WEDNESDAY, September 7, 2016
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Measurement Matters: Using Edge, Project Outcome, and the Impact Survey to Assess and Improve Community Outcomes
Thursday, September 8, 2016
11 am-12 pm PT | 12-1 pm MT | 1 -2 pm CT | 2-3 pm ET

In an effort to better support library's assessment needs, the Public Library Association's (PLA) Project Outcome has partnered with the Edge Initiative and the University of Washington's Impact Survey to host a free webinar that will demonstrate how all three tools can help libraries implement a comprehensive assessment strategy to better their data and share their community impact. Collectively, Impact Survey, Project Outcome, and the Edge Initiative are powerful, field-tested instruments being used by libraries throughout the United States to make strategic decisions on which programming and services to offer and which technology investments should be made to ensure that the library continues to meet patron needs and community priorities.

Click here to learn more and register today!

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.

Click here to register or contact Katherine Behrens for additional information.

2016 ULC Annual Forum
ULC Libraries: Getting to the Evidence
October 5-7, 2016
Kansas City Marriott Downtown - Kansas City, MO
The deadline to register for the Annual Forum is September 23, 2016. Also, be sure to reserve your hotel room by September 9 to lock in the special ULC rate!

Visit the ULC website to learn more about the Annual Forum and register today!  
If you have questions about registration or hotel reservations, please contact ULC Member Programs Executive Katherine Behrens.

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.

Check out the exciting lineup of conference sessions we are leading in the coming months to help public libraries position themselves as innovative and integral community leaders!
Online Registration Opens for ULC-NCFL Webcast on Family Learning in Libraries
ULC is excited to announce that registration is now open for our upcoming free webcast panel session, " Libraries + Schools + Communities = Powerful Programming for Family Learning," at the Families Learning Summit in Detroit, Michigan!

The session, sponsored by Better World Books, will build upon concepts highlighted in ULC and the National Center for Families Learning's (NCFL) recently published Leadership Brief: Libraries Supporting Family Learning. Panelists will discuss their innovative engagement opportunities for all families - including disadvantaged parents and children - using a two-generation, family-focused approach.

The session will take place from 11:00-12:15 pm ET on Monday, October 17, 2016. To join the live webcast online, start by registering here. Online participants will also have the opportunity to submit questions to the panelists during the session in real time. Click here to learn more about the webcast and the upcoming Families Learning Summit.

And, be sure to check out the exciting list of sessions that ULC will be hosting this fall at conferences across the country in our special "ULC on the Road" feature

San José Public Library Director Appointed to Lead Citywide Education Strategy

According to a public information memo released by the City of San José, San José Public Library Director and ULC Executive Board Member Jill Bourne has been tapped to lead a citywide strategy for supporting education and digital literacy. Through this initiative, Jill will work in consultation with schools, non-profit after-school and summer service providers, foundations, the County Office of Education, and the community, to align city resources and develop a strategy that will re-envision the City of San José as a classroom.

The new assignment highlights the Library's value as a trusted and positive force for community change, positioning Jill and SJPL as leaders in education and innovation in San José. In the memo, released September 1, City Manager Norberto Dueñas describes Bourne as an exceptional leader in coordinating "citywide services that augment formal academic programs and offer high-quality, non-traditional learning opportunities to our communities." As part of this transition, Jill will also manage the Schools City Collaborative, a formal collaboration between the City and local school districts to support the educational, developmental, and economic growth of the community.

Congratulations, Jill!

Jacksonville Public Library Education Leader Receives United Way Award 

Earlier this summer, Susan Mankowski, early childhood specialist for Jacksonville Public Library, received the United Way of Northeast Florida's Sherwood H. Smith Children's Champion Award. A recent article from the Florida Times-Union shines a spotlight on Susan and her accomplishments, highlighting how her work is helping to create rich environments for afterschool learning and academic support in the community.

Susan received the Children's Champion Award in the advocacy category, which recognizes community advocates whose efforts have resulted in positive change in policies or conditions that impact the well-being of children and youth in Northeast Florida. She received the award for her efforts to establish library policies centered on best practices in early childhood learning for parents and caregivers. Specifically, she was recognized for developing the research-based Early Childhood Literacy program at JPL, arming families with the tools needed to engage and develop young readers.

Congratulations, Susan!

Click here to read the full article.  
Los Angeles Public Library Receives $1 Million Donation for Homework Centers

The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation recently donated $1 million to the Los Angeles Public Library (LAPL) in recognition of the valuable role that the Library plays in providing afterschool guidance and support for local students. The funds will be used to purchase technology for LAPL's afterschool homework centers, found in 34 branch locations throughout the city.

The endowment was named in honor of Broad Foundation co-founder Edythe Broad, who touts the library as an important and safe place where youth can go to access the internet and work on homework, as well as college and scholarship essays, with LAPL staff. The homework centers, which provide access to laptops, tablets, printers and other technology, are particularly important for homeless and low-income youth who do not have access to the resources they need to succeed.

Click here to learn more.

Visit the ULC Knowledge Center for the Latest Family and Summer Learning Resources 
This fall, ULC Director of Education and Learning Initiatives Emily Samose will be hitting the road to share best practices and models of public libraries as education partners and leaders for family and summer learning. Brush up on how ULC libraries are addressing these topics topics and strategies by viewing the latest member group conversations, library resources, and ULC publications housed in the ULC Knowledge Center. From our latest report, Public Libraries and Effective Summer Learning, to program outlines from ULC member libraries, be sure to visit the ULC Knowledge Center to check out the latest resources and insights shared by ULC and your peers.

Library of Congress to
Live Stream Swearing-In Ceremony for Carla Hayden  

The Library of Congress recently announced that Dr. Carla Hayden will be sworn in as the 14th Librarian of Congress at 12 pm ET on Wednesday, September 14. The historic event, which will mark the first time that a woman or African American has held the position, will stream live on the Library of Congress Youtube channel.

Click here to learn more about about Dr. Hayden and her accomplishments. 
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