Workshops and Training

Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends, and Foundations

Fri., June 23
9:30 a.m
.-4 p.m.
Hilton Chicago, Waldorf Room

Amy E. Reichert (photo credit: Kelly Johnsen)Library Trustees, Friends groups, Foundations, and staff are invited to join a free day of information and resource sharing, roundtable discussions, and learning opportunities. This year's theme will be board development. Speakers will include:

  • Peter Pearson, co-founder and lead consultant, Library Strategies
  • Libby Post, strategist-in-chief and president, Communication Services
  • Deirdre Brennan, executive director, Reaching Across Illinois Library System (RAILS)
  • Kathy Caudill, Trustee, Ela Area Library Public Library District, Lake Zurich, Ill.

The featured author (left) will be Amy E. Reichert (The Simplicity of Cider), who is also a library Trustee. Coffee and meet & greet will begin at 9:30 a.m. Roundtable discussions will be held on board recruitment, fundraising, marketing, advocacy, and more. Attendees will bring their own lunch (or purchase on site).

Register for Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends and Foundations

Download the Nuts & Bolts agenda (updated 6/1/17)

Public Library Trustees Discussion Group

Sat., June 24
8:30-10 a.m.

Hyatt Regency McCormick, Jackson Park/CC 10AB

Join this informal discussion group and bring your best practices to share and questions to ask of fellow Trustees from across the country.

Friends & Foundations Discussion Group (Public Library Friends, Academic Library Friends, and Library Foundations)

Sat., June 24
8:30-10 a.m.
Hilton Chicago, Williford C

This joint discussion group will feature open roundtable discussions about topics of interest to public and academic Friends groups and library Foundations. Table topics will be based on the interests and needs of attendees. Past topics have included board development, fundraising, membership recruitment, volunteer recruitment, booksales, advocacy, marketing, strategic planning, organizational effectiveness, working with the library director, community engagement, and more.

Board Development for Library Trustees, Friends Groups, and Foundations (presented by the Annual Conference Program Committee)

Sat., June 24
10:30-11:30 a.m.

McCormick Place West, W181a

Board development is a key factor of success for library Trustees, Friends Groups, and Foundations. This program will feature a panel of speakers who will discuss evaluating the current composition of your board, identifying qualifications for future board members, board self-evaluation, board orientation, job descriptions, and succession planning. Speakers will include Lisa Kippur, executive assistant to the deans at University of Colorado Boulder Libraries; Paula Beswick, library consultant; Charity Tyler, executive director, Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Public Library Foundation, and David Baker, JD, principal, Giving Design.

Engaging Elected Officials with Your Library (presented by the Legislation, Advocacy, and Intellectual Freedom Committee)

Sun., June 25
8:30-10 a.m.

McCormick Place West, W194b

A panel of advocacy experts and local elected officials will offer tips on what your library can offer to local elected officials, and how to engage them. Speakers will include Libby Post of Communication Services and Kent Oliver, director, Nashville (Tenn.) Public Library. Presented by the Legislation, Advocacy & Intellectual Freedom Committee.

Engaging Book Clubs in Your Community

Sun., June 25
10:30-11:30 a.m.
McCormick Place West, W193

Meet the author of the inaugural Book Club Central selection, chosen by Sarah Jessica Parker, and learn how to support and engage your community's book clubs. ALA President Julie Todaro will discuss her Book Club Central initiative. Additional speakers will include:

  • Cecilia Tovar, principal librarian, branch & public services, Santa Monica (Calif.) Public Library, discussing the library's "Santa Monica Reads!" program.
  • Robin Hoklotubbe, retired PR and marketing coordinator for Santa Clarita (Calif.)Public Library and Friends of the Corona (Calif.) Public Library board member/consultant, discussing how libraries can engage book clubs in and out of the library.
  • Jennifer Lohmann, NoveList consultant for EBSCO, romance author, and former public librarian discussing how NoveList resources aid her book club addiction, including picking books for the Romance Book Club (and the three others she’s run).

Book Club Central, created in partnership with Booklist and United for Libraries, is an online platform of resources for book clubs.

FUN-Raising: Big and Small Ideas on Ways to Raise Funds, Friends, and Have Fun Along the Way (presented by the Annual Conference Program Committee; co-sponsored with LLAMA)

Sun., June 25
1-2:30 p.m.

McCormick Place West, W178b

Fundraising doesn't have to be onerous! A panel of speakers will talk about fun and innovative ways to raise funds for your library without volunteer burnout. Hear about ideas for big and small libraries, Friends Groups and Foundations, and new trends in non-profit and library fundraising. Speakers will include:

  • Dwain Teague, director of development, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; chair of LLAMA, FRFDS
  • Charity Tyler, executive director, Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Public Library Foundation
  • Peter Pearson, principal consultant, Library Strategies
  • Gretchen Freeman, Principal Librarian and Strategist, Tech Logic Corporation

Crisis Communication: Who Speaks for Your Library? (joint discussion group with RUSA and Chapter Relations)

Sun., June 25
1-2:30 p.m.

McCormick Place West, W194b

What happens when a newspaper calls the library for a quote on a Saturday morning? Is it your Library Director or Trustee who answers an elected official’s question about the library? In the event of a materials challenge, who serves as the library’s spokesperson? Stuff happens, whether you work for a public, academic, or school library. Are you ready in a crisis, whatever it may be? This program/discussion will feature Macey Morales, deputy director of ALA’s Public Awareness Office; Susan Jennings, past president of the Tennessee Library Association, and Brian Auger, director of the Somerset County (N.J.) Public Library. Participants will use scenarios and role-playing, and learn how to prepare statements and a crisis communication plan for their libraries.