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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.

For more information, email

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

Details and registration information coming soon.

Fort Worth Library Showcased at National Summer Learning Association Annual Conference


Susan Benton, ULC's President and CEO, moderated a discussion with Library Director Gleniece Robinson and Fort Worth City Council Member Kelly Allen Gray at the NSLA Annual Conference. The session, attended by over 50 library, school and community partners for summer learning, showcased libraries as education partners. The participants shared the strategic thinking, community need and partnerships that led to the creation of Fort Worth Library's year-long, community-wide reading program, WorthReading #365. Council Member Gray shared the critical importance of city-library leaders working together. Library Director Robinson noted that libraries must tell their stories and not wait for anyone to invite them to the table.

Net Neutrality in the Press


The Los Angeles Times' and The Washington Post's editorial pages recently weighed in on net neutrality. The Post editorial states: "Mr. Wheeler has taken a lot of flak, but he is right to seek a balance. The goal is to bar unreasonable behavior without discouraging investment in ever-more-robust networks." The Los Angeles Times applauds the FCC for slowing down the process while it builds a defensible position.


E-rate Modernization        


Last week, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler announced his plan to take the next step in the E-rate modernization process. Read this blog post from FCC Managing Director Jon Wilkins about the announcement. The blog includes links to an E-rate Data Update staff report and a press fact sheetThe agenda for the FCC's December Meeting has been announced, including the E-rate item. A blog from Chairman Wheeler announcing the agenda is available here.      


Are you taking advantage of our e-Discussion groups? Join other ULC members listserve conversations to share insights and innovations and to ask questions to your peers. Members with cross-function responsibilities are welcome to join multiple discussion groups. See a full list of groups and request to be added here.

Ferguson Library Sees 'Staggering' Spike in Donations After Grand Jury Decision


The Ferguson Library Gives a Lesson in Community  



Homeless Find Hope, Refuge and Community at Public Libraries

Social workers are joining librarians in Edmonton, Alta., Canada to provide help where it's needed.  


How Libraries are Advancing and Inspiring Schools and Communities
Chattanooga Mayor Karl Dean and Library Directors Corrinne Hill and Donna Nicely discuss their library's impact and promise.  




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