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Webinar: 21 Trends for the 21st Century - Getting and Staying in Touch with Our Communities...

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

9-10 am PT | 10-11 am MT | 11 am-12 pm CT | 12-1 pm ET


Join Gary Marx, futurist, education leader, and international speaker as he shares the latest research on massive trends that will have a profound impact on our future. He will explore how rapidly changing demographics, constantly emerging technologies, and environmental challenges, make a difference in the way we learn, and the way we lead and provide services for our communities. Among the trends Marx will discuss are: the flow of generations, diversity, aging, technology, identity and privacy, the economy, jobs and careers, sustainability, polarization, ethics, poverty, and work-life balance.


What do these trends mean for your programs and services? What opportunities do they present?


Gather your staff and join us for this forward-thinking conversation - register today!

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ULC e-Discussion Group:

Communications and Marketing Conference Call

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

1-2 pm ET | 12-1 pm CT | 11 am-12pm MT | 10-11 am PT

Are you a communications or marketing officer at a ULC member library? Then join us for this call to discuss Internal Communication with fellow ULC colleagues.

To register and receive the dial-in details, please email Charlie Carroll.


Want to join the ULC e-Discussion Communications and Marketing Network? Email Katherine Behrens to get involved.


2015 ULC Annual Forum

High Tech, High Touch, High Trust

June 25 - 26, 2015

San Jose Marriott - San Jose, CA


Public libraries serve communities whose needs are driven by changes in technology, the global economy and shifting demographics. The library is the institution at the forefront of understanding and innovating new opportunities to connect people to technology, address key community issues, and support participatory learning experiences across a lifetime. Join us at this year's Annual Forum as we explore and discuss changes in technology and relationships that will continue to acknowledge the library as a highly trusted and valuable public institution.


The ULC Annual Forum is about bringing library staff teams together. Gather your team and join us for interactive sessions, lively panels and the opportunity to hear from experts both within and outside of the library field. The Forum is an ideal time to network with ULC Members and share your library's work and innovations!

Click here to register and learn more about the Annual Forum.

Ann Burlingame of Wake County Public Libraries Receives ALA's 2015 Sullivan Award

The American Library Association has named Ann Burlingame, Deputy Director of Wake County Public Libraries (WCPL), as the recipient of the 2015 Peggy Sullivan Award for Public Library Administrators Supporting Services to Children. Since joining WCPL in 1990, Burlingame has expanded key partnerships to provide diverse, engaging youth literacy and leadership programming to her community.

Read the full press release to learn more about Burlingame's efforts to make her library an important center for childhood learning.


Sarah Campbell Named Executive Director of Portland Public Library  


The Portland Public Library (PPL) board of trustees has named Sarah Campbell as PPL's next Executive Director, effective July 11, 2015. Campbell has worked for the library for 14 years and served as Associate Director since 2013. She will replace long time director Steve Podgajny, who announced his retirement in July 2014.


"Sarah is a thoughtful and articulate leader whose passion for public libraries, and Portland Public Library in particular, is infectious," said Eric Altholz, PPL's Board President. "Sarah has a compelling vision for the future of the Library, and the Board is thrilled about this appointment."

Click here to learn more about her career and achievements. Congratulations, Sarah!

Is Print Dead? Not According to this Study...

A recent study conducted by Publishing Technology found that, despite the rising popularity of e-readers and digital resources, millenials in the U.S. are still almost twice as likely to read a print book as an e-book.

Pulling data from a survey of 1,000 participants aged 18-34, Publishing Technology found that 79 percent of consumers read a print book in the last year compared to just 46 percent who have read books on tablets, the closest of any device used to read e-books. The study also highlights the fact that millenials prefer to acquire printed books from libraries (53 percent) more than bookstores, both in-person and online.

Click here for more findings from the study.

2015 Innovations Submission Period
Closes Friday, April 3 

submission period will end on Friday, April 3 at 10 pm ET. With only two days left we encourage you to gather your staff and submit your library's success stories! This year, Top Innovators and Honorable Mentions will be celebrated in ten categories . All submissions will be available this summer in the ULC Innovations Resource Center .

Questions? Please contact Katherine Behrens.
Librarians Facilitate Community Change

To position the library as a convener for community conversations and librarians as trusted facilitators, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library staff and management received Effective Facilitator/Masterful Meetings training. The project aimed to use these tools to create a gold standard for elected officials, community volunteers, and employees in all types of organizations.

The library  was recently featured in a Huffington Post article for its 2014 Top Innovator Award and commitment to creating more inclusive communities.

Find out more about this innovative project and visit the complete Innovations Resource Center.

Las Vegas-Clark County Library Launches "Food For Thought" Program 

A recent article from the Mesquite Local News highlights a partnership between  Three Square Food Bank and Las Vegas-Clark County Library District to launch an initiative from April 12-25 for patrons to pay off fines with food donations. Read the full article here.

Queens Library Fills NYC Sheet Music Void


Following the closure of New York City's last classical sheet music store, Queens Library now hosts the city's largest musical score collection (currently at 88,000 items!) available for patrons to check out. Read more in this story from


e-Discussion Groups Spotlight: HR and Staff Development    


The Human Resources and Staff Development group most recently discussed setting up guidelines for conference attendance, organization structures, and how to use library staff attire to help brand the library. If you or someone on your team would like to join these conversations or other discussion groups, email Katherine Behrens.


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