2015 Innovations Award Opens

ULC invites members to showcase, share and inspire with their library's innovative programs and projects.

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Learn how libraries engage their communities through innovative work
Learn how libraries engage their communities through innovative work

Partners for Education

Download the latest ULC brief on how libraries are natural partner with key community leaders meeting 21st century education needs.

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Read the latest ULC Leadership Brief, "Partners for Education"
Read the latest ULC Leadership Brief, "Partners for Education"

Free and Open Internet

What does Net Neutrality mean for public libraries?

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Learn the facts about the issue of Net Neutrality
Learn the facts about the issue of Net Neutrality

Discounts for Urban Libraries

How much does the new E-rate discount mean for urban libraries?

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Learn about the E-rate discounts for urban libraries
Learn about the E-rate discounts for urban libraries

Building Library Partnerships

ULC Library Partners support the work of public libraries to develop new approaches and tools that best serve our communities.

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ULC President and CEO Susan Benton (right) and Executive Board Chair Kari Glover (left) with Pamela Smith (middle), Vice President of Global Sales for Ingram Content Group, sponsor of the 2015 ULC MidWinter Reception
ULC President and CEO Susan Benton (right) and Executive Board Chair Kari Glover (left) with Pamela Smith (middle), Vice President of Global Sales for Ingram Content Group, sponsor of the 2015 ULC MidWinter Reception

2015 Innovations Initiative Open for Submissions

We are proud to announce the Sixth Annual ULC Innovations Initiative and encourage your library's participation.

The intent of the Innovations Initiative is to:

To learn about the Innovations categories, submission form and key dates for the award process, please go to the Innovations page on our website.

Last year we received nearly 200 innovations from ULC libraries that were viewed and recognized by the White House, local, national and international government organizations, and the media. The ULC Innovations Initiative provides a way for leaders to hear about the positive contributions you make to your community.

The deadline for this year's submissions is April 3, 2015 with the Top Innovators being recognized and celebrated at the ULC Innovations Celebration on Thursday, June 25, 2015 at the ULC Annual Forum.

If you have questions, please email Katherine Behrens or call her at 202-750-8652. We look forward to reading your submissions. Thank you for sharing your great work.


Libraries: Partners for Education

Ask public and private sector leaders what society's greatest challenges are for the 21st century and education is at the top of their lists. Public libraries are playing a critical role in facilitating educational support across all demographics in most all communities. ULC's latest Leadership Brief, Partners for Education, articulates the unique educational assets that libraries can and do contribute. Use this in your conversations with governmental officials and business leaders to bolster your points about the importance of public libraries in education.

Download Partners for Education here (PDF).


INSPIRING LIBRARIES.
TRANSFORMING COMMUNITIES.

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