ULC and Edge on the Road this Fall!

September 7th, 2016

The fall, ULC’s Director of Education and Learning and the Edge team will be hitting the road with our members and public libraries at conferences and events across the United States!

ULC is looking forward to sharing best practices and models of public libraries as education partners and leaders for family and summer learning, hosting panel presentations and pre-conference sessions built on ideas shared in our latest publications, including:

The Edge team will also make appearances at a number of conferences to demonstrate how libraries can use the Edge Toolkit to better serve their communities through improved public technology servics.

We hope that you will be able to join us for one or more of our exciting conference sessions!


Research Institute for Public LibrariesFriday, September 30 - Monday, October 3, 2016: Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL) Institute, Denver, CO

This fall, 100 library leaders will engage in three days of hands-on, intensive workshops to build up their planning and evaluation skills to make better, data-based decisions and demonstrate library impact. Launched in 2015, the Research Institute for Public Libraries (RIPL) brings together people from across the country (rural, suburban, and urban public libraries) for an intensive, participatory learning experience.

Edge is a sponsor of the RIPL Institute and will host an interactive "learning station" that will provide an opportunity for RIPL participants to "experience" Edge products/services during scheduled breaks. RIPL will include lessons for aligning research efforts with data from the Edge Benchmarks and other national impact initiatives and provide participants with tools for evaluation, confidence in building research into their activities, and a network of colleagues for future learning and success.


2016 Families Learning SummitMonday, October 17, 2016, 11:00 am – 12:15 pm: National Center for Families Learning * Families Learning Summit, Detroit, MI

National Webcast: Libraries + Schools + Communities = Powerful Programming for Family Learning

To join the live webcast online, start by registering here. Online participants will have the opportunity to submit questions to the panelists during the session in real time. For more information about the webcast and the upcoming Families Learning Summit, click here.

This featured session at the Families Learning Summit will showcase how libraries, schools and community-based organizations work together all year to help families learn together and engage with their communities. Find out how public library leaders, school leaders and partners in three communities are providing opportunities for families to learn and serve together throughout the year via Family Service Learning and digital- and Maker- influenced blended learning approaches. Hear about the ways in which public libraries are providing engagement opportunities for all families — including disadvantaged parents and children — with a two-generation, family-focused approach. Engage with the panel as they share experiences and strategies that will benefit your community's understanding and leveraging of these partnerships. Brought to the Summit by the Urban Libraries Council and NCFL, this session is sponsored by Better World Books and builds on concepts highlighted in the recently published Leadership Brief: Libraries Supporting Family Learning.

Panelists include education leaders from:


Nevada Library Association 2016 Annual ConferenceOctober 18, 2016, 3:00-3:45 PM: Nevada Library Association * 2016 Annual Conference, Las Vegas, NV

Conference Session: Get an Edge on Advocacy

Ready...set...succeed! Libraries of all sizes are using the Edge Toolkit to successfully advocate with local government and other organizations to improve public access technology in their communities. We invite Nevada libraries to join Edge in Las Vegas and learn how this assessment and planning tool can empower your library to create positive change in your community.


Monday, October 24, 2016, 1:30-5:00 pm: National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) * National Conference on Afterschool and Summer Learning, Seattle, WA

Pre-conference Session: Expanding Access to Opportunity – Library-School-Community Partnerships for Summer Learning

As trusted community anchors, public libraries are building powerful partnerships with schools, local governments, museums and other organizations to significantly increase the scale of children benefiting from summer learning. This interactive pre-conference will feature examples of library-led summer learning partnerships and the tools and tactics used to collaboratively and intentionally reach more kids in more ways and in more places. Participants will have the opportunity to consider how they can use shared tools and resources designed to build or strengthen local partnership that maximize summer opportunities. This interactive session builds on ideas shared in the recently released Leadership Brief: Libraries Expanding Summer Opportunities, which is based on research conducted by ULC in partnership with the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

ULC Library Panelists include:


Association for Rural and Small LibrariesOctober 27, 2016, 11:00 AM: Association of Rural and Small Libraries (ARSL) * 2016 Annual Conference, Fargo, ND

Conference Session: Move past the Edge of Normal – Identifying low-cost and no-cost ways to engage with your community and improve your library’s public access technology

This interactive session will engage participants in using the Edge Benchmarks to identify low-cost and no-cost ways to take their library "North of Normal" through improvements to their public access technology, community partnerships, and organizational planning.


YALSA Young Adult Services SymposiumSaturday, November 5, 2016, 8:30-10:00 AM: Young Adult library services Association (YALSA) * Young Adult Services Symposium, Pittsburg, PA

Concurrent Session: The Double Bottom Line – Engaging Teens as Summer Learning Leaders for Younger Students

As public libraries continue to evolve their summer learning programs, they are establishing intentional partnerships with schools, city/county government and community organizations. This session will explore how these partnerships allow libraries to target and engage high school students as tutors, mentors and program leaders for younger students via hands-on and connected learning activities. Participants will learn about library summer learning programs that include this “double bottom line” approach: addressing the summer slide for struggling early elementary school students while providing teens with connected learning opportunities, community connections, leadership development and college and career readiness. This session builds on research conducted by ULC in partnership with the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA) with funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

ULC Library Panelists include: