Annual Conference Program Committee

Committee Charge

To develop, coordinate and implement programs sponsored by United for Libraries at Annual Conferences that specifically address, both collectively and separately, the issues and concerns of library Trustees, Friends of Libraries and Library Foundations; to receive conference program requests and review them for adherence to established procedures, elimination of duplications, and budgets. To submit program requests along with the committee’s recommendations to the United for Libraries Board for approval.

Minimum Expectations

  • Contact Committee Chairs to receive program proposals.
  • Develop programs for important areas not covered by Committees.
  • Fill out or ensure that program forms are filled out for all programs and deliver to staff.
  • Follow up with all program contacts in the spring to be sure that programs are progressing.

2014-2015 Committee Members

United for Libraries members may access the roster of United for Libraries committee members (PDF, 62 kb) with contact information.

Don Roalkvam, Chair
Peggy Barber
Paula Beswick
Deborah Doyle
Robin Hoklotubbe
Ed McBride
Steve Marcum
Katie Schroeder
Virginia Stanley
Richard Waters


The Annual Conference Program Committee meets in person during the ALA Annual Conference the year prior to the conference for which programs are planned. Conference calls may be requested by the committee chair. The committee will also meet during the ALA Midwinter meeting to finalize programs. The committee does not meet during the conference for which programs were planned.

Staff Liaison

Beth Nawalinski
Director of Marketing & Communications
(800) 545-2433, ext. 2161


Email: The email address to use for contacting committee members is Only committee members and staff liaisons can post messages to the electronic discussion group.

Conference Calls: At the request of the committee chair, one or more conference calls can be scheduled with the assistance of United for Libraries staff.

ALA Connect: Each committee has a virtual "space" in ALA Connect where committee members can post messages and share documents among committee members. This option should only be utilized if all committee members agree to using ALA Connect as their primary means of communication.


Program proposals will be due to United for Libraries staff in October. This includes all programs, discussion groups, and ticketed events, excluding author programs, which are handled by United for Libraries staff. Program proposals must include title, first and second choice of date and time, requested AV, preferred room set, speaker names (if known), and a description of 75 words or less.

Updates to descriptions and speakers will be due in early February.

Final revisions will be due in April.


The chair will complete a report for each meeting and submit to the staff liaison, to include a sign-in sheet.

Tools & Resources

Basics of Parliamentary Procedures (PDF, 11 kb)

How to Chair a Committee

For more information, please read "A Short History of United for Libraries" (PDF, 51 kb) by past-president Peggy Danhof.

Committee/Task Force Report Form (PDF, 32 kb)

Committee Meeting Attendance Form (PDF, 80 kb)