Newsletter & Website Advisory Committee

Committee Charge

To monitor the United for Libraries website and newsletter, The Voice for America's Libraries, for quality of content and design; to solicit articles of interest to membership; to make recommendations to United for Libraries staff for website development and use; and newsletter content and structure.

Minimum Expectations

  • Regularly monitor United for Libraries website to ensure content is readily accessible and up-to-date and report back to staff.
  • Solicit or write at least three articles for The Voice that are of interest to Trustees, Friends and/or library supporters.

2017-2018 Committee Members

Ned Davis, Chair
Judy Bosshart
Charles Hanson
David Paige
Barbara Scott Akinwole
Mark Smith
Marilyn Lewis
Essraa Nawar


The Newsletter & Website Advisory Committee meets in person during the ALA Annual Conference just prior to the start of the term of service. The committee will also meet during the ALA Midwinter meeting and virtually as necessary.

Staff Liaison

Jillian Wentworth
Manager of Marketing & Membership
(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.


The print newsletter is issued five times per year. A sixth issue (July/August) is produced in digital format only.

Committee members sign up to write articles for the newsletter.

Committee members sign up to write content for the website.


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 ( or Jillian ( and we'll let you know if we have the resource and if so, where to find it.