2015-2016 United for Libraries Executive Board

Ed McBride


Ed McBride is executive director of library sales for SAGE Publications.McBride was formerly chief member engagement officer at LYRASIS, senior vice president of Cengage Gale’s Customer Resource Center and director of support services for the San Francisco Public Library. He is currently enrolled in the MLS-Executive Librarian Program at San Jose State University. He earned a bachelor of science degree in library technology and administration at the University of Memphis. He served on the board of United for Libraries from 2009 to 2013, as well as on several United for Libraries committees and on Public Library Association (PLA) committees.

Susan J. Schmidt


Susan J. Schmidt is a former Friends of Libraries U.S.A. (FOLUSA) president and long-time board member. Schmidt is a media assistant at the Montgomery County Public Schools, served as president of the Friends of the Little Falls chapter of the Friends of the Library, Montgomery County from 1992-2012, and is a governor’s appointed member of the Maryland Advisory Council on Libraries since 1998. She also served as president of the Friends of the Library, Montgomery County from 2004-2006. Schmidt has been an active participant in and speaker at ALA’s Advocacy Institute since its inception and helps to coordinate United for Libraries' popular Nuts & Bolts program for Friends, Trustees, and Foundations held at both the ALA Midwinter Meeting and ALA Annual Conference each year.


Cynthia Friedemann


Cynthia Friedemann is a Trustee (Commissioner) of the Metropolitan Library System, Oklahoma City, Okla. She is executive officer, district strategy & development, of Metro Technology Centers in Oklahoma City. She earned a master’s degree in higher education administration from Oklahoma State University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from William Woods University. She has chaired and served on several United for Libraries committees, and is active with Friends of Libraries in Oklahoma and Metropolitan Library Friends.

Jeffrey Smith


Jeffrey Smith currently serves as the president of the Foundation for Baltimore County (Md.) Public Library (BCPL). He also served as a member of BCPL’s Board of Trustees for seven years. Since 2006, Jeff has worked to be an effective advocate for BCPL and for libraries throughout Maryland.  During his volunteer tenure, Jeff successfully secured two separate $250,000 state appropriations in support of BCPL’s nationally-recognized “Storyville” children’s libraries. Jeff also has helped the Foundation to launch an ambitious endowment funding drive. In his professional life, Jeff serves has conducted successful legislative advocacy efforts at the federal, state, and local levels. Jeff strives to bring these collective experiences to bear in developing robust advocacy campaigns in support of library issues. 


Christine Lind Hage


Christine Lind Hage has been director of the Rochester Hills Public Library since 2005. Previously she served as director of the Clinton-Macomb (Mich.) Public Library and director of the Shelby Township (Mich.) Public Library. She has served as an ALA councilor and chaired several ALA committees. She was a board member of the Association for Library Trustees and Advocates, the precursor to United for Libraries. She is the author of The Public Library Start-Up Guide (ALA Editions, 2004). She earned an AMLS from the University of Michigan.