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All 2023 Innovations Now Live

Thank you to those members that submitted to ULC's 2023 Innovations Initiative! All submissions are now live in our Innovations library — view and be inspired by your peers' inventive work.

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Declaration of Democracy

ULC member libraries and supporting organizations are working to build policies and actions that preserve and protect democracy in our communities.

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Cornerstones in a Culture War

ULC continues to stand with and for North America's public libraries to fight for free information and access for all through initiatives like our Declaration of Democracy and the new Democracy Advocacy Group.

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Libraries Are Not Neutral

Hear from ULC President and CEO Brooks Rainwater about the state of public libraries in March 2023 and how ULC continues to champion for democracy and the freedom of information through ongoing efforts.

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Guiding Public Libraries in Racial Equity to Achieve Racial Justice

In order for libraries to move forward in racial equity, people of color must be truly heard, received and valued. ULC's Michelle Hamiel explores what it will take to achieve racial justice.

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How Libraries Can Encourage Positive Community Experiences for Disabled People

Oak Park Public Library's Shelley Harris writes about programming, collections and outreach strategies that public libraries can adopt to encourage positive experiences for disabled community members.

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"Food is a Right: Libraries and Food Justice"

ULC's latest white paper, “Food is a Right: Libraries and Food Justice,” addresses the current state of food insecurity across North America and the strategic role libraries play in addressing local needs.

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ULC's Summer Learning Boot Camp Series

As part of the Building Equity: Amplify Summer Learning initiative, ULC invites members to participate in an informational boot camp series designed to support libraries as they work to amplify equity in summer learning.

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Statement on Summer Learning

Summertime reveals significant inequities for many and the time to act is now. ULC joins the National Summer Learning Association in issuing a call to action on summer equity.

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New benchmarks for anti-racism, digital equity, economic opportunity and education.

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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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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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