Workshops and Training

Nuts & Bolts for Friends, Trustees, and Foundations

Fri., June 27
8:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

Las Vegas Convention Center, S219

Jan MasaokaLibrary Trustees, Friends groups, Foundations, and staff are invited to join a day of information and resource sharing, roundtable discussions, and learning opportunities. See the agenda (PDF, 143 kb) for more details on speakers, topics, and roundtables.

Jan Masaoka (left), director and editor in chief of Blue Avocado (www.blueavocado.org), will speak on “Libraries, Advocacy and the Meaning of Life.” Masaoka was executive director of CompassPoint for 14 years, a consulting and training firm for nonprofits. She is an eight-time designee as one of the nonprofit nation’s “Fifty Most Influential People,” and in 2003 she was named “Nonprofit Executive of the Year” by “Nonprofit Times.”

Robert Karatsu, library director of the Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) Public Library, will speak on “The Nuts and Bolts of Working with your Friends, Foundation and Library Board (and Dealing with Your Library Director All at the Same Time…).” In addition to being the library director, Karatsu also acts as the CEO of the library foundation and staff liaison to the friends of the library and the library board of trustees.  In 2013, the Rancho Cucamonga Public Library was awarded the National Medal for Museum and Library Services, the nation’s highest honor that can be bestowed upon a museum or library, and was invited to the White House to accept the award from First Lady Michelle Obama.

Roundtable discussions will be held on marketing and public relations, academic friends of the library groups, book clubs, library programming, evaluating the library director, and more.

Coffee and registration begin at 8:30 a.m. with speakers starting at 9 a.m. Please RSVP to united@ala.org if you plan to attend, and register for free exhibits-only passes; instructions can be found at www.ala.org/united/events_conferences/annual/register.

Public Library Trustee Discussion Group

Sat., June 28
8:30-10 a.m.
Las Vegas Hotel, Pavilion 04


Are you a library Trustee?  If so, 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 28
8:30-10 a.m.
Las Vegas Convention Center, N115



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

Making an Impact: Proven Grassroots Strategies for Friends, Trustees, Advocates, and Foundations

Sat., June 28
10:30-11:30 a.m.
Las Vegas Convention Center, N262

Looking for ways to engage your Friends and Trustees in a grassroots campaign at your library? Need proven strategies for mobilizing your advocates or foundation to share the value of your library to an outside audience? Now more than ever libraries need advocacy on every level, especially from their Friends, Trustees, advocates, and Foundations; members of Congress want to hear from their constituents. Are you a member of one of these groups wishing to get more elected officials and influencers to listen to your message? Join this session, led by advocacy expert Stephanie Vance and sponsored by the ALA Washington Office and United for Libraries, for tips and examples on how to have an impact through grassroots organizing and messaging.

3D Printers & Library Policies

Sat., June 28
1-2:30 p.m.
Las Vegas Convention Center, N237

Many public and academic libraries are making 3D printers available for patron use. A panel of speakers will talk about this new trend, including concerns and issues to address when creating library policies related to patron access to and use of 3D printers. Panelists will include Charlie Wapner, information policy analyst for ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP); Barbara Jones, director of ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF), and Corinne Hill, executive director of the Chattanooga (Tenn.) Public Library. Diane Sarantakos, director of development for the Metropolitan Library System (Oklahoma City, Okla.) and United for Libraries Trustee at Large, will moderate. Co-sponsored by United for Libraries, OITP, and OIF.

An Hour of Power: United for Libraries Leaders Orientation

Sat., June 28
3-4 p.m.

Las Vegas Convention Center, N263C



Both longtime and new United for Libraries committee members and officers are welcome to join this program to find out everything you need to know to be effective in your volunteer leadership for United for Libraries.

Academic Friends and Development Officers Discussion Group

Sun., June 29
10:30-11:30 a.m.
Las Vegas Convention Center, N117

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

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

Sun., June 29
1-2:30 p.m.
Las Vegas Convention Center, N240

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 29
3-4 p.m.
Caesars Palace, Neapolitan III

Library staff, Trustees, 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.