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ULC Tech Leaders Meeting
Wednesday, November 5 - Thursday, November 6, 2015
Washington, DC - Pew Charitable Trust

ULC's Tech Leaders will gather in Washington D.C. for an intensive discussion on how technology is shaping and transforming libraries and communities. Find out more

2015 ULC Midwinter Member Reception
Friday January 30, 2015
Newberry Library - Chicago, IL
6:00-7:30 p.m.

2015 ULC Annual Forum
Wednesday, June 24 - Thursday, June 25, 2015
San Francisco, CA - venue to be determined

Happy Thanksgiving! 



ULC salutes our member libraries in celebration of Canadian Thanksgiving on Monday, October 13, 2014!


Look Again:  Exploring Visual Literacy


The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library has launched "Look Again," an exhibition in the Wintergarden of its Main Library. The exhibit which incorporates the Library's sculpture, Reeds, by renowned glass artist Dale Chihuly, incorporates the use of technology and display cases to explore the concept of visual literacy, often defined as the ability to interpret and make meaning from information presented in the form of an image. Curated by the Library's Humanities Department, Look Again is on view through November 23, 2014


Print Books Are Alive and Well


A new report from Nielson Books and Consumer reveals that print books continue to dominate consumer marketplace. Nielsen's survey, which covers the first six months of 2014, demonstrates that print book sales (hardcover and paperback) aggregated to 67% of units sold, outpacing e-books sales by a conclusive margin. Read more in the Huffington Post.


Free LJ Webinar on Strategic Branding


On October 14, 2014 (3:00 pm ET), Library Journal presents a free one-hour webinar titled "Library UX: Strategic Branding & Identity Development/Lead the Change" featuring the insights of ULC library leaders Tina Thomas, Edmonton Public Library (AB) and Padgett Mozingo, Richland Library (SC). ULC Corporate Partner, Gale Cengage Learning is among the program sponsors. Find out more, gather your team and register today.


2015 Digital Media & Learning Conference


Session proposals are now being accepted for the 2015 Digital Media & Learning Conference which takes place June 11-13, 2015 in Los Angeles.The theme of the conference, "Equity by Design" is intended to reframe,"...the debate over equity and educational technology, moving us from access to tools toward new practices and forms of engagement, narratives, social supports, and networks." The DML conference is an annual event supported by the MacArthur Foundation and organized by the Digital Media and Learning Hub.The deadline for proposals is December 1, 2014. Find out more.



Free for All: Inside the Public Library


The Kickstarter fundraising campaign continues until October 27, 2014 to generate $75,000 that will support the filming of Free for All:  Inside the Public Library - a multiplatform documentary that celebrates the vital role of public libraries in vibrant communities.

Watch the new trailer and join the movement to support this groundbreaking work which will be a powerful resource for patrons, library leaders and advocates everywhere.

Want more? Watch what NPR Books Correspondent and Rockstar Librarian Nancy Pearl has to say about libraries and public schools' role in our democracy.

Please remember to revise your directories with our new contact information:


Urban Libraries Council


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Suite 1000 West

Washington, DC  20005


ULC's new phone number is: 

We will continue to keep you up to date on our transition in e-News Weekly and on our website


2014 Top Innovator:  Civic & Community Engagement

Topeka-Shawnee County Public Library is now the go-to resource in its region for helping groups of smart people work together to achieve great things. After completing the Effective Facilitator/Masterful Meetings training program, library staff has the skills needed to convene community conversations that are shaped to reconcile diverse perspectives and help groups reach consensus. Find out more


Save the date! November 20th Library CEO Gina Millsap will present this comprehensive innovation in a ULC webinar! Details and registration coming soon! 


Visit the ULC Innovations Resource Center  


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Kansas City Public Library Wins Emmy


Kansas City Public Library has received a regional Emmy award for "Meet the Past," a show it created with local PBS affiliate station KCPT. Each episode features distinguished citizens of the past (as portrayed by local actors) interviewed by KCPL Director Crosby Kemper. The winning show featured Tom
Bass, the African-American horse trainer and rider who was the greatest horseman of his generation in gaited show horses. Watch the award-winning video.


All About the Books, No Trouble

Don't miss the delightful "All About the Books, No Trouble," a music video Nashville Public Library Director Kent Oliver produced with members of his multi-talented team. The music celebrates library cards in an adaptation of Meghan Trainor's performance of "All About That Bass," as seen on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. Treat yourself



Not Your Mother's Library


Columbus Metropolitan Library's building initiative to create the 21st century library is the centerpiece of a feature article in The Atlantic. Read all about it

ULC Welcomes New Team Members


Senior Program Manager Katherine Bates will guide the continued development of ULC's Digital Evolution initiative. Katherine brings 20 years of experience leading state and local government programs dealing with a wide array of subjects including: community and economic development, information technology, and broadband policy development.


Communications Coordinator Charlie Carroll comes to ULC with experience working in written and multimedia communication for community-based organizations in the non-profit sector. Before joining the ULC team, Charlie served as Senior Associate of Innovation and Outreach for the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America.



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