WEDNESDAY, April 27, 2016
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ULC Library Legislative Day Reception  
Monday, May 2, 2016, 6:00 - 8:00 pm ET 
Urban Libraries Council Office
1333 H Street NW, Suite 1000 West, Washington, DC

ULC invites member library staff to visit the ULC office on Monday to reconnect with peers and enjoy a few bites and refreshments.

Please RSVP for the reception by visiting the Members Only section of the ULC website and clicking on "Events & Registrations."

For more information, contact Colleen Bragiel.

ULC Annual Member Breakfast 
Saturday, June 25, 2016, 8:00 - 9:30 am ET
Hyatt Regency Orlando - Plaza Ballroom - Orlando, FL

ULC members are invited to join us for our Annual Member Meeting on Saturday, June 25, 2016, from 8:00-9:30 am ET at the Hyatt Regency Orlando in the Plaza Ballroom.

During the breakfast you will hear updates from the ULC leadership, review the slate of ULC Member Candidates and elect the new board, and connect with your peers.

Please register for the ULC Member Breakfast by visiting the Members Only section of the ULC website and clicking on "Events & Registrations."

For more information, please contact Katherine Behrens.

2016 ULC Annual Forum 
ULC Libraries: Getting to the Evidence
October 5-7, 2016
Kansas City Marriott Downtown - Kansas City, MO

Urban libraries, like results-oriented organizations in all sectors, need the right language and data to understand and ensure that our work is meeting the goals we've set for ourselves. Join us at this year's ULC Annual Forum as we focus on exploring and developing a framework that we can all use to describe the outcomes and impacts that we create for the individuals and communities we serve - both at the local and national level.

To register and learn more about the Annual Forum, visit the ULC website.

If you have questions, please contact Katherine Behrens, ULC Member Programs Executive.
Louisville Free Public Library, NYC Member Libraries Receive LibraryAware Community Award 

Louisville Free Public Library (LFPL) was recently selected as the first place recipient of the 2016 LibraryAware Community Award presented by Library Journal and funded by LibraryAware, a product of EBSCO Publishing's NoveList Division. LFPL is one of five libraries to receive the award, which
recognizes communities that engage with their libraries to improve the lives of their citizens and create lifelong learners and library users. ULC members New York Public Library, Queens Library and Brooklyn Public Library were also named LibraryAware Community Award honorees.

LFPL received the award in recognition of the Library's work to improve literacy through strong partnerships with their local school system and other key stakeholders; engage residents through community activities and events; and lead innovative education initiatives, such as Code Lousiville and a new Family Education/GED program.

Brooklyn Public Library, Queens Library and New York Public Library were praised for their deep engagement with local government to implement New York City's idNYC program, which helps connect those who cannot obtain a state driver's license or passport, such as undocumented immigrants and teens, with photo identification to access needed services.  

Click here to read the full Library Journal article on the accomplishments of these exemplary libraries.

Kansas City Public Library Opens ONENORTH Tech and Learning Hub    
On Friday, April 22, Kansas City Public Library (KCPL) unveiled its new ONENORTH Technology Center, a learning and technology hub for discovery, creativity and personal enrichment. The new tech hub, located in KCPL's downtown Central Library, contains 11 tablets mounted with a wide variety of preloaded apps and 36 computers connected to an array of research and information services, music and video streaming, as well as multimedia production and other creator software.

KCPL sees this new tech center as an important resource for helping bridge the digital divide in the community by helping visitors build needed digital literacy and basic computer skills that will help them be successful both personally and professionally. Visitors can schedule one-on-one appointments with library staff for a range of digital services or engage in personal learning experiences through resources such as For those that need help identifying where to get started, KCPL also offers access to the Northstar Digital Literacy Assessment and connects patrons with ONENORTH staff to review their assessment results, develop a personalized course of learning, and receive certification in specific skills that can be used for credentials in resumes and searching for jobs.

Click here to view a local KCTV 5 News segment on the ONENORTH Technology Center.

Indianapolis Public Library Board Approve Merger with Beech Grove Public Library

At its regular meeting on April 25, 2016, the Indianapolis Public Library (IndyPL) Board of Trustees unanimously approved a merger of the Beech Grove Public Library, effective June 1, 2016. The action follows a unanimous vote on April 12 by the Beech Grove Public Library Board of Trustees to support a merger with IndyPL and is based on recommendations of a Merger Planning Committee comprised of representatives from each entity.

The merger addresses goals in the Indy Library's strategic plan that calls for maximizing library access to resources for Southside patrons and strengthening collaboration with the Beech Grove Public Library. Integration into the IndyPL system provides Beech Grove users with significant new resources, including access to roughly 1.7 million physical and 200 digital items, streaming movies and music, and new services for renewing and placing holds on items via email, text and smartphones. The merger also greatly increases the bandwidth and speed of public computers within the Beech Grove library with new fiber optic internet connections.

Click here to learn more about the merger. 
E-RATE 2016:
With the deadline for libraries and consortia extended, you have more time to submit your Form 470! You can go ahead and submit a 470 now, even though the second round window does not open until May 27, 2016. USAC has estimated that there will be money to fund all E-rate submissions for 2016, so go ahead and apply for your portion. Interested libraries and consortia should submit Form 470 by June 23 to meet the submission deadlines for Form 471.

Next Tuesday, in place of the normal weekly call at 2pm ET, USAC will be hosting another webinar exclusively for ULC members and State E-rate Coordinators. Log-in information will be shared before the webinar takes place.

If you have questions about E-rate or the upcoming USAC webinar, please contact Katherine Bates.
NTEN Annouces 22 City Hosts for Digital inclusion Fellowship Program

Last week, the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN) announced the City Hosts for the second cohort of its Digital Inclusion Fellowship Program and ULC is proud to announce that ULC member libraries have been selected as Hosts in seven out of the eleven cities in the initiative. The cohort consists of 22 host organizations (two in each city) that are now accepting applications for Fellows to help build localized digital literacy and broadband adoption initiatives. ULC members selected as City Hosts include Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, Kansas City Public Library, Nashville Public Library, Multnomah County Library, Salt Lake City Public Library, San Antonio Public Library and San Francisco Public Library.

In partnership with Google Fiber and Capital One, NTEN will provide City Hosts and Fellows with "support, program guidance, training, and access to leading practitioners as they develop and implement critical programming locally." Programs will focus on four core mission areas: adult literacy, digital inclusion, libraries and public or affordable housing. The deadline for fellows to apply for positions in host organizations is May 13.

Click here for more information on the Digital Inclusion Fellowship Program.

IMLS Announces Second Capitol Hill Maker Faire to be Held June 21 

Last week the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), in collaboration with the Congressional Maker Caucus, announced that it will host a free celebration of making on Capitol Hill on June 21, 2016. The second annual IMLS Capitol Hill Maker Faire will explore trends and drivers of the Maker Movement as part of a citywide slate of activities that includes the White House National Week of Making (June 17-23) and the National Maker Faire (June 18-19).
The Faire will connect Makers with members of Congress to discuss innovative methods for improving communities through hands-on learning opportunities. The event will feature panels with national thought leaders from the Maker movement, including libraries, and an evening faire with exhibits that are free and open to the public.

Click here to learn more and register for the event. 
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