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Thursday, November 20, 2014

1:00-2:00 pm ET


Libraries Lead & Facilitate Community Change

Topeka-Shawnee County Public Library

2014 Top Innovator: Civic & Community Engagement

Featuring:  Gina Millsap, CEO Topeka-Shawnee

                  County Public Library
                  Lissa Staley, Public Services Librarian



ULC Tech Leaders Convene in Washington D.C.    


A total of 24 technology professionals representing 17 library systems met in Washington November 5-6, 2014. This was the first meeting of the ULC Tech Leaders which resulted from the need to collaborate around the technology changes sweeping ULC member libraries. The meeting focused on creating an enhanced technology leader network and sharing ideas about technology opportunities and challenges. The attendees gained an increased understanding of how technology is changing libraries and shared strategies for engaging the ULC technology leaders in critical issues and initiatives.

The session included full group discussions, small group work sessions, and presentations by Chris Henderson, Chief Executive Officer, Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), and John Beahn of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom, LLC, senior advisor to ULC on E-rate. For more information on the ULC Tech Leaders or to join the list serve (members only), please contact Katherine Bates at 

E-rate Modernization Order Webinar


All participants in the Schools and Libraries (E-rate) Program are invited to join USAC for a webinar this Thursday, November 13, 2014 about the major changes resulting from the E-rate Modernization Order. Topics include Category Two budgets, changes to eligible services, and application process changes.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

3:00 to 4:00 PM EST


What a Library Levy Means to a West Virginia Town     


The Atlantic reports on the lead up and vote in Charleston, WV to which many of us can relate: "They also faced another challenge, which all libraries today face: Bucking the old-fashioned, broad-brush perception that they are just about lending books, which can translate into a ballot-box reaction of 'Why would the libraries need all that money anyway?' Introducing citizens to all that the libraries do and changing the sense that the library has become a 'hub of the community' takes a lot of work." Read the whole article here.

ULC Board Member Jan Harder Handily Wins Race


ULC Secretary/Treasurer Jan Harder was reelected as Barrhaven (Ottawa) City Councillor with an impressive 75% of the vote. "Infrastructure and jobs, says Harder, are the two biggest issues in Barrhaven." Read about it here. Congratulations, Jan! 



A Treasure Hunt at Alexandria (VA) Library


Created by staff, a series of clues guides players through various collections until they reach a hidden container or geocache. Staff creatively employed the Dewey Decimal System to navigate players from one clue to the next. Find out more about this fun project and visit the complete Innovations Resource Center.   



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Interview with Director from DCPL


The Washington Post Magazine interviewed Richard Reyes-Gavilan from D.C. Public Library this week about the renovations at MLK Library, the vital purpose of today's library system and overdue books. Read the interview here.

MCPL Publishes Book on KC Neighborhood


Cowtown: Cattle Trails and West Bottom Tales
is the first book published by Mid-Continent Public Library's Story Center Program. The book chronicles the lesser-known tales of a Kansas City neighborhood over the past century. Read about the book here. 


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