In memory of Billee Zabriskie and with deep love for her family we are raising funds to continue the work ULU started during her life and provide more books for the children she cared so much about.
Urban Librarians Unite stands with BCALA and REFORMA against the system of white supremacy and subjugation that has been baked into American society since before our founding.
It's a difficult time for library advocacy Physical library buildings are closed, local budgets are heavily impacted by a lack of revenue, and while the NYC Library budget is largely flat, the future is uncertain. As the Covid-19 pandemic drags on, continued revenue shortages may make libraries a tempting target for budget cuts which could … Continue reading NYC Library Budget Advocacy and You
Urban Librarians Unite sent a library focused political questionnaire to all candidates running for New York City political office in 2021, including for Mayor, Comptroller, Public Advocate, Borough President, and 51 City Council seats. We are please to share that over 100 candidates returned the questionnaire, and the responses are now available on our website. … Continue reading Check out the NYC Candidate Questionnaire!
Urban Librarians Unite stands in solidarity with the Asian community and unequivocally condemns anti-Asian statements, violence, xenophobia, and racism in libraries and in our communities. A year ago, we signed onto the APALA pledge, and we reaffirm our commitment to standing against hate. Asian Americans and the Asian diaspora are more than 12% of the … Continue reading ULU Statement in support of Asian Communities
Urban Librarians Unite is in support of the inclusion of all library workers in public libraries in state and local Phase 1b vaccine distribution plans. Including library workers will protect library staff and help minimize risks to library users and visitors. Libraries are community hubs that are still serving our communities throughout the pandemic, any delay in inoculating librarians and library workers will continue to expose our colleagues to unnecessary risk and delay the reopening of our treasured institutions.
Last year, we picked “Librarians At Work” as the Urban Librarians Conference 2020 theme because librarians primarily focuses on patrons, services, and collections, yet spend little time thinking about what we are first: workers in urban library settings. This year’s schedule was crafted to highlight worker-related issues including emotional labor, accessibility, equity, caregiving, physical safety, … Continue reading #ULCon20: the Virtual Experience!