This Week at ULC

Newsletter | April 26, 2023


Tomorrow, April 27 at 4 p.m. ET, we invite you to join your peers and pals for ULC’s Innovations Celebration! This year’s virtual program will showcase the year’s Top Innovators and Honorable Mentions with special video highlights. We will also hear from ULC’s President and CEO Brooks Rainwater. Plus, tune in to find out the fantastic location of ULC's 2023 Annual Forum, being held later this year on October 25-27, 2023. 

Note: Only those libraries that are selected as a Top Innovator or Honorable Mention will be contacted prior to the Celebration. Those that are not selected will not be notified.


Join us as we recognize and support the best and brightest library Innovations of 2023!



In an effort to streamline and customize the news ULC members get in their inboxes, we will be adjusting the cadence of our newsletters. Expect to see email communications that are more tailored to our focus areas and that highlight upcoming events. The next newsletter featuring member stories like these will be sent on Wednesday, May 10, and will continue on a bi-weekly cycle.


Kelvin Watson

Las Vegas-Clark County Library District

Kelvin Watson, executive director of the Las Vegas-Clark County Library District, has been awarded the American Library Association (ALA) Medal of Excellence Award. This annual award, presented by the ALA and sponsored by OCLC, recognizes creative leadership in library management, library training, cataloging and classification, and the tools and techniques of librarianship.

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Roosevelt Weeks

Austin Public Library

ULC Executive Board member Roosevelt Weeks also received an award recently! Weeks, the Director of the Austin Public Library, was awarded the Texas Library Association's Librarian of the Year award. It is awarded once a year to a librarian who has demonstrated extraordinary leadership and service within the library community over the past 12 – 18 months. 

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Happy National Library Week!

ULC Member Libraries

ULC wishes a happy National Library Week to all our members. We hope you take this awareness week as a time to celebrate yourselves and your staff! We have loved seeing all the staff spotlights and promoted programming across social media this week. Keep on sharing what makes your library essential to the community by using the #NationalLibraryWeek hashtag.

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Partnering for Outreach in St. Louis

St. Louis County Library

The St. Louis County Library announced today that Cardinals Care, the charitable arm of the St. Louis Cardinals, is donating $200,000 to sponsor a new bookmobile! SLCL is also releasing a limited-edition Cardinals library card to celebrate the announcement! The new Cardinals Care bookmobile will feature a distinctive wrap celebrating baseball and literacy, and will house a collection of approximately 5,000 items featuring a diverse range of authors, genres and age levels. 

“The Cardinals have been a longtime supporter of the Library,” said Kristen Sorth, St. Louis County Library Director & CEO. “Their investment in literacy has made a real impact on our community. Sponsoring a new bookmobile will continue that legacy, and will help open up a world of discovery and enjoyment for students for years to come.” 

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Author-Led Campaign to Save Libraries

California Library Association

A group of New York Times bestsellers is leading a fundraiser this week on behalf of the California Library Association. The authors include Susan Orlean (The Library Book), Laura Numeroff (If You Give a Mouse a Cookie), John Lescroart (The Missing Piece), Benson Shum (Anzu the Great Kaiju) and others.

 “CLA is fortunate to have so many amazing California-based authors and illustrators who believe wholeheartedly in the importance of libraries. Theirs and the public’s engagement with this fundraiser help to ensure the longevity of the state’s #1 librarian and library support nonprofit,” says Gary Shaffer, CLA president and Director of Glendale Library, Arts and Culture.

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National & Local Authors Join Columbus Book Festival Lineup

Columbus Metropolitan Library

Columbus Metropolitan Library is hosting its first-ever Columbus Book Festival this summer, and the headliners have been announced! In addition to featured authors Ali Hazelwood, Fonda Lee, Prince Shakur and Maggie Smith, more than 130 additional national and local authors from a variety of authors will participate. These festivities are all part of CML's Sesquicentennial celebrations — congratulations on 150 years!

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Built upon the success of the Building Equity: Amplify Summer Learning cohort, ULC is happy to announce the release of the Building Equity: Amplify Summer Learning Toolkit. This toolkit provides methods for libraries to engage every child in high-quality summer learning, emphasizing strategies to center equity, executing effective STEM program design and targeting middle school youth. In partnership with the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA), ULC issued a Statement on Summer Learning in 2022 for public libraries to deepen access and equity in both what and how summer programs are offered. 

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ULC is hiring! We are seeking an experienced, motivated Director of Communications who will catalyze action for real impact by developing and leading communications and strategy. This is a hybrid, full-time position. Please share this job posting with your networks or with anyone who may be interested.

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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 and we will gladly add it to the Job Board!

The latest job postings:

  • ILS/Technical Services Supervisor - Las Vegas-Clark County Library District
  • Director of Branch Services — Stark Library
  • Division Heads, Library Services — Palo Alto City Library

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

The latest resources:


ULC Innovations Celebration

Virtual Celebration

April 27 | 4-5 p.m. ET


ULC Analytics and Tech Leaders Call

Member Group Call

May 11 | 2-3 p.m. ET


ULC Communications and Marketing Call

Member Group Call

May 17 | 3-4 p.m. ET


ULC Development Professionals Call - Focus on Data and Library Impact

Member Group Call

May 17 | 3-4 p.m. ET


Save the Date: 2023 Annual Forum

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.

The location of the 2023 ULC Annual Forum will be announced at this year's Innovations Celebration on April 27!


Edmonton Public Library

Edmonton Public Library is doing everything to support patrons who have complex needs, especially by utilizing social workers in the library.

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Kansas City Public Library

Last week, nearly 200 people became U.S. citizens at the library's naturalization ceremony - including 96-year-old Maria Del Refugio Orozco!

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St. Charles City-County Library

Today is Library Outreach Day! See how the St. Charles City-County Library staff oes out into the community to bring programming right to patrons.

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Los Angeles County Library

LA County Library kicked off National Library Week with a Breakfast Club-themed dance off. We love a throwback!

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