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FREE Webinar - How Foundations and Friends Can Support Their Libraries During COVID-19

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The COVID-19 pandemic is having a major impact on public library budgets and spending. How can library Foundations and Friends of the Library groups best support their libraries during this time? Hear from library directors, a library Foundation director, and a Friends Board President on how their organization's priorities are shifting, and what initiatives they are planning to meet their library's changing needs.

Registration is open and free to all regardless of United for Libraries membership. Can’t join live? Register anyway and you will receive a link to the recording.

Jonna Ward joined the Seattle Public Library Foundation in 2001 and is the CEO. During her leadership, the Foundation has grown to be the largest public library foundation in the country based on assets under management. She is the co-founder of the International Public Library Fundraising Conference and creator of the #LibraryGivingDay concept.

Michelle Jeske is the Denver City Librarian, head of the 26-location urban library system with more than 4.4 million annual visitors. Prior to the Denver Public Library, Jeske worked for the TLC CARL Corporation, San Antonio Public Library and New York Public Library. Michelle serves on the Public Library Association (PLA) Board of Directors and is currently the PLA President-Elect.

Nanci Morrison is President of the Board of the Friends of the Palm Springs (Calif.) Library. She joined the Board in 2012, became Secretary in 2014, added Vice president in 2016, and became President in 2018. 

Karen Pierce is Director of Slippery Rock (Pa.) Community Library and has more than 13 years of experience in rural and small library development. The Slippery Rock Community Library Friends Group has twice won the Friends Group of the Year award from Pennsylvania Citizens for Better Libraries.


FREE Webinar - Advocacy for Your Library During a Crisis

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How can you work with your local elected officials on library advocacy during this time of COVID-19, and beyond? Learn how to approach advocacy during a time of crisis, and how to craft your messaging for success. A panel of expert speakers will provide guidance. Hear tips for Trustees, Friends, Foundations, and other community-based advocacy groups, as well as library staff. 

Featured presenters will be Peter Pearson, 2019-2020 United for Libraries President; Libby Post, CEO, Communication Services; Megan Cusick, Assistant Director for State Advocacy in ALA’s Public Policy and Advocacy office, and Sonja Eyler, Librarian for the City of Presque Isle at the Mark & Emily Turner Memorial Library. Deborah Doyle, Chair of United for Libraries’ Legislative Committee and President of California Public Library Advocates, will moderate. 

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Peter Pearson is a Founder/Senior Consultant for Library Strategies Consulting Group. He  was president of the Friends of the Saint Paul (Minn.) Public Library for 25 years. As president of the Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, he led three capital campaigns and coordinated an annual grassroots advocacy campaign that added millions of dollars of public funding to the library's budget. He also served as a Trustee for the Twin Cities Regional Library System for 10 years. 

Libby Post is a political consultant who uses her advocacy, marketing, and strategic communication skills to help libraries wage successful funding campaigns. She authored the five-part Library Campaign Training Institute. She serves on the United for Libraries Board and is a member of ALA’s Committee on Library Advocacy. She was a trainer for United for Libraries’ Neal-Schuman Citizens Save Libraries program. In her home state of New York, she has shepherded her library clients to voter victory with a win margin of 84%.

Megan Murray Cusick is the Assistant Director for State Advocacy in ALA’s Public Policy and Advocacy office. She assists the advocacy efforts of librarians, library staff and advocates across the country, in cooperation with other ALA offices, as well as state chapters and affiliates. She has also provided support to the Center for the Future of Libraries by identifying the work of libraries that intersects with broader social trends. Prior to joining ALA in 2015, Megan was a high school librarian and co-founder of Chi School Librarians. 

Sonja Plummer Eyler serves as the Librarian for the City of Presque Isle at the Mark & Emily Turner Memorial Library. Sonja received a Bachelor of Science in Library Information Technology in 2003 and a Master of Library and Information Science at the University of South Carolina in 2007. As a past President for the Association for Rural & Small Libraries and President for the Maine Library Association, she is aware of the uniqueness of rural and remote libraries and the organizations supporting them. Sonja lives with a husband, daughter, 12 horses, and 2 dogs in Presque Isle, Maine. 

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.


FREE webinar - Engaging Library Supporters During the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Is your Library Foundation or Friends of the Library looking to stay engaged with your supporters and community while navigating the many challenges of COVID-19? Learn tips and advice from directors of the Library Foundation of Los Angeles, Cedar Rapids Public Library Foundation, and the Seattle Public Library Foundation. Hear about “stay home and read” fundraisers from the Library Foundation of Los Angeles and Cedar Rapids Public Library Foundation. Find out how to participate in Library Giving Day on April 23, and how to shift your strategies due to COVID-19.

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Sarah Charleton is the Membership Director for the Library Foundation of Los Angeles, where she also manages coordinated giving campaigns, including the annual Stay Home and Read a Book Ball© fundraiser. She previously helped produce the Library Foundation’s award-winning ALOUD author series for more than seven years. She leads regular art and architecture tours as a Docent for Los Angeles’ historic Central Library, and serves as President for the Los Angeles chapter of the National Emerging Museum Professionals network. 

Charity Tyler was named Executive Director for the Cedar Rapids Public Library Foundation in 2015. She has led the transition from capital to annual giving focus, creating policies and improving governance structures to support a renewed planned giving effort while launching a new Foundation-funded program: Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. She currently serves on the board of United for Libraries. 

Jonna Ward joined the Seattle Public Library Foundation in 2001 and is the CEO. During her leadership, the Foundation has grown to be the largest public library foundation in the country based on assets under management. She is the co-founder of the International Public Library Fundraising Conference and creator of the #LibraryGivingDay concept.

Kristi Pearson is CEO of the Friends of the Hennepin County Library. After serving four years on that organization’s s board of directors, she transitioned into her current role in 2014. She brings a passion for libraries and two decades of experience to her role leading the organization. Previously at AchieveMpls, Kristi led the development team through a transformative, multimillion-dollar fundraising effort. She currently serves on the board of United for Libraries.


Monthly Member Forums

January 2020: Recruiting Younger Board Members for Trustees, Friends, and Foundations

Wednesday, Jan. 8th at 2 p.m. ET

This webinar will focus on on how to recruit younger members to Trustee, Friends, and Foundation boards. Learn tips for engaging and retaining Millennials and other younger generations, including practical strategies for identifying and recruiting the right millennials to serve, and for adapting board cultures to engage and retain them.

Madeline Jarvis

Madeline Jarvis is the Adult and Information Services Manager at the Marion (IA) Public Library. She and her team cultivate collections, services, and partnerships to serve the Marion community. She is passionate about identifying and eliminating barriers to resources for her patrons; helping the library serve as a catalyst for community development; and finding the perfect slice of pizza.
 

Tess WilsonTess Wilson is the Community Engagement Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region. She earned a BA in English from Washburn University, an MFA in creative writing from Chatham University, and an MA in library and information science from the University of Pittsburgh.



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December 2019: Intellectual Freedom: What Library Friends, Trustees, and Foundations Need to Know

Wednesday, Dec. 11th at 2 p.m. ET

Kristin Pekoll of ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom will discuss what library Trustees, Friends, and Foundations need to know to defend intellectual freedom throughout the library. Attendees will learn what the role of each group should be in the event of a program or material challenge, and how to support the library in such cases.

Kristin Pekoll is Assistant Director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF). She is dedicated to promoting the right to read and providing education about intellectual freedom and the First Amendment. She is the author of "Beyond Banned Books: Defending Intellectual Freedom throughout Your Library," published by ALA Editions in 2019. Kristin shines a light on current challenges in libraries and schools and advocates for access to information through blogs, social media and presentations. As a former public librarian, she is most passionate about supporting teachers and librarians on the front lines. 

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November 2019: Friends, Foundations, Trustees, and the Future of Libraries

Wednesday, Nov. 13th at 2 p.m. ET

Miguel Figueroa of ALA’s Center for the Future of Libraries will talk about some of the free resources available to help libraries consider the changes and trends that will affect libraries’ futures – and how Friends, Foundations, and Trustees can support libraries as they change with their communities. And get a sneak peek at the upcoming Symposium on the Future of Libraries at the 2020 ALA Midwinter Meeting.

Miguel Figueroa works at the Center for the Future of Libraries, an initiative from the American Library Association. He has previously held positions at the American Theological Library Association; ALA’s Office for Diversity and Office for Literacy and Outreach Services; NYU’s Ehrman Medical Library; and Neal-Schuman Publishers. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona’s Knowledge River Program, an initiative that examines library issues from Hispanic and Native American perspectives.

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October 2019: Annual Giving Campaigns

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Join 2019-2020 United for Libraries President Peter Pearson, Founder/Senior Consultant of Library Strategies Consulting Group, who will discuss end-of-year giving campaigns for Friends of the Library groups and library Foundations. Hear tips and advice, and share your ideas with other United for Libraries members. 

Peter PearsonPeter Pearson is the 2019-2020 President of United for Libraries. He is lead consultant and co-founder of Library Strategies Consulting Group. He was president of the Friends of the Saint Paul (Minn.) Public Library for 25 years, and was a founder of Library Strategies. As president of the Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, he led three capital campaigns and coordinated an annual grassroots advocacy campaign that added millions of dollars of public funding to the library's budget. He also served as a Trustee for the Twin Cities Regional Library System for 10 years.


September 2019: 2020 Census: What Trustees, Friends and Foundations Need to Know

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The 2020 Census will begin in March and the results will shape economic and political opportunity for the next decade. More than $800 billion in federal funds will be allocated to states and communities based on the census results every year, along with seats for every level of government from Congress to school boards. Around the country, libraries are working with their communities to help achieve a complete count, from delivering accurate information about the Census to providing computers and internet for residents to respond online. In this webinar, learn about free resources from the American Library Association and opportunities for trustees, friends and foundations to get involved. 

Gavin Baker is assistant director of government relations at the American Library Association and co-lead for ALA’s work to prepare libraries for the 2020 Census. Gavin earned his M.S. in library and information studies from Florida State University. He worked as a census-taker in the 2010 Census.

 



Monthly Member Forums - United for Libraries members are invited to a monthly member forum on the second Wednesday of each month at 2 pm eastern. All sessions will be recorded and posted in the members' only area of the United for Libraries website. Each month we'll feature a hot topic of interest to Trustees, Friends, and/or Foundations. A guest speaker will share highlights and information about the month's topic, followed by a Q&A with the speaker. At the half-hour mark, the format will switch to an open discussion among webinar participants. Sessions are open to all personal and group members of United for Libraries.

 


Digital VOICE with Conference News

We know that only a small percentage of our members can attend the ALA Midwinter Meeting or ALA Annual Conference, so we brought the conference to you with resources and summaries from programs and discussion groups held during the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Fla. Your post-conference edition of The Voice for America’s Libraries is available online. We know that only a small percentage of our members can attend the ALA Midwinter Meeting or ALA Annual Conference, so we brought the conference to you with resources and summaries from programs and discussion groups held during the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Fla. To access the newsletter, follow the link and enter your login and password. If you do not know your login and/or password, click here and enter your membership number or email address.

Member Benefit Webinar

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

How to Login to the Trustee Zone

Welcome to United for Libraries' resources for members of the Trustee section as well as Board of Trustees 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 the Trustee section, you will login using your ALA Website login.

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

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

  • 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 "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 "Trustee 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 united@ala.org 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.

Explore the Trustee Zone

Use the links at the left to explore the resources available in the Trustee Zone.

  • Toolkits.
  • Publications, including 101+ Great Ideas for Libraries and Friends, Getting Grants in Your Community and Making Our Voices Heard: Citizens Speak Out for Libraries, A Library Board's Practical Guide to Hiring Outside Experts, and A Library Board's Practical Guide to Self-Evaluation.
  • Archived and current copies of The Voice, the newsletter of United for Libraries.
  • Special offers from United for Libraries' corporate sponsors.