United for Libraries President’s Program to focus on ‘Engaging Elected Officials with Your Library’

For Immediate Release
Tue, 06/12/2018


Jillian Wentworth

Manager of Marketing & Membership

United for Libraries


BRYN MAWR, Pennsylvania — The United for Libraries President’s Program, “Engaging Elected Officials with Your Library,” will be held Saturday, June 23, 9 to 10 a.m., at the ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.  

United for Libraries President Steve Laird, president of the Reference Division of Infogroup, will welcome ALA Policy Corps members Todd Carpenter, Lance Werner and Nicolle Davies, who will offer tips on what your library can offer to local elected officials, and how to engage them. Deborah Doyle, United for Libraires Board Member and chair of United for Libraries' Legislation, Advocacy, and Intellectual Freedom Committee, will moderate the program.

Todd Carpenter is currently executive director of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO), a non-profit trade association that fosters the development and maintenance of technology standards for the creation, management, and exchange of content. Prior to joining NISO, Todd held management positions at BioOne, The Johns Hopkins University Press, the Energy Intelligence Group, and the Haworth Press. He has served on the Boards of several industry and community organizations, including the Foundation for the Baltimore County Public Library, the Society for Scholarly Publishing, and the Free Ebook Foundation. Todd is a graduate of Syracuse University and holds a master’s degree in business from the Johns Hopkins University.

Lance Werner has served as executive director for Kent District Library since 2011. He received a juris doctorate degree from Michigan State University’s College of Law and his master’s degree in library science from Wayne State University. This year, he was named Library Journal’s Librarian of the Year, and in years past, he was the recipient of the Joey Rodger Leadership Award from the ULCA, Librarian of the Year Award from the MLA, the Wayne State University Distinguished Alumni award, and Library Journal’s Mover and Shaker Award. Lance is currently involved in the ALA Policy Corps, the WSU’s Capital Campaign, the MLA Legislative committee, and is currently enrolled in Michigan Political Leadership Course.

Nicolle Davies is the executive director for the Charleston County (S.C.) Public Library, currently serving the residents of Charleston County with 250 employees, 16 locations and a bookmobile. Prior to joining CCPL, Nicolle served as the executive director for Arapahoe Libraries, a public library system serving the residents of Arapahoe County, Colo. In 2016, Nicolle was named Librarian of the Year by Library Journal. Before her work in public libraries, Nicolle served as vice president of Galloway Group, a public relations/community relations firm in Denver, Colorado. Nicolle began her career in television in New York as a production assistant on Sunrise and the Today Show.  Nicolle also worked as a news producer for KUSA (Denver) and WTSP (Tampa) television stations. Nicolle holds a master’s of library and information science from the University of Wisconsin. She also holds a master’s degree in public administration and bachelor of science degree in journalism from the University of Colorado.

This program is presented by the United for Libraries Legislation, Advocacy & Intellectual Freedom Committee.

The program will be held in Morial Convention Center, 293. For more information about United for Libraries programs at the ALA Annual Conference, visit http://www.ala.org/united/events_conferences/annual/2018.

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United for Libraries: The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, is a division of the American Library Association with approximately 4,000 personal and group members representing hundreds of thousands of library supporters. United for Libraries supports those who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for libraries, and brings together library trustees, advocates, friends, and foundations into a partnership that creates a powerful force for libraries in the 21st century. To join, please visit www.ala.org/united or call (800) 545-2433, ext. 2161.