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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


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Conference Call

PR Directors

Monday, December 1, 2014

2:00-3:00 pm ET 

Are you a PR director at a ULC member library? Join us for the second PR Directors conference call to discuss important marketing and communications issues facing public libraries.

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2015 ULC Midwinter Member Reception
Friday, January 30, 2015, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
Newberry Library - Chicago, IL

Details and registration information coming soon.

San Antonio Public Library Director Presents at International Library Forum in Kaohsiung, Taiwan


San Antonio Public Library

Director Ramiro S. Salazar recently traveled to Kaohsiung, Taiwan as an official City of San Antonio Representative to present at Flipped Libraries: International Forum on New Paradigm in Space and Services of Public Libraries. Salazar shared with approximately 400 attendees from all over the world what SAPL has been doing to reimagine public library spaces in the digital age. He also participated in a facilitated forum of world library leaders.


"The San Antonio Public Library has been the beneficiary of Ramiro being a leader in the global movement by expanding and redefining public library spaces and enhancing the reading experience," said Mayor Ivy R. Taylor.


Public libraries, including SAPL, that have made innovative strides in space design and service planning from the United States, Europe, Australia and Asia participated in the forum.


The forum took place at the opening of the new main library of the Kaohsiung Public Library, which has been designed to be "a conducive reading environment amongst books and trees." The design emphasizes the desire to break down people's traditional image of public libraries and transform it into a green book, a free library, a cultural landmark, a friendly environment, and an excellent place for reading.

"I am extremely honored to be representing San Antonio in an international forum," said Salazar. "I hope the innovative work and accomplishments of the San Antonio Public Library as a department of the City of San Antonio will inspire other public libraries around the world."

E-rate Updates


A lot of activity around E-rate is happening at the FCC right now, specifically:
  • On Monday, Chairman Wheeler announced his plan to take the next step in the E-rate modernization process. Read the blog entry from FCC Managing Director Jon Wilkins about the announcement here.
  • The blog includes links to an E-rate Data Update staff report and also a press fact sheet.
  • The New York Times covered the story Monday stating that the FCC Chairman plans to announce that it will add $1.5 B to the E-rate program, increasing annual spending from $2.4 B per year to $3.9 B per year. The FCC believes this will increase each phone bill by less than $2 per year, less than $6 per year per household. Find the article here.

Free Library of Philadelphia Receives IMLS Grant      


The Free Library of Philadelphia's Maker Jawn Initiative has been awarded a National Leadership Grant for multi-generational Makerspaces in North Philadelphia. The Free Library initiative is one of only 31 projects chosen nationwide to receive a National Leadership Grant from IMLS. Read the full story.  



Neil Gaiman: Libraries are the Cultural "Seed Corn"


We loved reading this interview with author Neil Gaiman who focuses on the importance of libraries in his life and their importance in communities. Says Gaiman: "For me, closing libraries is the equivalent of eating your seed corn to save a little money." He gives a special nod to ULC member Salt Lake City Public Library SystemMust read.

Resource Alert 

The Benton Foundation provides free, daily summaries of articles concerning the quickly-changing telecommunications policy landscape. To subscribe, click here.



Madison's Central Library Goes Green


From deconstruction to reconstruction, the Central Library project reduced waste, saved energy and cut costs while working toward Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification. The result is a stunning new space built largely of locally-sourced and recycled materials, featuring energy efficiencies, an abundance of natural light, and a green roof. Find out more about this innovative project and visit the complete Innovations Resource Center.   



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Good News for Indianapolis Libraries


The Indianapolis City-County Council has approved a series of $58 million of bond issues for new and renovated Library facilities. The projects are part of the Library's new strategic plan to position the Library to better serve patrons in the future. Read about it here.

Lexington Public Library Wins Two KY History Awards


The Kentucky Historical Society recently presented two Kentucky History Awards to the Lexington Public Library for projects created by the library system's Kentucky Room staff.


The Library received an Education Award for creation of an e-book version of The Real Madeleine Pollard by Agnes Parker and a Publication Award for creation of the interactive Central Kentucky Cemeteries Map.

Published in 1894, The Real Madeline Pollard tells the story of the mistress of Kentucky Congressman W.P.C. Breckinridge and her lawsuit claiming breach of promise because he did not keep a promise of marriage once his wife died. The Kentucky Room created an e-book version of the book after discovering that the Lexington Public Library owns the last-known copy of the 12-year-old paperback. The e-book is available to library cardholders through the Library's e-library.

The Central Kentucky Cemeteries Map charts hundreds of private family cemeteries and equine cemeteries in Lexington and eight surrounding counties. The interactive map contains information about each site and can be used with a smart phone to locate a cemetery while in the field. The map is available at the Library's website.  


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