ULC Member News

Newsletter | May 24, 2023

ULC MEMBER BUSINESS MEETING

ULC Annual Member Business Meeting | Virtual

June 15 | 4-5 p.m. ET


You are invited to the ULC Annual Member Business Meeting Thursday, June 15 at 4 p.m. ET!


During this meeting, members will hear from CEO Brooks Rainwater and ULC Executive Board members on the current state of the organization, focus areas and upcoming events. Members will also vote on the proposed 2023-2024 ULC Executive Board Slate and proposed revisions to the ULC bylaws. 

 

 All members are encouraged to participate. Please register in advance.

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INNOVATOR SPOTLIGHT

Even though 2023 Innovations is over, now is the time to explore all the impressive submissions to inform your library's plans moving forward. The Innovations archive has over 2,600 projects, programs and initiatives from ULC's members that serve as inspiration to libraries around the world.


We've been spending the last few weeks highlighting our 2023 Top Innovators on LinkedIn — it's time to show some love to our Honorable Mentions!

San Diego Public Library

Workforce & Economic Development

"San Diego Creative Economy: Library Filmmaking"


With Media Arts Center, SDPL launched a quarterly workforce development program to train young adults aged 16-30 on filmmaking. After graduating from the six-week training program students are deployed into branches to complete a paid internship program creating videos highlighting programs, capturing patron anecdotes, and telling the library’s story.

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Tampa-Hillsborough County Public Library

Operations & Management

"Functional Mentoring for Practical Success"


With Media Arts Center, SDPL launched a quarterly workforce development program to train young adults aged 16-30 on filmmaking. After graduating from the six-week training program students are deployed into branches to complete a paid internship program creating videos highlighting programs, capturing patron anecdotes, and telling the library’s story.

MEMBER NEWS ROUNDUP

IMLS 2023 National Medalists for Museum and Library Service LA County Library, Toledo Lucas County Public Library


ULC members LA County Library and Toledo Lucas County Public Library have been selected as IMLS 2023 National Medalists for Museum and Library Service! The libraries were among eight winners, selected from a group of 30 national finalists. READ MORE.

Browse, Borrow, Board in Boston

Boston Public Library


Boston Public Library's "Browse, Borrow, Board" pilot program offers digital content from the library to transit riders at various bus stops around the city.


“We share in the value that knowledge and transportation could both be ‘Free to All.’ This opportunity connects public library and public transit offerings around learning and movement in our city,” said David Leonard, Boston Public Library president. READ MORE.

Introducing Calgary's "Influencer in Residence"

Calgary Public Library


Calgary Public Library has just announced the next in its series of creative and professional residences— Chanry Thach, Influencer in Residence. Chanry, a well-known Calgary food blogger and marketing professional, will be available for appointments, group seminars and virtual sessions. READ MORE.

Defending the Freedom to Read in El Paso

El Paso Public Library


El Paso Public Library was recently featured in an article from El Paso Matters about the library's wildly successful partnership with the local YWCA to install banned books sections at city library branches. The article tells the story of teen Alex Reyes, who has become a leader in their county to advocate for intellectual freedom. READ MORE.

NEW FROM THE ULC BLOG

"The Power of Libraries Addressing Inequities in STEM"


The data is clear: there is a lot of work to be done in cultivating more equity in STEM careers. Who better than librarians to help move the needle, ensuring all of the patrons we serve have the ability to compete for jobs in the STEM field?


By providing access to technology and providing STEM-based summer learning programs, libraries have the power to make a difference in the education and career path a child dreams about. As part of ULC's Building Equity Amplify Summer Learning initiative, libraries like Central Arkansas Library System, Cedar Rapids Public Library and La Porte County Public Library are leading and sharing best practices in this work.

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HEALTHY FOOD COMMUNITY OF PRACTICE

Summer Meals Resource List


With summer rapidly approaching, many libraries and other organizations are working hard to ensure children have access to the meals they need while schools are out of session.


As a member of the Healthy Food Community of Practice, ULC and many ULC members worked with a group to create this list of resources from national organizations, state advocates, and USDA on summer meals. Resources include guidance on a range of topics including ways to access meals, how to become a summer meals site or sponsor, examples from other programs, and more.


The Healthy Food Community of Practice, funded by the Walmart Foundation and facilitated by Share Our Strength through its subsidiary Community Wealth Partners, is made up of nearly 50 organizations across the country focused on healthy food access and consumption. 

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WAYS TO ENGAGE AT ULC

Our ULC Member Job Board is regularly updated as we learn of new positions that are open at our member libraries. Once you are logged into your ULC member account, you can access the Job Board link on the left side under “Member Hub.” And, if you have a job posting at your library, please email info@urbanlibraries.org and we will gladly add it to the Job Board!


The latest job postings:


ULC's Member Knowledge Exchange makes it easy for our members to build relationships and share transformative tools and ideas with ULC library leaders across North America. If you have a resource you'd like to share with other member libraries, please email info@urbanlibraries.org.


The latest resources:

  • Passport Flyer | Ottawa Public Library
  • Request for Reconsideration of Library Resources | San Diego County Library
  • Land Acknowledgement Guidelines | Ottawa Public Library
UPCOMING MEMBER EVENTS
Full ULC Events Calendar

ULC Public Safety & Operations Officers Call

Tuesday, May 30, 2023 | 4 p.m. ET

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ULC Social Workers Call

Wednesday, May 31, 2023 | 4 p.m. ET

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ULC Analytics & Tech Leaders Call

Thursday, June 8, 2023 | 2 p.m. ET

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ULC Member Business Meeting

Thursday, June 15, 2023 | 4 p.m. ET

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ULC Deputy Directors Call

Monday, June 19, 2023 | 4 p.m. ET

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ULC EDI Officers Call

Wednesday, June 21, 2023 | 3 p.m. ET

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ULC HR Leaders Call

Thursday, June 22, 2023 | 3 p.m. ET

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Save the Date: 2023 Annual Forum

October 25-27 | Seattle, Washington


This October 25-27, 2023, ULC will convene our member community to engage in expert-led discussions and activities to elevate our shared understanding of the challenges our library leaders face to develop best practices and strategies to best serve our staff and patrons. Registration will open later this year.


Hotel Rooms Available Now!

Questions? Want to Submit a Story?


Contact ULC's Communications Manager Elise Calanni at ecalanni@urbanlibraries.org.

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