United for Libraries Staff

From left: Beth Nawalinski, Sally Gardner Reed, and Jillian Kalonick

Sally Gardner Reed (center) is the Executive Director of United for Libraries, formerly Executive Director of Friends of Libraries U.S.A. (FOLUSA). Prior to accepting this position in 2002, Sally spent nearly 20 years in library administration running small public libraries in New England and the Midwest, and most recently she was the director of the Norfolk (Va.) Public Library.

Sally is the author of eight books on library management, advocacy, volunteers, and fundraising and numerous articles for professional library journals. She has presented programs and workshops to hundreds Friends of Library groups, boards of trustees, and librarian groups nationally and internationally. She is the 2000 recipient of ALA’s Herbert and Virginia White Award for promoting libraries and librarianship.

As executive director, Sally works with United for Libraries leaders to increase our capacity to serve our members though strategic planning, committee assignments and resource development. She is responsible for the overall management of the staff and the development of member services and benefits.

To contact Sally Reed, please email sreed@ala.org or call (800) 545-2433, ext. 2161.


Beth Nawalinski (left) is the Deputy 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), and most recently as Director of Marketing & Communications 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 Deputy Executive Director, Beth provides operational, fiscal, member relations, communications, product development, and program leadership to United for Libraries. Beth manages revenue-producing programs, including Books for Babies, the Trustee Academy, Short Takes for Trustees, and statewide group purchases of membership and web-based products. Beth oversees internal and external communications. In addition, Beth supports the efforts of members and member leaders ensuring that committees extend the board’s vision to the membership; works with members and publishing partners to plan programs and oversee logistics for the Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference, 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 (right) 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, February 20 - President's Day
  • Monday, May 29 - Memorial Day
  • Thursday, June 22-Tuesday, June 27 - ALA Annual Conference
  • Tuesday, July 4 - Independence Day