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ULC Deputy Directors Conference Call
Thursday, September 22, 2016 | 2:00 pm ET

ULC Deputy Directors are invited to join an upcoming conference call to discuss the topic of library cards and access. 
C ontact  Katherine Behrens  for additional information. 

Webinar: Getting an Edge in the Digital Age 
Thursday, September 29, 2016 | 2:00-3:00 pm ET 

ULC is launching a new collaborative effort among ULC member libraries to highlight how technology ----  one of the library's most valuable resources ----  supports strong communities.

Join us for an informational webinar to learn more about Edge, the nationally recognized management tool that empowers libraries to assess and improve public technologies. Using Edge, our profession's new leadership tool, we plan to tell our collective technology story to elevate what libraries do to support strong local economies and meet community needs around education, jobs, and health.

This webinar is available only to ULC members and will discuss how Edge works, the benefits of participation, as well as answer any questions you may have about joining the ULC Member Edge Collaborative. 

Click here to learn more and register today!

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. 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. Hear about the ways in which public libraries are providing engagement opportunities for all families, including disadvantaged parents and children, with a two-generation, family-focused approach. Engage with the panel as they share experiences and strategies that will benefit your community's understanding and leveraging of these partnerships. Brought to the Summit by the Urban Libraries Council and NCFL, this session is sponsored by Better World Books and builds on concepts highlighted in the recently published Leadership Brief: Libraries Supporting Family Learning.

To join the live webcast online, start by registering here. Online participants will have the opportunity to submit questions to the panelists during the session in real time. For more information about 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!

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 is only a few weeks away and we are excited to share the latest updates on this year's program, including: The registration deadline for the Annual Forum is September 23, 2016.

Visit the Annual Forum website to learn more and register today!
ULC Joins Letter Urging Congress to Support FCC Reforms for Affordable High-Capacity Broadband Connections  
On September 14, ULC joined the School, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition and 13 other library and community organizations in urging Congress to support proposed reforms to increase affordable access to high-capacity broadband lines, also known as business data services (BDS).

At the heart of the issue is the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) proposed rules to regulate pricing in the BDS market, which provides schools, libraries and other anchor institutions with the broadband access needed to participate in the digital economy and provide critical Internet services to the community.

A lack of competition and excessive prices in the BDS market, coupled with declining budgets, reduces anchor institutions' access to these services and the ability to meet community needs, particularly in rural and underserved areas. The current FCC proposal reduces BDS prices by 15 percent over the next two years, with some organizations calling for greater price reductions. FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler has pledged to tackle the issue of BDS access by the end of the year.

Click here to read the full letter and learn more about BDS reform.

DC Public Library Renovation Project Connects Local Students to the Library and Community 

As the District of Columbia Public Library (DCPL) continues to renovate nearly 20 of the city's libraries, a recent article from The Washington Post highlights one of DCPL's greatest assets in the redesign and completion of its new $16.5 million Woodridge branch library: local students.

The president of the Friends of the Woodridge Library approached city leaders and construction teams with the program as a way to connect local youth to the project to not only build new skills, but have a stake in the changes affecting their community. Over the course of the two-year construction process, students from Phelps Architecture, Construction and Engineering High School worked at the Woodridge construction site each semester through a school internship program. Students worked with an assistant project manager from the construction company who helped them build career-readiness, learning construction site operations and how to apply their studies to real-world applications. 
Open eBooks Increases Student Access Through New Education Platform

Starting this month, the Open eBooks app, which provides children from low income households with thousands of free books, will now allow users to log in to the system using Clever, a secure educational login system used by roughly one third of public and private schools across the country.

Earlier this year, a coalition of literacy, library, publishing and technology partners launched Open eBooks as part of the White House ConnectED initiative. According to a recent press release, nearly 25,000 schools currently using Clever are eligible for Open eBooks, greatly increasing the network of young people that have access to over 6,000 titles from major publishing companies. Clever will also make it possible for any district to sign up for its services at no cost in order to use Open eBooks.

Click here to read the full press release. 

Celebrate the Freedom
to Read with Banned Books Week

Starting September 25, libraries and education institutions across the country will celebrate the freedom to read for Banned Books Week. Through this weeklong event, libraries have the opportunity to highlight the value of free and open access to information and explore the issues and impact of censorship. ULC libraries across the country are hosting a number of special events in recognition of the weeklong events, ranging from an art gallery exhibit in Hartford to a month-long scavenger hunt across the District of Columbia.

Click here to learn more and view resources for celebrating about Banned Books Week.

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 and provide a way for attendees to bring up any other topics they want to discuss.

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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