WEDNESDAY, August 10, 2016
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ULC Webinar: Library Fees --- To Forgive or Forget 
Monday, August 29, 2016
9-10 am PT | 10-11 am MT | 11 am-12 pm CT | 12-1 pm ET

Jill Bourne
Library Director, 
San José Public Library 
Manya Shorr
Director of Public Services, 
DC Public Library 

On August 29, ULC will host a webinar - Library Fees: To Forgive or Forget - which will focus on the impact of library fees/fines in varying ULC communities and how ULC member libraries are responding to day-to-day issues with these programs.

Join San José Public Library Director, Jill Bourne, as she discusses the policies and processes she developed with her Mayor and councilmembers to better serve low-income neighborhoods through a reliable and sustainable amnesty program. DC Public Library's Director of Public Services, Manya Shorr, will also share how the Library completely eliminated fines, fees and amnesty programs to meet local and national directives. Both libraries will discuss the barriers they encountered and provide insights on how your library can make fair and strategic decisions to benefit your community financially and retain their trust.

Register today to participate and receive a recording to share with staff!

2016 ULC Annual Forum 
ULC Libraries: Getting to the Evidence
October 5-7, 2016
Kansas City Marriott Downtown - Kansas City, MO
As vital community leaders, public libraries need to strengthen their programs and practices with effective frameworks for evaluating and demonstrating community impact. This October, ULC invites library executives and leadership team members to share innovative models and strategies for measuring community outcomes at the 2016 ULC Annual Forum!

And, we want you to help us showcase how ULC libraries are "getting to the evidence!" If your library has conducted a return-on-investment (ROI) study, ULC invites you to send us your reports as we expand the resources in our new members only Knowledge Center and prepare for the Annual Forum. ULC will make all submitted ROI reports available to members through the Knowledge Center.

Visit the ULC website to learn more about the Annual Forum and register today! 
If you have questions or would like to submit an ROI study, please contact ULC Member Programs Executive Katherine Behrens.
ULC Co-Hosting Featured Webcast at the 2016 Families Learning Summit

On Monday, October 17, 11:00 am - 12:15 pm ET, ULC President and CEO Susan Benton will moderate a featured panel session, "Libraries + Schools + Communities = Powerful Programming for Family Learning," at the National Center for Families Learning's (NCFL) annual Families Learning Summit in Detroit, Michigan

Sponsored by Better World Books, the session builds on concepts highlighted in ULC and NCFL's recently published Leadership Brief: Libraries Supporting Family Learning. Participants will learn how public library leaders, school leaders and partners in three communities are collaborating to provide opportunities for families to learn and serve together throughout the year via Family Service Learning and digital- and Maker- influenced blended learning approaches. Panelists will discuss their innovative engagement opportunities for all families ----  including disadvantaged parents and children ----  using a two-generation, family-focused approach.

All are encouraged to register for the Summit to join the ULC/NCFL session in person, and to participate in five additional concurrent sessions presented by library leaders and partners. Exciting keynote speakers and more than 100 sessions are available to attendees as well. NCFL's new grant opportunities specifically for libraries will be announced! There will also be an opportunity to join the session via live webcast - stay tuned for registration details!

Toledo-Lucas County Public Library Director Wins 2016 Hall of Fame Librarian Award 
The Ohio Library Council (OLC) recently named Clyde S. Scoles, library director for the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library (TLCPL), the winner of its 2016 Hall of Fame Librarian award.
The award honors the career achievements of library leaders who have shown a remarkable commitment to the profession and the communities they serve.

Scoles, who has served as TLCPL director since 1985, was recognized for working to position the Library as an innovative change agent through collaboration and community engagement. Specifically, OLC praised Scoles for leading library partnerships and initiatives to revitalize downtown Toledo, promote early literacy and empower all members of the community through digital inclusion efforts.

In addition to Scoles' award, ULC member Stark County District Library won OLC's 2016 Library Innovation Award for BikeSmart, a free bike-share program for library patrons.

Click here to learn more about the 2016 OLC award winners.

Montgomery County Public Libraries Support Local Olympic Athletes 

With the Olympic games in full swing, Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) are doing their part to cheer on and support their local Olympic athletes. MCPL has set up stations at all library branches where residents can drop off fan mail and messages. MCPL branches will accept fan mail through August 21 and deliver all letters to athletes after the Olympics.

Included among the four Olympic athletes from Montgomery County is star swimmer and Bethesda native Katie Ledecky. Ledecky, a former 2012 Olympic gold medalist, has already won gold medals this past week in the women's 200m and 400m freestyle, as well as a silver medal in the women's 4x100m freestyle relay. Rockville's Jack Conger has also dominated his Olympic swimming event, taking home the gold in the men's 4x200m freestyle relay.

Click here to learn more. 
Award Deadline:
August 12, 2016

The Urban Leader Award and Joey Rodger Leadership Award shine a spotlight on the library advocates and leaders across North America that are transforming the role and impact of public libraries in their communities.
Click here to learn more about these outstanding opportunities and enter your applications and nominations today!
Gale Partners with EveryLibrary to Support Library Advocacy Campaigns
As election season continues to ramp up, Gale has announced a partnership with EveryLibrary, a national non-profit organization dedicated to non-partisan political action on behalf of libraries, to help support library ballot campaigns. EveryLibrary will use Gale's Analytics on Demand service to identify and mobilize library supporters using market segmentation data. Using this software, EveryLibrary will be able to tailor its messaging and strategy to strengthen ballot campaigns that fund and support public libraries across the nation.

Click here to learn more about the partnership.

New Report from Harvard Family Research Project and PLA Explores Family Engagement in Libraries

This week, the Harvard Family Research Project (HFRP) and the Public Library Association (PLA) released a new report, Public Libraries: A Vital Space for Family Engagement. In the publication, HFRP and PLA issue a call to action for libraries to partner with schools and other community organizations to strengthen their efforts to engage families in children's learning. To develop the report, they surveyed public library leaders from around the country about their family engagement practices, convened a learning community of librarians, conducted interviews with librarians, and reviewed research to closely study family engagement practices in public libraries. The report highlights how the library's role as a trusted community hub and platform for discovery builds a foundation for family engagement.

Click here to learn more about the HFRP/PLA partnership on family engagement in libraries. 
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