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Libraries in the Gigabit World



Thursday, September 18, 2014

1:00 pm ET/12:00 pm CT/11:00 am MT/10:00 am PT



Crosby Kemper, Executive Director, Kansas City Public Library

Nate Hill, Assistant Director, Chattanooga Public Library


Community-wide, high-speed connectivity is the next frontier in digital access and equity. In cities where this revolutionary capacity is emerging, leaders and civic institutions are working together to test innovations that will expand opportunity for people of all ages, particular in the domains of learning, economic and workforce development. Find out more and register now!


IMLS Announces National Leadership Grants for Libraries



IMLS has announced that in FY 15 it will sponsor two competitions for National Leadership for Libraries grants. Proposals will be accepted October 2014 and again in February 2015. National Leadership for Libraries grants are intended to drive innovation and support projects that demonstrate the likelihood of significant national impact. The October grant cycle is dedicated to proposals that support three strategic priorities: building the national digital platform; creating high-impact learning spac es in libraries; and advancing STEM learning in libraries. Find out more and start working on your proposals!


Public Libraries and Community Colleges:  Unique Partners


In the midst of a five-year, 10 branch library building initiative, Columbus Public Library (OH) has forged a unique partnership with the Columbus State Community College system that will benefit learners of all ages and the community as a whole. At each new or renovated branch, the college will have a physical presence that is positioned between the teen center and the homework help area. Bruce Massis, director of libraries at CSCC says, "We're strategically positioning these rooms so that it gets visibility near the audience we're looking at. There's also the adult learner and we're looking to attract them as well." In addition, every public computer will have the CSCC icon on its desktop so that enrolled students can log onto the college server. Read more.


We are making progress on database requests for changes to e-News Weekly and e-Discussion Groups. Thanks again for your patience.


Please remember to revise your directories with our new contact information:


Urban Libraries Council

1333 H Street, NW  Suite 1000 West

Washington, DC  20005


ULC's new phone number is: 202-660-1449.

We will continue to keep you up to date on our transition in e-News Weekly and on our website


A Peace-Full City 


Springfield Public Library (MA) is a ULC 2014 Top Innovator for its community-building initiative created in response to the December 2012 tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School coupled with the city's own epidemic of gun violence. The Library joined with an Interfaith Council to distribute "peace flags" and carry out programs to get people talking about creating a peaceful city. The project engaged diverse sectors of the community including the Springfield Police Department, the Mayor's Anti-Violence Task Force and the City's Neighborhood Watch Coordinator. With nearly 1,300 participants the Peace-Full City initiative shone a light on the library's role as a safe community forum that fosters discussion, learning and change. From this civic rally, the "We Are Springfield" campaign emerged.


As the tragedy in Ferguson, MO reverberates around the world, a Peace-Full city is a model of bringing people together to discuss, debate, mourn and imagine a better future. Find out more.



Residents of San Antonio, TX know they have an outstanding public library. In the city's bi-annual Community Survey which gauges citizen perceptions of various services, the San Antonio Public Library is ranked the #1 with a 96% satisfaction rate for neighborhood library services. Read the full survey findings here.


The Boston Public Library is designated as the Library for the Commonwealth and serves all residents of Massachusetts. Since 2011, the library has worked to digitize and preserve collections from 145 organizations in nearly 100 towns across Massachusetts. These digitized items will be shared online via, which is a BPL-built and maintained repository and portal where statewide collections will reside for future generations to discover.


ULC has two staff openings in our DC office:


Communications Coordinator


Program Director for the Edge Initiative


Please share these position descriptions! 


Urban Libraries Council

1333 H St., NW  Suite 1000 West

Washington, DC  20005




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