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2016 ULC Midwinter Member Reception 
Friday, January 8, 2016, 6:30 - 8:00 pm 
Boston Public Library - Abbey Room and Chavannes Gallery

Welcome in the new year and join your colleagues for a Member Reception hosted by Boston Public Library and ULC. Stop by for some light bites and libations and see BPL's beautiful and historic Abbey Room and Chavannes Gallery.

RSVP to Colleen Bragiel by Monday, January 4.
A special thank you to Ingram Content Group
for sponsoring the reception.

ULC Deputy Directors Meet-Up
Sunday, January 10, 2016, 9:30 - 11:00 am
Boston, MA

ULC invites members of the Deputy Directors Member Group to join us for an informal meeting to network and continue our recent conversations. Join us to share recent successes and gather insights from your peers.

The specific location for the Meet-Up will be announced in early January based on RSVPs.

RSVP to Katherine Behrens by Monday, December 28. 
ULC Convenes National Thought Leaders to Discuss Summer Learning in Libraries

Earlier this month, through support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, ULC had the opportunity to convene a small group of thought leaders, including organizations invested in out-of-school time and summer learning, research experts and public library leaders, to initiate a conversation on the effectiveness of library summer learning programs. The National Forum on Effective Summer Learning in Libraries included a literature review of existing research and measurement tools used by libraries and other out-of-school-time programs, as well as a consultative conversation on library and non-library summer learning models and measurements. This discussion expanded on many of the initial findings from ULC's Accelerate Summer initiative.

Key themes from the Forum included the need for training and guidance on how libraries can define and assess the learning goals of their summer programs, as well as the need for a specific tool to determine how drop-in learning activities contribute to broader community goals for reducing the summer slide. As part of this project, ULC is working in partnership with the Metropolitan Group to develop a white paper with recommendations for action and research, which will be disseminated early next year.

For questions about the Forum, please contact Emily Samose, ULC's Director of Education and Learning Initiatives.

Hartford Public Library and Hartford Public Schools to Share Resources Through New Partnership  

On Monday, December 14, Hartford Public Library (HPL) and Hartford Public Schools announced a new partnership called Boundless that connects the resources and services of both institutions to advance shared education goals and formalize a comprehensive learning ecosystem for Hartford students.

Building off of the White House ConnectED Library Challenge, Boundless plans to provide all Hartford Public Schools students with a library card to access HPL's extensive collections and resources. Boundless will also train library staff and teachers to provide powerful one-on-one learning experiences to students. The sharing of resources between both institutions also allows for greater budget efficiencies in city purchasing decisions and educational programming.

Additional upcoming Boundless initiatives include developing a YouMedia center at the local high school, launching a youth leadership event and opening HPL's new Mark Twain branch library in West Middle School.

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

ALA Announces I Love My Librarian Award Winners, Includes Two ULC Members     

On December 3, the American Library Association announced the ten winners of the 2015 I Love My Librarian Award, an ALA initiative  sponsored by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and co-sponsored by New York Public Library and The New York Times. Winning librarians are recognized for their work to improve their communities through public service, education and lifelong learning. ULC is proud to announce that this year's list of recipients includes librarians from member libraries New Haven Free Public Library (NHFPL) and Kansas City Public Library (KCPL).

Diane Brown, manager of NHFPL's Stetson Branch, was recognized for transforming the library into a welcoming community hub by establishing crucial community partnerships and developing engaging cultural and educational programming. April Roy, manager of KCPL's Lucile H. Bluford Branch, was selected for her exceptional work promoting literacy and positioning the library as an active center for community health and wellness.

Click here to learn more about the award initiative and winners. 
ULC E-Discussion Groups

Are you taking full advantage of ULC's e-Discussion groups? Our e-Discussion groups provide ULC members with the opportunity to share insights with and learn from library peers. Members with responsibilities across different roles and work areas are welcome to join multiple discussion groups. We can also provide you with a list of current group participants to update your contact list.

If you or someone on your team would like to join our discussion groups,
email ULC Member Programs Executive Katherine Behrens. Visit the ULC website to view the full list of e-Discussion groups.
President Obama
Signs the Every Student Succeeds Act


On December 10, 2015, President Obama signed the Every Student Succeeds Act, a bipartisan bill to revise and replace No Child Left Behind. The new law holds all students to high academic standards to ensure they are career and college ready, replaces a one-size-fits-all approach by giving more power to the states to implement standards and control onerous testing, and provides more access to quality pre-schools. The bill is also the first piece of federal legislation in over 50 years to use federal funding for effective school library programs.

Click here to learn more about the new education legislation. 
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