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ULC Services Provide:

    • Lively, enriching discussions between members
    • Professional development opportunities that feature experts both from within and outside the ULC community
    • An annual innovations showcase that shares and celebrates “best” and “next” practices
    • Distinctive award programs that honor individual library leaders, staff and trustees as well as civic and government leaders
    • High-octane convenings that catalyze in-depth exploration of critical issues
    • Publications that provide knowledge and tools to strengthen the value and relevance of public libraries in their communities

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  • Building Equity: Amplify Summer Learning Toolkit

    The Building Equity: Amplify Summer Learning Toolkit provides methods for libraries to engage every child in high-quality summer learning, emphasizing strategies to center equity, executing effective STEM program design and targeting middle school youth.

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  • Building the STEM Workforce: Quickstart Toolkit

    Building the STEM Workforce: Quickstart Toolkit outlines strategies for short-term changes that can help libraries accelerate their progress as STEM equity leaders — no matter how far they’ve already progressed in that journey.

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  • Closing the Entrepreneurship Gap: Tools for Libraries

    This toolkit offers strategies and resources to help libraries level-up as entrepreneurial hubs, including ways to be successful as libraries emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic.

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  • Digital Equity Toolkit

    The Digital Equity Toolkit was developed by the Digital Equity Action Team to outline resources that are a useful starting point in this work. Resources will be monitored and updated frequently, as the digital equity space is ever-evolving.

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  • Innovations

    ULC's Innovations Initiative promotes innovations across ULC libraries, garnering national and international recognition for our library innovators and the integral role they play in building thriving communities.

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  • Fine Free Map

    ULC created an interactive map to help you understand and learn from libraries that have gone fine free.

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  • Leadership Publications

    ULC creates a variety of leadership briefs and publications that disseminate cutting-edge knowledge and analysis on topics that are critical to the continued transformation of libraries as community change agents and problem solvers. ULC publications are intended to advance knowledge within and beyond the library community.

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  • Member Groups

    Staff in member libraries are encouraged to join ULC Member Groups to connect with their peers and share challenges, concerns, insights and innovations. These members-only groups are a hallmark of ULC’s commitment to facilitating the exchange of ideas and programs between leading libraries across North America.

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  • Member Knowledge Exchange

    ULC's Member Knowledge Exchange makes it easy for our members to build relationships and share transformative tools and ideas with ULC library leaders across North America.

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  • Student Success Accelerator

    ULC's Student Success Accelerator showcases public libraries across the United States that are pioneering a national approach that brings local elected officials, school and library executives together and their collective resources for student learning.

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  • This Week at ULC Newsletter

    Each week, ULC distributes an e-newsletter to members that includes current news and information about ULC programs, high-level news about individual member libraries and information about cutting-edge research and field initiatives that are relevant to 21st century library practice.

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  • Trigger Terms: Harmful Detours and Healing Redirects

    Addressing key trigger terms in the current media, social and political climates, ULC’s Harmful Detours and Healing Redirects framework is designed to help leaders grow alignment, surface misunderstandings and find paths forward through difficult conversations.

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