WEDNESDAY, February 24, 2016
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President Obama to Nominate Carla D. Hayden as Librarian of Congress

Today President Obama announced his intent to nominate Dr. Carla D. Hayden, CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, as the nation's 14th Librarian of Congress. If confirmed, Dr. Hayden would be the first woman and first African American to hold the position since the position was established in 1802. In a statement posted on Facebook, President Obama praised Dr. Hayden's work to revitalize Baltimore's public library system for the digital age and position the library as a beacon of hope during last year's unrest and protests in Baltimore.

Dr. Hayden has served as CEO of the Pratt Library since 1993 and in 1995 became the first African American to win Library Journal's Librarian of the Year award for her community outreach services with the Library. She also served as President of the American Library Association from 2003-2004 and was selected by President Obama to be a member of the National Museum and Library Services Board in 2010.  

Congratulations to Dr. Hayden on this incredible news!

ULC Deputy Directors Conference Call 
Thursday, February 25, 2016 | 2:30 pm ET 
ULC Deputy Directors are invited to join us tomorrow for a conference call in which we will discuss management team structures. Participants on the call will share challenges and best practices for creating management team 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.

Edge @ PLA 2016 Conference 
April 5 - 9, 2016
Colorado Convention Center - Exhibit Hall

Stop by Booth 424 in the PLA Exhibit Hall to reconnect with ULC staff and get the latest news on the Edge Initiative!

ULC Deputy Directors Meet-Up 
Thursday, April 7, 2016, 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Hyatt Regency @ Colorado Convention Center - Agate Room Denver, CO

ULC invites members of the Deputy Directors Member Group to join us for an informal meeting to network and continue recent conversations. Join us to share your library's latest work and gather insights from your peers.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Katherine Behrens by March 31, 2016.

ULC Communications & Marketing Meet-Up 
Friday, April 8, 2016, 9:30 - 10:30 am
Hyatt Regency @ Colorado Convention Center - Agate Room
Denver, CO

ULC invites members of the Communications and Marketing Member Group to join us for an informal meeting to network and continue recent conversations. Join us to share your library's latest work and gather insights from your peers.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Katherine Behrens by March 31, 2016.

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. 
ConnectED Initiative Launches Open eBooks App to Provides Free Books to Children In Need 
Today a coalition of literacy, library, publishing and technology partners launched the Open eBooks app, connecting children from low income households with thousands of free books. Open eBooks is the latest program to debut as part of the White House's broader ConnectED initiative, which aims to transform education in schools and libraries through digital connectivity and content.

Through Open eBooks, major publishers have committed to making over $250 million in free eBooks available to low-income students without late fees or penalties. The partnership, consisting of New York Public Library (NYPL), the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) and First Book, with assistance from Baker & Taylor, created the app, curated the eBook collection, and developed a system for distribution and use via schools, libraries and other organizations. The initiative was made possible with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Open eBooks, in conjunction with the ConnectED Library Challenge, marks a major step in helping libraries bridge the digital equity gap, connecting young people valuable resources and ensuring that every child regardless of their background has the opportunity to learn and succeed.

The Open eBooks app is available through Title I and Title I-eligible schools as well as libraries, preschools, and community after school programs serving a minimum of 70 percent children in need.

Read the full press release here for detailed information on the program and how to sign up.

Shreve Memorial Library Joins ULC
Please join us in welcoming Shreve Memorial Library to ULC. 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!

IMLS Announces 2016 National Medal Award Finalists, Includes 5 ULC Member Libraries

The Institute of Museum and Library Services recently announced the 30 finalists for the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, one of the nation's highest honors given to museums and libraries for service to the community. Out of the 15 library finalists, five are ULC member libraries, including Brooklyn Public Library, Dallas Public Library, Madison Public Library, Richland Library and San Mateo County Library.

Since 1994, the National Medal for Museum and Library service has celebrated institutions that demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service and are making a difference for individuals, families, and communities. IMLS is encouraging those who have visited the finalist libraries and museums to share their experiences with the good work of these institutions. Visit the IMLS Facebook page to share your stories and support these wonderful libraries!

Click here to learn more about the National Medal for Museum and Library Service.  
ULC Webinar
On Tuesday, ULC hosted a webinar, Libraries + Schools: Partnering to Produce Effective Summer Learning Programs, which included presentations from Broward County Library and Virginia Beach Public Library.
Both ULC member libraries shared insights on piloting new partnerships and exploring new models for summer learning.

Purchase the webinar recording today to hear how these libraries and communities came together to develop innovative programs for young people during the summer months!

To purchase a copy of the webinar recording, please contact Colleen Bragiel. ULC Member price is $150.  
ULC is seeking an experienced professional to help libraries and local governments work together to achieve critical goals through the technology available at public libraries. The full time Program Manager will engage library systems who are participating in the Edge Initiative.

To learn more, click here
Change of Time: USAC E-rate Conference Calls

For the next two weeks, the Universal Service Administrative Company's (USAC) weekly E-rate conference call with libraries will take place 11:00 - 11:30 am ET. These calls help ULC member libraries learn more about the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) and provide USAC with feedback to improve their outreach efforts and make the application process more accessible. The regularly scheduled time of 2:00 - 2:30 pm ET will resume on March 15 and continue through the close of the FCC Form 471 filing window on April 29, 2016.

Contact Katherine Bates to participate and receive the call-in information.

Re-energize Your Library with EBSCO Solar Grant 

EBSCO recently introduced a new grant opportunity to help libraries in the United States reduce their environmental footprint and explore clean, sustainable energy through the installation of solar technology in their facilities. The Go Solar grant makes $150,000 available to one or more libraries that will allow them to reduce the cost of utilities and, if allowed by their state, sell back electricity to the grid. In addition to cost savings, the grant provides public libraries the opportunity to develop or enhance existing programs and initiatives that position themselves as innovative clean energy leaders in their communities.

Visit the EBSCO Solar website to view FAQs and apply for the grant. 
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