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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.
U.S. Senate Confirms Dr. Carla Hayden as 14th Librarian of Congress

On Wednesday, July 13, Dr. Carla Hayden, current CEO of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, was confirmed as the 14th Librarian of Congress. Dr. Hayden will succeed former Librarian of Congress James Billington and serve at least one ten-year term. Dr. Hayden's confirmation marks an historic moment for the Library of Congress as she will be the first African American and first woman to hold the position.

Dr. Hayden has served as CEO of the Pratt Library since 1993 and in 1995 became the first African American to win the Library Journal Librarian of the Year award for her community outreach services with the Library. She also served as President of the American Library Association from 2003-2004 and was selected by President Obama to be a member of the National Museum and Library Services Board in 2010.

"The public library field is proud and honored to have Carla as the new Librarian of Congress," said ULC President and CEO Susan Benton. "Carla is a leader and the nation's library could be in no better hands."

Congratulation to Dr. Hayden on her well-deserved success! 

Spotlight on New ULC Executive Board Members 

On June 25, ULC member libraries voted in three distinguished new members to the ULC Executive Board. Each new board member brings a unique set of skills and insights that will strengthen the work of ULC and our members.

Check out the highlights below for a quick snapshot of each board member and click here to view their full bios.

Michael Meyer is an Operating Partner of McCarthy Capital with a strong background in operations, financial and asset management. Michael formerly served as President of the Omaha Public Library Foundation and remains a contributor to the Library as a member of the OPL Board of Trustees.
Richard Reyes-Gavilan currently serves as the Executive Director of the District of Columbia Public Library and has over twenty years of professional public library experience, including working for New York Public Library and serving as Chief Librarian for the Brooklyn Public Library
Dr. Mary J. Wardell is the Vice Provost for Diversity Engagement and Community Outreach at the University of San Francisco and, in 2016, was elected to serve as president of the San Francisco Library Commission. Dr. Wardell leverages the social and cultural capital of institutes of higher education and public learning to be intersecting locations for community capacity-building and uplift. 

Share your Library Impact Studies with ULC!  

Has your library conducted a return-on-investment (ROI) study? If so, ULC invites you to send us your reports as we expand the resources in our new members only Knowledge Center and prepare for the 2016 ULC Annual Forum. ULC will make all submitted ROI reports available to members through the Knowledge Center.

If you would like to submit an ROI report or have any questions, please email Katherine Behrens.

St. Louis County Library Wins Award for Public Education Campaign   
The St. Louis County Library recently won the 2016 Award of Excellence in Communications from the National Association of County Information Officers (NACIO) in recognition of the Your Library Renewed public education campaign, which kept library patrons and community members informed on SLCL's construction and renovation projects. SLCL will receive the award at the NACIO annual conference in Long Beach, California this Friday.

As the Your Library Renewed multi-year renovation plan will affect all SLCL branches, the Library implemented a multi-pronged campaign that blended traditional media with social media and web resources to ensure that the public has access to library resources during the construction. SLCL created a special library portal that shares the status of each branch construction project and provides a space for community members to sign up and receive updates on the campaign. The Library also held a number of special events at each branch's reopening to introduce the community to the upgrade and library resources.

Congratulations, SLCL! 

Click here to learn more.
E-RATE 2016
Tomorrow is the Final Day to Submit FCC Form 471!

The window for libraries and consortia to file FCC Form 471 for E-rate funding will close tomorrow, July 21, at 11:59 pm EDT.

To help applicants prepare, the Universal Service Administrative Company recently released a list of E-rate reminders for those that are still working on their applications.

Click here to review the list. 
Expanding Summer Learning with STEM, Maker Activities in Ohio

The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County is taking its summer learning theme of "Read, Make, Create" to the next level by combining a number of maker and STEM activities to keep children engaged this summer. Through the library system's "brain camps," younger learners explore specific themes, such as circuitry and photography, in two-hour sessions spread out over the course of a week that incorporate experimentation, art, reading and much more. For teens, the Library's black rocket technology camps provide teens with more advanced offerings on  computer technology through courses on coding, animation and other forms of digital content.

Click here to learn more. 
Broadband Coalition Release s Report on Connecting Community Anchor Institutions
The Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband Coalition (SHLB) recently released a new action plan to ensure that all community anchor institutions, such as libraries and schools, have high-speed internet connections. Connecting Anchor Institutions: A Broadband Action Plan serves as the foundation for the SHLB Grow2GiG+ campaign designed to help bring gigabit speed-and-beyond networks to all anchor institutions in America by 2020. The action plan is organized into ten papers that help policymakers examine problems and solutions to broadband access, funding and infrastructure for all communities, regardless of size and location.

Click here to view the action plan and sign up for SHLB updates. 
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