WEDNESDAY, February 10, 2016
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ULC Webinar:  
Libraries + Schools: Partnering to Produce Effective Summer Learning Programs 
Tuesday, February 23, 2016
9-10 am PT | 10-11 am MT | 11 am-12 pm CT | 12-1 pm ET

Libraries are partnering with schools to build a powerful web of organizations working together to significantly increase the scale of children benefiting from summer learning. Join colleagues from Virginia Beach Public Library and the Broward County Library to learn how they are partnering with their local schools and school systems to address the challenge of summer learning loss by maximizing summer opportunities for youth. Gain insights on piloting new partnerships, identifying outcomes and exploring new models for summer.

This webinar builds on research conducted by ULC in partnership with the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) through the Accelerate Summer initiative. The webinar is part of a series of related presentations that included a working session at last fall's National Conference on Summer Learning in Baltimore, a forthcoming pre-conference on Tuesday, April 5 at the Public Library Association (PLA) 2016 Conference in Denver titled Powerful Summers: Library-Community-School Partnerships, and future presentations at the ALA Annual Conference and more - stay tuned!

Register today to participate and receive a recording to share with staff!

Public Library Association (PLA) 2016 Conference
Powerful Summers: Library-Community-School Partnerships
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 | 2-5 pm MDT 
Denver, CO

Join ULC's Director of Education and Learning Initiatives Emily Samose and Leslie Gabay-Swanston, Director of Community System Building at the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA), as they lead an interactive workshop focused on how summer learning experts, schools, community partners and libraries are working together to address the challenge of summer learning loss by maximizing summer opportunities for youth. This preconference session will include a panel presentation of education leaders from public libraries in San Francisco, Chicago, Denver and Broward County, FL and builds on research conducted by ULC in partnership with NSLA and with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Click here to learn more and register for this exciting session!

ULC 2016 Annual Forum
October 5-7, 2016
Kansas City, MO

Mark your calendars! The ULC Annual Forum will be held at a new time of year in 2016 and registration will be opening the first week of April. Additional information regarding the program will be coming soon. Stay tuned for Annual Forum updates and we hope to see you and your leadership teams October 5-7 in Kansas City!

If you have questions, please contact Katherine Behrens, ULC Member Programs Executive. 
Presidential Candidates Find Common Ground at Des Moines Public Library

While this year's Democratic and Republican presidential candidates may not agree on much, they did find common ground during the Iowa primary at the Des Moines Public Library (DMPL). DMPL Library Director Greg Heid reports that every presidential candidate used his library at some point during the Iowa primary season for everything from campaign team meetings to photo ops. Or sometimes, they just wanted a good book.

"Campaign representatives used us to verify facts, dig up photos and for identifying potential groups to meet. And several of the actual presidential hopefuls or their spouses applied for library cards and checked out or downloaded some of our titles while they were in the state," says Heid.

As the Presidential primary season continues, think about the opportunities our democracy's greatest conversation may present for your library's civic engagement. Use this election cycle to raise the profile of your library with local leaders: 
  • Reach out to local elected officials (or the DNC's/RNC's local campaign organizations) to offer your library as a location for candidate appearances.
  • Leverage appearances to elevate your library's brand by posting on social media channels and tweeting about it, reminding the community of the role libraries serve in our democracy as a center for the exchange of ideas and robust civic discussions.
For more ideas on the broader topic of stepping up to the civic engagement challenge, check out ULC's Leadership Brief on this topic.  

USAC Hosts E-rate Webinar for ULC Member Libraries 

John Noran, Senior Manager of the Schools and Libraries Division of Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), will run a virtual demonstration of the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) exclusively for ULC members on Thursday, February 11, 2016 from 2-3:30 pm ET. Noran will review the basics of the EPC, point out resources available on the USAC website and cover some of the information that is important for the online FCC Form 471. There will be plenty of time for questions as USAC and ULC want to ensure that our members obtain the most up-to-date information on the system and the E-rate application process. In addition, there will be weekly opportunities to ask USAC questions specific to your application. More details on this process will be available during the webinar.

WebEx Call-In Information:
Company: USAC
Host: John Noran
CLICK HERE on February 11 at 2:00 pm ET to join the web conference
Dial-In: 1-800-953-6486 (US Toll Free); 1-847-944-7292 (US Toll)
Passcode: 7037 045#

Please contact Katherine Bates if you plan on attending or have any questions related to the webinar.

Chicago Public Library: Digital Gateway for Adult Education

A recent blog post from Digital Promise, a nonprofit organization focused on researching and implementing innovations in digital learning, highlights how Chicago Public Library (CPL) is advancing adult education programming using technology as a gateway for building 21st century skills. The blog describes how CPL established partnerships with local community organizations and institutions to provide learning opportunities that help patrons master the digital skills needed to search for jobs online or manage resources for their families. Whether through mobile makerspaces or the Library's CyberNavigator tutor program, CPL is making technology more accessible to help patrons compete and succeed in a rapidly evolving digital world.

CPL's work is also featured in Building Connected Communities, ULC's latest Leadership Brief outlining how public libraries can lead and improve their communities through free and open access to current and emerging technology. 
NSLA Releases State of Summer Learning Report

The National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) recently released State of Summer Learning: 2015 State Policy Snapshot, a short report tracking 172 state bills from 2015 that affect or invest in summer learning initiatives. Building on ULC's strategic partnership with NSLA, the Snapshot prominently features libraries as critical community institutions that keep young people engaged and learning in the summer, closing the education opportunity gap by providing expanded access to critical resources and skill-building opportunities.

Click here learn more about the report.

Gear up for Digital Learning Day!

Digital Learning Day (DLD) is just one week away! Taking place on February 17, 2016, DLD celebrates innovative teaching practices that engage students in dynamic learning environments and encourage the use of digital learning opportunities to help them get the skills they need to succeed in college, career and life. This is a great opportunity for libraries to make their mark on the digital learning landscape and social media to amplify messages about their work as community technology and education leaders, particularly as it relates to increasing equity and digital access for all.

Visit the DLD website to browse through ideas for activities or register your digital learning event.

Learn more about how public libraries can bridge the digital divide and serve as community technology leaders in ULC's latest Leadership Brief, Building Connected Communities.

Apply for New Opportunity to Lead Connected Learning Initiatives in Your Community 

LRNG, an initiative focused on expanding connected learning opportunities for young people, is seeking applicants for the LRNG 1.0 Cohort. Public libraries are encouraged to join with local partners to support the growth of your Learning Labs, YOUMedia projects and other initiatives that seek to redesign learning for the connected age. Anchor organizations can apply to lead city-based efforts and program providers can apply to publish their learning content on LRNG's unique technology platform during summer 2016. In addition, six communities will be awarded $50,000 "Fossil City Challenge" grants to support the direct costs associated with operating LRNG in 2016.

The deadline for applications is February 19, 2016. Visit the LRNG website to learn more and apply for this exciting opportunity to lead cutting-edge digital learning initiatives in your community.

Lights, Camera, Action! 
Enter 2016 IFLA Short Film Competition About Libraries

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) Section on Metropolitan Libraries and Italian Library Assocation (AIB) recently announced A Corto di Libri, an AIB/IFLA international short film competition about libraries for 2016.

A Corto di Libri honors short films which focus on libraries and the librarian profession. Four winners will be chosen in the "Fiction," "Documentary" and "Advertising" sections, and in the new IFLA prize "Metropolitan Libraries," whose main subject must be public libraries of large urban areas. In addition to the awards for the sections winners, €1000 (about $1100) of video-making equipment will be awarded to the winner of the IFLA "Metropolitan Libraries" category.

The deadline for the competition is April 30, 2016. Click here for more information. 
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