WEDNESDAY, September 30, 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.

And, join us on Wednesday, October 28, for a special tour of the award-winning San Diego Central Library!  

Further information about other conference events, as well as speaker bios and a list of attendees, is available online.

Register today to be a part of this timely conversation! 
ULC Libraries Recognized for Innovative, Community-Focused Library Design
East Baton Rouge Parish 
Main Library at Goodwood
Library Journal recently announced the winners of the 2015 New Landmark Libraries (NLL) awards, an initiative which recognizes public library projec ts whose design creates a flexible and sustainable environment to better serve and engage their communities. We are proud to announce that ULC member libraries represented 17 of the 22 finalists and hon orable mentions recognized in the NLL project.

Library Journal identified these libraries as strong community centers "paving the way for infrastructure improvements, economic revitalization, and deeper civic partnerships that strengthen entire cities."

The 2015 NLL finalists include San Francisco Public Library, East Baton Rouge Parish Library, Edmonton Public Library, Madison Public Library, Palo Alto City Library, Santa Monica Public Library, San Diego Public Library and Fort Vancouver Regional Library District. Honorable Mentions include New York Public Library, Ottawa Public Library, Milwaukee Public Library, Toronto Public Library, Denver Public Library, Hennepin County Library, Cuyahoga County Public Library, Atlanta-Fulton Public Library System, and Virginia Beach Public Library.

Click here to learn more about each featured library, as well as the library trends and standards highlighted by these exceptional institutions.    

The Indianapolis Public Library Connects
Students to New Library Cards

The Indianapolis Public Library (IndyPL) and Metropolitan School District (MSD) of Lawrence Township recently completed an initiative to provide all district public school students with new library cards. During a celebratory launch event on September 22, MSD Lawrence Township Superintendent Dr. Shawn A. Smith and IndyPL CEO Jackie Nytes congratulated students at Brook Park Elementary School in joining the approximately 15,000 other district students in grades 1 - 12 who are receiving their new cards.

The special library card, called the e-resource card, will allow students to access the Library's growing collection of digital materials and online databases.

Click here to learn more about the Library's new 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. 
FindIt! Word-Based Classification System


Move over Dewey Decimal System! The San Mateo County Library introduced a word-based classification system called FindIt! to make its nonfiction collections more accessible to all patrons. The classification system has been translated into Chinese, Japanese, Russian, and Spanish; is regularly updated based on staff and patron feedback; and is supported by customized signage and ongoing communication tools to improve the browsing experience.

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

Build 21st Century Library Skills with New Badge for Learning Program  

The Young Adult Library Services Association (YALSA) has launched the Badges for Learning program: seven micro-credentials that align with YALSA's seven Competences for Librarians Serving Youth. Badges for Learning offers free professional development where librarians and library workers earn a micro-credential by completing lessons that enable individuals to develop skills they need to successfully work with teens. The badge linked to each micro-credential can be used on resumes, in social spaces and to demonstrate expertise to colleagues, administrators and current and potential employers.

Visit YALSA's website for information about their other e-learning opportunities.  
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