Leaders Orientation Committee

Committee Charge

To design an Annual Conference program for all incoming United for Libraries leader volunteers that will assist them in their work on behalf of United for Libraries and further their understanding of the United for Libraries division and its policies and procedures.

Minimum Expectations

Design and implement program at annual conference designed for incoming United for Libraries leaders that includes:

  • United for Libraries overview
  • Timelines for work product
  • ALA Connect
  • Necessary forms
  • Minimum Expectations for achievement

2016-2017 Committee Members

United for Libraries members may access the roster of United for Libraries committee members (PDF, 516 kb) with contact information.

Steve Laird, Chair
Scott Barber
Paula Beswick
Denise Botto
Shirley Bruursema
Peggy Danhof
Charles Hanson
Robin Hoklotubbe
Kathy Spindel


The Leaders Orientation Committee will meet virtually in the late summer to begin planning its program. The committee then meets in person during the ALA Midwinter Meeting to finalize its program for the upcoming Annual Conference. The committee does not meet during the conference for which the program was planned.

Staff Liaison

Beth Nawalinski
Deputy Director
(800) 545-2433, ext. 2161


Email: The email address to use for contacting committee members is united-leaders@lists.ala.org. 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)

NEW: United for Libraries Resources

We've compiled a handy Excel file of the top resources available FREE and for members only. Please note this is a working compilation and resources may be added at any time. Also, it's not possible to list all of the wonderful links and resources we have on our site, so if you are looking for something and can't find it on this list, email Beth (bnawalinski@ala.org) or Jillian (jwentworth@ala.org) and we'll let you know if we have the resource and if so, where to find it.