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150+ North American Library Leaders Gather at ULC's Democracy Forum in DC

In November 2022, over 150 participants from 75 North American libraries attended the 2022 ULC Annual Forum: Creating a Place for Democracy. Over three days, attendees were able to network, collaborate and participate in expert-led sessions around preserving democracy.

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Declaration of Democracy

During the closing session of this year’s Annual Forum, ULC issued a call to action that provides member libraries with a baseline for building policies and actions that preserve and protect democracy in our communities.

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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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Faces of Democracy: Libraries as Leaders for Civic Engagement

Across North America, public libraries are stepping up as leaders of democracy and civic engagement in their communities. In the lead up to ULC’s 2022 Annual Forum: Creating a Place for Democracy, ULC is spotlighting those courageous leaders in our Faces of Democracy campaign.

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Introducing Edge 360

Edge 360 represents an exciting step forward for the public library field, expanding the program beyond digital inclusion and introducing benchmarks for anti-racism, digital equity, economic opportunity and education in their local communities.

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The Freedom to Read is a Right That Must Be Protected

Discover how Austin Public Library launched Banned Camp — a series of free events for the Austin community to come together, engage with books that have been banned or challenged and be part of the conversation around the freedom to read.

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Urban Libraries Council Wins ASAE’s Top Honor for Trigger Terms

ULC has earned a 2022 ASAE Summit Award — the highest recognition bestowed by the American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) — for the Trigger Terms: Harmful Detours and Healing Redirects framework.

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For 50 years, the Urban Libraries Council has served as an outcomes-driven research and innovations network of more than 160 leading North American public libraries.

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

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