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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. We hope to see you and your leadership teams October 5-7 in Kansas City. Additional information regarding the program will be coming soon.

If you have questions, please contact Katherine Behrens, ULC Member Programs Executive.

Public Library Association (PLA) 2016 Conference
Powerful Summers: Library-Community-School Partnerships
Tuesday, April 5, 2016 | 2:00-5:00 pm MDT 
Denver, CO

Join ULC's Director of Education and Learning Initiatives Emily Samose as she presents 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 interactive session will build 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).

Click here to learn more and register for this exciting session!  
New ULC Leadership Brief Highlights the Library's Role as a Community Technology Leader

ULC is excited to announce the release of our latest Leadership Brief, Building Connected Communities, which highlights the role of libraries as community technology leaders who are uniquely qualified to bridge digital divides, support community priorities, and improve quality of life, working in close partnership with community leaders.

Every day, libraries offer programs, services, and resources that introduce the possibilities of technology, build digital literacy skills, and provide access for all. Rapidly evolving technology and its immediate impact on daily life and economic success make the role of public libraries as trusted guides in a rapidly changing world increasingly vital. Though books are often regarded as our key resource, Building Connected Communities can serve as a primer for library staff, local elected and appointed officials, and other community stakeholders on how public library technology is used for education, innovation, health/wellness purposes and workforce development/entrepreneurship.

Visit the ULC website to download Building Connected Communities and other ULC publications.

Columbus Metropolitan Library CEO Recognized for Community Leadership    

Columbus Metropolitan Library CEO Patrick Losinski was recently named to Columbus CEO magazine's 2015 CEO of the Year list. Honored for his guidance and leadership in directing the Library's community service and technological advancements, Losinski won the award in the category of Large Nonprofit.

The article recognizes Losinski for his commitment to the Library's greatest resource: people. Whether it's promoting internal leadership development or providing innovative resources and services to patrons, Columbus CEO applauds Losinski and the Library for their dedication to meeting the current and future needs of community members. The article particularly recognizes Losinski's commitment to community leadership through his stewardship of Columbus Metropolitan Library's $120 million branch renovation plan, which aims to build or upgrade 10 branch locations by 2017 and includes the historic main library.

Congratulations, Patrick!

Learn more about Losinski's accomplishments here.

Skokie Public Library Director Named 2016 Illinois Library Luminary

Inducted on January 19, 2015, Skokie Public Library Director Carolyn Anthony has been named the Illinois Library Association's (ILA) 2016 Illinois Library Luminary. During her prolific career in the library field, Anthony has served as president of both ILA and the Public Library Association (PLA). She played an important role in the development of PLA's Project Outcome initiative in 2013 and the design and implementation of the first PLA Leadership Academy in 2014. Under her leadership, Skokie Public Library's "Realigning for Greater Access, Community & Learning" project won the 2014 ULC Top Innovator Award in Organizational Change and Strategic Management.

Established in 2009, the Illinois Library Luminary initiative honors those who have made a significant contribution to Illinois libraries and whose supporters make a contribution of at least $1,000 to the Illinois Library Association Endowment on their behalf.

Congratulations, Carolyn! 

Learn more about Anthony's accomplishments here. 
Apply for E-rate 
Funding Today!

The filing window for FY 2016 E-rate applications opens today! Schools and libraries will have 87 days to submit E-rate applications before the window closes on April 29, 2016 at 11:59:59 EDT. The Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) has extended the filing period this year to account for any challenges that users may have with the migration to the new E-rate information technology system and forms. USAC welcomes and encourages users to provide feedback on any of the issues they may experience. Click here to view USAC's latest news brief with instructions and tips for filing your E-rate application.
ULC is working with USAC on the transition to ensure its members have the most up-to-date information and that problems can be resolved quickly. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Katherine Bates.

2016 Camp Wonderopolis Opportunity for Libraries

This year, thanks to the support of Better World Books, the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) is offering libraries across the U.S. the opportunity to propose hands-on activities and booklists for their Camp Wonderopolis website and accompanying materials. NCFL's Camp Wonderopolis is a free online resource that connects kids and families to nature while nurturing discovery and exploration through STEM subject matter. Top applicants will be eligible to apply for funding to implement Camp Wonderopolis programming this summer; six libraries will be selected to receive a $1,500 grant and Campsite Kits.

More details and the brief application can be found here.

Apply for National Literacy Directory Innovation Grant

NCFL recently shared that the National Literacy Directory, an initiative designed to help individuals find local literacy and education programs and GED testing centers, wants to recognize and reward innovative literacy and education programs that are finding solutions to persistent challenges. The second in a series of $1,000 Innovation Grants is available to programs with up-to-date member profiles listed in the National Literacy Directory. Grant applications are also open to organizations that complete a National Literacy Directory profile by the February 12, 2016, deadline.

To become a member, click here to create your account and submit your program information by February 12, 2016, to be eligible for this grant opportunity. Existing members: Click here for the online grant application form
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