Chapter Advocacy Exchange on June 6 to focus on ‘Empowering Trustees and Friends to Advocate Alongside Librarians’

For Immediate Release
Tue, 05/21/2019


Jillian Wentworth

Manager of Marketing & Membership

United for Libraries

The ALA Chapter Relations Office, along with United for Libraries, will present a Chapter Advocacy Exchange webinar on “Empowering Trustees and Friends to Advocate Alongside Librarians,” on Thurs., June 6, 2-3 p.m. Central Time.

Trustees and Friends offer a wealth of skills, experiences, and connections that amplify library advocacy, but they are often underutilized resources. How can state associations and individual libraries fully engage with Friends and Trustees in advocacy efforts? How can Friends and Trustees better integrate into holistic statewide plans? United for Libraries President Skip Dye will discuss the enhanced role of the Friends of Delaware Libraries. Pat Hofmann, president of Citizens for Maryland Libraries and Joseph Thompson, president of Maryland Library Association, will discuss their partnership to advocate for the state’s libraries.

To register, visit

For additional information about webinars to share ideas, best practices and resources for state and local advocacy efforts, visit

The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with more than 58,000 members in academic, public, school, government, and special libraries. The mission of the American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all. The Chapter Relations Office connects the work of the national Association with ALA’s 57 Chapters and facilitates communication, leadership training, and membership development.

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 or call (800) 545-2433, ext. 2161.