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This weekend, you may see a delay in email response from ULC staff. 


Our move to Washington, DC includes moving our computer servers. This disruption may affect our email system. We will receive emails, but won't be able to respond until Monday morning.


You can also reach us by phone during regular business hours. Our main line is: 202.572.1023


We will continue to keep you up to date on our transition in e-News Weekly and on our website. Thanks for your patience!  




2015 National Medal for Museum & Library Service


IMLS is accepting nominations for the 2015 National Medal for Museum & Library Service, the nation's highest honor which celebrates the vital importance of high-performing cultural and learning institutions.


Each year, approximately 30 finalists are selected and then promoted by IMLS via a six-week social media and press campaign. The winning libraries and museums (five each) are honored at a White House ceremony and then host a visit from StoryCorps to capture the life-changing stories of individual community members. In addition to the visibility that finalist and winning libraries receive, the annual roster elevates the importance of libraries and museums everywhere.


The deadline for nominations is October 15, 2014. Find out more and tell your story! 



Re-Envision Our Public Libraries


Following months of passionate debate and citizen advocacy, Miami-Dade County Commissioners recently approved a slight increase to property taxes which, barring a mayoral veto, could expand the library's budget by $8 million over the previous year.


Alberto Ibarg�en, President of the Miami-based John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, seized the moment to publish a vibrant editorial that calls upon citizens to re-frame their understanding of the library as the epicenter of digital access, learning and civic discourse. "Libraries have long been portals to new worlds, unlocking vast storehouses of knowledge. Now, in our digital world, when knowing things in real-time can spark an explosion of innovation, libraries are even more important. They're essential." Read more. 


Summer Learning on the Rise


As the 2014 summer learning season crests, the Afterschool Alliance reports that a forthcoming study, "America After 3PM" will demonstrate that participation in these important programs is on the rise: 33% of families report that at least one child participated in a 2013 summer learning program, up from 25% in 2009.   


More on Maker Spaces


New Scientist magazine features the burgeoning Maker Space movement in its new issue, calling out libraries as important community hubs for high-tech innovation and training. The article, "Books Out, 3D Printers in for Reinvented Libraries," mentions numerous ULC member libraries in cities such as Chicago, Sacramento, Denver, Detroit, Chattanooga and New York City.


Chicago Public Library Commissioner Brian Bannon points out that the library is integral to the city's plan to expand its importance as a center of advanced manufacturing in coming years. Importantly, the article highlights specific innovations that have emerged from Maker Spaces in Chattanooga and Sacramento! Learn more here.   





ULC has two staff openings in our DC office:


Communications Coordinator


Program Director for the Edge Initiative


Please share these position descriptions! 





The School-Library Bridge in Grand Rapids


Michigan's Grand Rapids Public Library is ULC's 2014 Top Innovator in the category of "Leading Learning." DigiBridge is a multi-faceted partnership between the library and the Grand Rapids Public Schools that puts technology in the hands of middle and high school students to expand their learning horizons through strengthened digital literacy skills. The program includes conversion of school library IDs to digital library cards that provide ready access to library databases as well as training for teachers, students and parents on using library databases. The results in the early roll-out were promising:170,000 school IDs became digital library cards and students logged 3,800 research sessions. 


Find out more about this innovation that leverages community resources to expand learning.  












Welcome to Director Parker Hamilton and his team at Montgomery County Public Libraries, Maryland - ULC's newest member library!   


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