On Thursday, June 9, OverDrive hosted 40 librarians from the Urban Libraries Council (ULC) as part of ULC’s 2022 Lessons from the Field event. For over 50 years, ULC has been driving cutting-edge research and strategic partnerships to promote the value of libraries as community assets. The librarians that attended represented 20 North American libraries.

(Panelist, L-R) Steve Potash, Tracy Strobel, Laura Maylene Walter, Dr. Shenise Johnson Thomas, John Skrtic

In addition to lunch and a tour of our Blue Sky Campus, visiting ULC members attended a panel discussion on Libraries Partnering for Access. Panelists included Steve Potash, OverDrive Founder and CEO; Tracy Strobel, Executive Director of Cuyahoga County Public Library; Laura Maylene Walter, Ohio Center for the Book Fellow at Cleveland Public Library; Dr. Shenise Johnson Thomas, Chief of External Relations and Development at Cleveland Public Library; and John Skrtic, Chief of Special Projects and Collections at Cleveland Public Library.

The visiting ULC librarians also helped pack more than 400 bags for University Hopsitals’ Baby’s First Books program.

ULC visitors pack books for Baby’s First Books program