WEDNESDAY, July 29, 2015
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2015 Leaders Partnering for Success:
Social Innovation ---- Raising the Bar
October 29-30, 2015
San Diego, CA

We look forward to bringing together leaders from multiple sectors to identify, share and develop new approaches and solutions to the tough social issues facing our communities.
ULC leaders are encouraged to come with their school administrators, local government officials, and community leaders from United Way and other key organizations, including local business. Guest speakers include Emily Kirkpatrick, Vice President of the National Center for Families Learning, Stacey Stewart, U.S. President of United Way Worldwide, and Ralph Smith, Managing Director of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading.

Call for Applications: ULC Joey Rodger Leadership Award

We are excited to announce that ULC is now accepting applications for the Joey Rodger Leadership Award!

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 award may be used to attend an established leadership development program or pursue an individualized program that involves working with a leadership development expert/mentor.

The award honors ULC's first full-time chief executive officer and president, Joey Rodger, who served the organization from 1992-2004 and oversaw the expansion of ULC as the premier North American membership association for leading libraries.

The deadline for applications is Monday, August 31, 2015. The winner will be notified in mid-September and the award will be presented at a special Awards Celebration during the 2015 Leaders Partnering for Success Conference, October 29-30, in San Diego, California. Please confirm your availability to be present to accept the award before submitting an application.

Visit the ULC website to view the award guidelines, past winners and apply today!

ULC Launches e-Discussion Group for New Library Directors

ULC members consistently identify the ability to network with and learn from the knowledge and experience of their peers as one of the most significant benefits of ULC membership. We are proud to announce the launch of a new e-Discussion group for first-time directors where participants can ask questions and gain new insights from each other to grow as library leaders.

Contact Katherine Behrens, ULC Member Programs Executive, to join this exciting new group!

Scottsdale Public Library Joins ULC

Please join us in welcoming our newest member, Scottsdale Public Library, to the ULC family. We look forward to collaborating with and learning from the Library, as well as connecting their work to that of our other members and partners!

Saint Paul Public Library Supports Citywide Racial Equity Initiative 

Saint Paul Public Library (SPPL) has launched an online resource for engaging community residents in a thoughtful and comprehensive dialogue on racial and social inequity. SPPL developed the resource to support a citywide racial equity initiative led by Saint Paul Mayor Chris Coleman in collaboration with the school district and county.

To support the City's initiative, the Library has posted a list of books, poems, articles, films, blog posts, and other resources exploring race in the United States. Using a crowd-sourcing approach, the Library began building the resource list by first asking Library staff for contributions, designing it to grow over time with suggestions from others. Those that visit the site can contribute to the evolving list by clicking on the "Help Build This List" tab and completing a short form describing their suggestions, which will then be reviewed by library staff.

Making progress on racial equity is imperative for a vital future for Saint Paul," said  SPPL Director Kit Hadley. "So it is critical that the Library be a leader in promoting equity in the community, in the city as an organization, and in library operations."

Click here to view SPPL's racial equity resources.
Intensive Cultural Experience Est Bien Meilleur

To better meet a long-time community interest in international languages, Jacksonville Public Library (JPL) shifted its approach from marketing an online language learning tool to offering a full cultural immersion experience. This concept went beyond technical training to include interactive classes on local cuisine, travel tips, currency conversion, and conversational use of the language followed by practice sessions using the Transparent Language Online database. The result was a significant increase in both customer participation in interactive classes and use of the database and a new understanding of the power of strategic marketing to meet individual needs.

"Answering our customers' needs by connecting them with library resources is central to the mission of the Jacksonville Public Library," said JPL Director Barbara Gubbin. "By taking an innovative approach to teaching and marketing a database, we were able to enhance the customer experience in a new way while demonstrating the value of the library."

Click here to learn more about this innovative project. Visit the ULC website to view the complete list of 2015 Innovations.

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