United for Libraries' January Monthly Member Forum will teach on 'Recruiting Younger Board Members for Trustees, Friends, and Foundations'

For Immediate Release
Tue, 12/31/2019


Trish McFadden

Program Coordinator

United for Libraries



EXTON, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries is hosting a live webinar for members, “Recruiting Younger Board Members for Trustees, Friends, and Foundations,” on Wednesday, Jan.8 at 2 p.m. Eastern Time. Madeline Jarvis of Marion (Iowa) Public Library and Tess Wilson of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region, will lead the webinar.

The webinar will focus on how to recruit younger members to Trustee, Friends, and Foundation boards. Attendees will learn tips for engaging and retaining Millennials and other younger generations, including practical strategies for identifying and recruiting the right millennials to serve, and for adapting board cultures to engage and retain them.

The live session and its recording are free for United for Libraries members (including Statewide Group Members). To register, United for Libraries members should login to the members-only zones: www.ala.org/united/trusteezone, www.ala.org/united/friendszone, or www.ala.org/united/states for Statewide Group Members (those in Delaware, Maryland, Michigan, Nebraska, South Carolina, South Dakota and Texas). Members can also receive a registration link by emailing united@ala.org.

Madeline Jarvis is the Adult and Information Services Manager at the Marion (IA) Public Library. She and her team cultivate collections, services, and partnerships to serve the Marion community. She is passionate about identifying and eliminating barriers to resources for her patrons; helping the library serve as a catalyst for community development; and finding the perfect slice of pizza.

Tess Wilson is the Community Engagement Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region. She earned a BA in English from Washburn University, an MFA in creative writing from Chatham University, and an MA in library and information science from the University of Pittsburgh.

United for Libraries Monthly Member Forums Members are invited to a monthly forum on the second Wednesday of each month at 2 p.m. Eastern Time. All sessions will be recorded and posted in the members-only zones of the United for Libraries website. Each month’s session will cover a hot topic of interest to Trustees, Friends and/or Foundations. A guest speaker will share highlights and information about the month's topic, followed by a Q&A with the speaker. At the half-hour mark, the format will switch to an open discussion among webinar participants. Sessions are open to all personal and group members of United for 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.