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ULC Online Learning!
Thursday, February  20
1 pm ET/12 pm CT/11 am MT/10 am PT 
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A One-Hour Webinar Featuring:
Dr. Sarah Roseberry Lytle, Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences

Did you know that children's brains are 85% of adult size by the age of three? Find out how the ingredients of everyday interactions help children learn early language skills, from distinguishing the sounds of language to discovering the meanings of words. Brainstorm what this means for your early learning programs and services, including parent engagement activities! Find out more and register today!
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ULC Member Reception in Indianapolis 

Thursday, March 13, 2014 

6:30 - 8:00 pm

Indianapolis Public Library


Gather with ULC colleagues to raise a glass, share good news and continue the rich discussion of libraries at the heart of our vibrant  communities! Log in to your profile and RSVP today 


No profile? No problem. Contact Jodi Lazar for assistance.
Please RSVP by Friday, March 7.
Accelerate Learning!
June 20-25 / Chicago, IL
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Registration opens next for week for the 2014 NEXT Library Conference! Start making plans to be part of this international gathering of NEXT generation thinkers. NEXT is about pushing innovation everywhere: putting people at the heart of designing powerful library experiences; leveraging technology for learning and learning through creation. Find out more
President Obama's recent State of the Union address affirmed his commitment to advancing digital access and equity, specifically by bringing high-speed internet access to virtually all U.S. schools within 5 years. While applauding this high-profile shout-out, ULC issued a public response calling for "equal opportunity" for libraries: "Libraries are the nation's No. 1 source of Internet access providing computers and Wi Fi....To productively participate in today's economy, we depend on computers and Internet access to apply for jobs, submit college applications, complete GEDs and take online classes."  

Following the President's address, both The New York Times and The Washington Post have reported that the FCC will announce that funding for the nation's E-Rate program will double from $1 billion to  $2 billion in 2014 and 2015. What an opportunity this presents!

Library Journal just published the 2013 survey of Ebook Usage in U.S. Public Libraries. When this annual study began in 2010, e-books were still an emerging presence in libraries. Demand crested in 2012 and in the past year, LJ reports that, "Things have settled down....demand has tempered and collections are stabilizing, while circulation continues to rise." Download and read the study results.

COSLA's National Digital Reference Guide
COSLA has just published the 3rd edition of the "Reference Guide to National Projects: Digital Literacy, Broadband Adoption and Digital Inclusion." Download the guide and be sure to check-out the ULC-led Edge Initiative on page 6.
What Will You Showcase?

2014 marks the fifth year of ULC's annual Innovations Initiative, and we'll open the gateway for submissions very shortly. Watch for the guidelines, gather your team and start thinking about the big ideas that are keeping your library vital in the community. View your colleagues' successes from previous years and take a look at the Top Innovators -- all showcased in ULC's Innovation Resource Center.
Operation College Launch

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, NC, is doing its part to help youth successfully transition to college.  Since it was launched in 2008, its Operation College Launch program has helped hundreds of participants prepare for college through a mix of activities including programs, workshops, information-sharing and application assistance. Find out how your library can help youth reach this critical milestone.

Book Secret

"If librarians could share could share one book with the world what would it be?" That's the question Davenport Public Library, IA, asks in a new blog: Director KennethWayne Thompson and his team are challenging you and library staff around the world to share one great book by sending in a photo of yourself holding the book and describing it in only 7 words. Its all in good fun. Let's see how far we can reach?! Spread the word and submit your picture today

Share Your Good News!

Members, have exciting news or opportunities to share with the ULC community? Please send your news to ULC's Sheila Murphy to be considered for the e-News Weekly.
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