2017 Press Releases

Race and Social Equity, Immigration and Civic Engagement to be Top Issues at Forum of North America’s Urban Library Leaders 

September 27, 2017
Over 200 library leaders to will gather at the Urban Libraries Council’s Annual Forum in the Twin Cities to discuss how libraries can lead by example. Read the full release here >> 


Urban Libraries Council Statement on Trump Administration’s Announcement to End DACA

Sept. 5, 2017
In response to the news that the Trump Administration will end the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals program, which protects undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children from deportation, Urban Libraries Council President and CEO Susan Benton issued the following statement. Read the full release here >> 

 

Urban Libraries Council Statement on Trump Administration’s Intent to Investigate and Sue Universities for Discriminating Against Whites 

August 2, 2017
In response to the news that the U.S. Department of Justice is preparing to investigate and sue universities over affirmative action policies deemed discriminatory to whites, Urban Libraries Council President and CEO Susan Benton issued the following statement. Read the full release here >> 

 

Urban Libraries Council Honors St. Paul Mayor Coleman and Michigan’s Kent District Library Exec. Director with Leadership Awards

July 17, 2017
The Urban Libraries Council (ULC) announced the recipients of the 2017 Joey Rodger Leadership and Urban Leader Awards at a special celebration during the 2017 Partners Conference in Philadelphia. The awards recognize transformative leadership that advance the impact and strategic role of public libraries in communities across North America. Read the full release here >>


Urban Libraries Council Announces New Executive Board Members

June 26, 2017
Los Angeles County Librarian and Omaha’s Do Space Executive Director Newest Members of ULC’s Executive Board. Read the full release here >>


Urban Libraries Council Statement on President Trump’s Proposed Defunding of Institute of Museum and Library Services

May 10, 2017
“For 20 years, the Institute of Museum and Library Services has served our nation well, ensuring public libraries, one of our democracy’s critical institutions, have the funding and resources needed to serve people of all races, ethnicities, religions and socio-economic statuses. The president’s proposed cut would hurt the most vulnerable among us, including low-income and marginalized populations served by both rural and urban libraries,” said Michael Sherrod, Executive Board Chair of the Urban Libraries Council.  Read the full release here >>



U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Department of Education and Nonprofit Partners Launch Book-Rich Environments Initiative to Boost Educational Opportunity for Children in Public Housing 

January 5, 2017
The Urban Libraries Council  partnered with the U.S. Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Education (ED), the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading (GLR), and the National Book Foundation (NBF) to launch the Book-Rich Environment (BRE) Initiative.  Read the full release >>