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Partners for Success: Libraries Leading Learning
Friday, Nov. 1 is the last day for online registration!
November 12-14 / Seattle, Washington

Registration for this strategic gathering of learning experts, civic, library and elected officials is open through this Friday, November 1! Join the conversation with Sir Ken Robinson, John Seely Brown, Mayors Chris Coleman and Pedro Segarra and others. View the complete agenda and register now!

Local Communities & the Digital Public Library of America
Thursday, November 21, One-Hour Program
Members: $150 for first site, includes podcast
Non-Members: $225 for first site, includes podcast

Luis Herrera, City Librarian of San Francisco Public Library, and Nate Hill, Assistant Director of Chattanooga Public Library, will discuss how local libraries can share the riches of the Digital Public Library of America with their patrons and community. Read more and register.


The E-Rate program
was launched in 1997 by the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) to provide libraries and schools with discounts on telephone and internet costs. Today, we live in the broadband era in which high-speed data plus wi-fi is the "new normal." Accordingly, the FCC is seeking input on how to update the E-Rate program to serve the needs of local communities. A team of leading telecommunications lawyers is working with ULC to develop recommendations for changing the federal E-Rate program so that more libraries can create value for their patrons. Read more and get involved.

The enduring value of public libraries was recently exhorted by leading YA and sci-fi author Neil Gaiman in a speech to a London audience at the Barbican. In his words, " ... libraries are about freedom. Freedom to read, freedom of ideas, freedom of communication." Read the article
Integrating STEM into Library Technology Classes and Youth Programs Orange County Library System (OCLS), FL, is on the bandwagon with a variety of programs for children and youth that help prepare them for future careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Next up at OCLS: The Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center for Technology, Innovation & Creativity.

The ULC Innovations Resource Center houses a treasure trove of imaginative approaches to every aspect of library programs, services and operations. Every Innovations submission ULC has received since 2010 is here!
Durham County Library, NC, joins the digital media lab movement with a grant from Duke Energy Foundation to fund the launch of a Teen Tech Learning Lab.

Toledo-Lucas County Public Library, OH, will present TEDxYouth@ToledoLibrary in celebration of National Gaming Day. Live speakers and TED Talks videos from around the world will be in the mix. Don't forget to tune-in.

Barbara Flynn, County Librarian of Contra Costa County Library, CA, has announced her retirement effective Nov. 13. She plans to remain active in the California Library Association and ALA.

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