information & Readers Services Manager, Mid-Continent Public Library
  • Xenia Y. Hernández, ‎Library Community Services Coordinator, Saint Paul Public Library

Xenia Y. Hernández is a member of ULC's Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses action team.
NEW ON THE ULC MEMBER
KNOWLEDGE CENTER
Dayton Metro Library
Howard County Library System
SOCIAL MEDIA SPOTLIGHT
Sarasota County Libraries

Sarasota County's youth librarians are adapting their storytime programs online to stay in touch with kids. While library branches are no longer shut down, patrons are encouraged to “grab and go” and all programs are currently virtual. 

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