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A One-Hour Webinar
Thursday, May 22 
1 pm ET/12 pm CT/11 am MT/10 am PT
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Be an early adopter of the Edge Initiative, a groundbreaking management and leadership tool that will help you capture, strengthen and convey the power of the public technology you provide your community. With this professional tool, libraries can be better positioned to address community issues - like creating a stronger economy, ensuring workforce development and leading lifelong learning. This program will focus on how leaders can use the Edge benchmarks and related tools to strengthen the library's position in helping to achieve community goals.

This webinar is complimentary for ULC Library members.

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A One-Hour Webinar
Thursday, June 5
1 pm ET/12 pm CT/11 am MT/10 am PT 

Presenter: Lee Rainie, Director
Pew Research Center's Internet &
American Life Project

This program distills key findings from Pew's ongoing research about the evolution of the 21st century library.  Participants will learn about revealing data that demonstrates public support for libraries; who 21st century library patrons are and what they want; how technology is changing flows of information; where new needs are surfacing in communities; and how the evolving concept of the "library" can change to meet new realities.

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ULC On the Move

This week, ULC Board Chair Melanie Huggins announced that ULC will move its headquarters to Washington, DC, and close its Chicago office in September 2014. 'The Executive Board believes that ULC can better carry out its mission in Washington where many organizations that are doing similar or complementary work in building strong communities and supporting new learning models are located. ULC opened a small office in Washington last year. Since then, it has become clear to the Board that consolidating ULC operations there is both highly desirable from a mission and program perspective and more cost effective.' From ULC's CEO Susan Benton, 'this move supports ULC's strategic work and we look forward to sharing details about the transition in the weeks ahead.'



National Library Legislative Day: #nlld14

On May 5-6, library leaders from across the nation will travel to Washington, DC, to advocate on behalf of the enduring value libraries provide to local communities. Whether you are in DC or advocating from your local community, National Library Legislative Day (Tweet #nlld14) is an important opportunity to be heard. An urgent policy issue that affects libraries everywhere is modernizing the nation's current E-Rate program. IMLS recently held a public hearing on this topic; summaries of FCC Chairman Thomas Wheeler's  remarks and those of former FCC Chairman Reed Hundt  are available on the ULC website. Read more about the IMLS hearing.

2014 National Medal for Museum & Library Service

The Institute of Museum and Library Services has announced 10 winners of the 2014 National Medal for Museum and Library Service. In its 20th anniversary year, the National Medal is the nation's highest honor given to museums and libraries, recognizing the significant impact that outstanding institutions have on individuals, families and communities. The National Medals will be presented by First Lady Michelle Obama at the White House on May 8. ULC celebrates the distinction conferred on three members of our community: Chicago Public Library, IL; Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, NV; and Mid-Continent Public Library, MO.

Read and Feed! Connecting Kids to Libraries & Summer Meals  

During the summer months, millions of children suffer from hunger in the absence of nutritious meals that schools provide. On Friday, May 2, the Food and Nutrition Service of the USDA, in partnership with COSLA, PLA and other organizations, presents a free one-hour webinar, "Read and Feed: Connecting Kids to Libraries and Summer Meals." Register now, and find out how you can enrich children and youth  engaged in your library's summer learning programs!
2014 Urban Player Award

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

2014 Joey Rodger Leadership  Award


The ULC Joey Rodger Leadership Award provides a $5,000 cash award to a ULC director or senior manager so that she/he has an opportunity to strengthen her/his 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!

Music to Read By

Toronto Public Library's recent One Book initiative centered on The Cellist of Sarajevo, "A spare and haunting, wise and beautiful novel about war and the endurance of the human spirit." To spread awareness, the library partnered with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra to stage 22 cellist performances at 22 locations around the city. Watch this touching footage.

National Community Engagement

Four ULC member libraries have been selected to participate in an intensive 18-month, team-based community engagement training program as part of ALA's Libraries Transforming Communities (LTC) Public Innovators initiative. 

Congratulations to:


- Hartford Public Library

- Los Angeles Public Library

- San Jos� Public Library

- Springfield City Library


Learn more about LTC.


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