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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



Last week, ULC filed new research on large library systems with the FCC. The report shows the largest 5% (by size or by usage) of library systems support 63% of total Wi-Fi users in public libraries. For these large systems, square footage alone is not an equitable predictor of Wi-Fi costs.The study, commissioned by ULC and undertaken by a Stanford University researcher, is based on data collected by the Institute of Museum and Library Services on public libraries and has been shared with them.


ULC is urging the FCC to better understand not just the largest public library systems, but the needs across

all public libraries - urban, suburban, towns and rural communities. In addition to the research, our filing asks the FCC to consider what is needed to create an E-rate system that serves all libraries no matter size or location. 


ULC strongly believes equitable access to adequate E-rate funds across all types of public libraries is essential to building healthy communities across the United States. Read the letter (PDF) from Susan Benton, ULC president and CEO, that was part of the filing.





Connecticut Governor Daniel Malloy recently wrote President Obama to thank him and the FCC for the recent order involving the modernization of E-rate.


In regards to the upcoming FCC proceeding, Malloy noted that E-rate is a "topic of equality and opportunity." Further, Malloy wrote, "My goal for Connecticut is to ensure that robust Internet access is available to every student and teacher in every school and to every person in every library. Internet access in our schools and libraries should be as reliable and fast as in businesses and homes on the leading edge of Internet connectivity. Specifically, I would like to see one gigabit per second connectivity to every school and library building, and at least five megabit per second Wi-Fi connectivity in every room in these buildings at time of peak use.


Malloy adds, "In addition, I would like to see every school and library connected to each other, so that they can share digitized material." Read the letter here (PDF).


One Week to Apply for Knight News Challenge on Libraries

The Knight News Challenge on Libraries is open for entries through 5:00 pm ET, September 30, 2014. The Knight Foundation will award 2.5 million to support the best, most innovative ideas that address this question:  "How might we leverage libraries as a platform to build more knowledgeable communities?" For interested parties, Knight has posted a FAQ blog. Also, check out the ideas that others - from all corners - are submitting. 


Help Kickstart: Free for All: Inside the Public Library



The award-winning producers of  Free for All: Inside the Public Library, a multi-platform documentary intended for release on PBS in 2016, have launched a Kickstarter campaign to support completion of filming. Free for All producers promise that this film will be "...a rollicking and visually stunning mosaic of faces, architecture and stories that brings to life the astonishing diversity of the American library experience and the urgent issues libraries face today." Watch the trailer to find out how you can help build a community of support for this path breaking effort.


ULC Partners With the National Summer Learning Association


ULC, as lead agency, has received a National Leadership grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to form a strategic partnership with the National Summer Learning Association. Together, ULC and NSLA will launch Accelerate Summer: A Partnership for Learning, a 15-month initiative to  spread effective program/partnership models, inspire innovation and build national awareness of public libraries as leaders in summer learning.  A key focus of Accelerate Summer is increasing understanding among library and school leaders of the importance of local partnerships to enhance the impact of high-quality summer learning opportunities.


NSLA's annual conference, Summer Changes Everything (San Antonio, TX, November 17-19, 2014) features sessions on the public library's role in community-based summer learning initiatives: "Creating Pathways for Learning: City, School and Library Partnerships" and "Chicago's Summer Learning Challenge: Library & Museum Partnerships." Learn more about this dynamic gathering and register today. 


Banned Books By the Numbers


In recognition of Banned Books Week (September 21-27, 2014), the Huffington Post is publishing highlights that illustrate how people and communities are impacted by censorship.  This post, "Banned Books by the Numbers,"  includes infographics that chart statistics on book banning, including the most frequently challenged titles since 2013.


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


Urban Libraries Council


1333 H Street, NW  

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


Great Stuff:  Make it Personal


Edmonton Public Library (AB) is a 2014 Top Innovator  for its "Great Stuff:  EPL Makes it Personal" customer experience initiative.  EPL created a "Great Stuff Crew" to provide customized access to the 6.5 million items in the library's collection. The nine-member team - selected through a casting call and auditions - is the face of the library, sharing relevant, cool and unique content about trending and timely topics.  

Find out how they did it in ULC's Innovations Resource Center.  
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The Marin County Free Library is recognized as a key reason that Marin County has been voted California's best county to live in by Movoto, a real estate website. In addition, a promotional video, "5 Things You May Not Know About the Marin County Library," helped Marin County win top honors in a national competition that recognizes excellence in municipal publicity campaigns.  Congratulations!




The Chicago Public Library Foundation, sponsor of Mayor Rahm Emmanuel's Summer Learning Challenge, has announced that Chicago's children exceeded their goal by reading 2.7 million books during summer 2013.  83,000 children and youth are on record for reading 66 million minutes. Watch Jimmy Fallon  make good on his promise to bring The Tonight Show to Chicago if the City's youth met the challenge.



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1333 H Street, NW  

Suite 1000 West

Washington, DC  20005




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