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ULC Webinar: Coming Together - How Skokie Public Library is Addressing the Topic of Race
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 
9-10 am PT | 10-11 am MT | 11 am-12 pm CT | 12-1 pm ET

For many of us, race and racism are not easy topics to address, yet the Skokie Public Library, along with local partners, found a way to start the difficult conversation and engage the community by weaving aspects of the topic into day-to-day activities and programs.

Listen in on May 18 as Skokie Public Library and one of its partners, Niles Township High Schools District 219, discuss Coming Together: Voices of Race, a community program that provides residents the chance to weigh-in and share their thoughts and feelings on racism through events like reading groups, open discussions, exhibits and workshops that address and explore the topics of race and social equity.

During the webinar, the Skokie Public Library team will share the lessons and practices they used to create the program and discuss how they prepared their staff to lead mindful, respectful and responsible community programs. You will also hear about the community's participation and engagement and learn how the library gained program acceptance. The team will discuss the tactics they have used to maintain the momentum of the program and keep the conversation fresh and ongoing.

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

ULC Annual Member Breakfast 
Saturday, June 25, 2016, 8:00-9:30 am ET
Hyatt Regency Orlando - Plaza Ballroom - Orlando, FL

ULC members are invited to join us for our Annual Member Meeting on Saturday, June 25, 2016, from 8:00-9:30 am ET at the Hyatt Regency Orlando in the Plaza Ballroom.

During the breakfast you will hear updates from the ULC leadership, review the slate of ULC Member Candidates and elect the new board, and connect with your peers.

Please register for the ULC Member Breakfast by visiting the Members Only section of the ULC website and clicking on "Events & Registrations."

For more information, please contact Katherine Behrens.

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

Urban libraries, like results-oriented organizations in all sectors, need the right language and data to understand and ensure that our work is meeting the goals we've set for ourselves. Join us at this year's ULC Annual Forum as we focus on exploring and developing a framework that we can all use to describe the outcomes and impacts that we create for the individuals and communities we serve - both at the local and national level.

Visit the ULC website to learn more and register by June 1, 2016, to lock in the discounted early bird rate!

If you have questions, please contact Katherine Behrens, ULC Member Programs Executive.

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Edmonton Public Library Named 2016 Recipient of CLA/OCLC Award for Innovative Technology

The Edmonton Public Library (EPL) project Capital City Records: Edmonton Local Music has been named 2016 recipient of the Canadian Library Association (CLA)/OCLC Award for Innovative Technology. Capital City Records is Canada's first public library digital local music collection and interactive tool for celebrating local music history. 

EPL developed Capital City Records to celebrate and promote Edmonton-made music, while also building an ongoing historical record of the city's music scene. Input from Edmonton's music community helped shape Capital City Records, starting with the 2014 unconference YEG BandCamp. The launch of Capital City Records was also ranked one of the top ten best musical events in Edmonton in 2015 by YEG Music Magazine. Through this project, EPL has taken a truly innovative leadership role not only in the preservation of local history, but also the production and dissemination of digital content and independent music.

The collection currently features digital copies of over 250 local gig posters and music from over 70 local musicians that can be streamed by any site visitor and downloaded by EPL cardholders.

Congratulations, EPL!

Click here to learn more.

Boston Public Library to Launch Hot Spot Lending Program

As part of Verizon's recent deal to expand its FiOS service and outfit Boston with 800 miles of high-speed fiber optic cable, Boston Public Library (BPL) will also launch a new wireless hotspot lending program. The program, which will provide library cardholders with portable wireless network devices, will be targeted specifically towards low-income residents.

Through this model, BPL will make it easier for all community members to access information, as well as participate and succeed in the growing digital economy. While specific program details are still being worked out, the program will kick off with $100,000 of initial funding from Verizon.

Click here to learn more. 

Toledo-Lucas County Public Library ROI Study Reports Nearly $4 in Benefits for Every $1 Spent
The Toledo Lucas County Public Library (TLCPL) recently partnered with Howard Fleeter & Associates to conduct a Return on Investment (ROI) Study gauging the benefits of taxpayer dollars. The end study showed that the total ROI deriving from the Library's activities was $3.87 in 2015, meaning that for every $1 invested in the Library, nearly $4 in economic value and benefits are returned to area residents.

The study compares the library's level of operating expenditures (funded by state and local revenues) to the benefits provided to the community through use of the Library's wide range of materials, services, and programs. While the analysis estimated the direct benefit of library services for patrons to be nearly $101.7 million, the report states that the total value is closer to $143.3 million when factoring household multipliers and money that is freed up for consumers to spend in the area economy since library resources are offered for free.

Click here to view the full report.
E-RATE 2016:
Starting with FY2016, modifications to your library's FCC Form 471 (also known as "RAL corrections") are submitted in the E-rate Productivity Center (EPC) and applicants can no longer submit paper RALs. If you want to request a modification to your certified FCC Form 471, follow the process outlined by USAC here.
The weekly calls with ULC members and state E-rate coordinators will continue to be held every Tuesday at 2 pm ET through the end of the new July window for consortia and libraries. The past two weeks have included live demos on RALs and updating Program Integrity Assurance (PIA) questions. If you have joined previous calls, the call-in number is the same for both webinars and conference calls.

If you have questions or would like a live demonstration, please contact Katherine Bates. 
Register for the 2016 Families Learning Summit!

The National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) is taking its annual Families Learning Summit to another level October 17-19, 2016, in Detroit, Michigan! This year's event marks NCFL's 25th annual convening of educators, administrators, community leaders, parents, researchers, and policy makers committed to engaging all family members in learning. And you can save $125 by registering before June 30!

The 2016 Families Learning Summit will offer more opportunities for attendees than ever before, offering maximum exposure to learning and networking with top experts, thought-leaders, and funders. The event's content will span a wide range, including two-generation programming, digital learning, STEM, and meeting learners' needs along the education continuum from early childhood through adult education.

NCFL and ULC are planning another featured session to again support the proliferation of library-community partnerships, as well as literacy coalition and collective impact sessions.
Visit the conference website or email NCFL for more information. Check out the featured speaker lineup so far here. And don't forget to register by 6/30/16 at a discount! 

Apply for the 2016
Toyota Family Teacher of the Year Award! 

NCFL is currently accepting nominations to find this year's Toyota Family Teacher of the Year, an outstanding two-generation educator dedicated to improving literacy educational outcomes among youth and adults.

This is the 20th year for the Toyota-funded, NCFL-led award open to any educator who works for a school- or community-based program that engages families in the educational process. The award is an excellent opportunity to showcase innovative education initiatives and highlight the roles that libraries play as community centers for lifelong learning. In 2014, Liz Atack, program manager for Nashville Public Library's Bringing Books to Life! initiative, was the first ever librarian to win the award.

The educator selected as Toyota Family Teacher of the Year will receive a $20,000 grant to further ongoing family engagement efforts. One runner-up will receive $5,000. Both grand-prize and runner-up winners will be officially announced in Detroit, Mich., on October 19, 2016, at the Families Learning Summit.

The deadline for nominations is 11:59 p.m. EDT on May 16, 2016. Click here to learn more and nominate an educator in your community!
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