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Welcome to ULC 

ULC is excited to announce two new library members! 
  • Austin Public Library (Texas), Roosevelt Weeks, Director
  • Fairfax County Public Library (Va.), Jessica Hudson, Director
ULC is looking forward to working with and learning from  our new members! 
ALA - Policy Corps 

Last week ALA President Jim Neal announced a call for applicants to join the inaugural cohort of the newly formed ALA Policy Corps which was  launched as part of Neal's presidential initiatives in collaboration with the American Association of School Librarians, Association of College & Research Libraries, Office for Information Technology Policy, Public Library Association and United for Libraries. 

The  Policy Corps goal is to expand its ability to advocate on key policy issues on behalf of the library community. Participants in the Corps will focus on issues for which deep and sustained knowledge are necessary to advance ALA policy goals and library values among policymakers. Training and opportunities to participate in targeted policy advocacy work will be provided to participants. The purpose  is to create ongoing capacity for the library community to develop and sustain strategic advocacy efforts, build relationships, and positively impact public policy decisions that align with ALA's national policy agenda.

To learn more about Policy Corps and apply, visit the ALA website
Fine Free Kids

The New York Public Library, Queens Library and Brooklyn Public Library will forgive all fines for children 17 and under and unblock their cards. The one-time amnesty is being underwritten by the JPB Foundation, a philanthropy that supports civic causes, which will make up $2.25 million of the shortfall in revenue from the forgiven fines, reports  The New York Times

The amnesty "is a dramatic way to message to kids and young adults that we want you back, and we want you reading," said Anthony W. Marx, president of the New York Public Library. The forgiveness is not conditional on returning any overdue books or DVDs. "We want you to be responsible, but we don't want to penalize you just because you are too poor to pay the fines."
California State Library's Mental 
Health Initiative
The California State Library's Mental Health Initiative is offering training opportunities to all public library staff. One of the major training components is part of a video series, produced by CSL in partnership with Los Angeles Public Library and County of Los Angeles Public Library.

Below are six of the videos, with the final two episodes to be released in the next few weeks. You are encouraged to use these videos as part of your staff development - please share!
Spotlight on Innovation


Black communities in Madison and beyond are often poorly designed by people outside the black community, resulting in a lack of connection or sense of place for residents. Hip-Hop Architecture Camp, a 2017 ULC Innovation winner, used principles of hip hop to help black Madison residents reimagine their environment and help children reimagine themselves in the process. Through this partnership, the Madison Public Library was able to contribute a project to advance our racial equity and social justice strategic goals.

Created by architect Mike Ford, "Hip-Hop Architecture Camp" had two goals: to increase the number of minorities in architecture and urban planning and to retell the history of architecture and urban planning, as it relates to black communities. The camp results informed the city's Imagine Madison urban planning process.

Learn more about this award winning Innovation here.
Becoming an American 

Apply and take part in Becoming American: A Documentary Film and Discussion Series on Our Immigration Experience.

Becoming American is designed to help frame discussions about immigration and its social impact informed by a balanced study of our shared past. Becoming American  is a six-week public program featuring documentary film screenings and scholar-led discussions designed to encourage an informed discussion of immigration issues against the backdrop of our immigration history.

Thirty-two participating organizations (such as libraries, museums, historical societies and cultural centers) will offer this series sometime during the period June 1, 2018 through May 31, 2019 and will be provided with the following:

* A cash award of $1,300 for project expenses
* DVDs of carefully selected, compelling documentary films
* Discussion guidelines
* Original essays by eminent immigration scholars
* Extensive resource guides
* Web support (including training in organizing, promoting and running a successful series)

To learn more, visit the Becoming American website
ULC is Hiring! 
Are you interested in working in a meaningful and passionate environment? ULC is currently seeking a new communications manager and director of strategic initiatives. Enthusiastic candidates should submit a cover letter and resume to Angela Goodrich, finance and development executive. 

Ursula K. Le Guin 

"Knowledge sets us free, art sets us free. A great library is freedom."

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