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2018 ULC Annual Forum: Leading Forward


ULC’s 2018 Annual Forum, Leading Forward, will focus on leadership in the community. Participants will gain valuable insight into how public libraries can position themselves as both key influencers in the communities they serve and essential partners to top elected and appointed leaders in their city/county. To emphasize this message, ULC has chosen the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®) to lead three sessions during the Annual Forum:

  • Innovation 
  • Boundary Spanning Leadership
  • Influence Voice 

The Center for Creative Leadership is a top-ranked, global provider of executive education that accelerates strategy and business results by unlocking individual and organizational leadership potential. Founded in 1970 as a nonprofit, educational institution, CCL helps clients worldwide cultivate creative leadership — the capacity to achieve more than imagined by thinking and acting beyond boundaries — through an array of programs, products and other services.

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2018 Annual Forum Schedule

Wednesday, September 5

2-3:30 p.m.Member Group Meetups
6-7:30 p.m.ULC Annual Forum Welcome Reception
ULC Annual Forum Welcome Reception Sponsor: Baker & Taylor

Thursday, September 6

8-9 a.m.Member Breakfast
9 a.m.-NoonAnnual Forum Sessions
Noon-1 p.m.Member Lunch
1-4 p.m.Annual Forum Sessions
4-5 p.m.Walk, Talk and Tour
ULC Annual Forum Innovations Celebration Sponsor: Ingram Content Group

Friday, September 7

8-9 a.m.Member Breakfast
9 a.m.-NoonAnnual Forum Sessions

A special thank you to this year's ULC Annual Forum library partners, Enoch Pratt Free Library and Baltimore County Public Library, for all of their support and efforts. The Forum will take place at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel. Details about the ULC room block are included in the registration. 

ULC Member Early Bird Rate: $495 per person
ULC Corporate/Associate Member Rate: $995 per person

Please note that the Early Bird Rate will be available until August 1. Thereafter, the ULC Member Annual Forum rate will increase to $545.

Hotel Details

This year's ULC Annual Forum will be held at the Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel located in the heart of downtown Baltimore and adjacent to the waterfront. The guest room rate is $189+tax a night/per person. ULC's room block rate will close on August 6.


Top Five Reasons to Attend the 2018 Annual Forum

Network with Leaders from Top Libraries

Establish lasting business relationships and expand your professional network by connecting with your peer leaders from top North American libraries.


Gain Expert Insight 

Engage with subject matter experts during thought-provoking education sessions that will address the most pressing issues facing libraries and our broader society.


Contribute to Lasting Progress for Libraries

Share your voice as a library leader to help develop conversations, initiatives and resources that will shape a brighter future for the entire library field.


Inspired by Library Innovations

Join us in celebrating and learning from cutting-edge library innovations as ULC announces and showcases the winners of our 2018 Top Innovator awards.


Make New Memories in Charm City

Experience one-of-a-kind social events in the company of fellow library leaders, while enjoying the hospitality and unique character of Baltimore and the esteemed public libraries that serve it.



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Hotel Details

Learn about the Annual Forum Guest Room Rates