Press Releases

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

February 14, 2018
Urban Libraries Council President and CEO Susan Benton issued the following statement: “With his 2019 budget, President Trump has again shown us education, digital inclusion for low-income children and families, and lifelong learning have not made it to the top of his list of priorities. Just like last year, his proposed funding cuts to IMLS will do nothing to achieve a balanced budget while doing great harm to communities across the country." Read the full release here >> 

 

North American Libraries Send Strong Message of Inclusion, Commitment to Racial and Social Equity, to Their Communities

January 19, 2018
In a strong act of commitment to a more equitable society, 132 public libraries across North America signed the Urban Libraries Council’s statement on race and social equity. This statement serves as a baseline upon which libraries can build policies and actions that make their communities more inclusive and just. Read the full release here >> 

 

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 

Aug. 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 

Jan. 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) InitiativeRead the full release >>

 

Urban Libraries Council Celebrates Public Library Leadership

Oct. 19, 2016

The Urban Libraries Council (ULC) recently announced the recipients of the 2016 Joey Rodger Leadership and Urban Leader Awards at a special celebration during the 2016 ULC Annual Forum in Kansas City. The awards recognize transformative leadership that advance the impact and strategic role of public libraries in communities across North America. Read the full release >>

 

Innovative Public Libraries Win Awards for Creative and Inventive Approaches to Community Issues

Oct. 7, 2016

Addressing citywide racial equity, helping adults earn a high school diploma, partnering with small businesses to provide training to help them succeed – these are just a few of the initiatives being led by some of most creative and innovative public libraries in North America. The Urban Libraries Council (ULC) recently recognized 20 public libraries as Top Innovators for programs, services and operating practices that have made a significant impact on those they serve and their communities. Read the full release >>

 

Urban Libraries Council Celebrates Public Library Leadership >>

Oct. 30, 2015

The Urban Libraries Council (ULC) announced the recipients of the 2015 Joey Rodger Leadership, Urban Leader and Executive Board Leadership awards at a special celebration during the 2015 ULC Leaders Partnering for Success conference in San Diego. The awards recognize transformative leadership that advances the impact and strategic role of public libraries in communities across North America. Read the full release >>

 

Libraries Bring Unique Assets and Expertise to 21st Century Education >>

March 3, 2015

A new Urban Libraries Council Leadership Brief highlights the vital role North America's public libraries play in meeting community education needs and urges stronger partnerships to broaden impacts and improve education outcomes from cradle through career. Partners for Education examines the 21st century education landscape and highlights the progressive work of public libraries today in meeting diverse education needs in communities. It offers seven strategies to help local officials maximize the often untapped potential of libraries as education partners. Read the full release >>

 

Urban Library Patrons and Communities to Benefit from E-rate Modernization >>

Dec. 11, 2014

The Urban Libraries Council (ULC) applauds the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in their continued modernization of the E-rate fund to support the education technology needs of America. At today’s FCC meeting, the Commission voted to raise the overall cap of the program by $1.5 billion recognizing that our nation’s public libraries and schools must have additional funding to keep up with the growing need for increased Internet connectivity. Read the full release >>

 

ULC and NSLA Tapped to Lead Summer Learning Initiative for Libraries >>

Sept. 23, 2014
The Urban Libraries Council (ULC), as the lead agency, has received funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to partner with the National Summer Learning Association (NSLA). Read the full release >>

 

ULC Recognizes Top Innovators >>

June 26, 2014
Congrats to the 2014 Top Innovators & to all libraries that submitted for this year’s Innovations Awards. Each library’s submission illustrates the ongoing transformation of public libraries to meet the 21st century needs of people and communities. Read the full release >>

 

Karen Glover Elected Chair of ULC Executive Board >>

June 25, 2014
ULC has elected Karen (Kari) Glover, Board member and Immediate Past President of the King County (WA) Library System Foundation, to Chair the ULC Executive Board (2014-2015). Three new board members have also joined the roster: Jill Bourne, Dr. Rhea Lawson and Mary Blankenship Pointer. Read the full release >>

 

ULC Members Urge E-rate Fixes to Ensure Digital Access >>

May 21, 2014
Members of the Urban Libraries Council (ULC) have called on the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to level the E-rate playing field to enhance public libraries’ access to funds that will help provide a digital future for all Americans. Read
the full release >>

 

ULC & National Coalition Celebrate Successful Launch of
the Edge Initiative for Public Libraries >>

April 17, 2014
Just three months following the national launch of the Edge Initiative, nearly 20% of public libraries have adopted this new professional tool. The Initiative was developed by a coalition of leading library and local government organizations with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and led by the Urban Libraries Council. Read the full release >>

 

Global Library Innovators and Leaders Gather for Next Library 2014 >>

March 6, 2014
Next Library will bring its mission of driving innovation to N. America for the 1st time in June. Throughout the world, libraries are pushing boundaries, leading & accelerating changes to support learning in the 21st century. Next Library 2014, Accelerate Learning, will reflect the rapid pace of change in today’s world as well as the reality that learning in the 21st century is a means of individual empowerment, community well-being & social change. Read the full release >>