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All 2021 ULC Innovations Entries Are Live!

Check out every “new” and “next” program, partnership, event and strategy submitted this year by ULC members. ULC will reach out to the directors/CEOs of award-winning libraries in the next few weeks.

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Trigger Terms: Harmful Detours and Healing Redirects

Addressing key trigger terms in the current media, social and political climates, ULC's Harmful Detours and Healing Redirects framework is designed to help leaders grow alignment, surface misunderstandings and find paths forward through difficult conversations.

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Nuestras Raíces En Pima County

Discover how Pima County Public Library celebrates and honors the culture, voice and linguistic heritage of their Latinx and Spanish-speaking communities in Pima County.

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ULC Leadership Brief: Anti-Racist Executive Leadership for Public Libraries

Informed by the work and expert guidance of ULC’s Anti-Racism action team, this Leadership Brief focuses on the power of self-aware and committed public library executives in ensuring racial justice, both within our institutions and in our communities.

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Partners for Middle School STEM Strategic Playbook

ULC’s new Strategic Playbook guides library teams in building successful programs and cross-sector partnerships to advance inclusive and robust STEM learning environments for low-income middle school youth.

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Building the STEM Workforce: Quickstart Toolkit

Complementing the Strategic Playbook, ULC’s new Quickstart Toolkit is designed to orient libraries who are new to STEM work with strategies for short-term, sustainable progress, as well as resources for deeper exploration.

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Closing the Entrepreneurship Gap: Tools for Libraries

This robust ULC toolkit offers strategies and resources to help libraries level-up as entrepreneurial hubs.

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ULC Member Knowledge Exchange

The ULC Knowledge Exchange makes it easy for our members to build relationships and share transformative tools and ideas with ULC library leaders across North America.

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The Urban Libraries Council, founded in 1971, is an outcomes-driven research and innovations network of more than 160 leading North American public libraries.

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Knowledge Exchange

Access sample policies, forms and other documents provided by ULC members

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Discover how ULC is working to invigorate public libraries and their communities

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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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Digital Equity

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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Healthy, Sustainable Communities

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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Upcoming Events



Dec 09 - Dec 09, 2021

ULC Directors and CEOs connect to discuss the coronavirus outbreak and its effect on their libraries and communities.


ULC EDI Officers Call

Dec 15 - Dec 15, 2021

ULC Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Officers connect with peers from libraries across North America.

The Voice of Public Libraries

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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