This Week at ULC

Newsletter | February 8, 2023



Get your submissions ready! Our 2023 Innovations applications will launch on February 16 and close on March 17! Review these frequently asked questions and check out our 2023 Categories Brochure to learn more about how to submit. Our Innovations awards program provides libraries a tremendous opportunity to tell your story and gain recognition for the huge impact you’ve made in your communities.

2023 Innovations Categories:

  • Advocacy & Awareness: Innovations that increase the awareness and perceived value of the library's programs, resources and community role.

  • Anti-Racism, Digital Equity and Inclusion: Innovations that directly address structural racism, systemic inequality and social injustice within the library and across the community.

  • Data & Performance Management: Innovations that advance data-driven decision making, performance management and reporting, impact assessment and all-around process improvements.

  • Democracy: Innovations that empower and motivate community members to address public concerns and exercise their civil rights and liberties.

  • Education: Children and Adults: Innovations that increase access to high-quality learning opportunities for all children and adults, advance personal and family learning goals and develop literacies of all kinds.

  • Health & Wellness: Innovations that help library staff and customers better understand and make informed decisions about personal and public health issues, as well as environmental concerns.

  • Operations & Management: Innovations that shift internal culture and rethink positions, processes and team structures to drive greater equity, productivity and leadership at all staff levels.

  • Workforce and Economic Development: Innovations that promote equitable economic mobility and opportunity for all local workers, jobseekers, entrepreneurs and business owners.

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Meet ULC's Newest Member

St. Joseph County Public Library

We are excited to welcome St. Joseph County Public Library to the ULC family! St. Joe County Public Library is located in South Bend, Ind. and operates on the mission to connect members of the community to learning, resources, culture and each other. They're looking forward to connecting with other ULC members on best practices for community and youth engagement.

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ULC Members Celebrate Black History Month

Louisville Free Public Library, Cambridge Public Library, DC Public Library

In celebration of Black History Month, ULC is highlighting creative programming and events from member libraries. Follow along for updates every week in this new blog. This week, we're showcasing libraries that are diving deep into local history.

Louisville Free Public Library: Throughout February, the Kentucky Buffalo Soldiers Chapter will be visiting Louisville Free Public Library branches to discuss the history of the all black unit of the 9th & 10th Cavalry and how it has played a significant role in today’s military. 

Cambridge Public Library: A special project at Cambridge Public Library is highlighting Black trailblazers from the city! Bookmarks will share the histories of locals like cyclist Kittie Knox & Charles Gittens, the first Black secret service agent.

DC Public Library: DC Public Library has opened the "Emmett Till and Mamie Till-Mobley: Let the World See" traveling exhibit, on loan from the Children's Museum of Indianapolis. It tells the story of Emmett Till's murder and his mother's advocacy, as well as how local DC media coverage contributed to the national lens of this moment in civil rights.

We invite members to submit Black History Month stories by emailing

Becoming a "Library for Everyone" in Oak Park

Oak Park Public Library

In late January, Oak Park Public Library released their 2022 Anti-Racism Impact Report: "From Paper to Practice: Becoming a Library for Everyone." The report audits and analyzes the strategies the library put in place and followed in 2022 to be active in anti-racism work for both community members and staff.

Executive Director Joslyn Bowling Dixon writes: "With Stephen Jackson, our Director of Equity and Anti-Racism, leading the charge, our library is working actively and with intention to normalize providing culturally inclusive collections and programs as well as an ecosystem in which BIPOC library staff

can develop and thrive within the library service profession. 

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Honoring Indigenous Storytelling Traditions in Regina

Regina Public Library

In the province of Saskatchewan, February marks Aboriginal Storytelling Month. Historically, the winter season is a storytelling time for the FIrst Nations and Métis peoples. Regina Public Library is partnering with Library Services for Saskatchewan Aboriginal Peoples Inc. to host in-person and virtual storytelling events, where Indigenous storytellers will share their culture, traditional teachings, history and language with patrons.

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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:

  • Adult Librarian – New York Public Library
  • Children Services Librarian - Dayton Metro Library
  • Manager, Regional Branch (Adult Focus) - The Indianapolis Public 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 Analytics and Tech Leaders Call

Member Group Call

February 9 | 2-3 p.m. ET


ULC Collections Leaders Call

Member Group Call

February 9 | 3-4 p.m. ET


ULC Social Workers Call

Member Group Call

February 13 | 4-5 p.m. ET


Working with Middle School Students

Summer Learning Boot Camp #2

February 16 | 2-3 p.m. ET


ULC Education Leaders Call

Member Group Call

February 27 | 2-3 p.m. ET



ULC Member Libraries Celebrate & Honor Black History Month

Throughout the month of February, ULC is highlighting member libraries that are celebrating Black History Month with creative programming designed to uplift, educate and honor. As we continue to highlight libraries each week in our newsletter, we will be adding these stories to this blog post. You can also follow along with the hashtag #ULCBlackHistoryMonth on Twitter or by viewing our Instagram highlights.

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Library Forward offers a full complement of design services spanning a library’s entire lifecycle—from visioning, strategic planning, needs assessment, and branding, to interior design, signage, furniture services, and more. Known to many librarians and ULC members simply as “Group 4”, Library Forward is born out of Group 4’s library-specific expertise, and reflected in the firm’s full name: Group 4 Architecture, Research + Planning, Inc.

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Free Library of Philadelphia

Are you rooting for the Eagles to win the Super Bowl? The Free Library of Philadelphia is hosting a photobook event featuring images or Jalen Hurts!

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Kansas City Public Library

...Or are you a Kansas City Chiefs fan? Kansas City Public Library is set up with a Coach "Read" photo op for patrons who come in!

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Barrie Public Library

Barrie Public Library got some fresh paint! Check out their Reel of these storybook stairs inspired by classic children's books.

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Prince George's County Memorial Library System

Our President & CEO Brooks Rainwater stopped by PGCMLS last week... and signed up for a library card!

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Questions? Want to Submit a Story?

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