Transformative Learning Spaces

New publication highlights the latest models and best practices for engaging youth through innovative learning labs.

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Teens using 3D printer at the Teen Tech Studio in Columbus, OH
Teens using 3D printer at the Teen Tech Studio in Columbus, OH

Accelerating Digital Connections

Read about ULC's latest work for improving libraries' access to E-Rate funding.

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Students use library computer lab for academic research
Students use library computer lab for academic research

Re-envisioning Libraries

New report from the Aspen Institute highlights how public libraries can drive innovation and help transform communities.

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Read Aspen Instituteâs new report on public libraries
Read Aspen Instituteâs new report on public libraries

2014 Innovators

Congratulations to this year's Top Innovators. See the 2014 Top Innovators publication to learn more about these award-winning libraries.

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Grand Rapids, MI, Denver, CO, and Pima County, AZ are among ULCâs winning Innovators
Grand Rapids, MI, Denver, CO, and Pima County, AZ are among ULCâs winning Innovators

Libraries Ignite Learning

Read the latest ULC leadership brief to learn how libraries can take a more central role in designing and delivering high-quality learning programs in our communities.

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Learn how libraries can create new learning pathways
Learn how libraries can create new learning pathways

Message From ULC President and CEO Susan Benton on E-rate Modernization

On December 11, 2014, the FCC met and approved the further modernization of the E-rate program – as Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel termed it: E-rate 2.0.

The approved Order raises the spending cap on the E-rate program from the current $2.4 billion to $3.9 billion – the first reset of the cap since it was initially set at $2.25 million in 1997.  In addition, the Order approves an increased cap per square foot for urban and urbanized suburban libraries – positively affecting the ULC membership. Read more>>


ULC Board Member Tapped as City Administrator for Washington, D.C.

Rashad YoungRashad Young, ULC Board Member, has been tapped by Mayor-Elect Muriel Bowser as D.C.'s new City Administrator when she takes office next month. “Rashad has a track record of success, the experience to get results, and the energy to execute my ambitious agenda for all eight wards,” said Bowser. “Our approach to governing is straightforward: using the best practices, technology and talent to deliver services efficiently to the residents and businesses of Washington, D.C.”

Rashad currently serves as City Administrator for Alexandria, VA. Read about this in the Washington Post. Congratulations, Rashad!

 

INSPIRING LIBRARIES.
TRANSFORMING COMMUNITIES.

The Urban Libraries Council (ULC), founded in 1971, is a membership association of leading public library systems in the U.S. and Canada. While ULC libraries primarily represent urban and suburban settings, lessons from their work are widely adapted by libraries of all sizes, including those in rural settings. Read More >>

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Opportunity to Share Your Innovative Early Learning Work for a National Report  › A new project of the Families and Work Institute is seeking input from museums a…
Urban Library Patrons and Communities to Benefit from E-rate Modernization › Washington, DC, December 11, 2014 – At today’s FCC meeting, the Commission v…
New Pew Report on Internet Usage › New report from the Pew Research Internet Project shows that a majority of Ameri…