United for Libraries

Two Friends groups win National Friends of Libraries Week Awards

PHILADELPHIA — The Friends of the L.E. Phillips Memorial Public Library (Eau Claire, Wis.) and the Friends of the Grand Rapids (Minn.) Area Library were winners of United for Libraries’ 2013 National Friends of Libraries Week Awards. Each won $250, received a certificate, and were recognized at the Gala Author Tea, sponsored by ReferenceUSA, at the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.

New United for Libraries toolkit available to Trustee members on insurance for libraries

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries President Elect Christine Lind Hage, director of the Rochester Hills (Mich.) Public Library, has written a toolkit on what Trustees and directors need to know about insurance for their library. The toolkit is available to United for Libraries members (personal or group membership as Trustees) in the Trustee Zone (www.ala.org/united/trusteezone).

Free copies of Lankes book now available to ALA Members, Library Trustees and Friends of Libraries

CHICAGO — The American Library Association has consciously and vigorously embraced the position that libraries of all types are the locus of community engagement.  As the facilitator of the first round of Midwinter Conversations, R. David Lankes, professor at Syracuse iSchool, knows first-hand ALA’s commitment to community engagement and to turning outward.

Deadline for applications for Trustee Conference Grant extended to March 14

PHILADELPHIA – United for Libraries is accepting applications for the United for Libraries/Gale Trustee Conference Grant through March 14, 2014.

Deadline for applications for Academic Friend Conference Grant extended to March 14

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries is accepting applications for the United for Libraries/SAGE Academic Friend Conference Grant through March 14, 2014.

United for Libraries invites library foundation staff and board to join electronic discussion list

PHILADELPHIA Library foundation staff, board members, volunteers, etc., from all types of libraries are invited to participate in the United for Libraries electronic discussion group focused on topics of interest to library Foundations.

Patricia Glass Schuman named lifelong member of United for Libraries board

PHILADELPHIA  At the American Library Association (ALA) Midwinter Meeting, the board of United for Libraries voted unanimously to present past ALA President Patricia Glass Schuman with life membership on its board in honor of her many accomplishments and contributions to libraries both nationally and internationally throughout her career.  Her official position will be Board Member at Large.

Applications for Citizens-Save-Libraries grants due April 15

PHILADELPHIA — Applications for cycle two of the Citizens-Save-Libraries grants from United for Libraries, made possible by a grant from the Neal-Schuman Foundation, are due April 15.

The 10 libraries that are selected will receive two days of onsite consultation by advocacy experts, who will help friends of the library groups, library directors and trustees develop individual blueprints for advocacy campaigns to restore, increase or save threatened library budgets.

United for Libraries to present ‘Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends and Foundations’ at Midwinter

PHILADELPHIA –  United for Libraries  will host “Nuts & Bolts for Friends and Trustees” from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 24 at the Sheraton Philadelphia Center City Hotel, during the ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia.

Libby Post, president of Communication Services, will provide valuable information on advocacy and library campaigns. Since 2005, Post has worked with dozens of libraries to help them achieve financial stability and sustainability and has won 80 percent of the library campaigns she has headed.

United for Libraries to host discussion groups for friends, trustees and foundations at Midwinter

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries will host discussion groups for Friends group members, trustees and library Foundation staff/volunteers at the 2014 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia. All discussion groups will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center (PCC).

These are open forum discussion groups that give friends, trustees and foundation volunteers/staff an opportunity to network with others from around the country. Topics are determined by the interests of those in attendance.

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