WEDNESDAY, March 23, 2016
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ULC Webinar:
Recipe for Redesign 
Thursday, March 24, 2016
9-10 am PT | 10-11 am MT | 11 am-12 pm CT | 12-1 pm ET

Is your library considering redesigning a space or building a new branch? Do you need a bit of inspiration and ideas as your team works through the complex process? If so, then join Richland Library Executive Director Melanie Huggins and Rebecca Stavick, Executive Director of Do Space, as they break down their library's transformation and creation process and share lessons learned.

During the webinar Melanie will discuss how she, her staff and a team of architects, built new space with the financial support and buy-in from the community; how the design work inspired, created and strengthened programs; and how the redesign shifted the library's service approach. Melanie will also discuss how the work impacted library operations and led to the creation of new positions.

Then we will shift gears and hear from Rebecca Stavick, Executive Director of Do Space, Omaha's first digital library. Rebecca will discuss the development of Do Space, what it took to build a space intentionally created for community technology and innovation, and what you need to look for when "shopping" for space that reflects the work of a library like Do Space. Rebecca will also discuss the community's reaction to the new digital library and the partnerships she has created to continue its growth.

Register today to participate and receive a recording to share with staff!

ULC Library Leaders Breakfast 
Friday, April 8, 2016, 8:00 - 9:00 am
Hyatt Regency @ Colorado Convention Center - Agate Room

ULC Directors and Deputy Directors are invited to join us for a light breakfast and conversation with peers on Friday, April 8th from 8-9 am. This breakfast will be a great chance to connect with your peers and hear updates on the latest member programs and initiatives for ULC member libraries.

Please RSVP to Colleen Bragiel if you are able to attend.

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 - 4:30 pm
Hyatt Regency @ Colorado Convention Center - Agate Room Denver, CO

Click here to learn more and RSVP by March 31, 2016.

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

Click here to learn more and RSVP 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

Click here to learn more and RSVP 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. 
18 ULC Library Innovators Recognized in Library Journal List of 2016 Movers & Shakers 
Marking 15 years of celebrating emerging leaders that are making a difference in libraries across the world, Library Journal has announced its 2016 Movers and Shakers (M&S), including individuals from 16 ULC member libraries and one associate member, the Delaware Division of Libraries. Library Journal recognized a total of 54 Movers this year, with 18 out of the 29 public library leaders hailing from ULC member organizations and leading cutting edge initiatives in each M&S category. These library innovators and advocates are improving their communities in a variety of ways, from tackling literacy inequity to building library-school partnerships that connect teens and educators to online library resources and technology.

Click here to learn more about these advocates, change agents, community builders, educators, innovators and tech leaders.

Cedar Rapids Public Library Joins ULC
Please join us in welcoming Cedar Rapids Public Library to ULC. We look forward to collaborating with and learning from the Library, as well as connecting their work to that of our other members and partners!

Calgary Public Library Revives Traveling Bookmobile Branch to Reach Community

The wheels on the truck go round and round as Calgary Public Library (CPL) expands its reach in the community through one of the newest library attractions, the Book Truck.

Earlier this month, CPL launched the Book Truck, which revitalizes the Bookmobile library service that the Library has not implemented in 25 years. The Book Truck brings books, movies, and many other library services to the community with the goal of getting people of all ages excited about reading and books. In addition to checking out materials, community members can sign up for new library cards and, depending on the time of year, will be able to attend children's programs or kick back and enjoy their books at a pop-up reading lounge.

Through the new service, two "libraries on wheels
" currently make regularly scheduled stops at 16 different locations and the Library plans to add two more vehicles to the fleet within the next year. According to a recent CBC article, the service plays an important role in expanding library services to communities that are waiting for new library branches to be built.

Click here to learn more and view a visual history of Calgary Public Library's Bookmobile and Book Truck. 
E-RATE 2016:
The E-rate Productivity Center's (EPC) FY2016 Filing Window Headquarters has many different resources to help you utilize the new filing system. The Quick Filing Guide for Library Systems highlights how to File Form 471 and addresses issues that might arise when you file. To update information for your library system, click Manage Organization at the top of the page. It is in this section that you can enter/correct your status to ensure that you receive the higher reimbursement rate for Urban Libraries.

Remember, if you have specific questions on filing for E-rate this year, please join ULC members and State E-rate Coordinators on weekly calls Tuesdays at 2 pm ET. For call-in information, contact Katherine Bates. 
New Report from Pew: 73% of Adults Consider Themselves Lifelong Learners

Yesterday, the Pew Research Center released a new report, Lifelong Learning and Technology, providing further statistical evidence that libraries have a crucial role in the educational ecosystem to ensure that learning never ends. The report, which found that 73% of adults consider themselves lifelong learners, categorizes these learners as either "personal learners" (74%) or "professional learners" (36%) and indicates that "digital technology plays a notable role in these knowledge pursuits, but place-based learning remains vital to many."

Further supporting public libraries as institutions of education and lifelong learning, the report finds that "by an 81% to 52% margin, personal learners are more likely to cite a locale such as a high school, place of worship or library as the site at which personal learning takes place than they are to cite the internet." The report provides many more relevant statistics related to how differences in access to technology, education, income and other factors impact the pursuit of learning.

Click here to read a recent NPR story highlighting DC Public Library's commitment to lifelong learning and findings from the Pew report that illustrate the critical role of modern libraries.

Check out these and other ULC Member Leading Learning and Economic and Workforce Development 2015 Innovations to learn more about the innovative ways libraries are providing lifelong learners with opportunities to fulfill both personal and professional pursuits: 
Cuyahoga County Public Library Encore Entrepreneurs Series
San Diego County Library Professional Group Study 
Toronto Public Library
Not In Our Town Offers Libraries Free Resources for Building Inclusive Communities

Not In Our Town, a movement to stop hate, address bullying and build safe, inclusive communities, is offering libraries free resources for holding public screenings of its 30-minute film Waking in Oak Creek, which profiles the powerful community response to the 2012 shooting at a Sikh Temple of Wisconsin.
Not in our Town produced the film in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Justice's Office Of Community Oriented Policing Services as part of their Working Together for a Safe, Inclusive Communities initiative. The film is a strong resource to spark dialogue and action addressing the need to: actively respond to hate and intolerance; build bridges between different groups in the community; and engage youth in building safe, inclusive communities.
Libraries and community partners are invited to request free DVDs of Waking in Oak Creek for public screenings, educational programs, training workshops, and other community outreach activities.
Supplemental resources available to help plan and host screening events include a Guide for Community Screenings, an Educator Lesson Plan, and promotional materials.
For more information, or for assistance planning a screening, visit the film website, email Not In Our Town or call 510-268-9675. 
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