THURSDAY, October 13, 2016
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National Webcast: Libraries + Schools + Communities = Powerful Programming for Family Learning 
Monday, October 17, 2016 | 11:00 am-12:15 pm ET

This coming Monday, the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL) Families Learning Summit will showcase how libraries, schools and community-based organizations work together all year to help families learn together and engage with their communities using a two-generation, family-focused approach. Find out how public library leaders, school leaders and partners in three communities are providing opportunities for families to learn and serve together throughout the year via Family Service Learning and digital- and Maker- influenced blended learning approaches. This session builds on concepts highlighted in the recently published Leadership Brief: Libraries Supporting Family Learning.

Register here to join the live webcast online. For more information on the webcast and the upcoming Families Learning Summit, click here.

Check out the full lineup of conference sessions we are leading in the coming months to help public libraries position themselves as innovative and integral community leaders!
ULC Announces the 2016 Top Innovators and Library Leadership Award Winners

On Thursday, October 6, ULC recognized its members' most impactful programs and community leaders during a special Innovations and Awards Celebration in Kansas City. 

Ranging from citywide racial equity initiatives to helping adults earn their high school diplomas, 20 public libraries were recognized as Top Innovators and Honorable Mentions for cutting-edge programs, services and operating practices submitted to the 2016 ULC Innovations Initiative.

Lynn Williamson, Chief of the Neighborhood Library Services Division for the Free Library of Philadelphia, received the 2016 ULC Joey Rodger Leadership Award for her work to inspire collaboration and community connectedness among library and local leaders across social, civic, and educational spheres.

Mayor Don Iveson of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, received the 2016 Urban Leader Award for positioning Edmonton Public Library as a key player in citywide initiatives and supporting critical library capital projects and fundraising initiatives.

ULC also presented the 2016 ULC Executive Board Award to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation for its work to advance computers, internet access and other public technologies as vital resources in public libraries across the nation.

Click here to view the 2016 ULC Innovations submissions in detail. Visit the ULC Awards page to learn more about the winners of the Joey Rodger Leadership, Urban Leader and Executive Board Awards.

ULC Members Gather in Kansas City for Discussion on Community Outcomes 
Last week, ULC library leaders from across North America gathered together in Kansas City, Missouri for the 2016 ULC Annual Forum. This year's Annual Forum ----  the largest in ULC history ----  focused on the theme "ULC Libraries: Getting to the Evidence," exploring innovative strategies and initiatives that ULC libraries are using to measure and demonstrate community outcomes.

The Annual Forum featured engaging presentations from experts both within and outside the library field, spotlights on cutting-edge member programs, and productive working group conversations to help ULC members build their "evidence" skills. Discussion topics ranged from developing library return-on-investment (ROI) and impact studies to learning how to craft effective library stories.

Click here to view the full 2016 Annual Forum recap.

Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Named "Marketer of the Year" by Library Journal

Library Journal recently awarded Charlotte Mecklenburg Library's (CML) marketing and communications team with the publication's first "Marketer of the Year" award. Sponsored by Library Ideas, the award recognizes the importance of innovative strategies to marketing library services, the role of marketing in building engagement, and the value of quality marketing efforts.

The honor was received for work done in promoting a better understanding of public library services as essential to the Charlotte-area community and sharing information about these efforts with peer libraries. Promoting the library as "the great equalizer," CML has led campaigns including custom videos and PSAs, savvy social media tactics, and innovative data analysis to celebrate the endless possibilities that come with a free library card.

Congratulations to Charlotte Mecklenburg Library!

Read the full press release here
Talk Read Sing

San Mateo County Libraries' (SMCL) Talk Read Sing program helps low-income families with children under 30 months develop talking habits to build language-rich environments that increase their children's chances of arriving at kindergarten ready to learn. Using the Lena Research Foundation's Smarter Happier Baby Curriculum in English and Spanish, families use "talk pedometers" to monitor progress toward personal goals for supporting their children's learning progress.

"It's well known that increasing conversations between parents and young children builds babies' brains, improves their social and emotional wellbeing, and makes them more prepared for school and for life," said SMCL Director Anne-Marie Despain. "This program perfectly fits our mission to provide opportunities for growth and enrichment in the communities we serve."

Click here to learn more about this innovative project and view the complete list of 2016 Innovations.
USAC to Hold Biweekly E-rate Conference Calls

The Universal Service Administrative Company's (USAC) recently announced that it will hold calls for ULC members twice a month through the end of November. The calls will be held from 2:30 - 3:00 pm ET on October 25, November 8 and November 22. USAC is hosting these calls to share the latest E-rate updates and hear about E-rate issues that libraries are facing in the field.

Please email USAC any question or topic you would like added to the agenda by noon on the Friday before the call.  

For call details and call-in information, please contact Katherine Behrens. 
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