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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.  

Enoch Pratt Free Library Opens to Support Baltimore Community     

On Tuesday, April 28 the Enoch Pratt Free Library opened its doors to Baltimore residents following the community unrest and violent protests sparked by the controversial death of Freddie Gray. The severity of the situation in Baltimore escalated on Monday following Gray's funeral, prompting school closures, a declared state of emergency and citywide curfew. Despite the devastation, the Enoch Pratt Free Library served as a refuge for community residents in their time of need. Similar to Ferguson Public Library's response to protests last year, Enoch Pratt Free Library's dedication to serving and healing its community shines a light on the enduring value and strength of our public libraries.

Learn more about how Enoch Pratt Free Library supported the Baltimore community in these articles from MTV News and Buzzfeed.

Toledo-Lucas County Public Library Supports Local Business and Entrepreneurship 
A recent article in the Toledo Blade highlights the success story of how the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library helped a local entrepreneur jumpstart a new business. The story profiles Pete Emahiser, owner of Toledo-based Tadmore Transportation, who credits the library's IT and research services with helping him grow his business "from nothing to $1 million in sales in 2014."

In addition to extensive business and consumer databases, the library also provides access to a number of workshops, job-search tools and reference materials with the simple swipe of a library card.

Read more about Toledo-Lucas County Public Library's business services here.

Richland Library Previews $15 Million Renovation Plan

Richland Library recently unveiled a $15 million renovation plan for transforming its main branch into a state-of-the-art 21st century library. The renovations will include improved study areas, new conference rooms, digital teleconferencing rooms, studio workspaces, a large auditorium exterior improvements for families and children and a new location and redesign of their teen center.    

The library is committed to making this a true Richland County project, currently reaching out and providing incentives to local and minority-owned businesses. The two-year project is set to begin in June 2015.  


Read more about Richland Library's renovation project here

Agenda and

Keynote Speakers  


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

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


NYPL, KCPL Join Alliance to Promote Digital Inclusion

Representatives from the New York Public Library and the Kansas City Public Library are serving as Founding Council Members of the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA). This recently launched Alliance is comprised of community organizations, public libraries and other institutions that are working hard to reduce digital disparities throughout the United Sates. The Alliance will provide a unified voice for local technology training, home broadband access and public broadband access programs. NDIA will also be active in the FCC's expansion of Lifeline, a government benefit program that provides discounts on monthly telephone service for eligible low-income subscribers. NDIA will work collaboratively to craft, identify and disseminate operational resources for these programs while serving as a bridge to policymakers and the general public. Visit the NDIA website for more information or if you would like to join 
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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