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2024 ULC Annual Leadership Forum

October 23-25, 2024 | Philadelphia, PA


The 2024 ULC Annual Leadership Forum will center around the pivotal theme of "Trust, Transformation, and Tomorrow," addressing the crucial aspects of organizational change and growth for urban public libraries. This year's Forum is designed to cater to library executives, deputy directors, marketing and communications leaders, HR leaders, and foundation and development executives, providing them with invaluable insights and strategies to lead their libraries into the future.

Registration opens July 22, 2024.

Scroll down for registration details, event location, and programming updates.

Event Details:

  • Event Date: Wednesday, October 23-Friday, October 25
  • Location: Philadelphia, PA
  • Hotel: The Notary Hotel, Philadelphia, Autograph Collection

Registration: Opens July 22, 2024

  • Early Bird Rate (thru August 31): $895
  • Regular Registration Rate (September 1–30, 2024): $995
  • Corporate Registration Rate: $1,500
  • Non-Member Registration Rate: $2,000

ULC looks forward to welcoming you to this annual gathering of library leaders and change-makers. Together, let's build a future where libraries continue to be pillars of trust, transformation, and innovation in our communities.


Forum Focus Areas


    Building Internal Trust: Learn how to cultivate a culture of trust within your organization. Internal trust is vital for staff cohesion and productivity, and it translates to the community perceiving the library as a reliable and safe space.

    Community Trust: Discover strategies to enhance the library's reputation as a trusted community hub, ensuring that patrons feel welcomed and valued.


    Adapting to Change: Engage in conversations about the rapid pace of change affecting libraries today. Explore how libraries are evolving their roles and expanding their services to meet the diverse needs of their communities.

    Innovative Practices: Gain insights into innovative practices and successful case studies of libraries that have effectively navigated organizational transformations.


    Leadership Development: Delve into discussions on the future of library leadership. Understand the qualities and skills needed to lead tomorrow's library systems and how to nurture the next generation of library leaders.

    Workforce Preparedness: Address the critical question of workforce development - within. Learn what steps are being taken to prepare the library field for the future and ensure that staff are equipped with the necessary skills to thrive in a dynamic environment.

    Why Attend?


      The 2024 ULC Annual Forum offers a unique opportunity for ULC members to:

      Network with Peers: Connect with fellow library professionals and industry leaders to share experiences, challenges, and solutions.

      Gain Valuable Insights: Participate in sessions led by thought leaders and experts who will provide actionable strategies and innovative ideas.

      Shape the Future: Contribute to shaping the future of urban public libraries by engaging in forward-thinking discussions and collaborative problem-solving.

      Join us at the 2024 ULC Annual Leadership Forum to be part of the collective experience and to lead your library into a future defined by trust, continuous growth, and visionary leadership.

      See photos and a recap of last year's 2023 Annual Forum: People, Power, Place below.

      2023 ULC Annual Forum: People, Power, Place — Today's Urban Public Library
      Afrecap 2024

      North America's Top Urban Library Leaders Convene in Seattle for the 2023 ULC Annual Forum

      In November 2023, ULC convened over 200 library leaders from more than 90 North American public library systems in Seattle, Washington to network, collaborate and learn at the 2023 ULC Annual Forum: People, Power, Place — Today's Urban Public Library.

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