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ULC Webinar: Public Libraries and Hispanics --- User Trends and Program Opportunities
Thursday, May 21, 2015
9-10 am PT | 10-11 am MT | 11 am-12 pm CT | 12-1 pm ET

Join Mark Hugo Lopez, Director of Hispanic Research at the Pew Research Center, along with ULC Members Will Chen and Pilar Castro-Rein of Denver Public Library for a new ULC webinar, Public Libraries and Hispanics: User Trends and Program Opportunities.

Mark will share new research from the Pew Research Center that shows U.S.-born Hispanics use public libraries just as much as other Americans, but that foreign-born Hispanics are less likely to do so. Despite this difference, immigrant Hispanics who do visit libraries are the most appreciative of the services and amenities that libraries have to offer. What does this mean for programs and services in your communities? Denver Public Library will share successes they are having with Plaza Programming designed for Hispanics and immigrant community members.

Learn how to use the research to shape program development, increase usage, and engage this significant portion of our population while maintaining their confidence in the value of the public library.

Click here to register.

2015 ULC Member Reception in San Francisco

Saturday, June 27, 2015, 6:00 - 7:30 pm

San Francisco Public Library - Skylight Gallery - San Francisco, CA


The Friends of the San Francisco Public Library and the San Francisco Public Library will kindly host a ULC Member Reception in the Main Library's Skylight Gallery. Join friends and colleagues for a few light bites and libations as we welcome summer and reconnect with ULC friends near and far.


Registration for the event is recommended.  

Congratulations to Felton Thomas, other ULC Members on PLA Appointments  

The Public Library Association (PLA) has announced that Felton Thomas Jr., Director of the Cleveland Public Library (CPL), has been elected to serve as the 2016-2017 PLA President. Thomas will become PLA president-elect at the conclusion of the American Library Association (ALA) 2015 Annual Conference this June and will assume the PLA presidency in June 2016 for one year.

Thomas has served on PLA's Board of Directors since 2012 and standing committees since 2006, including PLA's 2007 National Conference Program Committee and the 2010 Annual Conference Program Coordinating Committee. Most recently, he served as chair of the 2013 Demco New Leaders Travel Grant Jury, and continues to serve on the ALA Chapter Relations Committee.

In addition to Thomas' election, PLA members elected two other ULC members to the PLA Board of Directors. Gina Millsap, Chief Executive Officer of Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library, and Dr. Rhea Brown Lawson, ULC Executive Board member and Executive Director of Houston Public Library, will fill two directors-at-large vacancies on the PLA Board.

Read more about the PLA elections here

Saint Paul Public Library, Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library Receive LibraryAware Community Award

Representatives from Library Journal and EBSCO presented the 2015 LibraryAware Community Award to the City of Saint Paul on May 6, 2015, during a meeting of the Library Board. Saint Paul is one of three communities to receive the award, which recognizes communities that engage with their libraries to improve the lives of their citizens and create life learners. ULC members Saint Paul Public Library and Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library came in second and third place, respectively.

Serving a large community of new Americans, Saint Paul Public Library was recognized for its work in raising the profile of the Library and the programming it does to support community priorities, including education, racial equality, digital literacy, and workforce development.

Topeka & Shawnee County Public Library demonstrated long-term thinking in engaging with its community and facilitating growth through staff members serving on community advisory boards, training as facilitators, and working to provide region-wide broadband access, among other initiatives.

BPL President Named Chair of the Digital Public Library of America   
Boston Public Library (BPL) President Amy Ryan has been appointed Chair of the Board of the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA). As DPLA Board Chair, Ryan will play an important role in advancing DPLA's misson to develop systems to share digital content from American libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, and other community centers in a centralized, online environment.

Ryan has worked in the library field for over 35 years and became Boston Public Library's first female president in 2008. 
She will begin serving her two-year term as DPLA Board Chair in July 2015.

Click here to learn more about Ryan's appointment, career and achievements. 

Free Library of Philadelphia Partners with School District for Early Childhood Literacy Program

The Free Library of Philadelphia (FLP) recently partnered with the School District of Philadelphia to launch "Building Bridges with Books," a library-focused early childhood literacy program funded
through a two-year, $1.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The program is designed to strengthen connections between families and schools by implementing literacy activities, increasing access to digital content and devices, and expanding professional development for teachers. The program will begin by working with students, families and teachers from 10 Philadelphia schools.

The Free Library will play a critical role as a partner in this education initiative. Students will make bimonthly visits to the library and have access to FPL's early childhood texts through improved technology resources in their school libraries. FPL will also host monthly parent training sessions.

Read more about the program here and learn how your library can support community educations goals in the latest ULC Leadership Brief, Partners for Education

ULC Welcomes New Program Director for Education and Learning    




We are excited to welcome Emily Samose to our team as ULC's new Program Director for Education and Learning!


Emily has nearly 20 years of communications, program, project, and relationship management experience in the consulting, federal government, higher education and non-profit sectors. Prior to joining ULC, she served as a consultant for the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading, spent seven years with the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) and over ten years at the intersection of national service and education in California, developing and executing service-learning programs at universities and education-focused non-profit organizations.

Emily serves as a valuable addition to the ULC team as our staff, members and partners work to develop strategic initiatives around education and learning in public libraries.

2015 Innovations Celebration 


Thursday, June 25, 2015

Tech Museum of Innovation

6:00 - 9:00 pm


Join your fellow ULC members and guests for an evening of celebration and recognition as ULC awards its Top Innovators, Honorable Mentions, and acknowledges the members that submitted to the 2015 Innovations Initiative.


We would like to extend a very special thank you to our partner, Ingram Content Group, for supporting the 2015 ULC Innovations Celebration. 


It will be an evening you won't want to miss!


Barack Obama Foundation Selects Chicago as Home for New Presidential Library   


On Tuesday, May 12, the Barack Obama Foundation officially announced that the Obama Presidential Center will be built in Chicago's South Side. The announcement comes on the heels of months of speculation as locations like New York City and Hawaii remained strong considerations.


The new Presidential Center will partner with the University of Chicago and include a library, museum, offices and meeting space. The Obama Foundation is still deciding between two park sites, but have stated that the Center could open as early as 2020.


Click here to learn more about the announcement. 

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