United for Libraries Virtual: Trustees – Friends – Foundations

United for Libraries Virtual

Dates: August 4-6, 2020

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This interactive three-day virtual event, free for United for Libraries members (including Statewide Group Members), will feature expert speakers on current topics facing library Trustees, Friends, Foundations, and staff who work with them.

  • Participate in live Q&A sessions with presenters.
  • Network with colleagues across the country in roundtable discussions.
  • Enjoy exclusive access to keynote speakers and authors.
  • Receive a certificate of attendance (for live participation or on-demand viewing).
  • Access the recorded programs for 12 months following the virtual event.*

Program topics include:

  • Advocacy and Equity: How Library Boards Can Create Lasting Impact through Compelling Cases and Outreach
  • Understanding Donor Data Analytics: Why it Matters and What You Can Do With It
  • Strategies for Solving Board Problems
  • Great Boards Don't Happen by Accident: A Proactive Approach to Building an Effective Board
  • Working with Friends and Foundations: Playing for the Same Team
  • Ask, Listen, Plan: Engaged Planning for Trustees, Directors and Other Library Leaders
  • and more!

Keynote speakers include:

  • Jim Taylor, Vice President of Leadership Initiatives, BoardSource [Integrating Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity into Your Board Culture]
  • Jan Masaoka, CEO, California Association of Nonprofits
  • and more!

Roundtable/Deep Dive opportunities include*:

  • Dive deeper with expanded Q&A opportunities with session presenters and keynote speakers.
  • Explore topics specific to Friends Groups, Foundations, and Boards of Trustees with seasoned facilitators and your peers around the country.
  • Learn about ALA services and resources for intellectual freedom, diversity, and more.
  • Discover new titles for your book clubs with Book Buzzes from our partners in publishing.
  • and much more!

*Roundtable/Deep Dive sessions will not be included in the conference recordings. To participate, please attend one or more of the live Roundtable/Deep Dive opportunities scheduled daily, August 4-6, 2020, at 2:15 pm eastern. Options will vary by day with a schedule available approximately one week in advance. Attendees will choose one breakout topic per day.

Registration Options

Registration is now open! Register online here.

United for Libraries Members:

  • Statewide Group Member/All Access: free registration for all Trustees, Friends, Foundations, & library staff.
  • Personal Members: free registration for yourself**
  • Organizational Members: free registration for one (1) staff member**
  • Trustee, Friends, or Foundation Group Members: free registration for one (1) board member**

**Full board add-on option available for $49.


  • Join as a personal or organizational member of United for Libraries (requires ALA membership).
    • Includes one (1) free registration (Personal = named member; Organizational = one (1) staff member)**
  • Join as a group member of United for Libraries (Board of Trustees, Friends Group, or Library Foundation).
    • Includes one (1) free registration for one (1) board member**
  • Purchase conference registration for yourself ($49) or your full board ($99).

**Full board add-on option available for $49.


Each day includes two programs, one key-note, and one roundtable session between 11:00 am-3:00 pm eastern. An additional program from 6:00-7:00 pm eastern is scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday.

Please see the schedule for more information.