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NEXT in Chicago

The NEXT Library Conference 2014 took place in Chicago on June 20-25 and drew a globally diverse audience of over 350 participants, including 11 NEXT Scholars who received financial support to lend their voices to the mix. Over six days, library leaders toured Chicago hot spots, heard from inspiring keynote speakers and engaged in interactive sessions on topics such as "Nimble is the Name of the Innovation Game" and "Re-Imagining the Civic Commons." Start making plans to attend the NEXT 2015 conclave in Aarhus, Denmark. Read more.

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Thursday, July 17 - A One-Hour Webinar
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The planning and design process that created 24 teen-centered Learning Labs across the U.S. is almost complete. Tune in for critical findings from early research on the key elements of creating a high-impact connected learning experience for youth. Register today!
Update on E-Rate

The FCC is scheduled to vote on Commissioner Tom Wheeler's proposal to overhaul the U.S. E-Rate program on Friday, June 11. Key aspects of the proposal have provoked a strong response from library leaders nationwide. ULC library directors are at the forefront of advocating two viable funding formulas that will ensure libraries are able to meet community needs in the years to come: funding libraries up to $4 per square foot or at the rate of $150 per average daily visitor. ULC member letters to Chairman Wheeler are posted on the FCC website. In the words of Hartford Public Library CEO Matt Poland, "Please give libraries the monies we need to deliver what it typically the only free Internet access available....your decision will impact the lives of tens of millions of Americans who depend on their libraries every day for access to the digital universe. That access changes lives."

White House Recognizes Maker Projects

President Obama declared June 18th the National Day of Making, and ULC libraries shared the stage this year with makers from all over the country. It's not too late to include your library's maker project on the map on the White House website. Visit our website to complete the form and send us your story.

What Kind of Library User Are You?

The Pew Internet & American Life Project has launched a new tool that public libraries can adapt for local use. Based on state-of-art research, the tool enables libraries to create a customized community version of a What Kind of Library User Are You quiz to better understand people's preferences as well as community-specific trends that are emerging. The resource kit includes a widget that you can also customize and post on your library's website to share with larger audiences. Stay close to your community's interests and needs. Get started now.

Summer Learning at the Library

Last year, Nashville Public Library saw participation in its summer learning program drop. Turning challenge into opportunity, library staff stepped back and refocused the entirety of its program into the new NPL Summer Learning Challenge with incentives built in for individual participants, branch libraries and the community as a whole. A rich mix of learning activities, new community partners and targeted outreach are just a few key elements of NPL's new approach. Read more about it.
2014 Top Innovators Announced

ULC's annual Innovations Initiative marks its fifth anniversary in 2014 by celebrating the achievements of 22 libraries that are leading the way with imaginative programs, services and operating practices. 

This year's Top Innovators are forging new library-school partnerships that strengthen learning for children and youth, helping job-seekers increase their digital skills and get back to work and, as ever, serving their communities in times of crisis - to site a few examples.ULC received
received over 180 innovations submissions from its member libraries in 2014 alone. They are all housed in ULC's Innovations Resource Center organized in 11 different categories. Check out the Resource Center and take a page from your peers.

John Sessions Memorial Awardee

Congratulations to Toledo-Lucas County Public Library (TLCPL), recipient of the 2014 John Sessions Memorial Award, conferred by the Reference and User Services Association (RUSA), a division of ALA. The award recognizes a library that works closely with the organized labor community to raise awareness of the history and contributions of the labor movement in the US. TLCPL's commitment to this effort includes a dedicated Labor History Room where many materials are purchased through proceeds from an annual event titled, Labor Loves the Library.
Our Newest Member!

Welcome to Maria Taesil Hudson Carpenter and her team at Santa Monica Public Library, ULC's newest member library!

New Director Announced!

Las Vegas-Clark County Library District Board of Trustees has selected Ronald Heezen, Ph.D., to be its next Executive Director.

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