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How Libraries are Transforming Lives and Strengthening Communities

How are libraries transforming lives and strengthening communities? Check out the latest blog post from ULC President and CEO Brooks Rainwater on the framework for public libraries to better serve — and transform! — their communities.

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Free Public Webinar: Town Hall on the Critical Role of Libraries

Cyndee Landrum of the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) and Karl Dean, Former Mayor of Nashville and ULC’s Immediate Past Board Chair, will join ULC President and CEO Brooks Rainwater for this conversation about the critical and evolving role of the library. This event is targeted to both libraries and local government leaders and will highlight what these shifts mean for the field itself, strategies for communicating this to stakeholders and the local community and how the library connects with local policy goals.

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Introducing the New ULC Member Hub Experience

ULC is excited to bring members a new Member Hub experience, which has a familiar feel to a social media account in terms of how it looks and the communication features available. This new site, designed just for library members of ULC, is the best way to stay engaged with what’s happening at libraries across North America and get to know better the library staff leading this work.

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ULC's Entrepreneurship Boot Camp Series

Libraries are a critical support for small business owners and entrepreneurs in communities, providing access to a wide range of programs and services that can bolster their work. With two separate tracks designed for library staff of differing levels of expertise, ULC’s new free boot camp series provides resources for libraries to effectively support entrepreneurs.

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New Data Released by Urban Libraries Council

A new collection of data gathered by the Urban Libraries Council establishes a better understanding of pre- and post-pandemic library services and operations. City and county library systems from across the U.S. and Canada participated in the first-ever ULC Library Insights Survey. ULC members from 98 libraries provided data around the topics of Attraction and Attendance, Location Experience and Use of Space, Programs and Services and Staffing and Budget.

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New Member Tool: ULC Library Data Hive

Visit the new Library Data Hive section of the ULC Member Hub to explore interactive dashboards, maps and charts based on Library Insights Survey data — exclusive for members. Comparative analysis dashboards also provide snapshots of the 2019 and 2022 averages for each data set, so you can see the changes pre- and post-pandemic for every library that completed the survey.

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