ULC’s new Leadership Brief highlights the growing role of public libraries as leaders in summer learning.Read More »
ULC’s new report explores library summer learning programs and action steps for initiating assessment!Read More »
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2016 ULC Annual Forum
ULC Libraries: Getting to the Evidence
October 5-7, 2016
Kansas City, MO
Public libraries are emerging as key leaders in closing the summer opportunity gap by moving beyond traditional summer reading to more integrated, intentional summer learning programs that focus on a variety of academic and developmental areas. To help describe the expanding role of public libraries in delivering innovative summer learning programs, ULC has developed two new publications for the public library field.
ULC's latest Leadership Brief, Leadership Brief: Libraries Expanding Summer Opportunities, builds on the findings from the Accelerate Summer strategic partnership between the Urban Libraries Council (ULC) and the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) with support from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The brief provides models of library summer learning that emerged from the Accelerate Summer research, examples of successful programs, and five action strategies to help libraries adopt a summer learning approach.
ULC has also released a new report, Public Libraries and Effective Summer Learning: Opportunities for Assessment, developed through the National Forum on Effective Summer Learning, also supported by funding from IMLS. This report provides a more comprehensive overview of the diverse summer learning opportunities provided by public libraries, learning outcomes they can achieve for participants and action steps for initiating assessment of their effectiveness.
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 >>