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A One-Hour Webinar
Thursday, May 22 
1 pm ET/12 pm CT/11 am MT/10 am PT
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Craig Buthod, Director, Louisville Free Public Library
David Singleton, Director of Libraries, Charlotte Mecklenburg Library

Be an early adopter of the Edge Initiative, a groundbreaking management and leadership tool that will help you capture, strengthen and convey the power of the public technology you provide your community.

This program will showcase the experience of two leading libraries that are using Edge to inform strategic planning, performance improvement and dialogue with local government leaders.

This webinar is complimentary for ULC Library members.

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A One-Hour Webinar
Thursday, June 5 
1 pm ET/12 pm CT/11 am MT/10 am PT 
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Presenter: Lee Rainie, Director, Pew Research Center's Internet & American Life Project

This program distills key findings from Pew's ongoing research about the evolution of the 21st century library. Participants will learn about revealing data that demonstrates public support for libraries; who 21st century library patrons are and what they want; how technology is changing flows of information; where new needs are surfacing in communities; and how the evolving concept of the "library" can change to meet new realities.

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Friday, June 27 l 6:30-8:00 pm
LVH - Las Vegas Hotel & Casino

RSVP now to join the ULC community for our Summer Member Reception - we'll be celebrating the 2014 winners of the Urban Player and Joey Rodger Leadership Awards! 

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Friday, June 27 l 8:30 - 9:30 am
Las Vegas Convention Center, Room S224

Amy Eshleman, Program Leader for Education, Urban Libraries Council
Kiley Larson, Institute of Human Development & Social Change, New York University

In 2012, IMLS, the MacArthur Foundation, the Urban Libraries Council and the Association of Science-Technology Centers launched a robust 18-month planning and design process for 24 teen-centered "Learning Labs" across the United States. Join us and other members of the Learning Labs community for a conversation about the project, hear about key findings from NYU's 18-month study and engage in discussion about recommendations in critical areas such as collaboration, teen engagement, space design, staffing models, outcomes and funding strategies.
No RSVPs required.
Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband Coalition


This week the SHLB Coalition gathers for its Fourth Annual Conference in Washington, DC. This year's theme is Anchor Institutions, Gigabit Networks, Digital Communities. On Friday, May 9 (9:45-10:45 am ET), ULC Senior Program Manager for Edge Jake Cowan will be featured in a panel discussion on "E-Rate Benchmarks and Data. Register for SHLB Coalition's Annual Conference Webcast.



Tune In to Connected Learning 


Amy Eshleman, ULC Program Leader for Education, is featured in Make Learning Relevant, a podcast series that features interviews with leaders from the Connected Learning Alliance and the field of Digital Learning and Media. Check out the podcast and listen in as Amy discusses these digital media spaces for teens



IMLS Seeks the Future


IMLS will host the second in a series of day-long convenings on future trends in library service on Thursday, May 15 (8:30 am-4:30 pm PT) at the San Francisco Public Library. The program, Learning Spaces in Libraries, includes IMLS Director, Susan Hildreth; San Francisco City Librarian, Luis Herrera; and  Amy Eshleman, ULC Program Lead for Education. IMLS invites broad participation. Register now for this live IMLS webcast



Check Out the New Library


In this month's issue of Public Management magazine, the International City/County Management Association takes a deep look at the public library as a highly relevant place that contributes in important ways to community well-being. The article, Check Out the New Library, features two early adopters of the Edge Initiative - Miami Public Library, OK, and Sacramento Public Library, CA. The article outlines the variety of roles of today's library and five ways for managers to build effective working partnerships with library directors. It also showcases how a manager's "openness to engage the library demonstrates a willingness to take a holistic approach to community problem solving." Read the full article  

2014 Urban Player Award

ULC is accepting nominations for the 2014 Urban Player Award which will honor an outstanding civic leader whose vision and commitment elevates the essential role that public libraries play in driving community well-being.
Read the guidelines and nominate a civic leader today!

2014 Joey Rodger Leadership  Award


The ULC Joey Rodger Leadership Award provides a $5,000 cash award to a ULC director or senior manager so that she/he has an opportunity to strengthen her/his skills through a structured professional development undertaking. The award may be used to attend an established leadership development program or pursue an individualized program that involves working with a leadership development expert/mentor. Find out more and apply to strengthen your leadership skills!

Exciting Election News!

ULC extends hearty congratulations to its members who have been elected to leadership positions in the American Library Association and Public Library Association:
Sari Feldman, Executive Director, Cuyahoga County Public Library, OH, elected President of ALA for the 2015-2016 term.

Mary Anne Hodel, Director/CEO, Orange County Library System, FL, elected ALA Councilor-at-Large.

Rivkah Sass, Director, Sacramento Public Library, CA, elected ALA Division Councilor, representing the Public Library Association.
Vailey Oehlke, Director of Libraries, Multnomah County Library, OR, elected President of PLA for the 2015-2016 term.
Melanie Huggins, Executive Director, Richland Library, SC, and Manya Shorr, Assistant Director, Omaha Public Library, NE, were elected as Directors-at-Large to the PLA Board.
NYPL Changes Course

New York Public Library, NY, announced today that it will change course on its plan to re-purpose the flagship research library on 42nd Street into a circulating library. It will instead re-build the longstanding Mid-Manhattan Library on Fifth Avenue. Get the details in today's New York Times article.


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