United for Libraries to host programs for Trustees, Friends, and Foundations at ALA Annual Conference

For Immediate Release
Tue, 06/11/2019


Trish McFadden

Program Coordinator

United for Libraries



EXTON, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will host several programs curated for library Trustees, Friends, and Foundations during ALA Annual 2019:

  • Annual Giving Campaigns - Best Practices From Across the Country on Saturday, June 22, 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM at the Washington Convention Center, 150A. Share your last two years' worth of annual campaign materials, and we will dissect and compare campaigns from across the country. When you leave, you will have a list of best practices and tools you can immediately implement in your next campaign.
  • 21st Century Friends: Advocacy, Book Selling and Membership on Saturday, June 22 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM at the Washington Convention Center, 143A. This interactive program will focus on how 21st century technology can be used to make the traditional foundations of Friends of Library groups - advocacy, book sales, and membership - successful in the library support world of today and tomorrow. Speaker: Jason Peterson, Executive Director, Friends of the Phoenix Public Library.
  • Crafting a Compelling Case for Support on Saturday, June 22 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM at the Washington Convention Center, 144B-C. In this interactive session, presenter Lisa Lintner, a library director leading a newly formed foundation in 2016, will share her experience in developing her foundation’s first case for support, and the subsequent updated versions. Presenter Dr. Sarah Nathan, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy’s Associate Director of Public Programs, will share an overview of their signature program “Fundraising for Small Nonprofits,” where Lisa first learned how to create a case for support.
  • How Everyday Relationships Build Support and Help Libraries Transform on Saturday, June 22 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM at the Washington Convention Center, 145B. Learn how one library has developed an advocacy plan to build a community of library champions who are ready to be activated when needed. Speakers: Amber Mussman, Community Relations Manager, Cedar Rapids Public Library; Dara Schmidt, Director, Cedar Rapids Public Library; Jeff Pomeranz
  • Make the Largest Generation of Library Users Your Best Advocates on Saturday, June 22 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM at the Washington Convention Center, 140B. Learn how to attract Millennials to your Friends group by moving beyond traditional fundraisers and turn the largest generation of library users into your best advocates. Speakers: Kathy Kosinski, Statewide Library Services Analyst, State Library of Michigan; Lina Bertinelli, Branch Manager, Greenville County Library System; Tess Wilson, Outreach Librarian, Carengie Library of Pittsburgh
  • A Successful Budgeting Process: Perspectives from An Elected Official, County Manager, Library Trustee, and Library Director on Sunday, June 23 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM at the Washington Convention Center, 140B. In this panel discussion, the Chair of Loudoun County (Va.) Board of Supervisors, the County Manager, the Library Board of Trustees Chair, and the Library Director will discuss how library budgets are developed, lobbied for, proposed, and approved in Loudoun County, a rapidly growing county in the suburb of Washington, D.C.
  • United for Libraries President's Program on Sunday, June 23 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM at the Washington Convention Center, 147B. Brad Fitch, president and CEO of the Congressional Management Foundation, will discuss how to build relationships with elected officials and effective communication tactics. Libby Post, President/CEO of Communication Services, will moderate.
  • Friends & Foundations Discussion Group (Public Library Friends, Academic Library Friends, and Library Foundations) on Sunday, June 23 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM at the Marriott Marquis, Capitol. This joint discussion group will feature open roundtable discussions about topics of interest to public and academic Friends groups and library Foundations. Table topics will be based on the interests and needs of attendees.
  • Public Library Trustees Discussion Group on Sunday, June 23 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM at the Marriott Marquis, Cherry Blossom. Join this informal discussion group and bring your best practices to share and questions to ask of fellow Trustees from across the country.
  • The Financial Forest For The Trees on Monday, June 24 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM at the Washington Convention Center, 140A. This presentation will provide helpful hints and a toolkit for monitoring expenses, developing budgets, conducting, audits and securing a long-range fiscal plan for your library. Speakers: Debbie Smart, Past President of the Arlington Heights Memorial Library Board of Trustees, Arlington Heights Memorial Library; Donna Ekl, Director of Finance, Arlington Heights Memorial Library
  • Tattoos and Academies: New ways to create donors and advocates on Monday, June 24 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM at the Washington Convention Center, 140B. Learn about new and exciting ways to turn your community into advocates and donors. This presentation will share the nuts and bolts of starting a program of your own based on Denver Public Library’s Books + Ink Tattoo Fundraiser.

For more information about United for Libraries programs at the ALA Annual Conference, visit http://www.ala.org/united/events_conferences/annual.

To register for the ALA Annual conference, visit www.alaannual.org.

Ways to stay in touch and get updates include: Annual Conference website, Twitter (@alaac and #alaac19), Facebook Events, Pinterest, YouTube, and Instagram.

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.