United for Libraries to host free webinar: What’s Your E?™ - The E’s of Libraries®

For Immediate Release
Tue, 08/27/2019


Trish McFadden

Program Coordinator

United for Libraries



EXTON, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries is hosting a live webinar: What’s Your E?™ - The E’s of Libraries® on Tuesday, September 24 at 2:00 p.m. eastern. Featured speakers will include Alan Fishel, Charity Tyler, and Paula Miller. The webinar is free for anyone to attend live, and will be recorded and made available widely.

Attendees of this webinar will learn how to communicate their library’s importance to elected officials, community leaders, funders, and other key stakeholders, using their language. The E’s of Libraries® – Education, Employment, Entrepreneurship, Empowerment, and Engagement – can help advocates demonstrate why their library is essential.

United for Libraries Board Member Alan Fishel will discuss the concept of The E's of Libraries® and how to overcome the "reality-perception" gap that comes with library advocacy. Paula Miller, director of the Baltimore County (Md.) Public Library, will discuss how her library uses The E's of Libraries®, and how it was used for Maryland Library Legislative Day. Charity Tyler, executive director of the Cedar Rapids (Iowa) Public Library Foundation, will discuss how to apply the E's to your library and Foundation.

Alan Fishel is a partner at the law firm of Arent Fox and leads the firm’s Communications & Technology group. He has represented ALA on many matters, including at the Federal Communications Commission with regard to the proceeding under which the FCC increased the size of the E-rate fund by more than $1 billion annually. Alan also serves on the United for Libraries board, and he is the chair of The E’s of Libraries® Task Force. In addition, Alan frequently provides training on a variety of topics, including with respect to how to improve your advocacy and negotiation skills.

Paula Miller is the Director of Baltimore County Public Library. Her career includes serving as Director/Administrator in four states – Pikes Peak Library District (CO), Westlake Porter Public Library (OH), Eastern Shore Regional Library (MD), and Dover Public Library (DE).  She sees and promotes the library as “an instrument of democracy” that bridges the economic and digital divide; that provides opportunities, resources, and gracious space to all; and that facilitates public engagement and community-building.

Charity Tyler was named Executive Director for the Cedar Rapids (IA) Public Library Foundation in May 2015. Over the last four years, she has led the transition from capital to annual giving focus, creating policies and improving governance structures to support a renewed planned giving effort while launching a new Foundation-funded program: Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library. She currently serves on governing boards for the Eastern Iowa Planned Giving Council, United for Libraries, the Cedar Rapids Metro Economic Alliance, and Horizons: A Family Service Agency. Her past community leadership roles include Junior League of Cedar Rapids, American Red Cross, Ladies Titan Tire Challenge (on the LPGA’s Symetra Tour), Cedar Rapids Long Term Planning Commission, and the Cedar Rapids Board of Ethics.

To register for What’s Your E?™ - The E’s of Libraries® webinar, visit ala.org/united/esoflibraries.

The E’s of Libraries® promote public awareness of all that today's libraries, with the Expert assistance of library professionals, help facilitate: Education, Employment, Entrepreneurship, Empowerment, and Engagement for Everyone, Everywhere. For more information about The E’s of Libraries® and What’s Your E?™ programs, visit ala.org/united/advocacy/es-of-libraries.

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.