Workshops and Training

Nuts & Bolts for Trustees, Friends, and Foundations

Fri., June 24
8:30 a.m
.-4 p.m.
Hilton Orlando, Lake Eola

Library Trustees, Friends groups, Foundations, and staff are invited to join a day of information and resource sharing, roundtable discussions, and learning opportunities. Speakers will include bestselling novelist Mary Alice Monroe and nonprofit consultant Hardy Smith.  Coffee and meet & greet will begin at 8:30 a.m. Roundtable discussions will be held on revitalizing a Friends of the Library group, marketing, board planning, fundraising, Foundation board policies, ad more . Attendees will bring their own lunch (or purchase on site). To register, please email united@ala.org with your contact information. Please see the agenda (PDF, 185 kb) for speakers. Agenda subject to change. Last updated 5/19/16.

Public Library Trustees Discussion Group

Sat., June 25
8:30-10 a.m.
Rosen Centre Hotel, Salon 11/12

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 25
8:30-10 a.m.
Rosen Centre Hotel, Salon 07/08



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 25
8:30-10 a.m.
Orange County Convention Center, W334

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 Leaders Orientation: Cultivating Leaders and Building Effective Volunteer Boards for Trustees, Friends, and Foundations

Sat., June 25
1-2:30 p.m.
Rosen Centre Hotel, Salon 05/06

Trustees, Friends, Foundations, and library staff are invited to learn more about cultivating leaders and building effective volunteer boards to support their libraries. A panel discussion will feature Dr. Julie Todaro (incoming ALA president), Eli Mina (ALA parliamentarian), and Dr. Mark Freeman (facilitator with a Certificate in Leadership Practice). Roundtable discussions will following on how not to run a board meeting, roles and responsibilities of a leader, and building an engaged and effective board.

Listening to Our Customers or LISTEN/DIGEST/RESPOND: Trustees Becoming True Community Representatives

Sat., June 25
3-4 p.m.
Orange County Convention Center, W102B

We spend too much time talking to each other - those on the board with us and not nearly enough time listening to those we serve and want to serve. Libraries have many constituencies, three of which include politicians, library users, and non-users. Hear from panelists who have experience working with these groups, including Kate Park, Executive Director, Friends of the Dallas Public Library, Barbara Gubbin, Director, Jacksonville Public Library, and Richard Kong, Assistant Director, Skokie Public Library.

Library Foundation Discussion Group

Sun., June 26
8:30-10 a.m.
Orange County Convention

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.

Celebrating Your Library's Milestones: A Compendium of Ideas

Sun., June 26
10:30-11:30 a.m.
Orange County Convention Center, W102B

A panel of speakers, including a library director, Friends of the Library member, and a library Trustee, will share ideas about celebrating library anniversaries in your community. Learn how to involve your Friends of the Library, Foundation, Trustees, patrons, and community members.

Fast and Easy: Advocacy that YOU can do!

Sun., June 26
1-2:30 p.m.
Orange County Convention Center, W106

As retired librarians and library workers now is the time to become an active advocate for the libraries you love. Learn fast and easy ways you can make a huge impact on libraries and librarianship. Emily Sheketoff, executive director of the ALA Washington Office, will cover ways to have an impact on your federal elected officials. Marci Merola, director of the ALA Office for Library Advocacy, will cover matters of a more local nature. Our third panelist will be Jan Sanders, director of the Pasadena Public Library, who will relate some of the successful advocacy projects she has implemented and tell you how you can do it too. Without the restrictions of a full-time job, now is the time to speak out for libraries as a private citizen. Your voice is powerful. Cosponsored by United for Libraries.