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ULC Webinar: Grow Your Own - Leaders + Teams 
Tuesday, April 19, 2016
9-10 am PT | 10-11 am MT | 11 am-12 pm CT | 12-1 pm ET

Are you ready to step up your leadership role? Do you want to improve your team dynamics and explore ways in which you can overcome the five dysfunctions of teams? Are you seeking ways to spark creative problem-solving among leaders and teams alike? Join your ULC colleague and Grand Rapids Public Library Assistant Director, Marla Ehlers, for the upcoming webinar, Grow Your Own: Leaders + Teams.

During the webinar, Marla will draw connections between The 5 Dysfunctions of a Team, the R-squared - Risk and Reward Conference philosophy, and a leadership training curriculum tailored to your library's needs. Together you'll explore exercises and experiences that will build team trust, master conflict, and establish commitment. Join us to learn how effective teams engage in unfiltered, passionate debate and have leaders who understand just who their first team is, as well as how to foster your own pool of self-aware leader-candidates.

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

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. 
Indianapolis Public Library Highlights ConnectED Library Challenge on Local Radio Show
Indianapolis Public Library (IndyPL) director Jackie Nytes recently hit the airwaves of WFYI public radio's No Limits news program to share the latest developments in IndyPL's partnership with the Metropolitan School District (MSD) of Lawrence Township. Nytes joined MSD Lawrence Township superintendent Dr. Shawn Smith to discuss their work to provide all district public school students with Indy Library cards, an initiative answering the call of the White House ConnectED Library Challenge. In September 2015, IndyPL and MSD Lawrence Township celebrated the launch of their e-resource card, which allows students to access the Library's growing collection of digital materials. Most recently, the MSD Lawrence Township Board voted to become the first township district in the IndyPL Shared System, creating a deeper connection between the two education institutions, increasing students' access to library resources and enhancing digital learning.

Click here to listen to the full No Limits interview.

13 ULC Libraries Join Initiative to Provide Financial Education and Counseling to Veterans and Military Families 
The National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC) and the American Library Association (ALA) recently announced the national rollout of an initiative to deliver financial education solutions to members of the military and their families in libraries across the country. Through this initiative, libraries and NFCC member agencies in communities with significant populations of veterans and military families will partner to offer financial education workshops, access to personalized counseling, and other resources around such topics as housing, credit and career transition into civilian life. ULC member libraries make up 13 of the 28 libraries selected for initiative, including Pima County Public Library, Contra Costa County Library, Los Angeles Public Library, Poudre River Public Library District, DC Public LIbrary, Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, Baltimore County Public Library, Hennepin County Library, Metropolitan Library System (OK), Cuyahoga County Public Library, San Antonio Public Library, Dallas Public Library and Pierce County Library System.

Click here to learn more about the program.

Charlotte Librarian Discusses Community Outreach and Empowerment in NBC News Profile

Libraries are often searching for the best ways to engage and educate their community, and Charlotte-Mecklenburg Library (CML) librarian Beatriz Guevara recently shared tips and advice for successful community outreach in a recent interview with NBC News Latino. In the article, she discusses how libraries serve as important community institutions that can connect individuals to tools for educational and personal success, particularly among non-English-speaking and immigrant populations. Guevara, who also volunteers as President of REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking, discussed the critical role that the library played in helping her learn English and pursue her academic interests when she moved to the United States from Mexico as a teenager. In the article, she highlights the importance of getting out of the stacks and becoming an active and visible community participant to educate residents about all of the tools and resources available to them at their public library.

"Librarians really want people to succeed and get ahead in life, we want you to come to the library when you don't know what you want to do in life," she said. "We want you to go into a library for help because it's the perfect place to get started."

Click here to read the full article. 
Last week, ULC hosted a webinar, Recipe for Redesign, which included presentations from Richland Library and Do Space. Both ULC member libraries shared insights and strategies for redesigning and building new library spaces.

Purchase the webinar recording today to hear these libraries discuss the process for designing, constructing and building support for new spaces to better serve their communities.

To purchase a copy of the webinar recording, please contact Colleen Bragiel. ULC Member price is $150. 
E-RATE 2016:
The scheduled close of the 2016 E-rate funding cycle is April 29, 2016, but Friday, April 1, 2016, is the last day applicants can post an FY2016 FCC Form 470 in the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) and meet the 28-day requirement before filing the FCC Form 471 (due April 29). If you are required to file an FCC Form 470, but have not yet done so, you should file your form ASAP!

If you have any questions, remember to join ULC members and State E-rate Coordinators for weekly calls on Tuesdays at 2 pm ET through April 29, 2016. For call details and call-in information, contact Katherine Bates.  
Register for the 2016
IFLA World Library and Information Congress!

The International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) is bringing its annual World Library and Information Congress to Columbus, OH this summer and registration is now open!

The weeklong slate of programming and events, taking place August 13-19, gives American library professionals an opportunity to network on a global scale with representatives from over 110 countries.

This year's World Library and Information Congress is especially exciting for ULC as it is the first time the conference has been held in the United States in 15 years and one of the conference hosts is ULC member Columbus Metropolitan Library.

Advance registration ends on May 17, 2016. Visit the the IFLA website today to save on your registration and learn more about this exciting event!

We hope you will join us in Columbus in August! 
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