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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.
Fresno County Public Library Receives Funding for Community Recovery Collection
The Fresno County Public Library (FCPL) recently received funding from the California State Library to create a Community Recovery Collection to assist communities that have experienced disasters, such as wildfires.

The Community Recovery Collection will contain materials that provide information on disaster awareness, preparation and recovery. The Library plans to create two collections with 100 titles each and locate the items at FCPL's two mountain branches in Auberry and Bear Mountain. These two branches were selected because of their close proximity to communities that have been affected by the California wildfires in recent years. The Bear Mountain Library served as a base camp for firefighters fighting the Rough Fire that burned 151,623 acres from July to October 2015.

The history of wildfires in California, particularly in Central California, makes this collection a critical resource for the community as Fresno County is currently experiencing its longest drought in recorded history. In addition to the collection of books, the Library is exploring the option of partnering with the Red Cross to provide emergency preparedness classes for the community, including the pillow case project.

Visit the FCPL website to learn more about this collection.

Kansas City Public Library, Kansas City Star Bring Books to Life with Pop-Up Book Club 
How can your library enhance and localize the book club experience for greater impact? The Kansas City Public Library has answered this question with their FYI Book Group, a reading club that holds pop-up discussions at various community locations related to the content or theme of each book being read. Whether it's discussing marriage equality at the Gay and Lesbian Archives of Mid-America or visiting a police station to explore issues of race and public safety, the FYI Book Group provides a venue for patrons to examine complex issues facing their community.

"I'm always looking for a 'book of the moment' that I can tie to a Kansas City institution," said Kaite Stover, KCPL's director of readers services. "My goal is always to have readers' horizons broadened by their reading material and then localized when they can see that what they're reading has a community connection."

Since 2011, KCPL has partnered with The Kansas City Star to lead the book group. The Library oversees the logistics of each discussion and manages book selection and distribution, discussion content and meeting venues. The Star then publishes discussion summaries in later editions of its FYI section. The partnership is critical for helping both institutions reach a wide audience of readers in the community and keep KCPL services, events and programs in the public eye.

New York Public Library Enhances Access to Ebooks with SimplyE App

The New York Public Library (NYPL) recently launched a new mobile app to make it easier for patrons to browse, borrow and read eBooks from the library's collection. The SimplyE app stands out due to the fact that its easy-to-use interface allows patrons to access eBooks from multiple vendors and public domain titles, as well as curated reading lists from NYPL librarians.

The SimplyE app has significant implications for future innovation as public libraries work to improve patrons' experiences with digital collections. The Library developed the app as one major component of the NYPL-led Library Simplified project, a coalition of ten public libraries focused on building new technologies and initiatives to help patrons access digital content. The open-source software gives public libraries across the country the opportunity to customize the code to create their own apps for eBook access. NYPL is also developing a new features, such as text-to-speech, to increases accessibility for users with special needs.

Click here to learn more about NYPL and the SimplyE app. 
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!
San Mateo County Libraries Receives Award for Summer Learning Camps 

On July 24, the National Association of Counties (NACo) presented San Mateo County Libraries (SMCL) with a 2016 Achievement Award in recognition of their Summer Learning Camps program. The summer program targets communities with high numbers of students reading below grade level by engaging youth and families in literacy activities. In a June press release, SMCL highlighted that the award not only demonstrates the program's success in San Mateo County, but also how it can serve as a model for libraries nationwide that are working to enhance their summer learning and literacy activities.

Congratulations, San Mateo County!

Click here to learn more about SMCL's Summer Learning Camps. 
IMLS Announces FY 2017 Funding Opportunities
The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) recently announce the guidelines for the first round of FY 2017 National Leadership Grants for Libraries (NLG) and Laura Bush 21st Century Librarian Program (LB21). Both grant programs provide libraries with funding to improve the library profession and develop new tools and research to address challenges faced by the library field. Libraries can submit project proposals in three categories: Community Anchors, National Digital Platform and Curating Collections. Preliminary proposals for both programs must be submitted by September 1, 2016.

Click here to read an IMLS blog post about the specific categories and project types.

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