WEDNESDAY, April 22, 2015
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ULC Open House and Library Legislative Day Gathering
Monday, May 4, 2015, 4:30 - 6:00 pm ET
Urban Libraries Council Office - Washington, DC

Are you planning to visit DC for Library Legislative Day? If so, please plan a visit to the ULC office ----  1333 H Street NW ----  to see our new space, visit with your peers, and enjoy a few refreshments and bites, on Monday, May 4th, from 4:30 - 6:00 pm.

Please kindly RSVP if you can join us on Monday, May 4th!

And for those of you riding the Metro from either Capitol Hill or another location, the ULC Office is conveniently located close to the Metro Center and McPherson Square metro stations.

See you in May!

ULC Webinar: Public Libraries and Hispanics ---- User Trends and Program Opportunities
Thursday, May 21, 2015
9-10 am PT | 10-11 am MT | 11 am-12 pm CT | 12-1 pm ET

Join Mark Hugo Lopez, Director of Hispanic Research at the Pew Research Center, along with ULC Members Will Chen and Pilar Castro-Rein of Denver Public Library for a new ULC webinar, Public Libraries and Hispanics: User Trends and Program Opportunities.

Mark will share new research from the Pew Research Center that shows U.S.-born Hispanics use public libraries just as much as other Americans, but that foreign-born Hispanics are less likely to do so. Despite this difference, immigrant Hispanics who do visit libraries are the most appreciative of the services and amenities that libraries have to offer. What does this mean for programs and services in your communities? Denver Public Library will share successes they are having with Plaza Programming designed for Hispanics and immigrant community members.

Learn how to use the research to shape program development, increase usage, and engage this significant portion of our population while maintaining their confidence in the value of the public library.

Click here to register.

2015 ULC Member Reception in San Francisco

Saturday, June 27, 2015, 6:00 - 7:30 pm

San Francisco Public Library - Skylight Gallery - San Francisco, CA


The Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and the San Francisco Public Library will kindly host a ULC Member Reception in the Main Library's Skylight Gallery. Join friends and colleagues for a few light bites and libations as we welcome summer and reconnect with ULC friends near and far.


Registration for the event is recommended.  

ULC, Along with Partner Library Organizations, Unite to Encourage E-rate Funds   

The Urban Libraries Council, along with the American Indian Library Association, the American Library Association, the Association for Rural & Small Libraries, the Association of Tribal Archives, Libraries, & Museums, the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies, and the Public Library Association are committed to helping libraries fully benefit from the new E-rate program changes. In a recently released joint letter, ULC and our partner organizations urge libraries of all types to apply for the $1.5 billion in additional E-rate funds and help achieve the goal of doubling E-rate investments in America's libraries.

In preparation for the 2016 application cycle, these organizations are taking stock of some of the challenges that lie ahead and developing new resources and approaches to not only help libraries navigate the changes, but use them to their advantage. Each organization is committed to making the "new E-rate" work. Continue to consult the E-rate section of the ULC website for the most recent information.

Read the joint letter (PDF) here.

ULC Executive Board Member Honored as a Woman of Influence  

The Silicon Valley Business Journal recently named Jill Bourne, ULC Executive Board member and Director of Libraries for the city of San Jose, CA, one of this year's 100 most influential women in Silicon Valley. The publication's Women of Influence distinction recognizes women in Silicon Valley who have served as leaders and made the biggest impact across diverse industries and professions.

Bourne has worked in the library field for 20 years and currently, through the San Jose Public Library's 23 branches, serves a culturally diverse population of more than one million in the country's 10th largest city. With a focus on expanding access, partnerships and innovation, she is committed to enhancing the relevance and leveraging the value of public libraries in the communities they serve.

Read the Business Journal profile of Jill Bourne and her accomplishments here.  
Cleveland Public Library Recognized for Diversity and Inclusion

Cleveland Public Library (CPL) has been recognized locally by the Commission 50, a Greater Cleveland Partnership Commission on Economic Inclusion initiative, for progress in creating, enhancing and sustaining their diversity and inclusion strategies. The recognition is based on responses to the Commission on Economic Inclusion's annual Employers Survey on Diversity, selecting 50 organizations with the highest combined scores on board, senior management, workforce and supplier diversity.

"We are really proud of this recognition," said Felton Thomas, director of CPL. "Cleveland Public Library works hard to not only be a diverse and inclusive workplace, but a place where people all of all backgrounds, races, ethnicities, and genders are welcomed. The library is a place for everyone."


Click here for more information on the Commission.  

Agenda and Keynote Speakers Announced! 


We are excited to announce the agenda and keynote speakers lined up for this year's Annual Forum!


Keynote Speakers:


High Tech

  • Dr. Moira Gunn,
    host of NPR's Tech Nation

High Touch

  • Doug Lipp,
    consultant, author, former head of Disney University

High Trust

  • Chip Heath,
    author, professor

View the full announcement here.


Learn more about the Annual Forum and register your team today!


IMLS Announces National Medal for Museum and Library Services Winners

The Institute of Museum and Library Services recently announced the ten recipients of the 2015 National Medal for Museum and Library Service award. Among the ten winners is ULC member Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) and the Tech Museum of Innovation, which will host this year's 2015 Innovation Celebration in San Jose during the Annual Forum. The National Medal is the nation's highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community.
Congrats to LAPL!
View the press release and full list of award winners here.

Record Number of Participants Attend ULC Webinar

On Tuesday, April 14, a record number of libraries participated in the ULC webinar, 21 Trends for the 21st Century: Getting and Staying in Touch with Our Communities...

During the webinar, Gary Marx, President of the Center for Public Outreach, examined 
how evolving trends and technologies impact the way we learn, lead and serve our communities. 

A podcast of the webinar is now available for purchase. For pricing and information on upcoming ULC webinars, click here.

Don't forget to register for the next ULC webinar, Public Libraries and Hispanics: User Trends and Program Opportunities, taking place Thursday, May 21, 2015 at 12 pm ET. 

For webinar registration assistance or to purchase a post-webinar podcast, please contact Colleen Bragiel.

Edge Initiative Update

ULC is proud to announce that the new website for the Edge Initiative, ULC's management and leadership tool for assessing and leveraging public technology services, is LIVE! The updates include improved navigation on the website and in the Toolkit. Coming in May, we will be adding the ability for enrolled libraries to retake the Edge Assessment, and providing new reports with year-over-year results comparisons. 

Click here to learn how your library can get the Edge today!
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