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Local Communities & the Digital Public Library of America

Thursday, November 21, One-Hour Program
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The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) is alive and thriving! Find out what's in store as DPLA continues to grow. Hear about user case studies that demonstrate how you can leverage DPLA's resources to benefit your patrons and community. This program features City Librarian Luis Herrera of San Francisco Public Library, CA, and Assistant Director Nate Hill of Chattanooga Public Library, TN, both of whom have been intimately involved in DPLA's development. Read more and register.

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Not able to attend ULC's Partners for Success Conference?
You can still be a part of the continued dialogue on learning. Follow us on Twitter: @UrbanLibCouncil and find sound bytes and shared wisdom: #ULCPartners. Our conversation continues in Seattle through Thursday afternoon, November 14.

null "Edge is not just about providing high quality technology, it also about knowing your community and the types of technology programs that your community needs. Pioneer Library System is conducting a system-wide community assessment survey in preparation for a strategic planning process. We will be integrating the Edge Assessment information into our strategic planning and discussing it with our city government and community planning group. The Edge information will insure that our technology  planning is an integral part of our strategic plan." 

-Anne Masters
Pioneer Library System, OK
New ULC Publication
ULC has published a new Leadership Brief titled Maximizing the Library-Foundation Partnership which highlights the growing importance of library foundations and identifies critical leadership roles for foundations executives and boards to maximize the library-foundation relationship. Read the Brief.

Deadline for Conference Session Proposals
The United Way (UW) for Leaders Conference is set for May in D.C. and will be attended by over 1,500 community leaders throughout the world. UW is seeking submissions for learning sessions that highlight best and promising practices that highlight how people and organizations are working together to create collective impact in the areas of education, income and health. The submission deadline is Tuesday, November 26! Find out more and submit.

The Big Read
Grant proposals are being sought for community-wide reading initiatives that take place between September 2014 - June 2015. Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts, the selected organizations will receive funding, educational and promotional materials and access to online training, resources and opportunities. Be a part of The Big Read!

Building Digital Literacy Skills

The Mozilla Foundation has launched a new Web Literacy Standard that measures digital proficiency in three categories:  Exploring, Building and Collecting. Review the Standard.
Maker Day: Thinking in 3D

As the first city in the nation to offer 1-Gbps internet speeds to its community, Chattanooga, TN, is in the midst of a renaissance, evidenced by its thriving high-tech and creative economies and a downtown revival. Find out how the Chattanooga Public Library transformed a dusty storage space into a public laboratory and educational facility focused on information, design, technology and the applied arts.

Visit the ULC Innovations Resource Center and discover a treasure trove of imaginative approaches to every aspect of library programs, services and operations. Every Innovations submission that members have submitted since 2010 is housed here - there is something for everyone!
Election Results
Ohio voters confirmed their strong support for public libraries, approving 26 of 27 measures in local ballots throughout the state. Congratulations to Cleveland Public Library and The Public Library of Cincinnati & Hamilton County whose measures were approved by overwhelming majorities!

Ottawa Public Library and the U.S. Embassy in Ottawa are working together to launch a "makerspace" that will provide a hands-on learning experience and collaborative environment for the public exchange of ideas in pursuit of innovation. The space, known as IMAGINE SPACE - An American Corner, will open in early 2014. Read the release.

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