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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.
ULC Releases New Report on Public Libraries and Effective Summer Learning

Do public libraries positively improve education outcomes for children and youth through their summer reading and summer learning programs? How will they know? These are the questions that the Urban Libraries Council had the opportunity to explore with diverse thought leaders from both inside and outside of the library field through the National Forum on Effective Summer Learning in Libraries, an initiative supported by funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Working in partnership with the Metropolitan Group and the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA), this project resulted in a new publication, Public Libraries and Effective Summer Learning: Opportunities for Assessment, that discusses the diverse summer learning opportunities provided by public libraries and action steps for initiating assessment of their effectiveness. Read more about the initiative in an IMLS UpNext Blog Post by ULC Director of Education and Learning Initiatives Emily Samose and in the corresponding Executive Summary.

  And don't forget to get your summer learning events "on the map" in honor of National Summer Learning Day on Thursday, July 14th!

ULC Welcomes New Executive Board Members

On June 25, during the 2016 ULC Annual Member Breakfast in Orlando, ULC member libraries voted in three new members to the ULC Executive Board. We are proud to welcome the following distinguished new members:
  • Richard Reyes-Gavilan, Executive Director, District of Columbia Public Library, DC;
  • Mary J. Wardell, Trustee, San Francisco Public Library, CA;
  • Michael Meyer, Public-at-Large, Operating Partner, McCarthy Capital

We would also like to congratulate our new Executive Officers, including Board Chair Michael Sherrod, Vice Chair Gary Wasdin, Immediate Past Chair Matthew Poland and Secretary/Treasurer Rhea Brown Lawson, PhD.


Knight News Challenge Second Round Winner Announcement 

On June 23, the Knight Foundation announced 14 winners of the Knight News Challenge on Libraries, including ULC members Brooklyn Public Library, Dallas Public Library, and the Free Library of Philadelphia. The Knight News Challenge funds projects that highlight libraries as essential centers for digital learning, access to information and community engagement. Both Brooklyn Public Library and Dallas Public Library placed among the top five winners of the Challenge, receiving investments of $393,249 and $150,000 respectively.

The Free Library of Philadelphia's Cultureshare project engages community members through a monthly list of curated digital content from untapped library collections and work from local artists. Brooklyn Public Library's Telestory project aims to build childhood literacy and connect children with incarcerated parents and family members by offering free, library-based video visitation services and storytimes. Dallas Public Library is partnering with The Dallas Morning News to host an intensive journalism course for local high school students to connect them to library resources and technology, build information literacy and learn best practices for writing and reporting.

Congratulations to Philly, Brooklyn and Dallas!  

Click here to learn more about these projects and other Knight News Challenge winners.  

ULC Members Receive Award for "Outstanding Library Public Relations
The H.W. Wilson Foundation recently announced the eight winners of the 2016 John Cotton Dana Award that recognizes libraries for their innovative strategic communications efforts and campaigns. ULC member libraries made up majority of the winners and include  Charlotte Mecklenburg Library, Chicago Public Library, Houston Public Library, New Orleans Public Library, and the San Diego County Library. Award-winning library communications initiatives ranged from creating innovative summer learning programs to a campaign designed to increase the number of kids ready for kindergarten.

Congratulations to our ULC winners!    

Click here to learn more. 
E-RATE 2016:
Deadline to File FCC Form 471 - July 21

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
  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! 

Free Library of Philadelphia Hosts IFLA Public Libraries Satellite Conference 

This summer, the Free Library of Philadelphia will host the International Federation of Library Associations (IFLA) Public Libraries Satellite Meeting from August 10-11 at the Parkway Central Library. The theme of this year's program is 21st Century Literacies in Public Libraries, which will examine how the term "literacy" has evolved to describe proficiency in a number of different fields and the role that public libraries play in developing and delivering these services.

The first day is focused on social justice and literacy building skill sets, kicking off the conference with an appearance by the Dean of the University of Pennsylvania's School of Social Policy and Practice. The second day will focus on libraries and their role in civic engagement and civic literacies, featuring keynote speaker Carol Coletta, senior fellow of the Kresge Foundation

Click here to register and learn more about the conference!
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