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Children’s Literature Opens the Door to Conversations about Identity, Race and Equity

How can libraries help ensure today's youth develop greater empathy, understanding and appreciation for equity? The Anti-Defamation League​'s Jinnie Spiegler shares the capacity for children's literature to launch critical conversations for young learners.

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This October 16-18, the 2019 ULC Forum: Preparing to Lead on AI + Digital Citizenship will convene our member community in Salt Lake City to engage in expert-led discussions and activities to elevate our shared understanding of the economic and social implications of emerging technologies.

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Introducing Edge 2.0

Discover the newest version of ULC's benchmarking tool for public libraries, featuring an all-new online platform, customizable comparison reports and robust action planning tools.

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New Leadership Brief: Library-School Partnerships to Improve Reading Proficiency

This new Leadership Brief highlights how libraries are already helping low-income children become more proficient readers and offers action strategies for strengthening library-school partnerships to close the reading opportunity gap.

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New Toolkit: Strengthening Libraries as Entrepreneurial Hubs

Discover strategies and resources to help your library elevate its support of local entrepreneurs.

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Education transforms the lives of individuals and is the foundation for strong, economically vital communities. In the knowledge economy, the library is the learning institution ready to guide and support citizens at every age and level of need.

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Libraries are critical anchors for digital access and equity in local communities. For millions of people, libraries are their gateway to the digital universe and digital readiness.

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Libraries are powerful partners for creating healthy, sustainable communities. With local government, business and other community organizations, libraries are key players in a strong economy, a healthy environment and racial/social equity.

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Climate Change Education in Libraries

Apr 24 - Apr 24, 2019

What is the role of the library in addressing climate change? This webinar seeks to help library leaders understand how their institutions can participate in the solutions for the most pressing crisis

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Lessons from the Field: Start a Revolution

May 07 - May 09, 2019

ULC members will convene at Calgary Public Library this May to experience first-hand the giant leaps and bounds the library has taken in recent years to dramatically shift the organization's 116-year-old mindset.

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2019 ULC Forum

Oct 16 - Oct 18, 2019

This October 16-18, the 2019 ULC Forum: Preparing to Lead on AI + Digital Citizenship will convene our member community in Salt Lake City to engage in expert-led discussions and activities to elevate our shared understanding of the economic and social implications of emerging technologies.

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ULC provides a forum for library leaders to share best practices and innovative ideas that inspire programs that support 21st century learning, a strong economy, and an active democracy.

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