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ULC @ 2016 ALA Annual Conference
Register for the following events in the Members Only section of the ULC website:
  • ULC Annual Member Breakfast
    Saturday, June 25, 2016, 8:00-9:30 am ET
  • ULC Communications and Marketing Member Group Meet-Up
    Saturday, June 25, 1:00-2:30 pm ET
  • ULC Tech Leaders Member Group Meet-Up
    Saturday, June 25, 2:00-3:30 pm ET
  • ULC Development Directors Member Group Meet-Up
    Saturday, June 25, 2:00-3:30 pm ET
  • ULC Directors Member Group Meet-Up
    Sunday, June 26, 10:00-11:30 am ET
  • ULC Deputy Directors Member Group Meet-Up
    Sunday, June 26, 10:00-11:30 am ET
  • ULC Education Leaders Member Group Meet-Up
    Sunday, June 26, 10:00-11:30 am ET

2016 ULC Annual Forum 
ULC Libraries: Getting to the Evidence
October 5-7, 2016
Kansas City Marriott Downtown - Kansas City, MO

Register by the June 1 to lock in the discounted early bird rate!

ULC is excited to invite ULC library executives and leadership team members to join us in Kansas City this October! Members will have the opportunity to engage in lively conversations and share innovative ideas on measuring community outcomes and impact with their 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.
Now Accepting Library Member Submissions for the ULC Innovations Initiative!

We are proud to announce that the Seventh Annual ULC Innovations Initiative is now open!

The goal of the Innovations Initiative is to gather the leading practices and programs that your library has created and to share and showcase their value. The Initiative: 
  • Captures and shares innovative programs, services and approaches
  • Promotes innovation across ULC libraries
  • Creates national and international recognition for ULC library innovators
Participating has never been easier. To submit your innovations:
  1. Visit the ULC Innovations Initiative and review the 2016 Innovation categories. Please take special note that a new category - Race and Social Equity - has been added this year.
  2. Gather your team to select the innovations that you will submit. You can submit as many innovations that represent your library's best work.
  3. Complete the short submission form and press SUBMIT!
The submission deadline is July 8, 2016. Every library that enters a submission will be recognized on the ULC website, in the 2016 Innovations Brochure and at the Second Annual Innovations Celebration during the ULC Annual Forum.

If you have questions, please contact ULC Member Programs Executive Katherine Behrens

ULC Member Libraries Receive National Medal at White House Ceremony

In a White House ceremony held earlier today, First Lady Michelle Obama presented the Brooklyn Public Library and Madison Public Library with the 2016 National Medal for Museum and Library Service on behalf of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). ULC President and CEO Susan Benton was also in attendance.

The National Medal is the nation's highest honor given to museums and libraries and recognizes these two ULC member libraries for their innovative service and community impact. Click here to view a recording of the ceremony.

Congratulations to Brooklyn Public Library and Madison Public Library!

Chicago Public Library Commissioner Named One of Fast Company's Most Creative People in Business

Fast Company recently named Chicago Public Library (CPL) Commissioner Brian Bannon one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business of 2016. Bannon was recognized for his leadership in democratizing access to learning and technology across Chicago's 80 library locations, building an entrepreneurial culture that supports innovation at all levels of the organization. Each year, the magazine's Most Creative People list honors an influential and diverse community of leading thinkers and visionaries whose work and ideas are driving the world forward.

From a mobile hotspot lending program to interactive centers for teens to explore digital content creation, the award honors the many initiatives led by Bannon and CPL to
reimagine traditional services and serve as a national model for how libraries can thrive in the knowledge and information economy. Hip-hop artist Chance the Rapper, who recorded his first mix tape in CPL's YOUmedia recording studio and continues to partner with the library, was also named to the Most Creative People list.

Click here to view Bannon's Fast Company profile. 

NPR Highlights Do Space as a "Launchpad for Entrepreneurs"

On Tuesday, NPR's All Things Considered featured a short profile on ULC member library Do Space, Omaha's first technology library. The piece discussed how Do Space is transforming the traditional concept of a "library" by providing the Omaha community with a dedicated space to access high-end technology, including software for digital content creation and maker equipment, for free. The piece goes on to describe how the technology library is an important hub of informal learning for local entrepreneurs and artists to create, collaborate and share ideas.

Click here to read and listen to the full story. 
E-RATE 2016:
The library and library consortia window for E-rate is now open! There have been a few "glitches" in the EPC system with the second window, so if you are having issues, contact the Client Service Bureau (CSB) at 1-888-203-8100.

You can also 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. Since USAC is transitioning to a new calling system this week, a new phone number and passcode for the weekly calls will be shared with ULC members before the next call on June 7. If you don't receive the new number by Tuesday, please contact Katherine Bates
Queens Library Pilots "Digital Wallpaper" in Outreach Locations

Queens Library has announced that it will pilot "digital wallpaper" in select partner locations, such as hospital waiting rooms and family shelters, to help library card holders express-download digital content to their smart phones or tablets using either a QR code or a shortened URL. Customers who do not have a library card can register for a free e-card online, on-the-spot, to access Queens Library's rich collection of video and music content, e-magazines, and e-books. The new "digital wallpaper" will help Queens Library reach out to new library users and provide a convenient way to meet current users where they are.

The Library plans to launch their first installation this summer. While the full Virtual Library will be available at each location, the digital wallpaper will emphasize content that is most needed at that location. Materials will also be available multiple languages. Users will be able to download the materials using a Wi-Fi connection to help prevent  customers from incurring data charges.

Librarian Reflects on Powerful Summers Session at PLA 2016

In a recent blog post on Public Libraries Online, Cristina Mitra, family engagement coordinator for the San Francisco Public Library, shares her experience as a panelist for ULC's preconference session, Powerful Summers: Library-Community-School Partnerships, facilitated in collaboration with the National Summer Learning Association's (NSLA) at the PLA 2016 Conference. Mitra recounts how workshop participants engaged in interactive activities on how to initiate, strengthen and develop messaging to support their local partnerships that maximize summer learning opportunities and address the summer slide. The preconference session built on ULC's Accelerate Summer partnership with NSLA, supported by funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Be sure to mark your calendar for ULC's next live presentation, "Effective Summer Learning in Libraries: Opportunities for Assessment," held from 12-1 pm on Saturday, June 25, at the ALA 2016 Annual Conference! In this session, library leaders will discuss strategies to initiate an assessment of the effectiveness of their summer learning programs.

And, get YOUR summer learning events "on the map" and take NSLA's pledge to keep kids learning this summer to honor National Summer Learning Day, July 14, 2016!  
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