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ULC Online Learning Opportunity
Thursday, July 17 - A One-Hour Webinar
1 pm ET/12 pm CT/11 am MT/10 am PT
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Complimentary Registration for ULC Member Libraries.

In 2012, IMLS, the 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.

This program features critical findings from early research on the key elements of creating a high-impact connected learning experience for youth, including:
  • The challenges and potential of authentic community partnerships
  • Elements of program design such as recruiting youth and incorporating their voice in the planning process
  • The transformation effect of a learning lab on the larger institution;
  • Understanding youth outcomes and funding strategies to sustain a learning lab.
NEXT Library Conference 2014

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel welcomed over 350 library leaders from around the globe to the 2014 NEXT Library Conference which took place earlier this week. The theme, Accelerate Learning, came to life in ULC CEO Susan Benton's opening challenge, "Are you learning as fast as the world is changing?" and was then explored in a dynamic mix of interactive sessions featuring titles such as "Creating a Culture of Innovation" and "Design Backward to Move Forward." Visit the NEXT Library website to learn more and start thinking about NEXT 2015 which takes place in Aarhus, Denmark!

Public Libraries Today

IMLS has released a new report, Public Libraries in the United States, an in-depth examination of when, where and how library services are changing to meet the needs of the public. The report includes an in-depth analysis of 13 key indicators of library investments and library use. Read the report.

Dimensions of Sustainability

Sustainable communities go beyond smart environmental practices and promote social equity to ensure that policies and practices actively ensure a more level playing field. The International City/County Management Association recently published an article that explores this phenomenon, Three Strategies for Advancing Social Equity and Increasing Community Sustainability.

Dollar General After School Literacy Award 

The After School Alliance and the Dollar General Foundation are accepting nominations for the annual Dollar General After School Literacy Award which carries a $10,000 cash prize and recognizes outstanding programs that provide high-quality literacy support to middle school youth. The deadline is Sunday, August 10. Nominate your program now.

Celebrating Innovators!

Twenty-two libraries will be celebrated at the ULC Member Reception in Las Vegas this weekend as winners of the 2014 Top Innovators Awards! This year marks the five-year milestone of ULC's Innovations Initiative and member participation this year was stronger than ever.

The 2014 Top Innovators are honored for their outstanding work in a variety of domains including learning; economic and workforce development; health, wellness and safety; sustainability and organizational change/strategic management. In addition, two libraries are recognized for heroic service to their communities in the wake of natural disasters. See what this year's Top Innovators are doing!
At the ULC Annual Member Breakfast in Chicago on June 24, ULC members elected a new Executive Board Chair (Kari Glover-pictured here) and three new Board members. Learn about the leadership on ULC's 2014-2015 Executive Board.
In observance of the ALA Annual Conference in Las Vegas and the U.S. July 4 holiday, e-News will be on hiatus until July 9. Wishing everyone a safe and festive week!

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