Election Candidate: Susan J. Schmidt

Susan J. Schmidt  Susan J. Schmidt

  Candidate for Division Councilor







Current Position:

President, Friends of the Library Montgomery County MD, Little Falls Chapter, Bethesda, MD

Degrees and Certificates:

Leadership Montgomery (Maryland), Certificate, 2000; American University (Washington DC), M.A. Literature, 1976; BrooklynCollege (New York), B.A. English/Secondary Education, 1974.

ALA and/or ALA-APA Activities:

ALA United Division Councilor 2000-Present; United for Libraries (formerly ALTAFF/FOLUSA): President (2004-2006), Secretary (2000-2002) and Member, Board of Directors, 1999-Present; United for Libraries: Coordinator/Speaker, Nuts and Bolts for Friends and Trustees,2002-Present; 2012-2013; United for Libraries: Nominating Committee 2009 to present; Office of Library Advocacy: Member and Workshop Leader, Advocacy Training Subcommittee of the Committee on Library Advocacy, 2001-Present, The Library Advocacy Now Subcommittee (ALA-PIOCAMPLAN) Member; 2006 – 2008.

Offices held in state/regional library associations, and other associations:

Maryland Advisory Council on Libraries: Member, Governor's Appointee, 1998-Present; Friends of the Library, Little Falls Chapter (Maryland): President, Board of Directors, 1992-2012; Citizens for Maryland Libraries (CML) 2012-present; Arts& Humanities Council of Montgomery County (Maryland): Member, Board of Directors, 2003-08; Leadership Montgomery: Class Representative, Membership Committee, 2005-07; Friends of Libraries, USA (FOLUSA): President, Board of Directors, 2004-06; Friends of the Library, Montgomery County (Maryland):President, Board of Directors, 1996-2004.

Honors and Awards (library and non-library):

Montgomery County Council (Maryland) Recognition, October, 2003; "Susan J. Schmidt Day" Montgomery County, Maryland, October 26, 2005; Montgomery County Executive Recognition (Maryland), November 2003; Charles W. Gilchrist Award for Community Participation (Maryland), 2005.

Major Accomplishments:

I have accomplished much in the past 20 years as a library volunteer. As President of FOLUSA (United for Libraries), I organized and guided a successful "Strategic Plan" for the organization's Board of Directors; led workshops on Friends and Trustees operating together for a successful library; and visited with hundreds of Friends, Trustees and Foundations across the country about the importance of library advocacy in educating public and elected officials of the vital roles libraries play. My long collaboration with Maryland Friends and Trustees has increased communications across the State. As President of my 5,000 member County FOL, I united with Trustees and testified against library budget cuts. I also created the "Born to Read" literacy program serving hundreds of infants and pre-school children. Through my initiative, Montgomery County celebrates "I Love the Library" each February, bringing patrons and families together to acknowledge the significance and contributions of our libraries. I am proud of my continuing role in the Little Falls Library's Friends to fund and support building enhancements, events, volunteer and staff appreciation.


Contributor, 101+ Great Ideas for Libraries and Friends* (*Marketing, Fundraising, Friends Development and More!) (Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc.), 2000.
Contributor, Even More Great Ideas for Libraries and Friends (Neal-Schuman Publishers, Inc.), 2008

Links to further information:

For more information please refer to: Friends of the Library, Montgomery County (Maryland):http://www.folmc.org/ Maryland Advisory Council on Libraries: http://www.msa.md.gov/msa/mdmanual/13sdoe/html/sdoe.html; Citizens for Maryland Libraries: http://www.citizensformarylandlibraries.org/

Statement of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected:

I continue to believe a voice for trustees, friends and foundations on the ALA’s Council is important. These voices are a significant part of public and academic libraries in the community. My experience as an executive officer and board member of UFL, Montgomery County MD FOL, and a local Friends group, has given me opportunities to educate the public and elected officials about the vital role libraries play in our lives. I have closely monitored Council actions and pledge to continue to work hard and enthusiastically in an effort to equitably represent the voices and hearts of thousands of library supporters and volunteers from around the country. It would be a great privilege and honor to be re-elected as a Division Councilor. I am confident that I can continue to make a positive and long lasting difference for not only libraries of today but for America’s libraries in the future.

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