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Urban Libraries Conference

Urban Librarians Unite (ULU) is spearheading the first Conference to focus specifically on the issues of the working librarian in the city. The Conference will be held at the Dr. S. Stevan Dweck Center for Contemporary Culture at Brooklyn Public Library’s Central Library, and will take place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Friday, April 5th. Registration is $25 ($22.50 for NYLA members).

The Conference will target skills and techniques for people on the front line of information services in urban areas. The theme of the Conference, “Living in Interesting Times,” is taken from the apocryphal Chinese curse: “May you live in interesting times.” The curse implied chaos and the difficulties of living through times of change. In contrast, the Urban Librarians’ Conference seeks to embrace all of the potential inherent in change. These are indeed very interesting times for libraries and librarianship and an incredible amount of innovative work is happening in city libraries all across America.

The Conference aims to bring together information professionals near and far for a lively conversation about practical courses of action that can be used for the benefit of urban patrons and institutions. Discussion topics will be attendee-driven; themes may include teens in gangs, eBooks in socioeconomically disadvantaged areas, innovative outreach, job information services, and more.

Urban librarians and information professionals across the country are also encouraged to join the conversation by providing feedback and asking questions using Twitter with the hashtag #ULCON13

The Conference Keynote speaker is Peter Bromberg, Associate Director at the Princeton Public Library in Princeton, NJ and a 2008 Library Journal Mover and Shaker. Other featured speakers include Steve Teeri (Detroit Public Library), founder of the DPL HYPE Makerspace, a place for teens to learn, create and take control of the world around them; Rebecca Lubin (Albany Public Library), who has been involved in community outreach since she was five; and Wick Thomas (Kansas City Public Library), President of Empowering Queer Activists and Leaders (EQUAL), which provides activism and leadership training for queer and allied youth.

Many thanks to our sponsors; The Leadership and Management Section of NYLA, NYLA, Brooklyn Public Library, Queens Library and New York Public Library. The conference wouldn’t have been possible without their support.

For more information about the Conference, including details about the schedule, sponsors and registration, visit

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