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New ULC Leadership Brief: Libraries Leading AI and Digital Citizenship

While AI promises to enhance our communities in remarkable ways, it also poses significant threats to the prosperity, privacy and security of individuals who do not understand or cannot access these new technologies. A new ULC Leadership Brief published this week provides targeted strategies for North America's public libraries to ensure an equitable and inclusive future in the Age of AI. 

"The impact of AI reaches far beyond technology - it is causing a foundational shift in how people learn, work, connect and grow," said ULC President and CEO Susan Benton. "This new Leadership Brief provides a vital resource for libraries to confidently face these changes and to lead their communities in shaping an equitable and democratic future for AI."

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Roanoke County Public Library Debuts Youth Milestone Cards

To celebrate Library Card Sign-Up Month, Roanoke County Public Library joined other local libraries in introducing new Youth Milestone library cards that are now available for all patrons. Community members submitted original artwork for these new library cards as part of the #RVLCreateIt library card design competition launched last year by the Roanoke Valley Library Consortium. The community weighed in on their favorites and now the new cards can be picked up at any RCPL branch.

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Remembering the 1939 Alexandria Library Sit-in

On August 20, 1937, Alexandra Library (Va.) opened its Kate Waller Barrett Branch. However, due to laws in place during that time, African American citizens were not allowed to use the facility and its resources. This led to a pivotal event in the library's history on August 21, 1939, when local attorney, Samuel W. Tucker, and five other men conducted the country's first-ever library sit-in.

The library's Local History/Special Collections Branch and Kate Waller Barrett Branch opened a special exhibit in August to honor the participants of the sit-in. Additionally, the library is celebrating the 80th anniversary of this historic event with a film series celebrating black history and civil rights, running through December 2019.

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San José Public Library Offers New 49ers Library Card

Football fans can kick their season into high gear and show some team pride with San José Public Library's new San Francisco 49ers library card. The cards are the result of a new SJPL partnership with the 49ers, launched just in time for Library Card Sign-Up Month. To celebrate the partnership, SJPL will be hosting a number of special events presented by the 49ers in the coming months.

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2019 ULC Forum
October 16-18 | Salt Lake City

This October 16-18, the 2019 ULC Forum: Preparing to Lead on AI + Digital Citizenship will convene our member community in Salt Lake City to engage in expert-led discussions and activities to elevate our shared understanding of the economic and social implications of emerging technologies.

This important event will bring together leaders from major urban library systems across the U.S. and Canada. Together, we will map out how libraries can take ownership of their role at the forefront of the AI revolution, fostering and empowering digital-savvy citizens with services and tools that will strengthen democracy. 

Please note that the registration for the Forum will be closing on September 27.

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Have Questions About E-Book/E-Audiobook Pricing and Access for Libraries?

ULC is pleased to share a new page on our website that addresses frequently asked questions about e-content pricing and access for libraries. This page also highlights how ULC members and other leading organizations are speaking up for more fair and equitable lending models from publishers.

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New ULC Blog: Sustainable Design for Libraries

Check out the latest post on ULC's blog to learn how public libraries can enrich the environments of their communities through cutting-edge, sustainable architecture.
New Resources in ULC's Knowledge Center

Discover new insights from peers by checking out these resources that have been recently uploaded to ULC's Knowledge Center:

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Library CEOs/directors: Ready to claim your #CreativeConfidence at #ULCForum2019 ? Sign up for the Forum's special CEO Session run by  Tom Kelley, a renowned expert on creative leadership. Jason Kucsma from Toledo Lucas County Public Library i s prepping! Will you join him? RSVP
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