WEDNESDAY, October 28, 2015
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October 28-30, 2015 
San Diego, CA

The Leaders Partnering for Success conference kicks off today!

The conference will feature a series of presentations that provide a shared understanding of social innovation and the central role that community partnerships play in addressing education and racial/social equity issues in communities across North America.

Visit ULC online for the full conference agenda, speaker bios and a list of attendees
ULC President and CEO Susan Benton Discusses The Role of 21st Century Libraries at Maryland Library Summit

On September 24, 2015, Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett and Montgomery County Public Libraries (MCPL) held a Library of the Future Summit, featuring ULC President and CEO Susan Benton as the keynote speaker. During this special forum, county and library leaders solicited input from the public and facilitated group discussions concerning the evolving role of public libraries in Montgomery County, MD.

During her keynote, Benton
emphasized the critical role that the public libraries plays as vital and democratic institutions for 21st century learning, digital access, and building healthy and sustainable communities.

Click here to view recently released videos from the event, including remarks from Susan Benton, County Executive Leggett, Montgomery County Council President George Levanthal, and MCPL Director Parker Hamilton. 

ULC Members Play Ball in Friendly World Series Twitter Feud 
Last year Kansas City Public Library (KCPL) and San Francisco Public Library (SFPL) lit up social media and sports news outlets across the country with a friendly rivalry as the Kansas City Royals and San Francisco Giants competed for the World Series championship.

KCPL returned to make headlines this October in a "book spine poetry" Twitter battle with Toronto Public Library as the Royals faced off against the Toronto Blue Jays for the American League Championship Series (ALCS). With the Royals winning the ALCS, KCPL is now facing some stiff competition from New York Public Library and Queens Library as their team battles the New York Mets this week for the final series.

Click here to see some of the social media highlights and follow the libraries on Twitter to see how this friendly feud plays out. 

Toledo-Lucas County Public Library Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Authors! Authors! Program

On September 26, 2015, the Toledo-Lucas County Public Library  and The Blade, Toledo's local daily newspaper, kicked off the new season of their Authors! Authors! speaker series with a special 20th Anniversary celebration and fundraiser at the historic Main Library. The event truly brought the series full circle with a special keynote from famed author and historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, who served as the program's first guest speaker in 1994. Toledo Mayor Paula Hicks-Hudson and Lucas County Commissioner Carol Contrada issued proclamations to The Blade and the Library. United States Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur was unable to attend, but extended a Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition to the two organizations.

The Authors! Authors! program brings a variety of prominent thought leaders, storytellers and cultural icons to the Toledo area for a series of entertaining and engaging lectures. The current season is no exception, featuring influential speakers such as feminist activist Gloria Steinem, former NBA star and author Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Simpsons creator Matt Groening.

Click here to learn more about the Authors! Authors! program.  
Data Analysis for Decision Making and Communication


To maximize the use of data for making informed decisions, Sno-Isle Libraries created two new positions: (1) a data analysis librarian to manage data from various sources and assist staff in evaluating outcomes rather than outputs, and (2) a research analyst to communicate the library's value to the community through relevant, easily understood infographics. Through these positions, Sno-Isle Libraries aimed to improve their ability to evaluate project outcomes and lead a shift to a culture of informed decision making and outcome-driven services.

Click here to learn more about this innovative project. Visit the ULC website to view the complete list of 2015 Innovations.

Also, did you miss last week's ULC webinar on data collection and analysis featuring Sno-Isle Libraries? Learn more about how they are collecting data to inform better decision-making and engage the community by purchasing a recording of Stress Testing for Innovation: How to Gauge Your Library's Programs.

ULC Member Price: $150

For more details, contact ULC Senior Project Manager Colleen Bragiel.

Join the Hour of Code Movement from
December 7-13, 2015!

The Hour of Code, sponsored by, is a grassroots movement that's already introduced 100 million students to the basics of computer science. Libraries across the country are encouraged to host Hour of Code events during Computer Science Education Week (December 7-13, 2015) to prove anybody can learn, and every young person deserves to learn, how to build technology that will impact their futures. Every Hour of Code organizer worldwide will receive a gift card to or Microsoft's Windows Store as a thank you gift. is also working with local organizers to recruit volunteer experts in your area!

Register your event today to stay up to date on special Hour of Code details and exciting new coding tutorials! 
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