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A One-Hour Webinar with
National Summer Learning Association 

Thursday, April 24
1 pm ET/12 pm CT/11 am MT/10 am PT
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Getting ready for summer learning? Join us for an in-depth look at how the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) can help you expand and strengthen summer learning activities. NSLA will highlight specific resources designed to help with program design, planning and quality assessment. This program includes perspectives from two leading ULC libraries that are changing up their summer learning programs.

Katie Willse, National Summer Learning Association
Elizabeth McChesney, Chicago Public Library
Lisa McClure, Hartford Public Library

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2014 ULC Urban Player Award

ULC is accepting nominations for the 2014 Urban Player Award, an annual honor that recognizes civic leaders whose vision and commitment elevates the essential role that public libraries play in driving community well-being. Review the guidelines and nominate a civic leader today!

2014 ULC Joey Rodger Leadership Award

The ULC Joey Rodger Leadership Award, in the amount of $5,000, provides a director or senior manager of a ULC member library with an opportunity to strengthen his/her skills through a structured professional development undertaking. The award may be used to attend an established leadership development program or pursue an individualized program that involves working with a leadership development expert/mentor. Find out more and apply to strengthen your leadership skills!
NYC Gathering to Focus on
Future Trends in Library Services

IMLS is hosting a gathering at the New York Public Library, NY, on Tuesday, April 29, from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm EST that will explore the emerging national digital platform, including key needs, gaps, opportunities and goals to consider in furthering national digital initiatives. The program can be accessed through live webcast. Tune-in for the live streaming.

IMLS Hearing on Broadband Access

If you weren't able to attend or live-stream the IMLS-sponsored program on public libraries and broadband access last week, Library Journal provides a smart summary, including perspectives offered by IMLS Director Susan Hildreth, D.C. Public Library's Chief Librarian Richard Reyes-Gavilan, Gates Foundation's Senior Program Officer Chris Jowaisis and National League of Cities' Executive Director Clarence Anthony. Watch the footage and read the summary.

IMLS Celebrates Twentieth Anniversary of National Medal

2014 marks the 20th anniversary of the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. Hundreds of library and museum lovers have shared personal tales of enrichment on the IMLS Facebook Page.  Connect with IMLS on Facebook (@USIMLS) and be inspired!
Your Success!

A record number of ULC members are participating in the 2014 UL C Innovations Initiative! Submissions in ten categories, including Civic and Community Engagement, Leading Learning and Sustainability are currently under review. Top Innovators and Honorable Mentions will be announced in late June.
2016 IFLA to be Held in Columbus

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) has selected Columbus, OH, as the site for its 2016 World Library and Information Congress to be held August 11-18, 2016 at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Pat Losinski, Chief Executive Officer of Columbus Metropolitan Library says, "More than 4,000 library professionals from as many as 100 countries will be in Columbus, and I'm thrilled our region will be highlighted for its innovative, world-class public and academic libraries and acclaimed institutions of higher learning, arts, science and industry. This is a result of a community-wide effort by CML, Experience Columbus, The Ohio State University and OCLC to bring IFLA to central Ohio."

Chicago Redefined in the Digital Age

Chicago Public Library, IL, is featured in a publication of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard's Kennedy School. The article, The Chicago Public Library Redefines its Role in the Digital Age, highlights new technology and program initiatives, including CPL's recently unveiled new websiteRead the feature.

Tracking Numbers at Newport News

Newport News Public Library, VA, has introduced a new open-source software that allows staff to track and visualize data on circulation, patron registration, door counts, reference, acquisitions, instructor-led courses and more. According to Alexandria Payne, digital services manager, "We had a strong need to change the way that we did our data gathering in order to get better results and more visible outputs. It's a system-wide effort that probably affects every staff member. For that volume of work, we just felt that our 20-year legacy of spreadsheets wasn't cutting it anymore." Learn how they made the shift.

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