Libraries Serve Refugees

We here at Urban Librarians Unite believe that libraries can be a source of social good and a key vector to improving our society. One of the areas that libraries have been doing incredible work in is immigrant and refugee services. Libraries in America are working every day to help people become citizens, learn English, and find their place in the society.

We are trying to support that important work by making resources available to libraries serving refugees. This is a huge topic and we are not pretending to be experts in this field. Our goal is to gather information, make it as widely available as possible, and do whatever we can to secure resources for libraries serving these populations.

Please join us in the effort and share any information or contacts which you have in this area. We need researchers and practitioners to help build this into a resource that can help vulnerable members of our society.

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Last Chance for Conference Proposals for UL Con 17!


We set the official deadline at midnight EST December 28th but we will give you ONE MORE DAY With the crazy number of beloved people falling to 2016 we figured you might need it.

Please submit your proposal here.

We have always taken pride in booking new speakers who may not have presented at conference before. It doesn’t matter if you are a library rock star or a first time presenter we want to hear what you have to say.

Feel free to be as radical as you want to be. This one is all about DANGEROUS Librarianship. We know you are full of crazy ideas, share them with all of us at the only library conference focusing on frontline urban librarianship.

Once again, submit HERE, we want to hear what you have to say!

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Awesome Shit Happening at NYLA 2016!

AWESOME SHIT HAPPENING AT NYLA 2016 WITH POOP EMOJIIt’s that time of year again! NYLA Annual Conference! Like every year, there is a whole metric crapton (yes this is a unit of measurement, trust us), of Awesome Shit™ happening at the conference.  So listen up because this is the list of all the things you simply MUST DO this year.

Service Day

Thursday, November 3rd, 1-4pm

Traveling up to the conference on Wednesday? Need something to do before dinner? Urban Librarians Unite is sponsoring the first NYLA Conference Service Day. This year we will be helping the Franklin Community Center clean and organize their kitchen and pantry. Service Day will be held at the Franklin Community Center from 1 – 4pm on Wednesday, November 2nd.

Space is super limited, so please register on Eventbrite to hold your spot!

Fail Night

Thursday, November 3rd, 10pm

Want to spend Thursday night at NYLA watching people talk about their horrible failures and moments of utter incompetence with an cash bar? OH HELL YES YOU DO!

This year’s NYLA After Dark, hosted by Urban Librarians Unite, will be a veritable buffet of FAIL. You get 7 minutes to talk about something that tanked miserably and what you learned from it. We’ll laugh, we’ll cry, we’ll commiserate, we’ll try not to laugh at you, but really, with THAT mistake what do you expect?

Location TBD

Battledecks/Lip Synch Battle

Friday November 4th, 5:30 – 7pm

Do you have the courage cleverness and elan to participate in full contact competitive public speaking? If you lack the courage to get in game do you like to laugh hilariously as people make public spectacles of themselves? If the answer to either of those was YES then you need to come to NYLA Battledecks. See people try desperately to weave together a talk from rando images (oh yeah and we expect you to be funny while you do it).

New Yorkers for Better Libraries – Karaoke Night!

Friday, November 4th – 9:30 pm

Karaoke, hilarity, and the thrill of public performance (or the fear of public embarrassment?), all for the best cause- better library funding! (Christian promises to sing some Hootie and the Blowfish!) ((“NO I FREAKING DON’T”)) (Yes he does!)

All funds raised will go directly to the New Yorkers for Better Libraries, a political action committee urging New York’s elected officials to support state funding for libraries.

ULU’s Conference Session!

15 minutes of development

Saturday November 4th, 9:30am

In 2015, the Education Committee of Urban Librarians Unite created the webinar series “Coffee Break Webinar.” The series highlights the current projects of librarians today and makes them accessible to librarians who have very little time for professional development. Within fifteen minutes, the speaker creates a presentation based on what makes them tick the most. Find out the tech side and the content side of how to make your project shine.


Marissa Richardson, Queens Library
Lauren Comito, Queens Library
Brian Hasbrouck, Brooklyn Public Library

Say Hey to ULU at the Conference!

We’ll be set up with a fun display in the hallway all conference, but pop by and check in with us during the exhibits only time. Try on a creepy advocacy bird head. Sign up to volunteer! Join a committee! All the things!

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How the Other Half Reads: Collection Development & Curation on Homelessness and Housing Insecurity – Jaz Idakaar

How the Other Half Reads: Collection Development & Curation on Homelessness and Housing Insecurity
Jaz Idakaar

Homelessness, mental illness, and substance abuse are interrelated topics that many of our patrons struggle with. These titles will help staff, affected patrons, and patrons who want to know more about these subjects. In this short webinar, we’ll discuss a couple of key titles, as well as provide lists for further reading and addition to library collections.

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Decrypting Cybersecurity for Librarians – Tracy Z Maleeff

Decrypting Cybersecurity for Librarians
Tracy Z Maleeff

Go beyond the buzzwords and learn terminology and resources about information security. Gain useful tips to create online safety awareness for your patrons. No technical knowledge is required.

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