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Webinar: Libraries Improve Health 
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
9-10 am PT | 10-11 am MT | 11 am-12 pm CT | 12-1 pm ET

Public libraries are central in creating healthy communities - from researching and securing resources for patrons, to employing social workers and nurses, to disseminating information about current health issues and actions, to developing health initiatives. We know these efforts make a difference. Now, we have data showing library users are healthier than their peers.


Join Steve Podgajny, Director at Portland Public Library, and Dr. Sam Zager as they share groundbreaking results from their research on the health benefits of using the library. Dr. Zager will discuss how the HeLPURS study brought health indicator data and library usage profiles together to gain a better understanding of the value of the Portland Public Library's efforts in improving the overall health of their community. The results provide evidence that public library use has quantifiable associations with health, particularly in the areas of substance abuse and depression-anxiety disorders. Learn about how they conducted the study, the outcomes, and what the results mean for the future for their programs, facilities, and other development opportunities.

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Powerful Collaborations: Library-School-Community Partnerships, session at National Center for Families Learning Summit

Tuesday, March 17, 2015 | 2-3 pm CT

Julia Ideson Building - Houston, TX and via webcast

This interactive webcast from the 2015 National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) Families Learning Summit, made possible by NCFL and ULC, will showcase collaborations between libraries, schools and community-based organizations. Find out how library leaders and community partners in Houston, Hartford and Nashville are maximizing the enduring influence of libraries by transforming programming, creating centers for intergenerational learning, pioneering afterschool programming and fostering digital innovations. Click here for more information about this session and the NCFL conference.

Putting the Pieces Together: Library-Community Partnerships to Lead Learning, session at National Center for Families Learning Summit

Wednesday, March 18, 2015 | Time TBD

Hyatt Regency Houston

Libraries today are partnering with other organizations to create learning outcomes for their communities across a lifetime. In this session from the 2015 National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) Families Learning Summit, participants will hear from libraries, community-based literacy organizations and school partners about emerging models for working together. Click here for more information about this session and the NCFL conference.
Save the Date: 2015 ULC Annual Forum
High Tech, High Touch, High Trust

June 25-26, 2015 

San Jose, CA 


Save the Date: 2015 Partners for Success Conference  
October 29-30, 2015
San Diego, CA 
Thirty Libraries and Museums Tapped as Finalists for National Medal

The Institute of Museum and Library Services announced 30 finalists, including four ULC member libraries, for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service. The National Medal is the nation's highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community. For 21 years, the award has celebrated institutions that demonstrate extraordinary and innovative approaches to public service to make a difference for individuals, families, and communities.


"The 2015 National Medal finalists have made real and lasting contributions to their local communities through programs that engage and inspire the public," said Maura Marx, acting director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services. "These institutions serve as trusted providers of educational resources, skills development, and civic engagement. We salute these museums and libraries, which play a key role in shaping our future by providing boundless opportunities for lifelong learning."


IMLS is encouraging those who have visited finalist libraries and museums to share their story on the IMLS Facebook page. To Share Your Story, please visit 


The National Medal winners will be named later this spring, and representatives from winning institutions will travel to Washington, D.C. to be honored at the National Medal award ceremony.

To learn more about the 2015 National Medal finalists, visit

Watch the FCC's Open Commission Meeting  
Tomorrow (February 26, 2015) at 9:30 a.m. ET, the Federal Communications Commission will be meeting to discuss items that directly affect the work of libraries and librarians.

We will be watching the FCC's Open Commission Meeting live here, and you can too.


While we are interested in the discussion concerning "Community Broadband," we are even more interested in the discussion on "Protecting and Promoting the Open Internet."


For those of you that have seen ULC's new Briefing Paper: Libraries and Net Neutrality (PDF), you know that ULC supports open access to the internet. In fact, as discussed in the Brief, we feel that the very nature of open access to information is at the core of the work of public libraries.


So, join us! We will be live tweeting under #NetNeutrality. Tweet your own thoughts, retweet ours, and follow the action.

The world needs to hear about the role that libraries and our patrons play in this debate. Please join us for the fun!

Contact Robert Shalett if you have any questions.


Nationwide Foundation Gives $3 Million gift to CMLF




The Columbus Metropolitan Library Foundation (CMLF) has received gifts totaling $3 million from the Nationwide Foundation toward the Great Libraries Create campaign, a $20 million public/private fundraising initiative to support Columbus Metropolitan Library's (CML) aspirational building program. The library plans to build seven new branches, renovate two others and transform Main Library within the next few years.


"The Nationwide Foundation has demonstrated its commitment to our community's young people by investing in great libraries that will impact their success in school and beyond," said Columbus Metropolitan Library CEO Patrick Losinski. "We are grateful for their generosity and partnership."

Visit the CMLF website for more information and to check the progress of the campaign.



Story Highlights HPL's Innovative Work

A recent feature in the Hartford Courant underscores the important role of Hartford Public Library as a community asset for knowledge and skills-building and community engagement and gathering. "Hartford Public Library has become a national model for community engagement efforts." Read the article here.

Accessibility Education: KDL Audits Branches




Kent District Library recently went through efforts to identify and rectify areas of concern regarding accessibility for patrons that have physical challenges. As a result, other organizations are using KDL's efforts for their own corrective measures. Watch the news story here.

Have You Completed the ULC Member Survey Yet?


We are seeking member input as we continue to sharpen our strategic focus and carry out our mission of enriching communities by strengthening and promoting the value of libraries as essential public assets. The deadline is March 5, 2015. Contact Katherine Behrens, ULC's Member Programs Executive, if you have any questions.


New Education Leaders e-Discussion Group  


Are you taking advantage of our e-Discussion groups? Join other ULC members to share insights and innovations and to ask questions to your peers. Members with cross-function responsibilities are welcome to join multiple discussion groups. See a full list of groups and request to be added here.


ULC just launched an
e-Discussion group to spark conversation about education and learning as a primary focus of the work of public libraries. Email Katherine Behrens to join.

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