WEDNESDAY, February 17, 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!

ULC Deputy Directors Conference Call 
Thursday, February 25, 2016 | 2:30 pm ET 
ULC Deputy Directors are invited to join an upcoming conference call in which we will discuss management team structures. Participants on the call will share challenges and best practices for creating organization structures that achieve better outcomes, increase teamwork and provide leadership for positions across multiple functional areas.

Please RSVP if you would like to join the call or contact Katherine Behrens for additional information.

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. 
Call For ULC Executive Board Nominations

ULC is currently seeking nominations for three positions on the ULC Executive Board. The ULC Executive Board establishes strategic direction for ULC and ULC Board members represent three areas: library directors, library trustee or board members, and the public-at-large. There is currently one opening in each of the three areas and all three will begin their first term in July 2016. Board member requirements for each category are:
  • Library Director Nominees must be from a ULC member library. Candidates should demonstrate leadership within the ULC community and the library profession.
  • Library Trustee or Board Member Nominees must be from a ULC member library. Candidates should demonstrate significant leadership within their library board or foundation and an ability to develop a broad perspective of the strategic value of public libraries within the communities they serve.
  • Public-at-Large Nominees may include candidates from any number of professions or backgrounds. Past public members have included city and county leaders, museum directors, university faculty, business and non-profit executives, as well as other national leaders interested in supporting the future of public libraries.
ULC Executive Board members must be able to attend three on-site board meetings held throughout the year and to participate in ULC member conferences and activities. Board terms are for two years, with an opportunity to serve three consecutive terms (six years).
ULC will accept nominations until Friday, March 18, 2016. Please email nominations along with a short résumé or brief biography to ULC's Pamela Segal. The ULC Executive Board will present nominees for election at the ULC Annual Member Meeting held in conjunction with the ALA Conference in Orlando, Florida.

How Libraries Are Increasing Home Broadband Adoption

In a guest post on the TechSoup for Libraries Blog, ULC and the National Digital Inclusion Alliance recently examined how public libraries are implementing innovative digital divide solutions to increase broadband internet access for members of their communities. As one of the most trusted institutions in our communities, libraries are optimal partners for addressing all aspects of broadband adoption through free and open access to technology. The article spotlights programs led by ULC members New York Public Library, Queens Library, Brooklyn Public Library and Kansas City Public Library.

Learn more about how public libraries are leading exciting technology initiatives and partnerships to drive community change in the latest ULC Leadership Brief, Building Connected Communities.

Oak Park Public Library Joins ULC  

Please join us in welcoming our newest member, Oak Park Public Library, to the ULC family. We look forward to collaborating with and learning from the Library, as well as connecting their work to that of our other members and partners!

DC Public Library Tackles Early Literacy with 5 Years of Free Books

It's never too early to start reading to and with your child, and DC Public Library recently made a significant commitment to early literacy with their Books from Birth initiative.

The District's STAR (Sing, Talk and Read) Books from Birth program launched earlier this month at Washington, D.C.'s Children's National Health System and allows families with children under age five to sign up and receive a free book each month by mail. The program also provides parents with materials to help integrate signing, talking and reading into everyday activities, including short instructional videos in both English and Spanish. Books from Birth aims to close the literacy and achievement gap before children enter the classroom, particularly among minority and low-income families.

Click here to learn more about the program. 
Knight News Challenge Explores 21st Century Public Library Service 

On February 24, 2016, the Knight Foundation will open submissions for their second Knight News Challenge on libraries and the role they play in society. The latest Knight News Challenge seeks to spotlight how libraries serve 21st century information needs in an increasingly digital world.

The Knight Foundation will accept submissions from February 24 - March 21 and plan to announce the winners in the summer of 2016. Award recipients will receive a share of the Challenge's $3 million in grant funding. Recent award winners include or have led initiatives involving ULC members Chicago Public Library, Miami-Dade Public Library System, Brooklyn Public Library, Queens Library, New York Public Library, Boston Public Library, and San José Public Library.

Click here for more information on the Knight News Challenge application process.

Want to learn more about how public libraries are building innovative digital initiatives to serve as community technology leaders? Check out ULC's newest Leadership Brief, Building Connected Communities.

USAC Wants to Hear from ULC Members on EPC!
Have questions about the new E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) for 2016 E-rate funding? Want your questions answered quickly? The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) Schools and Libraries Division has set up a weekly conference call with libraries to be held every Tuesday afternoon from 2:00 - 2:30 PM ET through the close of the FCC Form 471 filing window on April 29, 2016.

Each week, USAC would like to get a sense of specific issues that ULC member libraries have experienced or heard about with EPC - for example, navigation challenges, online forms, access. They will use this feedback to improve their outreach efforts and make the application process more accessible. State library E-rate coordinators will also be on this call.

Contact Katherine Bates to participate and receive the call-in information. Visit the ULC website for the latest updates on ULC's E-rate work.  

Celebrate STEAM at Your Library During YALSA's Teen Tech Week!

This year the Young Adult Library Services Association's (YALSA) Teen Tech Week will celebrate the theme "Create it at your library" from March 6-12, promoting the many ways in which public libraries support the development of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) skills in young people. Whether putting a library card in the hand of every student, leading innovative summer programs or engaging young people in makerspaces and learning labs, ULC and our member libraries are leading cutting-edge initiatives to ensure that young people are continually learning and creating.

How will you promote your library's digital resources and services? Visit the Teen Tech Week website to learn more.
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