WEDNESDAY, February 4, 2015
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Libraries: Partners for Education
Ask public and private sector leaders what society's greatest challenges are for the 21st century and education is at the top of their lists. Public libraries are playing a critical role in facilitating educational support across all demographics in most all communities. Partners for Education articulates the unique educational assets that libraries can and do contribute. Use this in your conversations with governmental officials and business leaders to bolster your points about the importance of public libraries in education.

Download ULC's latest Leadership Brief here (PDF). 

Why Net Neutrality is Important to Libraries 

Libraries provide free and open Internet access for many in the United States. In much the same way that libraries operate, net neutrality allows equal access to online services and information. Read more (PDF) about the issue, the latest developments surrounding Net Neutrality and why libraries should care. See FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's op-ed in Wired magazine about his views on Net Neutrality.

E-rate Modernization Means Significant Revenue for Members
The recent E-rate Modernization allows for $5 per square foot for most urban and urban-suburban libraries. What does this mean for ULC libraries? Boston Public Libraries ran the numbers and discovered that it means a $5 million difference.
See this infographic for details (PDF). 

ULC Library Partners Meet in Chicago

ULC's Library Partners, Board of Directors and staff met on Friday to kick off a new Library Partners (formally Corporate Partners) program. Attendees heard from Kari Glover, ULC Chair, and Matt Poland, Hartford (CT) Library CEO and ULC Vice-Chair, about the new direction of the program. Susan Benton, ULC President and CEO, updated attendees on ULC activities, including the Edge Program, E-rate funding and the Gale Cengage "Conversation on Learning" effort. Members also had the opportunity to discuss what they would like to experience as Library Partner members.

For more information on the ULC Library partner Program, contact Katherine Bates at or visit the web page

America's Advanced Industries

The Brookings Institution is out with a new report that calls on private and public sector decision-makers at the state and regional levels to take the lead on STEM-skills pipeline and workforce training systems and embrace the local industrial ecosystems - like libraries - that enhance performance.

"A vibrant and competitive advanced industries sector will help restore broadly-shared prosperity in the United States," writes Bruce Katz, Vice President of the Metropolitan Policy Program. Download the full report here.

Chairman Wheeler Pushes to Ensure Net Neutrality

Read Wired magazine's exclusive op-ed from FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler on his plans and views on the importance of maintaining Net Neutrality.


SPPL Fighting the Digital Divide    


ULC member Kit Hadley, Director of the St. Paul Public Library, pens an important piece in the Minneapolis Star Tribune on an issue that is in all our communities. With e-government becoming more standard, we must be sure all our citizens have access, skills and tools to succeed. 

CPL Launches Innovative Online Program

Chicago Public Library has launched One Book, One Chicago Online, "making it the first public library in the nation to offer free, in-browser, social reading of a full novel." Chicagoans can get started with a library card.

SPL's Library of Things

Read this article in the Sacramento Bee
about the Sacramento Public Library's new program to lend more than books: GoPro cameras, sewing machines and much more. The article is followed up by a supportive editorial here.
ULC is seeking a senior professional to lead ULC's national programs and research related to education and learning.

To learn more, click here.


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.  


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