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2016 ULC Annual Forum
ULC Libraries: Getting to the Evidence
October 5-7, 2016
Kansas City Marriott Downtown - Kansas City, MO
The 2016 ULC Annual Forum kicks off today and we are excited to make Kansas City the destination for library innovators and leaders from across the United States and Canada. This year's Annual Forum is our biggest yet, providing ULC members the opportunity to connect with and learn from 285 ULC colleagues.

The Annual Forum will feature engaging presentations from experts both within and outside the library field, spotlights on cutting-edge member programs, and productive working group conversations to help you build your "evidence" skills.

Visit the Annual Forum website for more information on the full agenda, speakers and more! And, follow our live conference updates on Twitter using #ULCForum!

ULC and Edge on the Road this Fall! 

ULC's Director of Education and Learning Initiatives and the Edge team will be hitting the road to share how public libraries are leading partnerships and initiatives in education, technology and other critical services, to strengthen their communities.

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

This featured session at 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 is sponsored by Better World Books and 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!
Learn How Your Library Can Get an Edge in the Digital Age!

Last Thursday, ULC hosted a special webinar for ULC members to learn more about Edge, the nationally recognized management tool that empowers libraries to assess and improve public technologies. During the webinar, ULC President and CEO Susan Benton and Edge Program Director Kristi Zappie-Ferradino shared the benefits of joining the ULC Member Edge Collaborative, a new effort among ULC member libraries to highlight how technology ----  one of the library's most valuable resources ----  supports strong communities.

Click here to view the presentation slides.

If you were unable to attend the webinar, contact Kristi Zappie-Ferradino to schedule a follow-up conversation and learn more about how this exciting new initiative can help you use Edge to better serve your community.

Learning Link Connects Houston Students to Library Resources 
Last week, Houston Public Library (HPL) closed out Library Card Sign-Up Month by announcing a new collaborative effort to link every student in the Houston Independent School District (HISD) to essential resources they need for achieving success in school, future careers, and daily life. The Learning Link initiative is a public-private partnership between HPL, HISD, the Mayor's Office and grocery store chain H-E-B developed to meet the White House Library Card Challenge.

Learning Link allows students to use their school ID numbers as virtual library cards. Starting October 3, students can enjoy unlimited access to the library's digital resources and borrow up to ten physical items without accruing overdue fines or fees. In addition, all HISD staff and teachers have been issued special virtual library cards to create a "linked" virtual learning ecosystem, removing barriers to new learning opportunities and exploration both inside and outside of school.

Click here to learn more about Learning Link.

Indianapolis Public Library Receives Major Grant Funding to Preserve Local History and Increase Community Outreach 

The Indianapolis Public Library (IndyPL) recently received a total of $3.3 million in grant funding to lead projects that will preserve Indianapolis' history, establish a new collection highlighting African-American culture, and improve the Library experience for immigrant residents in the community.

A $3.1 million grant from Lilly Endowment Inc. will allow IndyPL to digitize over one million pages of records, 150 3D objects and 400 films to preserve community history in preparation for Indianapolis' bicentennial in 2020. The Lilly Endowment grant will also help IndyPL create a new Center for African-American Literature and Culture that will showcase the rich heritage of Indiana's Black authors and their cultural contributions through new programming and collections.

A $192,200 grant from The Indianapolis Foundation Library Fund's Innovation Fund will also help IndyPL partner with the Immigrant Welcome Center in Indianapolis to expand world language collections and enhance library services for immigrants and non-native English speakers.

Click here to learn more. 

We would like to salute our Canadian member libraries in celebration of Canadian Thanksgiving on Monday, October 10!

Please note that the ULC office will also be closed on Monday in observance of Columbus Day. 
Pasadena Public Library Partners with Local Healthcare Provider to Promote Early Literacy

According to an article from Pasadena Now, Pasadena Public Library has partnered with Community Health Alliance of Pasadena (ChapCare) to foster an early love of reading among children in the community.

Through this new partnership, families and children ages zero to five who visit the Lincoln health center in Pasadena with "a brief educational intervention" that includes a free bag with books and a library card application. The healthcare provider will also assist parents with completing and submitting the application to the Library. 

NYC Libraries Expand Hotspot Lending Program for Students and Families 

As part of the next phase in New York City's ConnectED Library Hotspot Loan Program, New York Public Library, Queens Library and Brooklyn Public Library will expand program reach to 46 library branches across the city.

Through the hotspot lending program, public school students and their families can rent free Wi-Fi hotspots for up to a year to bridge the digital divide and increase internet access at home.

The partnership between NYC libraries, Sprint, and the U.S. Department of Education is targeted towards families living in neighborhoods with low internet connectivity as part of the White House ConnectED initiative. To increase community outreach, the branches are located near Community Schools, designated community hubs that coordinate academic, social, and health services for children and families in local neighborhoods.

Click here to learn more about the expanded program.

Don't Miss USAC's Weekly E-rate Conference Calls!

Stay up-to-date on the latest E-rate news by joining the Universal Service Administrative Company's (USAC) weekly calls for ULC members every Tuesday from 2:30 - 3:00 pm ET. USAC is hosting these calls to 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. If no agenda is received and USAC does not have a demonstration to share, the call for that week will be cancelled. 

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