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2015 ULC Annual Forum

High Tech, High Touch, High Trust

June 25-26, 2015

San Jose Marriott - San Jose, CA


Public libraries serve communities whose needs are driven by changes in technology, the global economy and shifting demographics. The library is the institution at the forefront of understanding and innovating new opportunities to connect people to technology, address key community issues, and support participatory learning experiences across a lifetime. Join us at this year's Annual Forum as we explore and discuss changes in technology and relationships that will continue to acknowledge the library as a highly trusted and valuable public institution.


Click here to register and learn more about the Annual Forum.


Save the Date: 2015 Partners for Success Conference  
October 29-30, 2015
San Diego, CA

Click here for ULC's event page. 
Mayor of San Jose Announces Funding to Extend Hours 


Mayor Sam Liccardo announced in a press release a plan to open San Jose's 23 branch libraries six days a week, beginning July 1, 2015.


"Our libraries provide a safe learning environment for thousands of children, even while open only four days a week," Mayor Liccardo said. "By expanding library services to six days a week, we'll open the door to learning and opportunity to another 7,000 children each week." Read the story here in San Jose Mercury News. 


Powerful Collaborations: Library-School-Community Partnerships       

On March 17, 2015 the National Center for Families Learning Summit hosted a session and webcast to a full room and over 125 screens around the globe on library collaborations with schools in their communities. ULC members Dr. Rhea Lawson, Director of Houston Public Library; Kent Oliver, Director of Nashville Public Library; Matt Poland, Chief Executive Officer of Hartford Public Library, and others joined Susan Benton, President and CEO of ULC, in a lively discussion about navigating the rewarding and sometimes challenging relationships between libraries, schools, and communities. The recording will soon be available here.

President Obama to Nominate New IMLS Director

President Obama recently announced his intent to nominate Katheryn Matthew to lead the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Dr. Matthew currently serves as Chief Science Educator at the Children's Museum of Indianapolis.

Read her profile here.


Update on National Broadband Plan  


The Schools, Health and Libraries Broadband Coalition (SHLB) sponsored a webcast yesterday, March 17, 2015, on The National Broadband Plan After Five Years: An Anchor Institution Progress Report. The event, hosted by SHLB, the Alliance for Excellent Education, New America, and the Benton Foundation focused on reviewing the Community Anchor Institution's broadband goals, accomplishments and unfinished work on the five-year anniversary of the National Broadband Plan.


Blair Levin, lead author of the FCC's National Broadband Plan, headlined the event and other speakers included the Alliance for Excellent Education, New America, the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies, the Institute for e-Health Policy, and AASA, The School Superintendents Association.  

The webcast will soon be available here.

For more information on SHLB and including registration for the Annual Conference go here. 

Download YALSA's Teen Programming Guidelines  


The Young Adult Library Services Association recently released Teen Programming Guidelines that are intended to "guide library staff who design, host, and evaluate library programs with and for teens."


Read more and download the PDF here. 


New Pew Research Center Focuses on Public Libraries and Hispanics

A fascinating study on Public Libraries and Hispanics reveals challenges and opportunities for the field. While true that immigrant Hispanics are less likely to use public libraries, once they become patrons, they are often big fans. Read the report here.

Supporting Literacy Tutors  


Looking for research based instructional techniques in this area? From the Department of Education's Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education, learn about Tutor Ready Learning Points, a resource designed for adult literacy tutors. "Tutor Ready puts tips and techniques into a just-in-time format organized around the four essential components of reading: alphabetics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension." Read more here.


Call for Library Member Innovations Submissions

ULC's Innovations Initiative is now open for submissions, and we encourage you to showcase your success stories! This year, Top Innovators and Honorable Mentions will be celebrated in ten categories. All submissions will be available this summer in the ULC Innovations Resource Center. Gather your staff and submit your innovations by Friday, April 3, 2015.

Questions? Please contact Katherine Behrens.

SLPL's Taste of Fiction    

Photo by John Gitchoff 

Read this recent story in the St. Louis Dispatch about the St. Louis Public Library's second annual A Taste of Fiction library fundraiser. Local pastry chefs create pastries influenced by literary works.

Two ULC Member Directors Appointed on Panel for Prestigious Award

Director Clyde Scoles (Toledo-Lucas Public Library) and Director John Szabo (Los Angeles Public Library) have been tapped to join the six person jury for the 2015 American Institute of Architects and the American Library Association Library Building Award Program. To learn more about the awards and view past recipients, visit

e-Discussion Groups Spotlight: Communications and Marketing  


Are you taking advantage of participating in ULC's e-Discussion groups? Join other ULC members to share insights and innovations and to ask questions to your peers. Members with cross-function responsibilities are welcome to join multiple discussion groups. See a full list of groups and request to be added here.


The Communications and Marketing group recently discussed content editorial standards for websites, promotional plans for collections, and social media archiving. If you or someone on your team would like the join the conversations and access the archives email Katherine Behrens at  

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