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"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world."             - Nelson Mandela, 1918 - 2013

Today's e-News wraps-up our weekly communications for 2013. We send heartfelt thanks to each of you for helping us to advance the power of public libraries everywhere. Extra-warm wishes for a happy holiday season and cheers to a new year filled with much to celebrate! Our gratitude to you and your staff for being a vital voice for our communities. We will see you here again in 2014!

- The ULC Team
Edge Initiative at Midwinter
Saturday, January 25, 10:30-11:30 am
Pennsylvania Convention Center
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The Edge Initiative will launch in January 2014, and libraries across the country will start using this management and leadership tool to help them assess and improve their current public technology services. Join us at ALA Midwinter, find out more and celebrate the launch of this path-breaking resource for libraries. No registration required. Get the details.

Toyota Family Teacher of the Year Award
The National Center for Families Learning is accepting applications for the $20,000 Toyota Family Teacher of the Year Award, given to exemplary educators working in libraries, schools and community based organizations. The Award recognizes the nation's best in engaging families in education. The winner will receive a $20,000 award to support his/her family engagement efforts; the runner-up will receive $5,000. Formal teaching credentials are not required of applicants. Winners will be announced at The Families Learning Summit & National Conference on Family Literacy which will be held in Washington, DC, on February 17 - 19, 2014. Ap plications are being accepted through Friday, January 10. Find out more and apply.

Libraries Leading Community Solutions
Madison Public Library (MPL), WI, hosted Design Like Mad , a multi-partner design marathon to benefit local non-profit organizations whose missions address a broad mix of community needs. Teams of students and professional designers gathered to solve design problems for 20 Madison-area nonprofits that were selected from over 30 applicants. Projects included graphic, print and web design, interior design, landscape design and even architecture. The design teams met in the library from 9 am to 9 pm to tackle their projects which were then showcased. Take a look at the results and the visit them on Facebook

Telling Our Stories
Library Journal is seeking nominees for the second annual LibraryAware Community Award which honors library systems that are exemplars of building community awareness of the value that libraries deliver to local communities. Three awards (1st place: $10,000; 2nd place: $7,500; 3rd place: $5,000) will be announced during National Library Week 2014. The deadline for nominations is January 13, 2014. Find out more and apply
Lend Us Your Story
In the midst of the recession, the Rochester Public Library (RPL), NY, was competing fiercely for shrinking resources and recognized the need to bring library users forward to share their stories of personal impact. In partnership with the City, RPL launched a contest inviting people to record their narratives. Three winners were selected from hundreds of submissions; all videos appeared on the City's website. And, a rich mosaic of the many powerful ways that libraries bring people together and meet their needs is captured in their final composite video. Watch this powerful montage and find out more.
Breaking New Ground
The San Diego Public Library Foundation, CA, recently completed its $65 million capital campaign to construct the newly opened Central Library.The library was funded through a blend of private and public sources: $80 million from Centre City Development Corporation, a $20 million grant from State of California, $20 million from San Diego Unified School District (to house a charter high school on the 6th-7th floors) and $65 million in private contributions. The Central Library is home to E3Civic High, the first-of-its-kind charter high school for teens in the U.S
Charles Pace has been appointed Director of Gwinnett County Public Library, GA, beginning on January 6th! Gwinnett County has a population of over 800,000 and is one of the fastest growing counties in the country.

We are delighted to announce our newest Associate member, The Galecia Group - specializing in software solutions, RFID, filtering, workflow optimizations and materials handling.
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