For immediate release | May 31, 2017

United for Libraries, RUSA, and Chapter Relations to host ‘Crisis Communication: Who Speaks for Your Library?’

Bryn Mawr, PENNSYLVANIA -- United for Libraries, RUSA, and ALA Chapter Relations will host a joint discussion group on “Crisis Communication: Who Speaks for Your Library?" at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago from 1-2:30 p.m. on Sunday, June 25 at McCormick Place West, W194b.

What happens when a newspaper calls the library for a quote on a Saturday morning? Is it your Library Director or Trustee who answers an elected official’s question about the library? In the event of a materials challenge, who serves as the library’s spokesperson? Stuff happens, whether you work for a public, academic, or school library. Are you ready in a crisis, whatever it may be?

This program/discussion will feature Macey Morales, deputy director of ALA’s Public Awareness Office; Susan Jennings, past president of the Tennessee Library Association, and Brian Auger, director of the Somerset County (N.J.) Public Library. ‘

Participants will use scenarios and role-playing, and learn how to prepare statements and a crisis communication plan for their libraries.

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Jillian Wentworth

Marketing/Public Relations Specialist

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