2016-2017 United for Libraries Executive Board

Susan J. Schmidt


Susan J. Schmidt is a former Friends of Libraries U.S.A. (FOLUSA) President and long-time board member. Schmidt is currently a media assistant in the Montgomery County, Maryland Public Schools.  She has served as President of the Friends of the Library, Montgomery County and its Little Falls Chapter, and was the  Governor’s appointed member of the Maryland Advisory Council on Libraries. She has been an active participant in and speaker at ALA’s Advocacy Institute 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.  In addition, Schmidt is also the current Chair of the ALA Chapter Relations Committee.

Steve Laird


Steve Laird is president of the Reference Division of Infogroup. Laird has served as a United for Libraries board member since 2012, and has chaired the United for Libraries Awards Committee and served on the division’s Corporate Development Task Force and Finance & Audit Task Force. He was general manager then vice president of sales of the Reference Division of Infogroup before taking his current position as president.

Donna McDonald


Donna McDonald is the director of the Arkansas River Valley Regional Library System. She has served on a variety of ALA committees, including the School Library Taskforce, Advocacy Committee, Advocacy Coordinating Group, and CPLA Review Committee. She served as president of United for Libraries 2011-2012 and as a member of the executive board 2012-2013. She served on the Arkansas State Library Board from 2004 to 2011.

Christine Lind Hage


Christine Lind Hage is the director of the Rochester Hills (MI) Public Library since 2005. She has been a library director for 32 of the 45 years she has worked as a full-time public librarian. She has served as the past president of United for Libraries and of the Public Library Association and as an ALA councilor for 13 years.  She is the current division councilor for United. 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.

Ed McBride


Ed McBride is the former 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 earned a bachelor of science degree in library technology and administration at the University of Memphis. He has served on the board of United for Libraries since 2009, as well as on several United for Libraries committees and Public Library Association (PLA) committees.