'United for Libraries Institute: Friends, Foundations, and Trustees' to be held at ALA Midwinter Meeting

For Immediate Release
Tue, 12/18/2018


Jillian Wentworth

Manager of Marketing & Membership

United for Libraries


A free “United for Libraries Institute: Friends, Foundations, and Trustees” will be held Saturday, January 26, 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Seattle Central Library’s Microsoft Auditorium at the 2019 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle.

Library Trustees, Friends groups, Foundations, and library staff are invited to join a free afternoon of learning opportunities. Jan Masaoka, chief executive officer of the California Association of Nonprofits, will deliver the keynote: “Be Passionate About Your Library! Creating and Developing Effective Advocates for Your Library.”

The Institute will also feature expert speakers and a panel discussion and Q&A on “Working Together: Friends, Foundations, Trustees, & Libraries.” The panelists will include:

  • Ross Baker, Past President, Seattle Public Library Foundation: “Building a Diverse Foundation Board.”
  • Tess Wilson, LYNCS Outreach Librarian, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh: “Barriers to Engaging Millennial Trustees.”
  • Julia Stringfellow, Professor, University Archivist and Library Faculty Chair, and Maureen Rust, Assistant Professor, Student Engagement and Community Outreach Librarian, Central Washington University: “Leveraging Your Community Ambassadors with Your Friends.”
  • Susan Gregory, Director, Bozeman (Mont.) Public Library: “The Role of the Library and Library Director with Support Groups: Aligning Missions and Strategic Direction.”    

View the complete agenda at www.ala.org/united/events_conferences/institute.

The United for Libraries Institute is free, but conference registration and tickets are required. Event code: UNI2.

Prior to registration, plan to attend a media event and rally for libraries with ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo at 11 a.m.at the Seattle Central Library, 1000 Fourth Ave., on Level 3 (near the Fifth Avenue Entrance). Join Garcia-Febo, Seattle’s Chief Librarian Marcellus Turner, Washington Library Association President Rhonda Gould, elected officials, and fellow library Trustees, Friends, and Foundation members for this inspiring advocacy event. Email andra.addison@spl.org to receive a free T-shirt to wear at the rally, or for more information.

For more information on other United for Libraries events at the ALA Midwinter Meeting, visit www.ala.org/united/events_conferences/midwinter. For information about registering for Midwinter, visit www.alamidwinter.org.

United for Libraries: The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, is a division of the American Library Association with approximately 4,000 personal and group members representing hundreds of thousands of library supporters. United for Libraries supports those who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for libraries, and brings together library trustees, advocates, friends, and foundations into a partnership that creates a powerful force for libraries in the 21st century. To join, please visit www.ala.org/united or call (800) 545-2433, ext. 2161.