WEDNESDAY, September 23, 2015
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October 28-30, 2015 
San Diego, CA

The Leaders Partnering for Success conference is approaching so please book your beautiful guest room at the Loews Coronado by October 5th!

Library directors and deputies are encouraged to invite community partners, though bringing a partner is not mandatory. Join your ULC peers and engage in open discussions about shared visions and goals for addressing education and racial/social equity and identify ways in which you can help build a stronger framework for successful community-wide collaboration.

More information about the conference, including agenda, speaker bios and attendees, is available online.

Register today to be a part of this timely conversation! 
Positioning Las Vegas-Clark County Library District as a Community Center
Ron Heezen, Execuive Director for the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, recently sat down for an interview on KNPR's State of Nevada program to discuss how the Library is redefining its role as a vibrant community center. In the interview, Heezen emphasizes that as the way in which we consume information changes, public libraries are adapting to offer new services and collaborative spaces to help community members achieve their full potential. Heezen also discusses how the Library is working to bridge the digital divide and help patrons build digital literacy skills.

Click here to learn more and listen to the full KNPR interview.    

Sacramento Public Library Graduates First High School Class

Sacramento Public Library (SPL) recently issued high school diplomas to ten graduates of the Career Online High School (COHS) program. The program highlights SPL's commitment to providing learning opportunities for workforce development and supporting citizens at all ages and levels of need. Graduates of the program ranged from a hardworking father of two to a young woman who is the first in her family to come to the United States.

As part of the online education program, students earned their high school diploma as well as a certificate in one of the program's eight career areas, including Office Management and Child Care and Education. Students worked with assigned academic coaches and participated in a series of online courses and professional development webinars to earn their diploma and develop important employment documents, such as resumes and cover letters.

Click here to read more about the graduating class and ceremony. Visit the Library's COHS site to learn more about their program.

Connect with Library Peers Through ULC e-Discussion Groups
Are you taking full advantage of ULC's e-Discussion groups? Our e-Discussion groups provide ULC members with the opportunity to share insights with and learn from library peers. Members with responsibilities across different roles and work areas are welcome to join multiple discussion groups. We can also provide you with a list of current group participants to update your contact list.

If you or someone on your team would like to join our discussion groups,
email ULC Member Programs Executive Katherine Behrens. Visit the ULC website to view the full list of e-Discussion groups.

Canadian Artist Features Toronto's Public Libraries in New Adult Coloring Book

Canadian artist Daniel Rotsztain
has captured his fond childhood memories and adult rediscovery of Toronto Public Library branches. Totaling 100 different locations, Rotsztain embarked on the project to capture the aesthetic, personality and history of Toronto, referring to them as "phenomenal public spaces" in a recent article for The Toronto Star. The book includes sketches of each branch along with accompanying anecdotes to honor the Library's role in the community. The book is set to be released on October 31, 2015, through Toronto's Dundurn Press.

Click here to read the full article.
Orwellian America: Government Transparency and Privacy


Using George Orwell's novel 1984 as a framework, the District of Columbia Public Library organized and led an extended community dialogue to explore personal privacy, internet security, and government transparency. The series included sessions on Internet safety for teens and how to access government information online, as well as a screening of the Frontline documentary United States of Secrets with producer Mike Wiser. The program wrapped up with a day-long readathon of 1984.

Click here to learn more about this innovative project. Visit the ULC website to view the complete list of 2015 Innovations.

Pew Study Highlights the Library's Role as Vital Community Resource  

Last week the Pew Research Center released its latest report on the state of public libraries, Libraries at the Crossroads. According to the report, based on data from a survey of about 2,000 respondents, roughly two thirds (65%) of American ages 16 and older said that closing their local library would have a major impact on their community. Survey data indicated that they look to the public library as a critical community resource for supporting civic engagement, local education, and pathways to economic opportunity. Notably, respondents emphasized that they want libraries to advance digital literacy and harness new technologies to provide these valuable services to communities.

Click here to read the full report. 
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