THURSDAY, November 12, 2015
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2015 Leaders Partnering for Success Highlights

During the 2015 Leaders Partnering for Success conference, attendees tackled the complex social issues of racial/social equity and education, and shared insights on how libraries and community partners can collaborate for social change.

Visit the ULC website to view the full conference recap, including attendee takeaways and social media highlights, as well as photos from this exciting event.

New IMLS Report Highlights the Role of Libraries and Museums in Community Revitalization

Earlier this week, the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) released a new report identifying multiple examples and initiatives led by libraries and museums for comprehensive community revitalization.

The report,  Museums, Libraries, and Comprehensive Initiatives: A First Look at Emerging Experience, spotlights how these public institutions are using their positions as trusted community institutions to help put distressed communities on a path to stability and growth.

The report features the work of a number of ULC member libraries, including Detroit Public Library, Hartford Public Library, Denver Public Library, Omaha Public Library, the County of Los Angeles Public Library, Indianapolis Public Library, Cleveland Public Library and many more.

Click here to read the full report.

Jacksonville City Council Approves Library Program to Reach Urban Core Neighborhoods  

On Tuesday, November 3, the Jacksonville City Council approved funding for a Jacksonville Public Library program to offer enhanced learning opportunities and critical digital access to identified areas of need. The Library Enhancement Access Program (LEAP), funded using $266,000 from Jacksonville Journey contingency funds, aims to help parents and caregivers build early literacy skills among children from birth to five years, build digital literacy skills among teens and young adults ages 16-24, and improve the language literacy of young adults ages 18-24.

The goal of the program is to bring services and staff from the library out into the community, providing education resources to young people in the city's urban core neighborhoods. Funds for the program will go toward hiring specialized staff to support computer and literacy training, as well as a mobile computer lab that will travel to sites such as daycare facilities and designated community centers.

Click here to learn more about the LEAP program.

Kansas City Public Library's Cheptoo Kositany-Buckner Receives Award from Local NAACP Chapter

The Kansas City chapter of the NAACP named Cheptoo Kositany-Buckner, Kansas City Public Library's Deputy Director of Strategic Initiatives, the 2015 recipient of its Lucile H. Bluford Special Achievement Award at the chapter's annual Freedom Fund Luncheon on October 31. The award is named after the pioneering Kansas City civil rights leader and former editor of The Kansas City Call.

Kositany-Buckner, who has served as a deputy director of the Library for the past 10 years, has worked diligently in recent years to as a leader in local digital inclusion initiatives and outreach. During her acceptance, she emphasized the importance of digital access and literacy in  improving education outcomes and workforce development for disenfranchised and minority communities.

During her quarter-century tenure at the Library, she also has supervised the design and renovation of several facilities (including the L.H. Bluford Branch) and overseen the development and launch of the award-winning Civil War on the Western Border website. She has been instrumental, too, in the revitalization of the Black Archives of Mid-America, overseeing the first permanent exhibit in the Kansas City area on the history of African Americans in the city and currently serving as vice chair of the organization's board of directors.

Service Beyond Our Walls


Montgomery County Public Libraries' (MCPL) outreach team extends the reach of library resources, services, and collections to potential customers where they live, gather, and meet. As a majority/minority county with significant foreign-born and non-English speaking populations, the bilingual outreach team offers a new model of mobile service to residents, traveling to all corners of the county, with particular emphasis on new Americans, to introduce and promote the services available in a free public library. Since 2013, team members have participated in more than 500 events, reaching some 40,000 people.

Click here to learn more about this innovative project. Visit the ULC website to view the complete list of 2015 Innovations.

LIBRARY NEWS Harnesses the Power of The Force for Hour of Code Tutorial has a brand new tutorial for the 2015 Hour of Code, in partnership with Disney and Lucasfilm, featuring Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Work with Rey to guide the new droid, BB-8, through a mission. Then, join Leia to create and share your own game in a galaxy far, far away. See the blog post announcement or USA Today and Wired coverage.
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