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Local Communities & the Digital Public Library of America

Thursday, November 21, One-Hour Webinar
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Luis Herrera, City Librarian of San Francisco Public Library and Nate Hill, Assistant Director of Chattanooga Public Library will share their insights on how local libraries can share the riches of the Digital Public Library of America with patrons and the community. Read more and register.

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Partners for Success: Libraries Leading Learning
November 12-14, Seattle, WA

The conversation on learning continues next week in Seattle!  Follow @UrbanLibCouncil and be a part of the dialogue whether you are attending or tuning-in from afar #ULCPartners.

Call for Submissions
The United Way for Leaders Conference will be attended by over 1,500 community leaders throughout the world. UW is seeking submissions for learning sessions that showcase 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 deadline for session proposals is Tuesday, November 26! Find out more and submit.

Nominate Your Movers and Shakers
Nominate your emerging leaders for Library Journal's 2014 Movers and Shakers round-up is Friday, November 8. Shine a light on the innovators and pioneers who are shaping the library of the future! Review the guidelines and complete the e-nomination form.

Educational Alignment for Young Children
The National League of Cities' Institute for Youth, Education & Families has selected six cities, including Fort Worth, Texas; Hartford, Connecticut; Richmond, Virginia and Rochester, New York to participate in a technical assistance project that will align early childhood learning and K-12 systems to improve educational outcomes for children. Find out more.

Mission Matters 
Your library's mission statement is among your  most powerful communication tools. Recently, ULC members exch anged mission statements via one of our leading e-discussion groups. Take a look at the visual we've created to illustrate the vibrant aspirations public libraries share. 

Janet Fisher and her dynamic team at Arizona State Library have joined ULC as new Associate members. Please help us to give them a warm shout-out.

On Election Day, voters approved $59 million for system-wide additions and renovations for Richland Library, SC! See the article.

A year has passed since Hurricane Sandy devastated New York City and the surrounding region. Queens Library has created a powerful video that memorializes the event and enlists community leaders - funders, nonprofit support organizations, business leaders... - to share stories of how the library provided a vital lifeline to people in need of both basic services and hope. Watch the video.

The first 24/7 fully automated library has been opened in the U.S. by Pioneer Library System, OK. Housed at the front of a local recreation center, the library is similar to a vending machine that holds a collection of 400 books, audiobooks and DVDs. Patrons can access this library at any time to browse, check out items, return items, pick up holds or pay their fines with credit cards. Get the scoop and watch this video

An ardent supporter of Denver Public Library, CO, has published an Op-Ed in the Denver Post that applauds the library's treasures, tracing its ongoing success to the philosophy of its founding Director, John Cotton Dana who said a library should be "a place of public happiness." Read the Op-Ed.

Celebrating its 100th birthday, Edmonton Public Library, AB, also honors its mantra with the newly published Just Getting Started: Edmonton Public Library's First 100 Years,1913-2013. This big landmark is being celebrated with special programs and lively videos

The National Trust for Historic Preservation has honored St. Louis Public Library, MO, with its Preservation Honor Award for its restoration of the Central Library.  Following a 2-year, $70 million restoration and renovation, the library today blends thoughtful historic preservation with dynamic modern design and new construction. Read the release.

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