WEDNESDAY, March 2, 2016
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EVENTS
Edge @ PLA 2016 Conference
April 5 - 9, 2016
Colorado Convention Center - Exhibit Hall

Stop by Booth 424 in the PLA Exhibit Hall to reconnect with ULC staff and get the latest news on the Edge Initiative!



ULC Deputy Directors Meet-Up 
Thursday, April 7, 2016, 3:00 - 4:00 pm
Hyatt Regency @ Colorado Convention Center - Agate Room Denver, CO

ULC invites members of the Deputy Directors Member Group to join us for an informal meeting to network and continue recent conversations. Join us to share your library's latest work and gather insights from your peers.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Katherine Behrens by March 31, 2016.



ULC Education Leaders Meet-Up 
Friday, April 8, 2016, 9:30 - 10:30 am
Hyatt Regency @ Colorado Convention Center - Agate Room Denver, CO

ULC invites members of the Education Leaders Member Group to join us for an informal meeting to network and continue recent conversations. Join us to share your library's latest work and gather insights from your peers.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Emily Samose by March 18, 2016.


 
ULC Communications & Marketing Meet-Up 
Friday, April 8, 2016, 9:30 - 10:30 am
Hyatt Regency @ Colorado Convention Center - Agate Room
Denver, CO

ULC invites members of the Communications and Marketing Member Group to join us for an informal meeting to network and continue recent conversations. Join us to share your library's latest work and gather insights from your peers.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Colleen Bragiel by March 31, 2016.


 
ULC 2016 Annual Forum
October 5-7, 2016
Kansas City, MO

Mark your calendars! The ULC Annual Forum will be held at a new time of year in 2016 and registration will be opening the first week of April. Additional information regarding the program will be coming soon. Stay tuned for Annual Forum updates and we hope to see you and your leadership teams October 5-7 in Kansas City!

If you have questions, please contact Katherine Behrens, ULC Member Programs Executive. 
MEMBER NEWS
St. Louis County Library Receives "What's Right for the Region!" Award

FOCUS St. Louis, the region's premier leadership organization, recently named St. Louis County Library one of the recipients of the What's Right with the Region! award. SLCL received the award in the category of "Demonstrating Innovative Solutions," which honors individuals and organizations that have demonstrated innovation and vision in making the St. Louis region a better place to live, work or visit.

SLCL was nominated by the public and honored for its programs that promote early literacy, including the recent change eliminating fines on children's materials, the expansion of the Born to Read program for newborns, the free summer lunch program, and the library's participation in the White House ConnectED Library Challenge.



How Cities Can Grow the Maker Movement 

Across the globe, libraries and museums are building makerspaces where people gather to imagine, invent and innovate. The National League of Cities recently released a report on how the modern maker movement is helping individuals across the country explore curiosities and creating new avenues for entrepreneurship, manufacturing and job creation in communities. The report, How Cities Can Grow the Maker Movement, also includes a short case study of how ULC member Chattanooga Public Library helped expand the reach of the maker movement in its community. The report also highlights Anythink Libraries as an important player in the "maker ecosystem in the greater Denver area."



Edmonton Public Library Builds a City of Learners with #3SkillsYEG

On January 21, Edmonton Public Library launched the #3SkillsYEG campaign, which invites Edmontonians to learn three new skills over the course of three months in 2016. Since then, the campaign's popularity continues to grow as part of Edmonton's broader City of Learners initiative, which seeks to create an ecosystem of lifelong learning in the community.

The program was inspired by Stephen Robinson, a native of Edmonton who has vowed to learn a new skill each week for an entire year and shares his experiences through a video blog. Through #3SkillsYEG, Edmontonians are invited to learn a skill related to "Personal Growth & Well-Being" in February; "Creativity & Expression" in March; and "Making Our City Better" in April. Participants can submits photos, videos or short summaries of their learning experience for the chance to win an iPad, $200 towards Metro Continuing Education and tickets to the Telus World of Science. The campaign is not only a fun and creative way to encourage the community to learn and explore, but also connects individuals to the wealth of resources in their public library through workshops, curated reading lists and more.

From beer brewing, to sewing mittens and building a resume, click here to check out how Edmontonians are actively engaged in this community of learning with #3SkillsYEG.  
ULC IS HIRING
ULC is seeking an experienced professional to help libraries and local governments work together to achieve critical goals through the technology available at public libraries. The full time Program Manager will engage library systems who are participating in the Edge Initiative.

To learn more, click here
LIBRARY NEWS
White House Promotes STEM with "National Week at the Labs"

This week the White House launched National Week at the Labs, an initiative led in coordination with the White House Council on Women and Girls (CWG) and the My Brother's Keeper (MBK) Task Force to inspire students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). This week thousands of students will visit more than 50 National Labs in more than 20 states to meet with scientists and engage in mentoring sessions and hands-on STEM activities. The White House has also announced new tracks within the scope of MBK work to focus on STEM and entrepreneurship and connect young people, particularly minorities and girls, to new opportunities. Libraries are encouraged to host Week at the Labs activities in their branches, makerspaces, and learning labs to explore STEM education with children in their communities. Share photos and resources from your library's activities on social media using #WeekAtTheLabs.

Click here to learn more about the initiative.


 
NSLA Partners with White House on Summer Opportunity Project

The White House recently announced the Summer Opportunity Project, a multi-agency effort in partnership with the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) and other leading organizations that invests in learning and employment opportunities for young people during the summer months, particularly those from low-income backgrounds. NSLA will identify and disseminate what works in the summer space by creating a national best practices knowledge base and network that equips cities, towns and counties to provide summer learning, meal and job opportunities to all children and youth who qualify for free and reduced-price meals. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) has also committed $15 million to a collaboration with NSLA and other partners to develop service projects that help youth gain skills and earn money for college.

Click here to read the full White House press release and learn more about the Summer Opportunity Project.



USAC E-rate
Conference Calls
   

Join us for the Universal Service Administrative Company's (USAC) weekly E-rate conference call with ULC libraries taking place 11:00 - 11:30 am ET next Tuesday. These calls help ULC member libraries learn more about the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) and provide USAC with feedback to improve their outreach efforts and make the application process more accessible. USAC E-rate calls will resume the regularly scheduled time of 2:00 - 2:30 pm ET on March 15 and continue through the close of the FCC Form 471 filing window on April 29, 2016.

Contact Katherine Bates to participate and receive the call-in information.
 
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