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Lessons from Learning Labs!
Monday, March 24, One-Hour Webinar 
1 pm ET/12 pm CT/11 am MT/10 am PT 
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Elyse Adler, Nashville Public Library 

Jennifer Collins, San Francisco Public Library

Jennifer Nichols, Pima County Public Library


Today's teens have a lot to offer, including a hunger to engage with their peers and supportive adults, as well as a unique perspective on a world in which they are among the first generation of "digital natives." This program features leaders from three libraries that are building new digital media learning spaces. In conversation with ULC's Program Leader for Education, Amy Eshleman, they will share their insights on the challenges and rewards of including youth in the design of new spaces and learning experiences. Register today!
Accelerate Learning!
June 20-25 / Chicago, IL, USA
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Innovators and leaders from around the world are getting ready to gather in Chicago to push the boundaries of thinking and imagination about how libraries are accelerating changes that advance learning in the 21st century.

Don't miss this opportunity to: Space is limited. Get the details and register today!
ULC Leaders Are Movers and Shakers!

Library Journal has announced its 2014 round-up of leaders who are expanding the limits, rattling cages and creating new library experiences for people of all ages. As ever, ULC mavericks are prominently represented, occupying 14 of 50 positions on the list. Learn more about these change agents,innovators, tech leaders and community builders!

Brooklyn Public Library to Create
Online Badging

Brooklyn Public Library, NY, has received a major grant from IMLS to partner with BiblioCommons to create an online badging system for libraries.The projected end-product will be a technical infrastructure that participating libraries can use to offer digital badge-based programs for library customers.BPL's initiative is modeled on the Open Badging system developed by Mozilla. Find out more

Breaking Out of the Library Mold

The dynamic Boston Public Library, MA, oldest urban public library system in the US, is the basis of a recent New York Times article that explores the transforming landscape of library service in a time of unprecedented demand. Read the coverage in the NYTimes.

Teen Volunteer Organizes Brain Awareness Day 

Brain science is a hot topic across the research spectrum.  Recently, Hasna Rizwan, a 13-year-old teen volunteer at the Loudoun County Public Library, VA, partnered with Teen Librarian Myisha Fuller to produce Brain Awareness Day. This full-day program also engaged the Library's Teen Advisory Board and featured a talk by a Howard Hughes Medical Institute researcher, a presentation on healthy brain habits, games focused on memory and activities such as making wearable brain caps illustrating the brain's regions. Check-out the coverage
Call for Library Member Innovations Submissions!

ULC's Innovations Initiative is now underway, 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 18!

Questions? Want to brainstorm ideas? Please contact ULC's Sheila Murphy.
Supporting Services to Children
Luis Herrera, City Librarian of San Francisco Public Library, CA,  is the deserving recipient of the 2014 Peggy Sullivan Award for Public Library Administrators Supporting Services to Children. View the announcement.

Women of the Year!
Jan Sanders, Director of Libraries and Information Services, for the City of Pasadena, CA, will be honored as one of five Women of the Year by CA State Senator, Carol Liu. Each year, California State Senators honor women in their districts who have made unique contributions that enhance the quality of life for their communities. Read more.

Bon Voyage!
Jane Pyper, City Librarian of Toronto Public Library, ON, since 2008 will step down from her position in June. Under her leadership, the library has experienced dramatic growth, including a 1300% increase in e-book lending, expansion of children's services and development of the 99th and 100th Toronto Public Library branches. Read the release.
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