ULC events unite members with leaders in the national and international library community as well as other sectors including government, business and philanthropy for an exchange of knowledge, experience and forward-looking perspectives.
ULC Partners for Success Conferences
Partners for Success is a biennial convening that showcases what communities can achieve when libraries, local government and other key civic leaders work together to address critical challenges.
In 2013 the theme for Partners was Libraries Leading Learning. Over 145 library, local government, philanthropic, civic and business leaders gathered in Seattle (November 12-14) for a rousing exploration of the catalytic role that libraries play as essential community learning centers. The two-day program included keynote presentations, panel and small group discussions as well as informal conversations over meals - all focused on how libraries can strengthen their impact as partners in achieving community learning goals.
ULC Annual Forums
In 2014, ULC's Annual Forum will be supplanted by the NEXT Library Conference, taking place for the first time in the United States. This international event is a partnership of Aarhus Public Libraries, Chicago Public Library, Chicago Public Library Foundation and the Urban Libraries Council.
The 2013 Annual Forum, Ignite Learning: Libraries at the Center, focused on learners at all ages and from all backgrounds. Inspiring and thoughtful presenters included: Amplify's Diana Rhoten, MacArthur's Connie Yowell and the George Lucas Educational Foundation's Milton Chen. Additional conversations and discussions were injected by leading outside experts like Steppenwolf Theatre's Martha Lavey, Children's Museum of Pittsburgh's Jane Werner, IMLS's Susan Hildreth, National Summer Learning Association's Gary Huggins and Annie E. Casey Foundation's Ralph Smith.