United for Libraries Staff

Beth Nawalinski is the Executive Director for United for Libraries. Although Beth completed her undergraduate studies in nuclear engineering, she has pursued her career for more than 20 years supporting libraries and literacy first as Community Relations Coordinator with Barnes & Noble, followed by Public Relations Specialist with the Norfolk (Va.) Public Library, Marketing & Public Relations Coordinator with Friends of Libraries U.S.A. (FOLUSA), Director of Marketing & Communications for United for Libraries, and most recently Deputy Executive Director for United for Libraries. She is the co-author of 101+ Great Ideas for Libraries and Friends and Even More Great Ideas for Libraries and Friends.

As executive director, Beth works with United for Libraries leaders to increase our capacity to serve our members. She supports the efforts of members and member leaders ensuring that committees extend the board’s vision to the membership, and is responsible for the overall management of the staff and the development of member services and benefits. Beth provides operational, fiscal, strategic planning, member relations, communications, product development, and program leadership to United for Libraries, and works closely with members and non-members to provide resources, information, training, and assistance to Friends of the Library groups, library Trustees, library Foundations, and library staff.

To contact Beth Nawalinski, please email bnawalinski@ala.org or call (800) 545-2433, ext. 2161.


Jillian Wentworth is the Marketing/Public Relations Specialist for United for Libraries. Jillian has worked for public libraries since 1994, most recently at Princeton (N.J.) Public Library and Easttown (Pa.) Library & Information Center. She earned a master's degree in library and information science from Drexel University and a bachelor's degree in English from Hollins University. Jillian has also worked as a journalist and editor, as well as in marketing and public relations for nonprofit arts organizations.

Jillian edits The Voice, United for Libraries' newsletter, and assists with the United for Libraries website. Jillian manages marketing, publicity, and communications to members, the media, and the general public, including social media. She oversees awards, assists with webinars and training, and manages publicity and marketing for United for Libraries programs, special events, and celebrations such as those at the ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference, Literary Landmark dedications, National Friends of Libraries Week, Books for Babies, and Virtual Library Legislative Day.

To contact Jillian Wentworth, please email jwentworth@ala.org or call (800) 545-2433, ext. 2161.


Office Hours

The United for Libraries office is open from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm eastern, Monday through Friday. For assistance outside of these hours, please email united@ala.org. Emails are monitored evenings, weekends, and many holidays to ensure our members receive timely responses to their requests.

Upcoming Office Closures

  • Monday, September 4 - Labor Day
  • Thursday, November 23-Friday, November 24 - Thanksgiving
  • Friday, December 22-Monday, December 25 - Christmas
  • Monday, January 1, 2018 - New Year's Day