WEDNESDAY, December 3, 2014
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2015 ULC Midwinter Member Reception
Friday, January 30, 2015, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Newberry Library - Chicago, IL

Details and registration information coming soon.

E-rate Update


On November 28, 2014, ULC  submitted an Ex Parte Filing with the FCC on behalf our members. The filing applauded the FCC's recognition of the unique funding needs that large city libraries encounter to provide robust WiFi services in their communities, but asks that the FCC consider a definition of those that qualify for increased funding on WiFi utilization rates to fund those who need it most. We further state that if the FCC choses to use population as the measurement, that they expand it to beyond the largest library systems to include larger systems that serve the majority of WiFi users. ULC will be following the E-Rate news closely and look forward to the outcomes of the FCC meeting on December 11. Check the ULC website and newsletter for updates. Contact Katherine Bates at for additional information.

Screen Time: Good or Bad?       


ZERO TO THREE released an excellent resource on the impact, value, and limitations of screen time, using the latest research so that parents and caregivers can make smarter decisions about how to educate and engage their children.


Myth 1: All screen time is detrimental to early learning.

The Truth: If a young child is watching age-appropriate content with their parents in limited quantities, they can learn important lessons!


Myth 2: TV at bedtime can help lull children to sleep.

The Truth: Studies show that viewing TV within 2 hours of bedtime can make it harder for children to fall asleep!


Myth 3: The more interactive a screen experience is, the better it is for kids.

The Truth: Interactive features actually distract children from the storyline. While e-books can be useful tools for kids, parents should help their children focus on the story, not let the technology drive the experience.

Click here (PDF) to see the full report.

Ferguson Librarian Does Reddit AMA

If you have been following the heartwarming stories about the heroic efforts of the Ferguson Public Library staff and volunteers during this tumultuous time, you don't want to miss Director Scott Bonner's Reddit Ask Me Anything. During the AMA, popular author John Green joins the conversationand donates signed copies of his book The Fault in Our Stars. 
Start off the year with more interaction with your colleagues by following ULC on Twitter and Facebook. ULC also has a LinkedIn group. Please join!


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Madison Public Library Shines


See The Capital Times' feature on the changing role of libraries and Madison's Bubbler Program, Media Lab, and Wisconsin Book Festival.

NY Area Libraries to Rent WiFi Hotspots


The New York Public Library, Queens Library and the Brooklyn Public Library will begin renting out Wi-Fi hotspots to residents later this month. LinkNYC will offer about 10,000 Wi-Fi units through branches of the New York Public Library, the Queens Library and the Brooklyn Public Library, funded with a $1 million donation from Google Inc. and other support from Sprint and a coalition of nonprofits. The New York Public Library has branches in Manhattan, Staten Island and the Bronx. Read more here


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