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Deadline to register is June 23
  • 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.
White House Honors Felton Thomas as a White House Champion of Change for Making
Cleveland Public Library (CPL) Director, Felton Thomas, was recently honored as one of ten "White House Champions of Change for Making". Thomas was recognized for his efforts in advancing technology platforms, educational opportunities and spaces that empower Americans to become tinkerers, inventors, and entrepreneurs.

CPL was also recognized for its innovative makerspace, TechCentral, which first opened in 2012. TechCentral provides patrons with open access to laser engraving, 3D printing, audio, video, photo production tools, as well as basic computers and laptops. TechCentral as expanded its reach to include MakerLab programs at 27 CPL branches, too. Congratulations to Felton and the staff of CPL!

To read  the White House blog post and view the full list of White House Champions of Change, click here

Toronto Public Library Partners with Google to Lend Wi-Fi Hotspots

Toronto Public Library (TPL) has joined Toronto Mayor John Tory in a partnership with Google Canada to pilot a Wi-Fi hotspot lending program at six TPL branches. The program, made possible with a donation from and funds from the city's 2016 operating budget, aims to close the digital divide for those that cannot afford broadband internet at home. All participating branches are located in "neighborhood improvement areas" serving large numbers of low income households.

TPL has identified 210 pilot participants to use the hotspots for up to six months with 10GB of data per month. To help participants get the most out of their new devices, TPL will hold an orientation session  for participants and show them how to use the hotspots and access the library's extensive list of eLearning and digital resources. 

Click here to read more about this latest program.  

New York Public Library to Launch Curriculum on 3D Modeling, Printing and Entrepreneurship 
New York Public Library (NYPL) kicked off the National Week of Making by announcing a new partnership with Shapeways EDU to launch a free, open source curriculum on the entrepreneurial side of 3D modeling and printing technology. The pilot program, set to launch in the fall, aims to empower the public by providing innovators and entrepreneurs with resources for developing digital manufacturing skills.

As part of the collaboration, they are also developing a "turn-key curriculum" that NYPL tech education staff can use to offer courses without depending on outside resources. Following the launch of the fall program, Shapeways and NYPL plan to expand the program on the national level by creating additional course materials and publishing the curriculum under an open source license, allowing any public library or institution to offer the program to their patrons.  

Click here to learn more about this developing partnership.

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 Behrens
2016 Innovations Initiative
  Deadline to Submit - July 8 

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 Chicago Public Library (CPL) recently announced that it will distribute over 1 million books to children in Chicago as part of the Rahm's Readers Summer Learning Challenge. This donation is the largest book giveaway in CPL's history and reaffirms the library's commitment to keeping kids learning during the summer months. Last year, CPL cemented its position as a summer learning leader and innovator when it was awarded the Founder's Award from the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA).

Click here to view some useful summer learning resources from NSLA and stay tuned for more summer learning publications from ULC this summer!
IMLS Accepting Applications for 2017 National Medal  

The Institute of Museum and Library Service (IMLS) recently announced that it is accepting nominations for the 2017 National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation's highest honor given to libraries and museums for their innovative service and a great way to raise the profile of your library as a community change agent. Earlier this month, ULC members Brooklyn Public Library and Madison Public Library were presented with the award in a special ceremony at the White House. 

Click here to learn more and nominate a library by October 3!
A special thank you to all of our Library Partners for their
continuous  support and commitment to ULC members. We appreciate your partnership. 

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