Christine Hage elected 2013-2014 United for Libraries vice president/president-elect

For Immediate Release
Mon, 05/06/2013


Jillian Kalonick

Marketing / Public Relations

United for Libraries (United)

800-545-2433 ext.2160

PHILADELPHIA — Christine Lind Hage, director of the Rochester Hills (Mich.) Public Library, has been elected 2013-2014 United for Libraries vice president/president elect.

Lind has been director of the Rochester Hills Public Library since 2005. Previously she served as director of the Clinton-Macomb (Mich.) Public Library and director of the Shelby Township (Mich.) Public Library. She has served as an ALA councilor and chaired several ALA committees. She was a board member of the Association for Library Trustees and Advocates, the precursor to United for Libraries. She is the author of “The Public Library Start-Up Guide” (ALA Editions, 2004). Lind earned an AMLS from the University of Michigan.

I am so honored to have been elected to serve as vice-president/president-elect of United for Libraries,” said Hage. “Having worked in public libraries for more than 42 years, I appreciate all the hard work that friends, trustees, advocates and foundations do on behalf of America’s libraries. I believe that every community deserves a great library, and United for Libraries is just the group to help America’s libraries achieve that goal.  Together we can work to provide the publications, programs and support to make libraries be the best they can be.  At a national level United for Libraries can join with other ALA voices to speak on behalf of library users.”

Five additional United for Libraries board positions were filled during the election. Cynthia Friedemann, trustee of the Metropolitan Library System (Oklahoma City, Okla.), was elected to the position of secretary/treasurer. Susan Schmidt of the Friends of Montgomery County (Md.) Library was elected to the position of division councilor. Cherine Janzen of the Friends of Johnson County (Kan.) Library and Friends of the Tulsa (Okla.) City-County Libraries was elected to the position of friend at large. Alice Calabrese-Berry and Jeffrey Smith were elected to the positions of foundation at large. Calabrese-Berry is president of the board of trustees of the River Forest (Ill.) Public Library. Smith is president of the Foundation for Baltimore County (Md.) Public Library.

United for Libraries: The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, is a division of the American Library Association that supports citizens who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for libraries. United for Libraries brings together library trustees, advocates, friends, and foundations into a partnership that creates a powerful force for libraries in the 21st century. For more information or to join United for Libraries, visit the United for Libraries website or contact Jillian Kalonick at (312) 280-2161 or