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About the Innovations Initiative

ULC's Innovations Initiative showcases out-of-the box thinking and new alignment of resources to further education for people of all ages, address race and social equity in our communities, build digital inclusion and digital literacy and enhance civic engagement for a strong democracy.

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All 2021 ULC Innovations Entries Are Live!

Check out every “new” and “next” program, partnership, event and strategy submitted this year by ULC members.

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2021 Innovations Brochure

Click the link below to learn more about the member libraries selected as Top Innovators and Honorable Mentions from among the entries submitted to the 2021 ULC Innovations Initiative!

Rewatch the 2021 ULC Innovations Initiative Celebration

Originally broadcast on 1/21/2022, this virtual event celebrated the award winners for ULC's 11th Annual Innovations Initiative. This year’s virtual program showcased the year’s Top Innovators and Honorable Mentions with special video highlights along with a special retrospective video look at past winners and celebrations. Attendees heard from Innovations Celebration supporter, Pamela Smith, of Ingram Content Group with a welcome from ULC’s President and CEO, Susan Benton.

We thank Ingram Content Group for supporting the 2021 ULC Innovations Celebration and providing ULC members with new and useful tools for the field. This year's Top Innovators will receive a one-year subscription to Ingram's brand new iCurate® Coming Soon service. Plus, the 2021 Top Innovator in Anti-Racism, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion category will receive a complementary iCurate® inClusive Diversity Audit of their print collection.

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2021 Top Innovators

Budgeting for Equity

Anti-Racism, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion | 2021 | Top Innovator

Enhanced Library Card

Civic and Community Engagement | 2021 | Top Innovator

Spend a Day with a Library Worker!

Communicating the Library’s Value | 2021 | Top Innovator

Surprise Me! Bundles

Customer Experience | 2021 | Top Innovator

Telehealth for Older Adults

Digital Equity and Citizenship| 2021 | Top Innovator

Caregiver Support Network

Education — Adults | 2021 | Top Innovator

Never Too Early: Reading in the NICU

Education — Birth Thru Teens | 2021 | Top Innovator

Project Management Office for Strategy and ROI

Institutional Change and Strategic Management | 2021 | Top Innovator

Resilient and Responsible Communities

Wellness, Safety and Sustainability | 2021 | Top Innovator

Creating a Workforce Development Ecosystem

Workforce and Economic Opportunity | 2021 | Top Innovator