WEDNESDAY, August 24, 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 
Andrew Medlar
Assistant Chief of
Technology, Content and Innovation,
Chicago Public Library
Manya Shorr
Director of Public Services, 
DC 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.
Join ULC for our Pre-Conference Session at the National Conference on Afterschool and Summer Learning

This fall, ULC's Director of Education and Learning Initiatives, Emily Samose, will co-host a pre-conference session with our close partner the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) at their annual National Conference on Afterschool and Summer Learning, October 24-26 in Seattle, WA.

On Monday, October 24, 1:30-5:00 pm, join Emily along with NSLA's Director of Community System Building, Leslie Gabay-Swanston, and ULC library leaders from Denver Public Library, Edmonton Public Library, and King County Library System for "Expanding Access to Opportunity: Library-School-Community Partnerships for Summer Learning." These libraries will describe their summer learning partnerships and how they collaborated to intentionally reach more kids in more ways and in more places. Session participants will have the opportunity to consider how they can use shared tools and resources designed to build or strengthen local partnerships that maximize summer opportunities. This interactive session builds on ideas shared in the recently released ULC Leadership Brief: Libraries Expanding Summer Opportunities, which is based on research conducted by ULC in partnership with the NSLA with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Register for the full conference and for ULC's pre-conference session today!

And don't forget to join us in Detroit one week prior for ULC's featured session at the annual Families Learning Summit! Read more about ULC's featured webcast and other exciting sessions in the National Center for Families Learning's (NCFL) recent Summit Update

Jacksonville Public Library Expands Library Card Program to All Public School Students Throughout the County 

On August 12, Jacksonville Public Library (JPL) joined Duval County Public Schools (DCPS) and city officials in announcing an expansion of JPL's Student Card initiative, providing nearly 130,000 students in grades K-12 with a virtual library card. The expanded program was announced at the Friends of the Brentwood Library's Third Annual Back-to-School Bash, which featured a backpack/school supply giveaway and other fun learning activities for youth.

JPL initially launched the Student Card program in the fall of 2015 for K-5th grade DCPS students, providing them with virtual library cards that would not incur overdue fines or library fees for lost or damaged items. The program also included scheduled library field trips for K-2nd grade students, as well as in-classroom visits from JPL staff for 3rd-5th grade students. By the end of the school year, more than 25,000 students visited libraries on class field trips and checked out nearly 33,000 books. In addition, librarians made 367 classroom presentations to approximately 19,000 students.

Montgomery County Public Libraries, FDA Partner for AimHI Summer Incubator Program

Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) recently partnered with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to implement a joint program to help teens to develop startups and mobile medical applications. The high school participants worked with mentors from the FDA to develop their projects and presented them during special Shark Tank-style events at both the FDA campus and the White House.

The AimHI Summer Incubator Program is a unique, first-of-its-kind partnership between a federal government agency and local public library system. Over the course of six weeks, AimHI students split their schedule between FDA and MCPL locations to engage in experiential STEM activities, field trips and leadership development activities. Participants also worked in teams with staff and volunteers to learn mobile application product development. Now in its second year, the program marks a significant step in reaching students from schools that are underrepresented in STEM programming and creating excitement about careers in health and medical technology.

Click here to learn more. 
Chicago Public Library Branch Ranks Among World's Top Libraries

Chicago Public Library (CPL) recently made a splash on the global library scene when its Chinatown Branch was nominated for the 2016 Public Library of the Year Award from the Danish Agency for Culture and Palaces. The award is part of the organization's "Model Programme for Public Libraries" project focused on developing the library of the future. The award takes  into account a number of factors that represent modern innovations in library service, such as digital resources and services, architecture, and how the library interacts with local culture and diverse populations.

While the award was presented to Denmark's Dokk1 library at this year's International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) World Library and Information Congress, CPL's nomination recognized the Library for its open and welcoming architecture, early literacy programs and YouMedia digital learning space.

Click here to learn more.

Don't Miss Out on
Weekly E-rate Conference Calls with USAC! 

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.

Library Card Sign-Up Month is Right Around the Corner! 

This September, libraries across the country will host activities and implement creative programs to ensure community members have access to all the resources and services that they offer. Library Card Sign-up Month is the perfect opportunity to raise awareness of how a library card is an important first step towards academic achievement, family and community engagement, and lifelong learning.

Click here to learn more and review the American Library Association's (ALA) press kit materials for Library Card Sign-Up Month.
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