WEDNESDAY, June 8, 2016
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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

Register by the June 1 to lock in the discounted early bird rate!

ULC is excited to invite ULC library executives and leadership team members to join us in Kansas City this October! Members will have the opportunity to engage in lively conversations and share innovative ideas on measuring community outcomes and impact with their 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.
Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library Receives Library of the Year Award

The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library (TSCPL) has been named the 2016 Gale/Library Journal Library of the Year in recognition of the Library's central role as a convener and leader for addressing the most pressing issues in its community, from battling poverty to increasing broadband access. Each year, Gale and Library Journal present the award, including a $10,000 cash prize, to a library that serves as a role model for creativity and innovation in community service and programming.

Citing the Library as a "major force for its constituents" that is "central to local deliberations and changes," Library Journal shares how the TSCPL established a wide variety of strategic partnerships across sectors to coordinate and lead initiatives for collective action in Topeka and Shawnee County.

Award judges also recognized ULC member Madison Public Library (MPL) for its Tell Us: Communities Inspiring Libraries initiative, which led over 50 planning conversations with local partners focused on providing all community members with equitable access to critical resources and services.

Click here to read the full Library Journal feature on TSCPL and MPL.


Edmonton Public Library and Calgary Public Library Answer the Call to Help Fort McMurray Fire Evacuees 

For more than two weeks in early May, an intense wildfire overran the city of Fort McMurray in Alberta, Canada, forcing roughly 88,000 residents to evacuate their homes. Amidst the chaos, Edmonton Public Library and Calgary Public Library opened their doors and hearts to the evacuees, providing the wildfire victims with access to critical services to help them start to put the pieces of their lives back together. Both EPL and CPL waived non-resident fees for library cards so evacuees could access the internet and other needed resources. In addition to welcoming people into their libraries, EPL and CPL conducted outreach at evacuation centers, holding storytimes and other activities to entertain and support the affected families. ULC commends these two member libraries for stepping up to help those in need and providing a safe space for the community to recover and rebuild.

Click here to learn more.

ULC Libraries Expand Summer Reading Programs Beyond Books 

This week ULC members Chattanooga Public Library and Johnson County Public Library launched summer learning programs that will take community members on a journey beyond the pages of a book and explore creative new ways to keep young people engaged during the summer months.

Participants in Johnson County Public Library's summer learning program will be able to earn reading time credit through Create and Discover activities. Create activities encourage learners to flex their creative muscles with imaginative activities, such as writing a poem or trying a new recipe. Learners can also participate in Discover activities, such as scavenger hunts or trips to a museum, to explore and discover something new in their community. Chattanooga Public Library's Make Play Read Learn program allows learners to fill up an activity passport by trying new activities and visiting a wide range of partner sites, including the zoo, an art museum, a fitness/wall climbing center and many more.

Read this article to learn the story behind Johnson County Public Library's summer program expansion and click here to learn more about Chattanooga Public Library's Make Play Read Learn program.

Prince George's County Memorial Library System Announces LINK Account for Students 

Earlier today, Prince George's County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) announced a new partnership with Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS) to better connect students with library resources and services. The Leap Into New Knowledge (LINK) partnership allows students to use their student ID information to access their PGCMLS LINK account. There will be no need for parental ID or a physical card; students will only need their PGCPS student ID number.

A student's LINK account will grant them access to all of the digital services of the library, including research support, online tutoring and downloadable music, movies, video games, comics and magazines. Aside from accessing PGCMLS's catalog of materials, LINK accounts can also be used for attending online and in-person classes, summer learning programs, and much more. Students may use the computer workstations and Wi-Fi in the library buildings, or access the library remotely through the PGCMLS app. Through this program, approximately 126,000 students have been added to the library system. 
E-RATE 2016:
USAC is encouraging all libraries to check that their library category was transferred over correctly in the EPC system. After determining it is correct, they then suggest that libraries complete the discount section of the process to determine if the correct discount rate has been calculated for your library. USAC recommends doing this "sooner rather than later" to leave time to make corrections if they are needed. If your library category is wrong or the discount rate is not calculating correctly, please contact USAC's Client Services Bureau as soon as possible at (888) 203-8100.

You can also 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. Since USAC is transitioning to a new calling system, a new phone number and passcode for the weekly calls will be shared with ULC members before the next call on June 14. If you don't receive the new number by Tuesday, please contact Katherine Bates
2016 Innovations Initiative
Last week, ULC kicked off the 2016 Innovations Initiative and we have already received a number of submissions featuring the leading practices and programs of member libraries from across the United States and Canada!

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, will celebrate National Summer Learning Day on Thursday, July 14, to raise awareness of the importance of summer learning and recognize the work of organizations that #keepkidslearning. Last year, ULC members logged over 140 events on NSLA's interactive map with over 60 pledges to keep nearly 350,000 kids learning this summer - let's beat these numbers this year!

Click here for a list of new and useful summer learning resources from ULC, NSLA and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), and stay tuned for more summer learning publications from ULC this summer!
Celebrate the National Week of Making!

Next Friday marks the kickoff of the National Week of Making! From June 17-23, makers across the country will celebrate the Maker movement and participate in local Making activities focused on engaging in hands-on, interactive learning of STEM, arts and design skills.

The week-long event will coincide with the National Maker Faire, a collaboration between Maker Media and, and the second Capitol Hill Maker Faire, hosted by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in collaboration with the Congressional Maker Caucus.

Libraries are encouraged to celebrate the Week of Making by hosting community events and maker meetups. Organizations can also submit ideas for promoting maker activities that may be compiled into a fact sheet by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

Visit the White House website to learn how your library can join the Nation of Makers and celebrate making in your community!

To update/add your maker program to the list of library makerspaces on the ULC website, please complete and submit this form to  
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