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FREE Webinar: Responding to a Budget Crisis

Tues., March 24, 2015
3-4 p.m. Eastern Time

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Learn how to develop a campaign for your library in a budget crisis from a group that fought for an additional $3.8 million for their library system. Find out how to work with the media, get publicity, find creative ways to campaign, and more.

Speakers include Kate Park, executive director of the Friends of the Dallas (Texas) Public Library; Patti Clapp, advocacy chair of the Friends, and Sally Reed, executive director of United for Libraries. 

Friends of the Dallas (Texas) Public Library was one of 20 recipients of the Neal-Schuman Citizens-Save-Libraries grants. The library had experienced budget cuts of 40%, leaving it the worst funded urban library system in the country. The Friends used their training to develop an advocacy plan that resulted in the library receiving an additional $3.8 million to hire 92 full-time employees, allowing the library to open 12 branches for 50 hours a week.

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Library Advocacy at the State Level: 12 Steps to Success

Jeffrey Smith, director of public affairs for Humanim and president of the Foundation for Baltimore County (Md.) Public Library (BCPL) shares the basics of government/legislative advocacy and 12 steps necessary to be an effective advocate for library issues when meeting with key decision makers. Additionally, a case study in successful advocacy for library related funding is presented. The webcast is geared toward Trustees, Friends, Foundation staff members, and library staff members, and is co-sponsored by ALA’s Office for Library Advocacy. Login to access the link.

Member Benefit Webinar

New (and current) members are invited to watch a short webinar that shows you the various resources and benefits of membership, including how to login to the Friends & Foundations Zone and where to find all the great resources that come with your membership.

How to Login to the Friends & Foundations Zone

Welcome to United for Libraries' resources for members of the Friends section and Foundation section as well as Friends group members. You must login to the Web site to access these resources:

  • If you are an ALA member and a member of United for Libraries (must be member of both) in either the Friends section or Foundation section, you will login using your ALA Website login.

  • If you are a Friends Group Member you will login using the username and password provided in your welcome letter.

  • If your state library has purchased a statewide group membership, you will login from your state landing page or from her using the username and password provided by your library director or United for Libraries.

  • If you see the word "Login" in the upper right of this screen you are currently logged out. Please login now to access the Friends & Foundations Zone.

  • If you see the word "Logout" in the upper right of this screen you are currently logged in and you can simply click on any of the links in the left hand menu under "Friends & Foundations Zone" to access your member benefits and resources.

  • If you do not login first, you will receive an error message when you click on any of the links to members' only pages/resources. If you are logged in and you receive an error message, please contact the United for Libraries office at or (800) 545-2433, ext. 2161 so that we may verify your current membership status and provide further assistance.

  • If you have previously logged in successfully and have forgotten your login, you may request a new one using the email address provided when joined. Follow the login link and look for the option titled, "Forgot your username or password." Click that link and you will be prompted for your email address. You will then receive an email with a link to reset your password. Check your spam folder if the email does not arrive within a few minutes. If you experience problems, please contact the United for Libraries office for assistance.