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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
As vital community leaders, public libraries need to strengthen their programs and practices with effective frameworks for evaluating and demonstrating community impact. This October, ULC invites library executives and leadership team members to share innovative models and strategies for measuring community outcomes at the 2016 ULC Annual Forum!

And, we want you to help us showcase how ULC libraries are "getting to the evidence!" If your library has conducted a return-on-investment (ROI) study, ULC invites you to send us your reports as we expand the resources in our new members only Knowledge Center and prepare for the Annual Forum. ULC will make all submitted ROI reports available to members through the Knowledge Center.

Visit the ULC website to learn more about the Annual Forum and register today! 
If you have questions or would like to submit an ROI study, please contact ULC Member Programs Executive Katherine Behrens.
Webinar Recordings Now Available in the ULC Online Store!

Have you wanted to participate in a ULC webinar but were unable to attend the live event? ULC members can now log in to the ULC Online Store to purchase recordings from ULC's webinar archive!

Last week, ULC hosted a webinar, Creating Effective Social Media Content, including special presentations from Sno-Isle Libraries and Swanson Russell Associates on how libraries can master the social media channels they are on and better understand their audience to create meaningful and engaging digital content.

If you missed the webinar and would like to hear insights from our presenters on how to take your social media game to the next level, you can purchase the recording for the ULC member price of $150.

Click here to view the full webinar archive and purchase recordings today!

Edmonton Public Library Offers Wifi Hotspots
Edmonton Public Library (EPL) recently launched a new progam that will lend Wifi hotspots to library patrons in an effort to expand broadband access in the community. The two-year pilot program kicked off last week with a total of 40 available hotspots for adult library cardholders to check out. Patrons can check out the hotspots, which provide access to unlimited data, for up to three weeks at a time.

In a recent press release, EPL chief executive officer Pilar Martinez emphasized the importance of "providing people the skills and support they need to participate in the digital world" and said that the program is "a key tool for access to learning and information to those who need it most."

Click here to read the full story.

Meet ULC Board Chair Michael Sherrod  

As technology and digital innovation continue to shape the role of public libraries as community leaders, we are excited to have Michael Sherrod serve as Chair of the ULC Executive Board. As the Texas Christian University (TCU) William M. Dickey Entrepreneur in Residence, he teaches undergraduates and manages an interdisciplinary, faculty based entrepreneurship program.

Sherrod has been a pioneer in the online world since 1985. In addition to founding/co-founding ten companies, including Black Dove Media, LLC, and, he has served in senior management roles at AMR Information Services, AOL, and He recently served as the first publisher of, is immediate past chair of the board of and sits on the Kinsey Institute board of trustees. Sherrod's strong tech background provides ULC with valuable insight into the current digital landscape and how libraries can leverage these resources for greater impact.

Click here to learn more about the 2016-2017 ULC Executive Board.

Tulsa City-County Library CIO Receives IT Leadership Award    

Monique Sendze, chief information officer for the Tulsa City-County Library, was recently honored by the Info-Tech Research Group as one of the top performing technology leaders in the organization's CIO Business Vision program. CIO Business Vision is a stakeholder management survey system for IT departments that helps them better understand the needs of business stakeholders and align IT services with their organization's business goals.

Sendze is one of nine other individuals to receive the ITRG CIO Leadership Award in the Mid-Market category. ITRG recognized Sendze for a number of key projects completed by the Library over the course of the last year, including upgrading the wireless infrastructure to enhance connectivity, implementing new Office 365 productivity software to drive collaboration and employing pro-active customer service.

Click here to learn more about the award and Sendze's work.  
Award Deadline:
August 12, 2016

The Urban Leader Award and Joey Rodger Leadership Award shine a spotlight on the library advocates and leaders across North America that are transforming the role and impact of public libraries in their communities.
Click here to learn more about these outstanding opportunities and enter your applications and nominations today!
Library-School Partnership Expands Summer Learning in Portland, Maine  

Summer Learning Day may have flown by but that doesn't mean that summer learning is over! In a local op-ed piece, Portland Public Schools Superintendent Xavier Botana highlights how a partnership with Portland Public Library has strengthened summer learning in his community. The Reading in Portland: Time of Wonder summer program centers on helping elementary students read about and explore the natural world. Armed with a reading log/adventure map, students can participate in a number of outdoor activities and work toward a goal of reading eight books during the summer. Botana credits the Library as a valuable partner in helping to extend summer learning beyond school walls and keep kids engaged throughout the summer.

Click here to read the full article. 
Don't Miss Out on the IFLA World Library and Congress this August!
Be sure to reserve your spot at the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) 82nd World Library and Information Congress kicking off this August in Columbus, Ohio!

Running August 13-19, this week-long event gives American library professionals an opportunity to meet with and learn from a comprehensive network of international library leaders. This year's IFLA Congress marks the first time the conference has been held in the United States in 15 years and ULC member Columbus Metropolitan Library will serve as one of the conference hosts.

Leading up to the IFLA Congress, the Free Library of Philadelphia will also host the IFLA Public Libraries Section Satellite Conference from August 10-11, focusing on the theme 21st Century Literacies in Public Libraries. 

Click here to register and learn more about the IFLA Congress! 
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