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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
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.
Senate Panel Supports Carla Hayden as New Librarian of Congress
On Thursday, June 9, the Senate Rules Committee voted unanimously in support of Dr. Carla Hayden, Chief Executive Officer of the Enoch Pratt Free Library, as the next Librarian of Congress. If elected, Dr. Hayden will set historic precedent and become the first professional librarian, the first African American and the first woman to lead the Library of Congress, the oldest federal cultural institution in the United States.

Following the announcement, the American Library Association (ALA) launched a grassroots social media campaign with the hashtag #Hayden4LOC intended to urge members of the Senate to move the confirmation process forward and schedule a date for the vote.

Congratulations, Dr. Hayden!

Click here to learn more.

NPR Profiles Summer Learning at the Baltimore County Public Library  

WYPR, Baltimore's local NPR affiliate, recently shone a spotlight on how public libraries and other community institutions are working to address summer learning loss and maximize summer opportunities for youth. During Midday, WYPR's daily public affairs program, Marisa Conner, Baltimore County Public Library's (BCPL) youth services manager, and Sarah Pitcock, chief executive officer of the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA), joined host Sheila Kast for an in-depth look the importance of providing community programs to keep kids learning during the summer months.

Pitcock discussed some of NSLA's latest summer learning resources and initiatives, as well as upcoming activities and opportunities for communities to celebrate National Summer Learning Day on July 14. Conner described BCPL's approach to summer learning program, which combines reading with a host of interactive, problem-solving activities ranging from games to explorations of STEM and maker activities.

Click here to listen to the full broadcast.

Center for an Urban Future Releases Libraries Teach Tech Report  

The Center for an Urban Future recently released a data brief highlighting
the increasing role that New York City's public libraries play in helping members of the community develop the technology skills needed to succeed in the modern digital economy. The report is part of a series of research briefs on New York City public libraries produced with funding from the Charles H. Revson Foundation. According to the report, Libraries Teach Tech: Building Skills for a Digital World, with 88 percent of middle-skill jobs in New York described as "digitally intensive," NYC's libraries are uniquely positioned to reach a wide and diverse range of individuals through their 217 branches "in nearly every community throughout the five boroughs." 
Ranging from advanced courses on coding down to computer basics, the report found that combined, New York Public Library, Brooklyn Public Library and Queens Library saw an 81 percent increase in digital training participants over the course of three years, from 87,000 in 2013 to more than 158,000 in 2015. 
These numbers reflect how the technology programs and services offered by these libraries have evolved in recent years to become critical resources for helping underserved communities close the digital literacy gap. In fact, according to the report, a vast majority of the growth occurred in branches located neighborhoods outside of the busy tech hub of Manhattan.

Click here to view the full report. 
E-RATE 2016:
To hear the latest updates on the E-rate filing process, 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.  If you would like to join the calls, please contact Katherine Bates 
2016 Innovations Initiative

Submit your library's cutting-edge programs in one or more of the 2016 ULC Innovations Initiative categories and your library could be selected as a 2016 Top Innovator or Honorable Mention!

The ULC Innovations Initiative:
  • Captures and shares innovative programs, services and approaches;
  • Promotes innovation across ULC libraries; and
  • Creates national and international recognition for ULC library innovators.

Visit the ULC website to learn more and submit your library innovation by the July 8 deadline! 

Spotlight on
Summer Learning
The National Summer Learning Association (NSLA), one of ULC's key partners, has created an extensive list of resources to help libraries and other community stakeholders prepare for National Summer Learning Day and bring high-quality summer learning to your community's youth all summer long.

Click here for NSLA's list of useful summer learning resources and stay tuned for more summer learning publications from ULC this summer!
Court Upholds FCC's Net Neutrality 

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) won a big victory yesterday when a federal appeals court upheld Net Neutrality rules passed by the agency in 2015. The decision validated the FCC's classification of broadband internet as a common carrier service and affirmed its authority to regulate internet providers to ensure that all internet users and traffic are treated fairly and equally.   

Click here to read a policy brief from Connected Nation on the court decision.

Califa Library Group Announces Environmental Literacy Grant

The Califa Library Group is accepting applications for $1000 mini-grants to librarians in rural public libraries and under-resourced urban libraries who are demonstrate interest in providing science-based adult programming focused on local weather challenges and threats. The Public Libraries Advancing Community Engagement (PLACE) project, funded by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), will support librarians in planning and facilitating programs to engage community members in community conversations on climate change.

Grantees will receive professional development training to support the implementation of the three-part program series.

The deadline to apply is August 1, 2016. Click here to learn more.
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