WEDNESDAY, December 2, 2015
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Renowned Design Firm Releases Report on the Future of Libraries Featuring San Francisco Central Library

Arup, the world-renowned consulting firm most famous for designing the Sydney Opera House, recently released a report on the future of libraries and how these public institutions can adapt their services and physical spaces to meet 21st century needs.

The report, Future Libraries, states that libraries are currently undergoing a "renaissance" that is shaping the "social infrastructure they provide" and "the diversification of services and experiences they offer." Future Libraries hones in on four main themes around which libraries are, and should be, directing programming and engaging their communities: Seamless Learning Experiences, Hubs for Community Wellbeing, Enabling Collaboration and Decision-making and Participatory Knowledge Preservation.

The report includes a series of case studies examining how different libraries, tech companies and other organizations are paving the way for the library of the future. ULC member San Francisco Public Library's program to help the homeless was recognized in the "Hubs for Community Wellbeing" section.

Click here to read the full report.

Boston Public Library Announces New Cafe and Broadcast Studio for Central Library Renovations 

On November 10, the Boston Public Library (BPL) Board of Trustees, voted in favor of a joint proposal from the Catered Affair and the WGBH Educational Foundation for a new retail space in the Johnson building, part of the Library's $78 million Central Library Renovation project. The unique collaboration will feature The Newsfeed Café and a WGBH News satellite bureau and studio.

The Newsfeed Café, managed by The Catered Affair, will provide casual food offerings throughout the day and serve as a venue for catered events and other public functions. WGBH will construct and occupy an 800 square foot satellite news bureau in the space, primarily focused on their radio offerings, and featuring a WGBH Radio/TV anchor desk for live broadcast and pre-taped segments. In addition, the public media producer plans to explore and identify resources and expertise to enhance the BPL's programs and services, including children's and teens programming.

Click here to learn more about BPL's renovation project. 

Los Angeles Public Library Dedicates Branch Library to Poet Wanda Coleman  

Earlier this week, Los Angeles Public Library held a special dedication event at their Ascot Branch Library in honor of Los Angeles poet and political activist Wanda Coleman. The library invited community members to join them on November 30 for the unveiling of a plaque to honor Coleman, who was affectionately known as the "Unofficial Poet Laureate of Los Angeles."

In late 2014, her husband, Austin Straus, wrote a letter to the Library requesting that they honor her memory at the Ascot branch. As children, Coleman and her siblings often spent time at the Ascot Branch Library, and throughout her career, she often researched subjects at the Central Library.

During her career, Coleman published over 20 books of poetry, fiction and essays, and was named Los Angeles' first literary fellow in 2003. She has also received an Emmy for Daytime Drama Writing on Days of Our Lives, the 1999 Lenore Marshall Prize for Bathwater Wine, and fellowships from the John P. Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, and the California Arts Council.

Click here to learn more about Coleman and the Ascot Branch dedication.
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.
Build Digital Literacy Skills with Hour of Code's New Minecraft Tutorial!

Next week is Computer Science Education Week and your library's chance to join the Hour of Code movement! In partnership with Microsoft and game studio Mojang AB, recently released their second (and final) 2015 Hour of Code tutorial featuring the world-building videogame Minecraft, the most popular Hour of Code request they have received.

Libraries across the country are encouraged to host Hour of Code events to prove anybody can learn, and every young person deserves to learn, how to build technology that will impact their futures.

Read this Time article to learn more about the Minecraft tutorial or visit the Hour of Code website for more information. 
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