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ULC Webinar: Creating Effective Social Media Content 
Tuesday, July 19, 2016
9-10 am PT | 10-11 am MT | 11 am-12 pm CT | 12-1 pm ET

Having success in social media is not about what platforms you participate in or how many online fans you acquire, but rather how you most effectively reach your target audiences. At the end of the day, content is still king. And with online competition growing by the minute, libraries must have valuable content that is properly targeted to the right audiences using the right channels.

Understanding your audience and creating compelling content are keys areas of focus for July's webinar led by Swanson Russell Public Relations Counsel, Jill Heggen, and Sno-Isle Libraries Communications Director, Ken Harvey. Participants will join an engaging discussion that will focus on mastering the social media channels you're on, identifying your audiences and creating effective content for social media.

Register today to participate and receive a recording to share with staff!

2016 ULC Annual Forum 
ULC Libraries: Getting to the Evidence
October 5-7, 2016
Kansas City Marriott Downtown - Kansas City, MO
ULC library executives and leadership team members are encouraged to register for the 2016 ULC Annual Forum. This October, ULC members will have the opportunity to engage in lively conversations and share innovative ideas on measuring community outcomes and impact with ULC peers from across Canada and the United States.

Visit the ULC website for more information.

If you have questions, please contact Katherine Behrens, ULC Member Programs Executive.
Celebrate Library Leaders and Advocates with ULC's Annual Leadership Awards!  

We are excited to announce that ULC is now accepting nominations for the Urban Leader Award and applications for the Joey Rodger Leadership Award. Both awards recognize transformative leadership that advances the impact and strategic role of public libraries in communities across North America.

The Urban Leader Award recognizes civic leaders and public library advocates whose work with local government, funders, community leaders and others elevates the essential role that public libraries play in driving community well-being.

The Joey Rodger Leadership Award, in the amount of $5,000, provides a library CEO/director or senior manager of a ULC member library with an opportunity to strengthen his/her skills through a structured professional development undertaking.

The deadline for both awards is Friday, August 12, 2016. The winners will be notified in September and the awards will be presented at the 2016 ULC Annual Forum: ULC Libraries - Getting to the Evidence in Kansas City, Missouri. Please confirm that nominees and applicants can be present to accept the award before submitting an application form.

Visit the ULC website to view the award guidelines, past winners and enter your nominations/applications!

ULC Releases New Leadership Brief on Libraries Expanding Summer Opportunities

National Summer Learning Day kicks off tomorrow and what better way to celebrate than with a new ULC Leadership Brief on summer learning!

ULC is proud to announce the release of Libraries Expanding Summer Opportunities, a short brief that focuses on how public libraries are expanding their roles as summer learning leaders. This publication builds on findings from the Accelerate Summer strategic partnership between ULC and the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The brief provides models of library summer learning that emerged from the Accelerate Summer research, examples of successful programs, and five action strategies to help libraries adopt a summer learning approach.

Libraries Expanding Summer Opportunities highlights successful summer learning initiatives led by ULC members Saint Paul Public Library, Broward County Library, Ottawa Public Library, Chicago Public Library, Fort Worth Library, New Haven Free Public Library, District of Columbia Public Library, New York Public Library, and the Free Library of Philadelphia.

For more information on diverse public library summer learning programs that advance educational outcomes for youth, be sure to also read ULC's new comprehensive report, Public Libraries and Effective Summer Learning: Opportunities for Assessment.

And don't forget to check out the NSLA website to get your summer learning events "on the map" and view more resources for National Summer Learning Day! 

Indianapolis Public Library Named 2016 Library of the Future 
The Indianapolis Public Library (IndyPL) recently received the 2016 Library of the Future award presented by the American Library Association (ALA) and Information Today, Inc. The award honors libraries that develop and implement innovative patron training programs about information technology in a library setting. This year's selection marks the second time that IndyPL has been named Library of the Future in the last eight years.

IndyPL received the award in recognition of the eBook Tinker Stations available at various Library locations. These stations provide patrons with one-on-one support for accessing IndyPL's digital collections, from eBooks to streaming video. Since launching in 2012, the Tinker Stations have evolved to meet patron's needs,
growing "from targeting seniors to attracting a multi-generational audience interested in greater usability and newer applications."

Congratulations, IndyPL! 

Click here to learn more.
We would like to give a HUGE thank you to our fantastic members for their submissions to ULC's 2016 Innovations Initiative. We received a record-setting number of innovative and unique submissions, ranging from education programs on race and social equity to innovative summer learning initiatives. These creative projects demonstrate how our members, and public libraries in general, continue to evolve and serve as essential technology, education and community leaders.
E-RATE 2016
Deadline to File FCC Form 471 - July 21

To hear the latest updates on the E-rate filing process, join ULC members and state E-rate Coordinators on the weekly USAC calls held every Tuesday at 2 pm ET through the window close date of July 21, 2016. If you would like to join the calls, please contact Katherine Behrens
Connect with International Library Leaders at the IFLA World Library and Information Congress 

Don't miss out on the chance to attend the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) 82nd World Library and Information Congress in Columbus, OH this summer! The week-long slate of events,
taking place August 13-19, gives American library professionals an opportunity to network on a global scale with representatives from over 110 countries.

This year's IFLA Congress is especially exciting as it is the first time the conference has been held in the United States in 15 years and one of the conference hosts is ULC member Columbus Metropolitan Library.

Leading up to
the IFLA Congress, the Free Library of Philadelphia will host the IFLA Public Libraries Section Satellite Conference from August 10-11 at the Parkway Central Library. The conference theme is 21st Century Literacies in Public Libraries, which will examine how the term "literacy" has evolved to describe proficiency in a number of different fields and the role that public libraries play in developing and delivering these services.

The IFLA Congress will kick off on Saturday, August 13, and feature a wide variety of programs, including engaging presentations on the latest issues in the library field and plenary sessions featuring author Wes Moore and U.S. National Archivist David Ferriero.  
Standard registration rates are available until August 11 and tickets can be purchased for the entire conference or individual days. Click here to learn more and register today!
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