Workshops and Training

Citizens Save Libraries: Rounding Them Up and Showing Them How!

Fri., June 26
9 a.m.-noon
Hotel Nikko, Mendocino

This special workshop will provide in-depth training on how to create an advocacy campaign and give the basics for helping to train others as well. Library directors, state library development staff, Trustees, and consultants are invited to attend to learn how to work with local library supporters for specific advocacy campaigns, and/or to enhance existing advocacy skills. Past ALA President Patricia Glass Schuman will provide the welcome and discuss the history of advocacy within ALA. Speakers will include Sally Reed, executive director of United for Libraries; Kate Park, executive director of the Friends of the Dallas (Texas) Public Library, and Sara Myers, executive director of the Long Beach (Calif.) Public Library Foundation. This workshop will make use of the Citizens Save Libraries Power Guide for Successful Advocacy. Co-sponsored with the Office for Library Advocacy and ASCLA.

Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends, and Foundations

sponsored by BookPage

Fri., BookPageJune 26
9:30 a.m
.-4 p.m.
Westin St. Francis, California East BR

Library Trustees, Friends groups, Foundations, and staff are invited to join a day of information and resource sharing, roundtable discussions, and learning opportunities. Coffee and meet & greet will begin at 9:30 a.m., with the program starting at 10 a.m. The morning will feature breakout sessions with presentations geared specifically for Friends, Trustees, and Foundations. Attendees bring their own lunch (or purchase on site) for “Lunch with an Expert,” featuring open forum roundtable discussions with experts on various topics. A keynote speaker and panel discussion will follow lunch. The day-long session is free. Please RSVP to Please see the agenda for a list of speakers/topics.

Public Library Trustees Discussion Group

Sat., June 27
8:30-10 a.m.
Marriott Marquis San Francisco, Pacific Suite H

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

Library Friends Discussion Group

Sat., June 27
8:30-10 a.m.
Marriott Marquis San Francisco, Pacific Suite I

Friends of the Library members and library staff and invited to join this informal discussion group with counterparts from across the country. Bring your best practices to share and questions to ask of your fellow Friends.

Academic Friends and Development Officers Discussion Group

Sat., June 27
8:30-10 a.m.
Hilton San Francisco Union Square, Union Square 19 & 20

Join your colleagues from universities and community colleges around the country to discuss best practices for raising funds and the promotion of the academic library.

United for Libraries: Reinventing Members as Leaders

Sat., June 27
1-2:30 p.m.
Hilton San Francisco Union Square, Golden Gate 6

The Leaders Orientation program in San Francisco will focus and highlight United for Libraries members that have become leaders in their communities and in library support organizations. The presenters will share their personal experiences and insight in to the way they utilized programs and services of United for Libraries and ALA. The program will offer ways library advocates and stakeholders can join, participate and become the new leaders of the organization. The program is designed to help library advocates and stakeholders identify where they are in their leadership development and how they can achieve the next level of participation within the leadership of United for Libraries.Speakers will include Paula Beswick, director, Bozeman (Mont.) Public Library Foundation, and Leontine Synor, vice president, East Cleveland (Ohio) Public Library Board of Trustees.

Let's Put the UNITED in United for Libraries!

Sat., June 27
3-4 p.m.
Moscone Convention Center, 2006 (W)

This is your opportunity to see how two outstanding public libraries – each with a Foundation and a Friends group – have found the way to mount a UNITED front for the overall good of their respective libraries. Speakers from the Long Beach (Calif.) Public Library and Nashville (Tenn.) Public Library will talk about their experiences and best practices.

Getting a Bigger Piece of the Pie: Effective Communication with Funders & Policy Makers

Sun., June 28
10:30-11:30 a.m.
Moscone Convention Center, 2005 (W)

Learn from the experts about how to get to know, communicate with, and influence those who approve your library's budget.  Even in tough times, there are strategies to get your more. Featured speakers will be April Butcher, executive director of the Sacramento (Calif.) Public Library Foundation and member of the board of directors of California Public Library Advocates; Valerie Gross, CEO and president of the Howard County (Md.) Library System, and Deborah Doyle, director of development for the Friends of the San Francisco (Calif.) Library, president of the California Library Association, and United for Libraries board member.

Library Foundation Discussion Group

Sun., June 28
1-2 p.m. 
Moscone Convention Center, 110 (N)

Library staff, Trustees, Foundation board members and staff, and others interested in learning more about library Foundations are invited to join others from around the country in a free flowing moderated discussion about issues unique to library Foundations.

Federal Advocacy for Trustees and Friends

Sun., June 28
3-4 p.m.
Marriott Marquis San Francisco, Yerba Buena Salon 06