Workshops and Training

Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends and Foundations

Fri., June 28
9 a.m.-3 p.m.

McCormick Place, S501bc

Library Trustees, Friends groups, Foundations, and staff are invited to join a day of information and resource sharing, roundtable discussions, and learning opportunities. The morning will feature a panel of speakers followed by lunch on your own and then roundtable discussions on topics of interest to Trustees, Friends, and Foundations. Coffee and registration begin at 9 a.m. with speakers starting at 9:30 a.m. Please RSVP to if you plan to attend, and register for free exhibits-only passes; instructions can be found at For a list of speakers and topics, please see the agenda (PDF, 108 kb).

LLAMA/United for Libraries Preconference - Raising $: Process and People

Fri., June 28
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Ticketed event; event code LAM2. $250 nonmembers, $200 members, $150 division members.

McCormick Place, S102a

Raising private funds means working closely with your board, staff and volunteers. Beginners or seasoned veterans, set your fears aside. The day focuses on three components:

  1. Capital Campaigns: pre-planning, goal setting, creating materials, identifying donors, using volunteers,
  2. Creating and Maintaining Effective Relationships: weathering the bumps and repairing relationships,
  3. Speed Consulting: in this interactive portion, choose between a number of critical topics

Participants will also receive a copy of Beyond the Ask Event by Terry Axelrod.

Soaring Higher: United for Libraries Leadership in Action

Sat., June 29
8:30-10 a.m.

McCormick Place, N427d

United for Libraries members and new committee members/leaders are invited to learn more about the organization, how to become active, and all the resources available to members. Topics include an introduction to the division, tools of leadership, presidential goals, parliamentary procedure, and mechanics of committee involvement. Incoming committee members and chairs should attend. All are welcome to attend to learn more about United for Libraries and getting involved with this dynamic organization.

Nuts & Bolts for Academic Friends

Sat., June 29
10:30-11:30 a.m.

McCormick Place, N129

Learn more about starting a Friends group in an academic setting and participate in an open discussion and idea sharing.

Trustee Discussion Group

Sat., June 29
3-4 p.m.

Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Regency Ballroom A

United for Libraries will host an open forum discussion group for library Trustees.

Library Foundation & Friends Group Staff Discussion Group

Sat., June 29
3-4 p.m.

Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, Regency Ballroom B

United for Libraries will host an open forum discussion group geared toward library staff who work with and paid staff of Friends groups and Foundations.

Jumping Off the Fiscal Cliff into Federal Advocacy!

Sun., June 30
10:30-11:30 a.m.

McCormick Place, S103a

The Legislation, Advocacy and Intellectual Freedom Committee of United for Libraries will present a program on federal advocacy and how Friends, Trustees, and Foundations can learn how to contact elected officials to advocate for libraries on a national level. Library directors and staff are also encouraged to attend.

Teens on Boards, Oh Yes! Library Boards, Friends Boards, and Engaging Teens

Mon., July 1
10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.

McCormick Place, N427d

A panel of speakers will share their experiences and tips for engaging teens on library Boards of Trustees and the boards of Friends groups.