WEDNESDAY, May 25, 2016
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ULC @ 2016 ALA Annual Conference
  • Effective Summer Learning in Libraries: Opportunities for Assessment
    Saturday, June 25, 2016, 12:00-1:00 pm ET

    In June, ULC will release a new publication for ULC members and the library field, Public Libraries and Effective Summer Learning: Opportunities for Assessment. The paper was developed as part of a National Forum, funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), that explored strategic concepts and emerging models that can be used to support public libraries as they move to assess their effectiveness as powerful summer learning providers. In this ALA session, learn from a panel of public library leaders about the ways in which they have been able to collect and generate evidence to demonstrate how their programs address the summer learning slide. Participants will receive a copy of the new publication and consider how its "Seven Steps to Initiate Assessment of Public Library Summer Learning Effectiveness" can work for their libraries.
Register for the following events in the Members Only section of the ULC website:
  • ULC Annual Member Breakfast
    Saturday, June 25, 2016, 8:00-9:30 am ET
  • ULC Communications and Marketing Member Group Meet-Up
    Saturday, June 25, 1:00-2:30 pm ET
  • ULC Tech Leaders Member Group Meet-Up
    Saturday, June 25, 2:00-3:30 pm ET
  • ULC Development Directors Member Group Meet-Up
    Saturday, June 25, 2:00-3:30 pm ET
  • ULC Directors Member Group Meet-Up
    Sunday, June 26, 10:00-11:30 am ET
  • ULC Deputy Directors Member Group Meet-Up
    Sunday, June 26, 10:00-11:30 am ET
  • ULC Education Leaders Member Group Meet-Up
    Sunday, June 26, 10:00-11:30 am ET

2016 ULC Annual Forum 
ULC Libraries: Getting to the Evidence
October 5-7, 2016
Kansas City Marriott Downtown - Kansas City, MO

Register by the June 1 to lock in the discounted early bird rate!

ULC is excited to invite ULC library executives and leadership team members to join us in Kansas City this October! Members will have the opportunity to engage in lively conversations and share innovative ideas on measuring community outcomes and impact with their peers from across Canada and the United States.
Visit the ULC website for more information.

If you have questions, please contact Katherine Behrens, ULC Member Programs Executive.
ULC Proposes 2016/2017 Board Slate 

The ULC Executive Board has proposed a slate of board members for 2016/2017. ULC members will be asked to vote on the slate on Saturday, June 25, at the ULC Annual Member Breakfast taking place during the 2016 ALA Annual Conference. The proposed Executive Board slate includes three distinguished new members:
  • Richard Reyes-Gavilan, Executive Director, District of Columbia Public Library, DC;
  • Mary J. Wardell, Trustee, San Francisco Public Library, CA;
  • Michael Meyer, Public-at-Large, Operating Partner, McCarthy Capital
Read more about the full 2016/2017 slate.

Dayton Metro Library Director of Youth Services Receives National Honor

Tish Wilson, Assistant Director of Youth Services at the Dayton Metro Library, has been appointed Chair of the 2018 Caldecott Committee. The Caldecott Medal is awarded each year to the artist of the most distinguished American picture book for children by the Association for Library Service to Children (ALSC) and announced at the American Library Association's Midwinter Conference. Caldecott Committee members are both appointed and elected from public and school libraries and library education programs across the country.

According to a recent press release, Wilson says the appointment "feels like coming full circle." She was first hired as a Children's Librarian for Dayton Metro Library in 1980 and served as Caldecott Committee member in 1986 when the popular holiday story The Polar Express won the award.

ULC Shares Library STEM Learning Strategies at National Afterschool Association Convening

Last week, ULC Director for Education and Learning Initiatives Emily Samose spoke on a panel titled "Afterschool Initiatives to Promote STEM Learning" at a convening of the National Afterschool Association's (NAA) Corporate Advisory Board. The meeting, called "2025 Workforce Diversity: Utilizing Afterschool Programs to Reach the Future," took place at the Google offices in Washington, DC, and involved representatives from Google, Discovery Education, Campbell's, the Institute for Youth, Education and Families at the National League of Cities (NLC), the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and many others.

Emily shared the ways in which ULC Members maximize STEM learning opportunities and create collaborative learning systems through community partnerships, learning labs, makerspaces, and other services. Through the panel discussion, Emily emphasized libraries' contributions to developing the future workforce and NAA is now considering including a "Public Library" track for the 2017 NAA Convention in Dallas - stay tuned!

ULC's website holds a diverse collection of resources on STEM education opportunities in libraries, including a Learning Labs in Libraries and Museums report, recent ULC Leadership Briefs, and the ULC Innovations Initiative highlighting over 1,000 successful programs and services implemented by leading ULC libraries. 

Cleveland Public Library Kicks Off Partnership to Provide Local Students with Library Cards 

Cleveland Public Library recently partnered with the City of Cleveland and the Cleveland Metropolitan School District (CMSD) to put a library card in the hands of every student in Cleveland. CPL has engaged in this partnership as part of the White House ConnectED Library Challenge.

Having provided library cards to all kindergartners in Cleveland, last week CPL expanded this outreach and began sending ConnectED library cards to all preschools, parochial, private, charter, and public schools in Cleveland, totaling nearly 90,000 children. Students receive a paper card at school that must then be brought into any CPL branch for activation. Upon registering, students will receive the actual card and can begin using it immediately, including signing up for CPL's annual summer reading club.

The new cards allow a limited number of books to be checked out at one time, and grants access to CPL's online database collection. Overdue fines will not accrue on these cards, however, DVDs, CDs, and other audiovisual materials may not be checked out with the ConnectED card.

Getting Ready for Summer Learning!

ULC Member Libraries across North America are gearing up for summer reading and learning. Some libraries, like San Francisco Public Library, have already kicked off summer programming, while others, such as Howard County Library System, plan to launch next week. Congratulations!

The National Summer Learning Association (NSLA),
one of ULC's key partners, will celebrate National Summer Learning Day on Thursday, July 14, to raise awareness of the importance of summer learning and recognize the work of the many organizations that #keepkidslearning. ULC encourages our member libraries to connect to a vast network of education leaders by taking NSLA's pledge to keep kids learning this summer and adding their summer learning programs and events to NSLA's interactive map. Add your events by June 1 when NSLA launches the map more broadly!

Click here for a list of new and useful summer learning resources from ULC, NSLA and the Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA), and stay tuned for many more summer learning publications from ULC this summer!

The ULC office will be closed on Monday, May 30, 2016, in observance of Memorial Day.

The 2016 ULC Innovations Initiative opens on Wednesday, June 1!

Visit the ULC website to view the latest updates and past library innovations. 

With its sustained commitment to a lifetime of learning and its stature as a trusted community hub, there is no better resource for families learning together than the public library.

In our latest Leadership Brief, Libraries Supporting Family Learning, ULC and the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) explore how learning environments with engaged families can improve education outcomes and provide five action strategies that libraries can implement to expand these opportunities in their communities.
E-RATE 2016:
The FCC Form 471 application filing window for schools and school districts closes at 11:59 pm EDT on Thursday, May 26, 2016. All member/related school districts will have finalized their discount rates in the EPC system at this time, allowing libraries and consortia to file during the second window that closes on July 21, 2016. If you need assistance updating your EPC profile information, call the Client Service Bureau (CSB) at (888) 203-8100. CSB has extended their hours this week to accommodate the window closing for schools/school districts. 
Alternatively, you can join the weekly calls with ULC members and state E-rate coordinators held every Tuesday at 2 pm ET through July 21.

If you would like to join the calls or would like a live demonstration of any sections of the EPC, please contact Katherine Bates. 
NCFL to Open Camp Wonderopolis on
June 13

The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) has announced that it will officially open its free online learning camp, Camp Wonderopolis, on June 13. This year's theme, Flex Your Wonder, will contain a wide variety of activities and lessons focused on health and fitness, from learning about the Olympics to good nutrition habits.

Camp Wonderopolis connects kids and families to nature while nurturing discovery and exploration through STEM subject matter during the summer and out-of-school time. Some of this year's highlights include 42 Wonder activities to spark discovery and exploration, collectible Wonder cards, and Maker experiments. NCFL has also created new Campsite Kits that families and program leaders can use to support campers with activity guides, supplies, and other materials. Program leader Campsite Kits come with even more resources for facilitating and leading local camp activities, webinars and online training, implementation guides, online promotion packages, and more.

Libraries can visit the Camp Wonderopolis website to learn more and register to participate. 
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