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Closing the Entrepreneurship Gap: Tools for Libraries

The new ULC toolkit offers strategies and resources to help libraries level-up as entrepreneurial hubs, including COVID-19 responses.

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All-New ULC Member Knowledge Exchange

ULC is thrilled to announce that the all-new ULC Member Knowledge Exchange is now available for our members. This new platform will make it even easier for you to build relationships and share transformative tools and ideas with ULC library leaders across North America.

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Beyond Allyship: A ULC Conversation Series

Join ULC members as we co-create strategies for strengthening race and social equity leadership during ULC's Beyond Allyship Conversation Series, held virtually this fall and through early 2021.

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All 2020 ULC Innovations Entries Are Live!

Check out the 260 entries submitted by members to the 2020 ULC Innovations Initiative! ULC will reach out to the directors/CEOs of award-winning libraries this November.

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New ULC Leadership Brief: Digital Equity in the Age of COVID-19

Informed by the work and expert guidance of ULC’s Digital Equity action team, this Leadership Brief offers action strategies, key messages and background information to empower library leaders to take on a more active and intentional role in advancing digital equity.

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Statement on Race and Social Equity

In a strong act of commitment to a more equitable society, 185 public libraries across North America have signed the Urban Libraries Council’s Statement on Race and Social Equity.

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Worth It: Our Small Business Value Calculator

Discover how St. Louis County Library created a tool that effectively showcases the value of the library's small business services.

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The Urban Libraries Council, founded in 1971, is an outcomes-driven research and innovations network of 160 leading North American public libraries.

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Knowledge Exchange

Access sample policies, forms and other documents provided by ULC members

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Education transforms the lives of individuals and is the foundation for strong, economically vital communities. In the knowledge economy, the library is the learning institution ready to guide and support citizens at every age and level of need.

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Digital Equity

Libraries are critical anchors for digital access and equity in local communities. For millions of people, libraries are their gateway to the digital universe and digital readiness.

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Healthy, Sustainable Communities

Libraries are powerful partners for creating healthy, sustainable communities. With local government, business and other community organizations, libraries are key players in a strong economy, a healthy environment and racial/social equity.

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ULC Deputy Directors Call

Dec 02 - Dec 02, 2020

ULC Deputy Directors connect to discuss the coronavirus outbreak and its effect on their libraries and communities.

The Voice of Public Libraries

ULC provides a forum for library leaders to share best practices and innovative ideas that inspire programs that support 21st century learning, a strong economy, and an active democracy.

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Find out how ULC membership empowers hundreds of leading library systems across North America.

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