2011 Press Releases

Libraries Drive Civic Engagement in Thriving Communities >>

October 12, 2011
The Urban Libraries Council (ULC) announces publication of Library Priority: Community-Civic Engagement. This monograph, second in a series of knowledge briefs for library leaders and local government officials, highlights the essential role that public libraries play in getting people involved in activities that characterize thriving communities: voting and volunteerism, participating in civic and social organizations, working together to address tough challenges.  Read the full release >>

Bridgeport Public Library Board President James E. O'Donnell Named ULC's 2011 Urban Player >>

July 20, 2011
Bridgeport Public Library Board President James E. O’Donnell was recently honored with the 2011 Urban Player Award at the Urban Libraries Council (ULC) Annual Membership meeting in New Orleans . Each year, the Urban Player Award is presented to an individual who is recognized as a strong and effective advocate for the public library. And this year, Mr. O’Donnell’s commitment to the transformation of the Bridgeport Public Library provided him the award.  Read the full release >>


Richland County Public Library's Tony Tallent Receives 2011 ULC Joey Rodger Award >>

July 8, 2011
The Urban Libraries Council (ULC) presented Mr. Tony Tallent, Director of Literacy and Learning at the Richland County Public Library in Columbia, South Carolina, with the 2011 Joey Rodger Leadership Award at their Annual Membership Meeting on June 25th in New Orleans, Louisiana.  Read the full release >>

Outstanding Public Library Programs Recognized As ULC's Top Innovators >>

July 8, 2011
The Urban Libraries Council (ULC) recently unveiled its 2011 Top Innovators during its Annual Conference, June 24-25, in New Orleans. Eleven outstanding library programs were selected by a panel of expert judges from more than 200 applications.  Read the full release >>

ULC Tapped to Lead Youth Learning Labs Project >>

May 16, 2011
The Urban Libraries Council (ULC), in partnership with the Association of Science-Technology Centers (ASTC), has been selected to lead “Learning Labs in Libraries and Museums,” a national initiative to create and support youth digital media learning labs in up to 30 libraries and museums nationwide.  Read the full release >>

National Coalition Will Establish Benchmarks to Support High-Quality Computer & Internet Access at Public Libraries  >>

March 29, 2011
An unprecedented national coalition has formed to design and pilot a series of public access technology benchmarks for public libraries, with $2.8 million in funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The coalition—which represents library and local government leaders—will develop guidelines that define quality technology services at libraries and how to continuously improve them to motivate local re-investment in public technology access at libraries.  Read the full release >>