Wednesday, August 5

United for Libraries Virtual


Wednesday, August 5, 2020

Daytime Schedule - All times are listed in eastern timezone.

10:15 am - Zoom Room Opens
Book Buzz: HarperCollins
Book Buzz: Harlequin

10:30 am - Meet and greet United board members and staff. Please login by 10:55 am eastern to connect your audio for the official start at 11:00 am.

11:00 am - Welcome

11:05 am - Session 4
Great Boards Don't Happen by Accident
Beth Yoke, Chief Strategy Officer, Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County
Great Library Boards help the director advance the library's mission and make a lasting, positive impact on the community. But they aren't great by accident. Attend this session to explore how staff leaders can proactively guide, support and shape their Board into a mission-driven power house. Hear case studies that illustrate common challenges and strategies for addressing them, and come away with practical tools and steps to help you take your board to the next level.

12:00 pm - Break / Continued Q&A
Take a break or continue Q&A with the speakers (will be recorded).

12:15 pm - Session 5
Working with Friends and Foundations: Playing for the Same Team
Janay Johnson, Director, Bozeman Public Library Foundation
Amy Benjamin, Friends Coordinator, Friends of the Bozeman Public Library
Kit Stephenson, Assistant Director, Bozeman Public Library

Oftentimes, Friends and Foundations groups don’t communicate or cooperate with each other when the fact is they are playing for the same team. Learn how the Bozeman Public Library, their Friends and Foundation are working together to coordinate messaging and share resources and data. The result is one clear voice to patrons, increased revenue from book sales and fundraising activity, and a lot of good will. Presenters will discuss the fundamental paradigm shift that inspired them to work more closely together, as well as discuss some specific instances where they have cooperated to maximize benefit to the library. Participants will learn some concrete steps to repair relationships and coordinate efforts.

1:00 pm - Break / Continued Q&A
Take a break or continue Q&A with the speakers (will be recorded).

1:15 pm - Keynote
Libraries, Friends and Foundations: At an Unexpected Crossroads

Jan Masaoka, CEO, California Association of Nonprofits
Deborah Doyle, Vice Chair of the Sonoma County Public Library Commission and president of California Public Library Advocates

Even before the COVID-19 crisis, the world of libraries was changing fast. Today, friends and foundations are at the intersection of government, volunteerism, aging, homelessness, and the digital information revolution. How are Friends and Foundations serving as role models for other government agencies seeking the help of private donations and volunteers? How do we think about strategic goals and long-term visions in a world where everything seems to change every week? Jan Masaoka brings a provocative, unconventional approach to these questions.

2:30 pm - Roundtables / Deep Dives

3:00 pm - Book Buzz: Ingram

3:15 pm - Book Buzz: Simon & Schuster

3:25 pm - Book Buzz: Hachette (see handout)

Evening Schedule - All times are listed in eastern timezone.

5:30 pm - Zoom Room Opens
Book Buzz: Sourcebooks

6:00 pm - Welcome

6:05 pm - Featured Keynote
Simon Sinek, Author of “Start With Why”, “Leaders Eat Last,” “Together is Better” and “The Infinite Game.”
In his latest book “The Infinite Game,” Simon Sinek explores the difference between finite and infinite games, and how many of the struggles that organizations face exist simply because their leaders were playing with a finite mindset in an infinite game. He’ll discuss how to adopt an infinite mindset – a prerequisite for any leader who aspires to leave their organization in better shape than they found it. He’ll also discuss, based on his book “Start With Why,” how to go beyond talking about “what you do” or “how you do it” to make a real difference in your advocacy efforts. Sinek will be in conversation with 2018-2019 United for Libraries President Skip Dye.

7:00 pm - Closing


Keynote: Libraries, Friends and Foundations: At an Unexpected Crossroads

Jan Masaoka

Jan Masaoka
California Association of Nonprofits

Jan Masaoka is the Chief Executive Officer of the California Association of Nonprofits (CalNonprofits) a statewide policy alliance and the voice for California’s nonprofit community. CalNonprofits is an effective advocate in Sacramento, able to mobilize 10,000 members covering 57 of California’s 58 counties. Jan is also a nationally recognized writer, researcher and speaker, with a focus on nonprofit business planning, boards of directors, and the role of nonprofits in society.

Her books include Nonprofit Sustainability: Making Strategic Decisions for Financial Viability (Jossey-Bass,co-authored with Jeanne Bell and Steve Zimmerman), the Nonprofit’s Guide to HR (Nolo) the Best of the Board Cafe (Fieldstone) and All Hands on Board: The Board of Directors in All-Volunteer Organizations (Boardsource). Before CalNonprofits, for 14 years Jan was the executive director of CompassPoint, a nonprofit consulting/training firm, and she founded and wrote Blue Avocado magazine, growing it to 64,000 subscribers before leaving in late 2015.

Jan was named Nonprofit Executive of the Year by Nonprofit Times, and is an eight-time designee as one of the Fifty Most Influencial” people in the nonprofit sector nationwide. She has testified on nonprofit policy issues at the federal and state levels, and her articles have been published in Nonprofit Quarterly, the Chronicle of Philanthropy, the Sacramento Bee, and Stanford Social Innovation Review.

Jan’s volunteer work has included serving as board chair of the Asian Pacific Islander Wellness Center, founding chair of Community Initiatives, and a member of the Policy Committee of the Independent Sector, the San Francisco Telecommunications Commission, and the San Francisco Complete Count Committee in 2010.

Deborah Doyle

Deborah Doyle
Sonoma County Public Library Commission

Deborah Doyle, MLIS, is chair of the United for Libraries Legislative Committee. She currently serves as vice chair of the Sonoma County Public Library Commission and president of California Public Library Advocates.


Session 4: Great Boards Don't Happen by Accident

Beth Yoke

Beth Yoke
Chief Strategy Officer
Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County

Beth Yoke has served as Chief Strategy Officer for the Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County for the past two years. Prior to that she served as Executive Director of the Young Adult Library Services Association, and has also worked as a university and a high school librarian, and an elementary school teacher. She has over 16 years' experience in working with nonprofit boards, and together with a YALSA President won the first BoardSource Innovation Award in 2011, which brought a $10,000 prize to YALSA. She can be reached at or on Twitter via @bethayoke.

Session 5: Working with Friends and Foundations: Playing for the Same Team

Janay Johnson

Janay Johnson
Bozeman Public Library Foundation

Janay has been the Director of the Library Foundation since 2017, following many years of fundraising and executive leadership roles in animal welfare and conservation organizations. She is thrilled to spend her days raising funds to support the community’s top-notch library and its programs.

Amy Benjamin

Amy Benjamin
Friends Coordinator
Friends of the Bozeman Public Library

Amy Benjamin is the Coordinator for the Friends of the Bozeman Public Library. She organizes three annual used book sales, and manages about 300 members and 20 regular volunteers. Previously, she worked as a library circulation aide and graduated from Montana State University with degrees in English & Spanish Education. After record sales at the November and February Used Book Sales, the Friends canceled their June sale. Amy opened an online store to sell some of their stored inventory, generating over $1000 in sales in 7 weeks.


Kit Stephenson

Kit Stephenson
Assistant Director
Bozeman Public Library

Kit Stephenson is the Assistant Director at the Bozeman Public Library. Kit thrives on building partnerships with community groups including the Bozeman Public Library Foundation and the Friends of the Library. Forming strong partnerships strengthens the services a library can provide and contributes to a healthy, happy community.


Featured Keynote: Simon Sinek

Simon Sinek

Author of “Start With Why”
Host of "A Bit of Optimism" Podcast

Described as “a visionary thinker with a rare intellect,” Simon Sinek has devoted his professional life to help advance a vision of the world in which the vast majority of people wake up every single morning inspired, feel safe wherever they are and end the day fulfilled by the work that they do. He is the author of multiple bestselling books including “Start With Why”, “Leaders Eat Last,” “Together is Better” and “The Infinite Game.”