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Webinar: 21 Trends for the 21st Century - Getting and Staying in Touch with Our Communities...

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

9-10 am PT | 10-11 am MT | 11 am-12 pm CT | 12-1 pm ET


Join Gary Marx, futurist, education leader, and international speaker, as he shares the latest research on massive trends that will have a profound impact on our future. He will explore how rapidly changing demographics, constantly emerging technologies, and environmental challenges, make a difference in the way we learn, and the way we lead and provide services for our communities. Among the trends Marx will discuss are: the flow of generations, diversity, aging, technology, identity and privacy, the economy, jobs and careers, sustainability, polarization, ethics, poverty, and work-life balance.


What do these trends mean for your programs and services? What opportunities do they present?


Gather your staff and join us for this forward-thinking conversation - register today!  


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2015 ULC Annual Forum

High Tech, High Touch, High Trust

June 25 - 26, 2015

San Jose Marriott - San Jose, CA


Public libraries serve communities whose needs are driven by changes in technology, the global economy and shifting demographics. The library is the institution at the forefront of understanding and innovating new opportunities to connect people to technology, address key community issues, and support participatory learning experiences across a lifetime. Join us at this year's Annual Forum as we explore and discuss changes in technology and relationships that will continue to acknowledge the library as a highly trusted and valuable public institution.


The ULC Annual Forum is about bringing library staff teams together. Gather your team and join us for interactive sessions, lively panels and the opportunity to hear from experts both within and outside of the library field. The Forum is an ideal time to network with ULC Members and share your library's work and innovations!  

Click here to register and learn more about the Annual Forum.

Thank You for Your 2015 Innovations Initiative Submissions!


We would like to give a HUGE thank you to our wonderful members for their submissions to ULC's 2015 Innovations Initiative. We received an outstanding number of innovative and unique submissions, ranging from high tech media labs to resources and programs geared toward civil and community engagement. These creative projects demonstrate that our members, and public libraries in general, continue to evolve and serve as vital technology, education and community leaders.

The 2015 Top Innovators in each submission category, as well as all other submissions, will be recognized and celebrated at the ULC Innovations Celebration on Thursday, June 25, 2015 at the ULC Annual Forum. Please register today and join us as we showcase leading library services, partnerships and programs. 


Coalition Campaign Urges Investment in NYC Public Libraries   


New York City's public libraries are suffering from inadequate funding and in need of serious reinvestment, according to a report released in late March. The report, Long Overdue: NYC's $1.1 Billion Library Fine, details some of the most dire examples of branches in need of increased funding for repairs and maintenance. The report represents the first step in a campaign, led by the city's three library systems, elected officials and advocates, to secure $1.1 billion for needed renovations and a $65 million increase in operating expenses  for the year. A report on the increase in operating expenses is due out next week. 


"As our new report vividly demonstrates, New York's public libraries are facing a maintenance crisis," said Tony Marx, President of the New York Public Library. "We need to modernize and repair our libraries and ensure that they have a full array of expert librarians and educational programs so that they can continue to meet the needs of the public and strengthen communities."  

Click here to learn more about the campaign and read the full report. 

Maryland Libraries Help Travelers with Passport Service 

For Maryland travelers, the post office isn't the only place to get a new passport. A recent article from The Baltimore Sun highlights the success some Maryland libraries are seeing with services that provide patrons with new passports quickly and efficiently. Baltimore County Public Library's Arbutus branch plays a critical role in providing easy and convenient issuing of new passports to community members. Their success, following on the heels of a similar program in the Howard County Library System, is attracting attention from other Maryland library systems as well as positioning the library as a gateway to critical government and civil services. Read the full article here.

SLPL Toasts 150 Years with Original Brew   

On Monday, St. Louis Public Library kicked off its 150 year celebration with the official launch of the limited edition St. Louis Public Library Peated Scotch Ale. In addition to the new brew, The St. Louis Brewery also presented the SLPL Foundation with a check for $3,811 to celebrate winning the Washington Post's Beer Madness competition. The event is the first of three local partnerships that will highlight SLPL's anniversary, creating unique St. Louis Public Library-themed products for three months. Learn more about the event and the library here.

Library Exhibit Honors Cincinatti Reds, MLB All-Stars 


The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County recently opened a new exhibit
featuring items and photos showcasing the history of the Cincinnati Reds. The exhibit, The Great American Pastime: Baseball and the Cincinnati Reds, will be on display through July 31 in honor of Cincinnati hosting the 2015 Major League Baseball All-Star game. The exhibit includes historic items from both the library and The Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame and Museum.

e-Discussion Groups      


Are you taking advantage of our e-Discussion groups? Join other ULC members to share insights and innovations and to ask questions to your peers. Members with cross-function responsibilities are welcome to join multiple discussion groups. If you or someone on your team would like to join our discussion groups, email Katherine Behrens.


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