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Friday, June 27 6:30-8:00 pm
LVH-Las Vegas Hotel & Casino 
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RSVP now for the ULC community for our Summer Member Reception. We will provide refreshments and other delights; you provide the fun! Join us as as we announce and celebrate the 2014 recipients of the Innovations Initiative, Urban Player and Joey Rodger Leadership Awards.

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Learning Labs in Las Vegas

Friday, June 27  8:30-9:30 am
Las Vegas Convention Center, Room S224 
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Presenters: Amy Eshleman, Urban Libraries Council
Kiley Larson, Institute of Human Development & Social Change, New York University 

In 2012, IMLS, MacArthur Foundation, ULC and the Association of Science-Technology Centers launched a planning and design process to create 24 teen-centered Learning Labs across the U.S. Join members of the Learning Labs community for a conversation about this path breaking initiative; hear about early research findings and engage in discussion about critical issues such as collaborating with community partners, teen engagement, space design, staffing models, understanding youth outcomes and funding strategies.

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Edge in Las Vegas

Saturday, June 28 10:30-11:30 am
Paris Las Vegas Hotel & Casino Versailles 3 & 4
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Attendees will be introduced to and discuss a framework to think about and authentically evaluate their current services and identify opportunities for improvement based on community need. This session will be built on the framework of Edge that assesses technology based on community value, engaging the community and organizational management. From this shared understanding, participants will join group discussions based on a case study and share solutions and best practices in using technology to advance learning.

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Toyota Family Learning Funding Opportunity

The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) is seeking proposals for a three-year $175,000 Toyota Family Learning Grant to fund family learning programs that feature service learning and family mentoring. Five selected organizations will also receive a wide range of NCFL training, communication and technical support, learning items and materials. Organizations are asked to complete an initial brief application - less than 5 pages!  From this pool of initial applications, NCFL will invite selected organizations to submit a full proposal. The deadline for the initial application is Monday, June 23. Find out more and apply for the grant!

Learner at the Center of a Networked World

The Aspen Task Force on Learning and the Internet has released Learner at the Center of a Networked World, a report that distills findings from a year-long exploration of how young people learn today. The report (pictured to the right) contends that serious issues of trust, safety, privacy, literacy and equity of access must be engaged for young people to realize the full benefits of learning in a networked world.  To resolve some of these challenges, the Task Force has highlighted five essential principles and twenty-six action steps with the intention they be used as a guide for action. Read the Task Force report.

IMLS Webinar on Immigration and U.S. Citizenship

IMLS continues its partnership with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Agency to offer a new webinar about immigration and citizenship issues. This program, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, will provide libraries with the basic understanding of what "deferred action" can mean for people who arrive to the U.S. as children and includes information on how to file for those new Americans who qualify.This series was developed by IMLS and USCIS to ensure that librarians have the necessary tools and knowledge to refer their patrons to accurate and reliable sources of information on immigration-related topics. Find out more about their partnership and register for the June 25 webinar.
Library of the Year: Edmonton Public Library!  

Congratulations to Edmonton Public Library, AB, CEO Linda Cook and her team for the great honor of being named the Gale/Library Journal 2014 Library of the Year, the first Canadian library to achieve this distinction. Citing its "team-driven enterprise" and role as a "pioneering gathering place, connecting people and expanding minds," LJ traces the library's long history of embracing change and innovation to continuously serve the community.     

Read about the storied history and futurist vision of this outstanding ULC public library.

Libraries Honored by NACo

ULC member libraries shine brightly in the pantheon of 2014 Achievement Award winners honored by the National Association of Counties (NACo). Started in 1970, this is an annual non-competitive awards program that recognizes achievement in county government programs. 

Each program is judged on its own merits and not against other submitted applications. Awards are given in 21 categories including children and youth, environmental protection and information technology:

Baltimore County Public Library

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

Contra Costa County Library

County of Los Angeles Public Library

Hennepin County Library

Johnson County Library

Miami-Dade Public Library System

The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

Salt Lake County Library Services

San Diego County Library

Wake County Public Libraries  


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