WEDNESDAY, January 7, 2015
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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.

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Learn How to Get the Edge! 

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

Hyatt Regency - 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.

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Edge Toolkit - Users Workgroup 

Saturday, January 31, 2015, 1-2 pm

McCormick Place - West - 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 - 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.

Siobhan Reardon Named Library Journal's 2015 Librarian of the Year

Siobhan Reardon, President and Director of the Free Library of Philadelphia (FLP) has been named Librarian of the Year for 2015.

After large budget cuts to state library funding and the FLP, Reardon implemented a five-year strategic plan that focused on "five target populations (job seekers, entrepreneurs, new Americans, children under five, and people with disabilities)."

The full article details some of the struggles, new ideas and lessons learned along the way. "I'm proudest that I came out the other side after a difficult two and a half years," Reardon notes. "Once we had the strategic plan in place, life became fun. Now that it is all coming to pass it is exciting." 

Trevor Owens Selected as IMLS Senior Program Officer, National Digital Platform

The Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Director Susan H. Hildreth announced that Trevor Owens has been selected to be the Senior Program Officer with responsibility for the national digital platform in the Office of Library Services.


IMLS Deputy Director for Library Services, Maura Marx, said, "(Trevor's) hands-on experience working with online platforms and delivery systems, his background in community building and engagement, and his strategic vision will be great assets to our Discretionary and Grants to States programs and to the Office of Library Services. Supporting a national digital platform is a priority for IMLS, and we're looking forward to Trevor's contributions toward developing this priority in all our programs."

Mr. Owens is currently Digital Archivist with the National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP) in the Office of Strategic Initiatives at the Library of Congress, where he plays a key role in defining national strategy for collecting, preserving, and providing access to digital information. Mr. Owens said, "I am honored to be joining the IMLS team. I have eagerly followed developments around the IMLS emerging vision for strategically investing in a national digital platform for libraries. A cast of incredibly smart and talented leaders in this field has laid the foundation for the national digital platform portfolio and I can't wait to roll up my sleeves and work closely with new colleagues and innovators from across the country to make progress on shared goals and community priorities."

ID Cards Now Work at NYC Libraries

From the Wall Street Journal, New York City residents with a new municipal-identification card now also have a built-in library card.

"'After public schools, the public libraries of New York are the leading free provider of English-language classes," said Tony Marx, president of the New York Public Library, which has 88 neighborhood branches in Manhattan, the Bronx and Staten Island."

New York City's has three library systems-the New York Public Library, the Brooklyn Public Library and the Queens Public Library. Read the full story here.


Chattanooga Public Library Sending 25 to Online High School    

High school dropouts can now go back to school to get their diplomas. Chattanooga Public Library is granting scholarships to 25 people "to cover the $2,000 tuition at Career Online High School, an Internet high school that issues an accredited diploma."

Library Director Corinne Hill said, "The people who have finished the program, 78 percent of them have gone on to get a higher education."

Read the full story here.

National Children's Museum Moving Exhibits to DC Library


The National Children's Museum is temporarily relocating some exhibits to DC Public Library for two years while it searches for a new home.
Educate Yourself on E-rate

Looking for information about how your patrons can benefit from E-rate? Visit USAC's comprehensive website for training webinars, forms and for details about the Modernization Order.

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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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