THURSDAY, May 7, 2015
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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.  

ULC Joins White House Initiative to Connect Kids to the Learning Resources at their Public Libraries 

The Urban Libraries Council, in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and American Library Association (ALA), has joined a new White House effort to connect children and youth to the learning resources at their neighborhood libraries. On April 30, 2015, President Obama announced the two initiatives, Open eBooks and the ConnectED Library Challenge, during a visit to the Anacostia branch of the District of Columbia Public Library.

In the Open eBooks initiative, major publishers have committed to making over $250 million in free eBooks available to low-income students. The New York Public library is developing an app to distribute the content and working with First Book and the Digital Public Library of America to connect these students to books that match their reading level and interests.

The White House ConnectED Library Challenge will focus on expanding access to library resources through a partnership among libraries, local governments and schools. Through the Challenge, more than 30 communities across the country (most of which are ULC members) have committed to putting a library card into every student's hand so they will have access to the learning resources and books found in America's public libraries. The initiative builds on ULC's work to improve education outcomes by maximizing the capacity of libraries as described in the recent ULC Leadership Brief, Partners for Education.

We will provide more details on ULC's role in the ConnectED Library Challenge and how you can participate in the weeks ahead.

Click here to learn more about the initiative. 

8 Awesome Ways Libraries are Making Learning Fun

A recent article from The Huffington Post highlights the various innovative projects and services that libraries provide to position themselves as creative and active learning centers. It's no surprise that ULC members are featured in all eight ways that libraries are making learning fun! 

Read the full article here.

Voters Approve New Tax to Support New Orleans Public Library  
On Saturday, May 2, 2015 voters in New Orleans approved a measure to raise property taxes to support and revitalize the New Orleans Public Library system.

With around 75 percent of voters in favor of the proposal, the new 2.5 mill-tax is projected to raise $8.25 million a year for the library system over the next 25 years. The projected 45 percent increase in funding will go a long way to stabilize the library system, which was downsized significantly in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

The funding generated by this new tax will help the library increase overall hours of operation by 30%, opening all libraries six days per week and the six largest libraries, including the Main Library, seven days a week. The new tax will also ensure the successful reopening of the Nora Navra Library, the sixth and final of the storm-ravaged libraries to be rebuilt, and allow for a significant expansion of outreach services as well as collection and technology offerings.

Read more about the NOLA measure here.

Chicago Public Library Partners with Mayor's Office to Provide Immigration Services

Chicago Public Library (CPL), the Chicago Public Library Foundation (CPLF) and the Mayor's Office of New Americans (ONA) recently announced the selection of eight immigrant-serving non-profit organizations to provide services to Chicagoans in various stages of the naturalization process through the Chicago Cities for Citizenship (Chicago C4C) initiative. They will help Chicagoans achieve citizenship by providing education, outreach and direct assistance to immigrants at ten Chicago Public Library branches, as well as financial education.

Participating organizations include Centro Romero, Chinese American Service League, Chinese Mutual Aid Association, Erie Neighborhood House, Southwest Organizing Project, The Resurrection Project, United African Organization and World Relief Chicago. Chicago C4C is funded through a $220,000 grant to the Chicago Public Library Foundation from Citi Community Development. 

In Memory and Tribute to Charles Benton


On April 29, 2015, the world lost a great advocate of urban libraries and public service with the passing of Charles Benton, CEO and Chairman of the Board of the Benton Foundation. Anyone who knew Charles Benton knows that he couldn't have been more proud of the work that you do in your library for the residents you serve.

Charles loved public libraries and everything that we stand for. That is why he dedicated endless hours on our behalf at the local, state and federal levels. As a pioneering media executive and founding CEO of the Benton Foundation he understood how important telecommunications are for enabling everyone to access information and fully participate in our culture and economy.

Working with President Carter, Charles chaired the National Commission on Libraries and Information Science, was an early proponent for the Institute of Museum and Library Services and joined the IMLS Board in 2012. Most recently, he participated in and cheered on the E-rate modernization. One of the first celebratory calls that ULC received after the December 2014 FCC ruling was from Charles Benton, thrilled that public libraries would receive significantly increased E-rate funds.

Charles Benton was a man of integrity, energy, passion, a booming laugh and love for all that is good and right.

Agenda and

Keynote Speakers  


We are excited to announce the agenda and keynote speakers lined up for this year's Annual Forum!


Keynote Speakers:


High Tech

  • Dr. Moira Gunn,
    host of NPR's Tech Nation

High Touch

  • Doug Lipp,
    consultant, author, former head of Disney University

High Trust

  • Chip Heath,
    author, professor

Need a Ride from San Jose to San Francisco?

ULC Has You Covered!

For those planning on attending both the Annual Forum and ALA Annual Conference in San Francisco, ULC has reserved a bus to transport members from the San Jose Marriott to the Moscone Convention Center on Friday, June 26 at 4 pm.

Reserve your seat today!

Learn more about the Annual Forum and register your team today!

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