WEDNESDAY, January 14, 2015
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ULC has several events at this year's ALA MidWinter Meeting. Please join us.
2015 ULC Midwinter Member Reception
Friday, January 30, 2015, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
The Newberry Library - Chicago, IL

Will you be attending the 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting? Join ULC colleagues at our reception.

Click here to register.

Learn How to Get the Edge! 

Saturday, January 31, 2015, 10:30 - 11:30 am

Hyatt Regency Ballroom - Chicago, IL


Edge is a groundbreaking, first of its kind management and leadership tool led by the Urban Libraries Council. Hear firsthand from users about how Edge helped their library create a path for continuous growth, develop their public technology services, and advocate for the resources they need.

Click here to learn more.
Edge Toolkit - Users Workgroup 

Saturday, January 31, 2015, 1:00 - 2:00 pm

McCormick Place West - W185bc - Chicago, IL


You've taken the Edge assessment and received your results, now what? Learn from field experts and Edge trainers about what you can do to take your library to the next level and advocate for support from local leaders.


Click here to learn more.

ULC Communications and Marketing Meeting 
Saturday, January 31, 2015, 3:00 - 4:00 pm
JW Marriott - Columbus Room - Chicago, IL

For ULC members communications and marketing staff. Join us to network with others who work in communications and marketing for libraries.

Please email Robert Shalett if you plan to attend.

ULC Deputy Directors Meeting 
Sunday, February 1, 2015, 12:00 - 1:00 pm
JW Marriott - Columbus Room - Chicago, IL

Join fellow Deputy Directors to share ideas, meet colleagues and create connections for your library. Deputies will also hear from the Edge Senior Program Manager on new tools and resources in the Edge toolkit and connect with each other on best practices for using Edge in their community.


For more information, please contact Colleen Bragiel. 
Applying for E-rate?
The new and improved E-rate program filing period opens today, Wednesday, January 14 at noon and closes on Thursday, March 26, 2015. The templates for completing discount calculations are now available


USAC Officials have recently informed ULC that the $5 per square foot rate for the larger library systems is not available on the system as of today. USAC expects it will be available in 7-10 days and encourages urban libraries to wait until the system updates to file. Comprehensive information about E-rate can be found here.  

Two Summer Learning Awards

The Excellence in Summer Learning Award and The Founder's Award recognize outstanding summer programs or models that demonstrate excellence in accelerating academic achievement and promoting healthy development for young people between pre-kindergarten and twelfth grade.

Click here for information about applying for both awards.   

Congratulations, Susan!

The Peninsula Library System, a consortium of public and community college libraries in San Mateo CA, is pleased to announce that Susan Hildreth will be joining the System as its Executive Director. She will also assume the responsibilities for the Pacific Library Partnership, a nonprofit organization that provides services and programs to libraries throughout California.

Hildreth served as the State Librarian of California from 2004 - 2009 and has served in leadership positions in California public libraries since 1980. She will complete her term as the Director of the Institute of Museum and Library Services on January 18, 2015 and will assume her new position on March 1, 2015.

Apply to Be a Maker Corps Host Site

Maker Corps engages both youth serving organizations and Maker Corps members throughout the spring and summer by bringing them together through a private, online community to develop programs and projects.


In the past two years, Maker Ed has served more than 140,000 children and families by placing over 200 Maker Corps Members in 50 youth serving organizations across 24 states. How can you participate? Apply to be a host site.


Maker Corps Host Sites are organizations in the U.S. such as science centers, children's museums, schools, libraries, makerspaces, and other youth-serving agencies able to provide safe, creative environments, with the personal and social support necessary for each child to have a rich making experience.


Program description, grant information, and application can be found hereApplication closes on January 30, 2015.


NYC Libraries Pioneer Free Hot Spot  



The New York Public Library is launching the nation's largest Internet lending program, handing out 10,000 free high-speed hot spots to some of the city's poorest residents. Programs like this have been launched in other urban and rural communities, but this is believed to be the largest effort. Read more here.


Scanning Available at JPL     

Jacksonville Public Library customers can take advantage of a new photo scanning service being offered. Photographs, slides, negatives, scrapbook pages and letters are organized as a slideshow.
Patrons need only to bring their photos, a blank DVD or memory card, and a willingness to learn how to use the equipment. Visit the JPL Photo Scanning web page to find out more about this popular service.  

Tearing Down Walls at Columbus Metropolitan Library


VIPs, media and patrons will be breaking walls next month in Columbus in preparation of their renovation. The renovation of Main Library is the first since 1991, and represents a major piece of CML's aspirational building program to renovate or rebuild 10 library locations within the next few years. Read about CML's future 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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