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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!


Knight Foundation Announces  New Initiative for Libraries


The Knight Foundation has announced its next News Challenge - a competitive funding initiative exploring the evolving role and continued centrality of libraries in the digital age. The time frame for the News Challenge is very tight:  on September 2, the foundation will announce an "inspiration phrase" to jumpstart imaginative thinking and design; proposals will be accepted beginning on September 10 and ending at 5:00 pm ET, September 30. Find out more to submit your best ideas! 



The Digital Shift:  Libraries at the Center

Library Journal invites your participation in a one-day free virtual conference on the future of libraries.  The Digital Shift: Libraries at the Center takes place on October 1 and features keynote speakers Anil Dash, co-founder and CEO of ThinkUp, and Daniel J. Levitin, author of  This Is Your Brain On Music: The Science of a Human Obsession . The agenda includes tracks dedicated to K-12, academic and public librarians. Register today.


Library 2.014 Announces 

Worldwide Virtual Conference

The fourth annual Library 2.014 Worldwide Virtual Conference takes place on October 8-9. This global conversation about the future of libraries will be held entirely online around the clock in multiple languages and time zones. Participation is free of charge. Find out more and join the Library 2.0 network.



New Research on Teens, Technology and Health

Today's teens need, want and seek out information to understand important health issues.  Increasingly, they are using their online skills to explore questions and access critical information. A paper in the current issue of The Journal of Research on Libraries and Young Adults, titled "Issues in Teen Technology Use to Find Health Information," includes a literature review of studies of teens' online health information-seeking and discusses several issues related to teen technology use for seeking health information. The paper concludes with recommendations to insure optimal library services to address the health information needs of all teens.

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


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Urban Libraries Council


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Washington, DC  20005


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Library in a Big Box

Colorado's Aurora Public Library is a 2014 Top Innovator for its outside-the-box Library in a Big Box. To meet growing demand for access to public computer technology, the Library created the Colfax and Chamber PC Center in side a Kmart store in one of the city's most diverse and economically challenged areas. The 600-square foot space has 12 public computers that are available eight hours a day, six days a week. In the PC Center adjacent to the store's check-out counters, people can search the Internet, print documents, take computer classes and get help/advice from a librarian. Read
how Aurora Public Library created this partnership and found a new way to serve its community.
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The New York Public Library has created a personality quiz that readers can take to find out which beloved character from children's literature they most resemble. "We might be all grown up, but the characters from our favorite children's books will stay with us forever. Which one are you most like?"  Find out now!



On September 13, the Arapaho Library District (CO) celebrates the opening of its new Sheridan Library Branch with a day-long menu of activities including tours, live music and a balloon program for libraries. Sheridan Library has many environmentally friendly features, including several skylights for natural lighting; community access to public transportation; and a high-tech roofing system that helps to regulate internal temperature and weather exposure. 






ULC has two staff openings in our DC office:


Communications Coordinator


Program Director for the Edge Initiative


Please share these position descriptions! 


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1333 H St., NW  Suite 1000 West

Washington, DC  20005




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