ULC's Going Forward from the Pandemic is an unprecedented effort to mobilize ULC's entire member community to establish new models, techniques and approaches that can help all libraries lead their communities into a stronger post-pandemic future.
This initiative's work is being led by six action teams, comprised of over 90 total leaders from ULC libraries, who are focused on identifying immediate ways that all libraries can overcome key challenges in the COVID-19 era. Use the links below to learn more about the work of these teams.
Faces on the Front Line
Anne Arundel County Public Library
AACPL staff partnered with INAM Initiative to hold a contactless Turkey Drive in the Busch Annapolis Library parking lot.Learn More
St. Louis County Library
SLCL’s Kathryn shares her favorite book of 2020 — Oona Out of Order. She says it's "a delightful book about a woman who lives her life out of order — a fun story about love, family, heartache and living in the moment."Learn More
Louisville Free Public Library
LFPL’s Aparna was the last patron to use the Middletown Library’s curbside and book drop service before it closed for renovations last week. The new Middletown space is set to open in 2021.Learn More
Madison Public Library
MPL patrons are using computer services at the library to search for jobs and file unemployment/housing applications.Learn More
Las Vegas-Clark County Library District
The United Way of Southern Nevada partnered with LVCCLD to provide financial assistance of up to $100 per week per child to families in need, which can go towards enrolling in the city’s #VegasStrong Academies held at four library branches.Learn More
Barrie Public Library
Library staff are taking proper COVID-19 precautions to protect patrons by only allowing a maximum of 50 patrons in the building, requiring screening questionnaires and performing contract tracing as needed.Learn More
- The ULC Executive Board identifies the need for ULC libraries to join forces at a greater scale than ever before to address the issues of COVID-19.
- The ULC Executive Board issues a statement to all ULC members, announcing the Going Forward from the Pandemic initiative.
- Leaders from ULC's member community join the ULC Executive Board for a Member Summit to kick off the Going Forward from the Pandemic initiative.
- ULC issues an initial call for recommendations for the initiative's action teams.
- ULC finalizes the initial roster of action team participants.
- The Atlantic highlights the initiative in a spotlight on "The Post-pandemic Future of Libraries."
- The Philadelphia Tribune highlights the initative in a spotlight on "How libraries are moving ... toward reopening."
- Four of the six action teams begin to meet and advance their work, including the teams focused on Digital Equity, Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses, Partnering with Schools and Race and Social Equity.
- The Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband (SHLB) Coalition highlights the Digital Equity action team launch in their Anchor Bytes newsletter.
- ULC publishes the Digital Equity in the Age of COVID-19 Leadership Brief, informed by the work and expert guidance of ULC’s Digital Equity action team.
- ULC's Partnering with Schools action team member Beth Yoke pens a ULC blog post, Now is the Time for Risk-Taking & Experimentation, which highlights the unique ways Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library is serving students in a learning environment that is a mix of in-person and remote learning.
- The Schools, Health & Libraries Broadband Coalition highlights ULC's new Digital Equity Leadership Brief in their September Anchor Bytes Newsletter.
- TechSoup for Libraries highlights ULC's new Digital Equity Leadership Brief in their October 2020 Library Tech Newsbytes.
- ULC's Entrepreneurs and Small Businesses action team member Mark Pand pens a ULC blog post, Small Steps, Big Leaps and Local Government Officials, which highlights how Spokane Public Library forges sustainable local government relationships with career workers to build support for the business community.
- Now Toronto links to ULC’s new Digital Equity Leadership Brief and quotes Digital Equity action team member Pam Ryan from Toronto Public Library.