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ULC Webinar: Bridging the Digital Divide --- Library Hot Spot Lending Programs
Tuesday, June 16, 2015
9-10 am PT | 10-11 am MT | 11 am-12 pm CT | 12-1 pm ET

The latest buzz coming out of public libraries is all about Hot Spot Lending Programs! These low-cost devices can be carried anywhere and provide mobile broadband wireless Internet access. ULC member libraries are launching innovative programs to help close the divide, increase education opportunities and create broadband adoption outside their physical walls with Hot Spot Lending Programs.

Join program leaders from New York Public Library and Saint Paul Public Library as they discuss their school, community, and service provider partnerships they developed to launch their successful Hot Spot Lending programs. The presenters will share details about their lending policies and what they did to ensure a sustainable program for their customers within their library budget. ULC members will also share the success and challenges libraries have faced when implementing a lending program.

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ULC Member Briefing 
Wednesday, June 24, 2015, 3:00 - 4:00 pm
San Jose Marriott - San Jose Ballroom - San Jose, CA

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ULC Member Welcome Reception 
Wednesday, June 24, 2015, 5:30 - 7:00 pm
San Jose Marriott - San Jose Ballroom - San Jose, CA

2015 Innovations Celebration 
Thursday, June 25, 2015, 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Tech Museum of Innovation - San Jose, CA

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A special thank you to Ingram Content Group for supporting the 2015 Innovations Celebration.

Visit the ULC website to learn more about the 2015 ULC Annual Forum agenda, speakers and much more!

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.  

ULC Proposes 2015/2016 Board Slate  

The ULC Executive Board has proposed a slate of board members for 2015/2016. ULC members will be asked to vote on the slate on Friday, June 26, 2015, during the ULC Member Breakfast taking place during the ULC Annual Forum in San Jose. The proposed Executive Board slate includes five distinguished new members:
  • Vickery Bowles, City Librarian, Toronto Public Library, ON;
  • Janet Hutchinson, Board Chair, Calgary Public Library, AB;
  • John W. Laney, Trustee, Mid-Continent Public Library, MO;
  • C. Mary Okoye, Board Member, Pima Library Foundation, AZ;
  • Allen G. Zaring, IV, Library Trustee and Secretary, The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County, OH.

Read more about the full 2015/2016 slate.   

Google Fiber and NTEN Launch Digital Inclusion Fellowship, Include ULC Libraries as Host Sites

Google Fiber and the Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN)
have partnered to launch the first ever Digital Inclusion Fellowship. The fellowship will pair two emerging leaders in each of Google Fiber's eight metro areas with community organizations to spend a year building localized programs to get more people online and trained in digital literacy. Two of the first host organizations are ULC libraries: Charlotte Mecklenburg Library and Nashville Public Library.

Through this partnership, Google Fiber is
investing $1 million to launch the fellowship, fund salaries and benefits for fellows, and provide stipends for organizations to kickstart their new programs.

Over the next few weeks, fellowship partners will be recruiting fellows who are local, know the target populations, and are passionate about what access to the Internet could mean for their community. Once selected, fellows will travel to Google's offices in Mountain View, Calif., to receive specialized training from NTEN on how to build effective digital inclusion programs. The application deadline for fellows is June 10, 2015. 

Click here to read more about the program, host organizations and eligibility requirements

Reserve Your Hotel Room Before June 1st

The housing deadline is June 1, 2015!
Book your room today to receive the $229 discounted rate.
Need a ride?



Baker and Taylor are the official sponsors of the ULC bus from San Jose to San Francisco's Moscone Center. To reserve your seat, log in to your Annual Forum registration page, visit the Lodging and Travel tab and click on the box to reserve a ride. It's that easy! 

Apply Now for Toyota Family Learning Grant

The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) is seeking innovative schools, libraries, and community organizations to join the Toyota Family Learning (TFL) movement. TFL addresses educational needs and provides opportunities for low-income and ethnically diverse families to build stronger communities. This three-year, $175,000 grant will fund family learning programs that feature service learning and family mentoring. Five selected organizations will also receive a wide range of NCFL training, communication and technical support, learning items and materials. In the past, ULC members Houston Public Library and San Mateo County Library have received TFL grants to support family learning activities in their communities. NCFL is accepting initial brief applications through June 11, 2015.

Click here to learn more about the Toyota Family Learning grant. 
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