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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


Teens are deeply engaged in charting the development of Learning Labs initiatives in museums and libraries throughout the country.  In addition to serving on Teen Advisory Committees, they are also active partners in designing, planning and advocating for the creation of their own learning spaces and experiences. Building on the energy of Teen Tech Week (#TTW14), join leaders from three ULC member libraries as they share insights and lessons from their experience engaging teens in robust new ways. Register today!
Accelerate Learning!
June 20 - 25 / Chicago, IL
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Join library innovators from around the globe for an inspiring look at how libraries are pushing boundaries, leading and accelerating changes that advance learning in the 21st century.   

We are now accepting proposals from registered participants for inspiring, interactive sessions to be presented on June 23 and 24. We're looking for innovative library leaders to share tools, exchange ideas and highlight promising new approaches that libraries are introducing to maximize their power as community learning centers. The deadline for session proposals is Thursday, March 20. Find out more about NEXT, propose a session and
register today!
Join Us in Indianapolis!

Thursday, March 13  

6:30 - 8:00 pm


Gather with ULC friends and colleagues to toast to our hopes for spring and share good tidings Login and RSVP today.


No individual membership profile? No problem. Contact Jodi Lazar for assistance. Please RSVP by this Friday, March 7.
Visit the Edge at Booth #322
Saturday, March 15 
10:30 - 11:30 am

Find out more about the Edge, and register at PLA Booth #322 to be entered for a chance to win a FREE EDGE PRIVATE TRAINING SESSION. One library will be drawn to receive a customized training session of one of the four Edge training modules for up to 35 members of your library staff (minimum 15 attendees). The winning library must complete the Edge Assessment prior to receiving the private training from one of Edge's skilled trainers. 
Tweeting for Teen Tech Week #TTW14
The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) is turning over its Twitter account (@yalsa) March 10-14 to a different partner each day of Teen Tech Week #TTW14 to better inform YALSA's 22,000+ Twitter followers about relevant issues and share a wide range of resources. Topics will include connected learning, digital badges, making and makerspaces, practical tips for using digital tools, technology policies and more.

Here's the line-up: Learning Labs Initiative, coordinated by ULC (@Learning_Labs_; @UrbanLibCouncil);  Best Buy's Geek Squad (@GeekSquad), Make It @ your library (@MakeItLib), Mozilla Open Badges (@OpenBadges) and ALA's Office for Information Technology Policy (@OITP). Find out more and celebrate Teen Tech Week at your library.

IMLS Names National Medal Finalists
IMLS has announced 30 finalists for the National Medal for Museum and Library Service, the nation's highest honor conferred on museums and libraries for service to the community.  Among the 15 libraries named as finalists, ULC member libraries stand out. Congratulations to: Pima County Public Library, AZ; Los Angeles Public Library, CA; Sacramento Public Library, CA; Hartford Public Library, CT; Chicago Public Library, IL; Mid-Continent Public Library, MO; and Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, NV. 

In commemoration of the 20th year of this prestigious award, IMLS encourages the share of stories about these community stars and previous Medal recipients on its Facebook page.
Spotlight on Missouri Libraries

Kansas City Public Library and Mid-Continent Public Library take center stage in a Kansas City Star feature article that celebrates libraries as centers of curiosity, invention and creation. In the photo above, Cooper Smith, 3, pretends he's a polar bear, hopping across floating sheets of "ice" that spell out the word "bears." Read the article.
What Will You Showcase?

ULC's fifth annual Innovations Initiative opens shortly, and we hope you are thinking about the new ways of working that you will be showcasing. Watch for the guidelines, gather your team and start thinking about the big ideas that keep your library vital.  
We Need More Cowbell!


Arapahoe Library District, CO has volunteered to host the "Greatest Drum Versus Cowbell Showdown the World Has Ever Seen." Inspired by comedian Will Ferrell and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith, the event will be a fundraiser to raise $300,000 for Cancer for College, a nonprofit that awards college scholarships to cancer survivors. Find out more about this celebrity challenge, and support Arapahoe Library District'sproposal.

New Member Welcome!

Please help us welcome Executive Director Nancy Tessman and her fabulous team at Fort Vancouver Regional Library District, WA, to ULC!

Fort Vancouver Regional Library District: Gateway to Ideas, Information & Interaction


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