Election Candidate: Susan J. Schmidt

Susan J. Schmidt  Susan J. Schmidt

  Candidate for Vice-President/President-Elect

Current Position: Media Assistant, Wood Acres Elementary School, Bethesda, MD

Type of Library: School

Previous Positions:
Immediate Past President, Friends of the Little Falls Library, Montgomery County MD, 1991-2013

Degrees and Certificates:
Leadership Montgomery (Maryland), Certificate, 2000;  The American University,  MA Literature, 1976;  Brooklyn College, B.A. English/Secondary Education, 1974.

Division Affiliation(s): UNITED

Were/are you a Spectrum Scholar?  No

Were/are you an Emerging Leader?  No

ALA and/or ALA-APA Activities:
ALA Council, United Division Councilor, 2010-Present; United for Libraries Board Member (formerly ALTAFF/ FOLUSA),  President (2004-2006), Secretary (2000-2001) and Member, Board of Directors 1999-Present; United for Libraries: Coordinator/Speaker, Nuts and Bolts for Friends, Trustees, and Foundations (2002-Present); United for Libraries: Nominating Committee (2009-2013); Office of Library Advocacy: Member and Workshop Leader, Advocacy Training Subcommittee of the Committee on Library Advocacy, (2010-2013); The Library Advocacy NOW Subcommittee (ALA-PIOCAMPLAN) Member (2006-2008).

Offices held in state/regional library associations, and other associations (include DATES):
Maryland Advisory Council on Libraries, Member, Governor's Appointee (1998-2013). Friends of the Library, Little Falls Chapter (MD), President, Board of Directors (1992-2012). Citizens for Maryland Libraries,  Member, Board of Directors, (2012-present). Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County Maryland, Member, Board of Directors (2003-2009). Leadership Montgomery, Class Representative, Membership Committee (2005-2007). Friends of Libraries, USA (FOLUSA), President, Board of Directors (2004-2006). Friends of the Library, Montgomery County Maryland:,President, Board of Directors (1996-2004).

Honors and Awards (library and non-library, including DATES):
Montgomery County (Maryland) Council Recognition, October 2003.  Montgomery County Executive Recognition, November 2003.  "Susan J. Schmidt Day" Montgomery County (Maryland), October 26, 2005. Charles W. Gilchrist Award for Community Participation (Maryland), 2005.

Major Accomplishments:
I have accomplished much in the past 25 years as a library volunteer.  As President of FOLUSA (now United for Libraries), I organized and guided a successful "Strategic Plan" for the organization's Board; led workshops on friends and trustees operating together for a successful library; and spoke 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 preschool children.  Through my initiative 11 years ago, Montgomery County celebrates "I Love the Library" each February, bringing families together to acknowledge the significance and contributions of 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 MD: www.folmc.org
Maryland Advisory Council on Libraries: www.marylandpublicschools.org
Citizens for Maryland Libraries: www.citizensformarylandlibraries.org

Statement of Professional Concerns/Aspirations if Elected:
I believe a strong voice for trustees, friends and foundations within ALA is crucial.  Our voices are a significant part of public and academic libraries in the community.  As a volunteer, I have educated the public and elected officials about the vital role libraries play in our lives.  I am convinced the future success of ALA will be based on the relationship between our constituencies.  I pledge to work hard and enthusiastically to recognize and value what is in the hearts of thousands of library supporters and volunteers around the country.  It would be a privilege and honor to serve as your UFL President.  I am confident that I can continue to make a positive and long lasting difference not only for libraries of today, but also for the libraries of tomorrow.

Member of ALA since: 2006