Join us October 5-7, 2016, in Kansas City for the 2016 ULC Annual Forum as we explore new frameworks for measuring library outcomes and community impact.Learn More »
ULC's latest brief highlights how libraries, as technology leaders, can bridge digital divides, enhance digital literacy and support community priorities.Read More »
Read initial findings from ULC’s Accelerate Summer initiative to learn how public libraries are transforming summer learning to address the summer slide!Learn More »
To serve as an effective digital inclusion leader in its community, ULC member Oak Park Public Library (OPPL) used data from the Edge Toolkit, a ULC-led initiative for assessing library technology to support community priorities, to shape the Library's strategic planning around technology and ensure that all members of the community have access to the resources and services needed to succeed. According to Sharon Comstock, OPPL's assessment manager, the library believes that one of the most important ways to serve this diverse community is through digital inclusion, equity, and empowerment. Edge provided a clear lens through which OPPL could tie technology services to community priorities, identify gaps and track the effectiveness of existing programs and services.
Libraries are critical anchors for digital access and equity in local communities and, for millions of people, are their only gateway to the digital universe. From President Obama’s ConnectAll initiative to recent reforms to the federal E-rate and Lifeline programs, visit the E-rate and Lifeline Reform section under Member Resources to learn more about the role that public libraries and ULC have played to help get more people online and bridge the digital divide.
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 >>