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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 
Andrew Medlar,
Assistant Chief of
Technology, Content and Innovation,
Chicago Public Library 

Library Fees: To Forgive or Forget will focus on the impact of library fees/fines in varying large city communities and will offer solutions and the programs created from three leading ULC member libraries - San José Public Library, Chicago Public Library, and DC Public Library.

Join us and hear from San José Public Library Director, Jill Bourne, as she discusses the reliable and sustainable amnesty program she and her team developed with their Mayor in order to better serve low-income neighborhoods and provide realistic fine policies and processes. Learn from Andrew Medlar, Assistant Chief of Technology, Content & Innovation at Chicago Public Library, about CPL's commitment to provide broad access to all Chicagoans in order to minimize barriers to the library's collections, programs, and services. Andrew will discuss how regular evaluation of fine policies, along with news-making city-wide amnesty programs, have empowered Chicagoans with knowledge, learning, and valuable experiences. And last but not least, DC Public Library's Director of Public Services, Manya Shorr, will share how and why the library completely eliminated fines, fees and amnesty programs to meet local and national directives, and what has come of this intentional and valued decision.

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

ULC Education Leaders Conference Call 
Wednesday, September 7, 2016 | 1:00 pm ET

ULC Education Leaders are invited to join an upcoming conference call to discuss the topic Data-sharing MOUs and Agreements between Public Libraries and School Systems.

Click here to register or contact Emily Samose for additional information.

Measurement Matters: Using Edge, Project Outcome, and the Impact Survey to Assess and Improve Community Outcomes

Thursday, September 8, 2016
11 am-12 pm PT | 12-1 pm MT | 1 -2 pm CT | 2-3 pm ET

In an effort to better support library's assessment needs, the Public Library Association's (PLA) Project Outcome has partnered with the Edge Initiative and the University of Washington's Impact Survey to host a free webinar that will demonstrate how all three tools can help libraries implement a comprehensive assessment strategy to better their data and share their community impact. Collectively, Impact Survey, Project Outcome, and the Edge Initiative are powerful, field-tested instruments being used by libraries throughout the United States to make strategic decisions on which programming and services to offer and which technology investments should be made to ensure that the library continues to meet patron needs and community priorities.

Click here to learn more and register today!

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.
Cuyahoga County Libraries Lead Countywide Library Card Initiative

Nine Ohio libraries have partnered for a new initiative to provide all children under the age of 18 in Cuyahoga County with library cards. The initiative, A Card for Every Kid, includes ULC members Cuyahoga County Public Library, Cleveland Public Library and East Cleveland Public Library.

A Card for Every Kid was developed as a response to the ConnectED Library Challenge, a national effort to connect youth to the valuable resources and services available at their public library. The effort will officially launch in September to coincide with National Library Card Sign-Up Month. Participating libraries will lead a number of activities to raise awareness of the importance of library card ownership, including sign-up events, one-time fine forgiveness for all students, and a survey for parents to better understand their attitudes toward library card ownership.

Click here to learn more about A Card for Every Kid.

Brooklyn Public Library's Telestory Program Connects Children to Incarcerated Parents 

While storytimes are a staple of most libraries' programming for children, Brooklyn Public Library is taking this service a step further by connecting children to family members in prison through its Telestory program. Through the program, BPL offers free, one-hour video visitation services for families at four branch libraries to read books, sing songs, and stay connected with their incarcerated loved ones. Earlier this summer, BPL was named one of 14 winners of the Knight News Challenge on Libraries, receiving nearly $400,000 from the Knight Foundation to expand the program to 12 library branches. Telestory is just one of BPL's outreach programs dedicated to bridging this gap with parents in the justice system, including an early literacy program for incarcerated parents, book delivery services and reading rooms at local correctional facilities.

Click here to read a recent article highlighting the program and its impact on the community. 
Free Library Of Philadelphia Becomes Hub of Health Information
The University of Pennsylvania recently released a spotlight feature highlighting a new partnership between the Free Library of Philadelphia and Penn School of Nursing graduate Melanie Mariano to provide health information and preventive health care for Philadelphia residents.

Having previously led health programming at the Free Library's Paschalville Branch, Mariano identified a need for reliable health information among patrons. She drafted a proposal for a more permanent initiative to engage the community and reached out to the Free Library to partner for the health literacy initiative. Through the project, Living HEALthy: Health Expansion Across the Libraries, Mariano will connect visitors with resources and tips to address health concerns, as well as provide in-house health screenings, at the Free Library's Central Branch.

Click here to learn more and view a short video about the project.

USAC to Host Weekly E-rate Conference Calls for ULC Members 

The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) recently announced that they will host weekly conference calls for ALA and ULC each Tuesday from 2:30 - 3:00 PM ET. During the E-rate filing window, USAC hosted weekly calls for ULC members and State E-rate Coordinators to help libraries better understand the new E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) and application process. USAC will host these new calls to hear any issues libraries are having in the field and for the attendees to bring up any other topics they want to discuss.

Please email USAC any question or topic you would like added to the agenda by noon on the Friday before the call
. If no agenda is received, the call will be cancelled.

For call details and call-in information, please contact Katherine Behrens.

Filmmakers Receive $500,000 NEH Grant for Documentary on U.S. Public Libraries

Video Veracity and Serendipity Films recently received a $500,000 media production grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to complete their documentary, Free for All: Inside the Public Library. Free for All examines the history of public libraries in the United States and the critical role they play in meeting the goals of a 21st century democracy. The Free for All team will use the funding to not only finish the film, but also produce a web companion project and a community engagement outreach campaign.

Click here to learn more.  
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