2013 ULC Annual Forum Highlights

July 30th, 2013

The theme of our 2013 Annual Forum was Ignite Learning! Libraries at the Center, and the two-day session was a testament to that notion. Speakers and library leaders from across the country described how libraries are supporting young readers, creating innovative spaces for youth and exploring digital approaches to life-long learning. "Libraries lead learning," ULC CEO and President Susan Benton said as she opened the Forum. "We are the center of learning in our community. People rely on us at every age and every stage."

About 200 people from 80 ULC member libraries attended the June 27-28 Forum.

The highlights included:

  • Keynote presenter Diana Rhoten of Amplify urged members to embrace a "Youth(full) Library" where teens have the time and space to explore their interests and enjoy new experiences.
  • Connie Yowell of the MacArthur Foundation described how libraries can adapt a connected learning approach by helping young people link their education to their future, providing mentors and offering badges.
  • Milton Chen of the George Lucas Educational Foundation told the audience how libraries offer teens a chance to explore their interests through "free choice learning" and working collaboratively.
  • Susan Hildreth of the Institute of Museum and Library Services highlighted the federal agency's new report on how libraries are addressing early learning and the summer slide.
  • Ralph Smith of the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading urged members to rebrand summer: not as a vacation, but as an opportunity for nutrition, fitness, learning and service.
  • 10 library systems across the country were recognized as the 2013 Top Innovators.

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