WEDNESDAY, January 20, 2016
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ULC Webinar:
Outreach in Your Community ---
Building Immigrant and Refugee Programs
Tuesday, January 26, 2015  
9-10 am PT | 10-11 am MT | 11 am-12 pm CT | 12-1 pm ET

New community members often turn to the library for resources and support. Now more than ever, libraries are developing and providing services that strongly aid immigration migration and refugee hosting.

Hear from ULC leading libraries, Calgary Public Library and Salt Lake City Public Library, as they discuss how they are implementing new immigration and refugee programming. They will provide an overview of how they are supporting and building partnerships with local agencies to create sustainable programs that offer the new families in their communities the necessary tools and resources to succeed.

Immigration Advocates Network (IAN), a national non-profit, will discuss a collaborative effort of leading immigrants' rights organizations designed to increase access to justice for low-income immigrants and strengthen the capacity of organizations serving them. IAN will share how their work promotes more effective and efficient communication, collaboration, and services among immigration advocates and organizations by providing free, easily accessible and comprehensive online resources and tools. They will also discuss their partnership with Brooklyn Public Library and the programming they created together to serve new community members in New York City.

Gather your library team and join ULC on Tuesday, January 26 for an information packed webinar showcasing the ways libraries are building programs to assist new community members.

Register today to participate and receive a recording to share with staff!  
Community Leaders Answer the Call to Provide a Library Card to Every Student

On January 19, more than 90 library directors, elected and appointed local leaders, and school superintendents and staff met in Washington D.C. to face the challenges of education head on and explore ways to improve education outcomes for all children. The White House convening, called the ConnectED Library Challenge: Answering the Call, was a celebration for communities that accepted President Obama's challenge last spring - to get a library card in the hand of every school age child. Forty-five of the 60 participating communities attended the convening.

The first half of the day included presentations from key education experts, White House representatives, and community teams to define core issues and share best practices. In the afternoon, elected and appointed officials, school superintendents and library directors met in groups to develop action plans to carry the Challenge forward in their respective communities. Throughout the day, attendees also engaged in active online conversation, using the hashtag #librariesforall. About 121 messages were exchanged throughout the convening.

The ConnectED team will prepare and widely distribute a national report to highlight outcomes from the January 19 meeting and will develop a strategy for inviting more communities to join the Challenge.
The event was carried out jointly by ULC, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), American Library Association (ALA) and the White House.

A sincere thanks goes out to Gale Cengage Learning, who sponsored the food and beverage throughout the day.

Click here to view photos from the January 19 event.

Do Space Joins ULC 

Please join us in welcoming our newest member, Do Space, to the ULC family. We look forward to collaborating with and learning from this unique community technology library, as well as connecting their work to that of our other members and partners!

New York Public Library Enhances Public Domain Digital Collections

Earlier this month, New York Public Library announced that roughly 187,000 public domain items in the NYPL Digital Collections are now freely available to access as high resolution downloads. The materials in these collections span a wide range of NYPL's resources, including rare photographs, manuscripts, historic maps and much more. NYPL is promoting the use of these materials through a Remix Residency program focused on finding creative ways to share and transform this treasure trove of free content. NYPL is currently accepting residency proposals for artists, digital researchers and others to create games, visualizations and other interactive art using the new public domain collections.

Click here to learn more. 
Aspen Institute Shares Vision for Public Libraries

Aspen Institute Dialogue on Public Libraries recently released the Action Guide for Re-Envisioning Your Public Library, a set of resources and tools to help libraries develop an ongoing community dialogue about the role that they play in their communities. The Action Guide builds on the 2014 Aspen Institute report Rising to the Challenge: Re-Envisioning Public Libraries, which discusses how public libraries can drive personal and community advancements through innovation in three critical areas: people, places and platform. The new resource outlines how to turn concepts from Rising to the Challenge into actionable strategies and initiatives.

Click here to learn more about the Dialogue on Public Libraries' newly launched website and access the report, action guide and much more.

Apply for NSLA's Excellence in Summer Learning Awards

The deadline for the National Summer Learning Association's (NSLA) New York Life Excellence in Summer Learning Awards is fast approaching. Show how your library is working to re-envision and transform traditional summer learning programs by applying for the 2016 awards today!

The application deadline is February 1, 2016.

Visit the NSLA website for more information on how to apply. Learn how libraries are expanding summer learning opportunities in the initial findings from ULC's Accelerate Summer initiative.  

2015 Hour of Code Campaign Boosts Support for Computer Science Education recently shared a report highlighting the impact that the Hour of Code initiative had on students and communities across the world in 2015. This past year, 198,000 schools, libraries and other organizations introduced young people to the wonder and excitement of computer science through Hour of Code workshops and classes. In the two years since the first Hour of Code campaign, the movement has created a growing network of educators that host and support coding events across the globe, helping libraries and other institutions make programming concepts and digital learning opportunities accessible for all.

Click here to view the full report on the impact of the 2015 Hour of Code campaign. 
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