United for Libraries to present February 19 webinar Friends and Trustees Under 40: Recruit Them, Retain Them, Engage Them

For Immediate Release
Fri, 01/31/2020


Trish McFadden

Program Coordinator

United for Libraries



EXTON, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries will host Friends and Trustees Under 40: Recruit Them, Retain Them, Engage Them on Wednesday, February 19 at 2 p.m. eastern. Presenters Madeline Jarvis, Tess Wilson, Lina Bertinelli, and Kathy Kosinski will lead the webinar. Registration is free for United for Libraries Statewide Group Members.

Millennials are more likely than other adults to have visited the library recently. However, most friends and trustee boards do not have even a single millennial member (Pew 2016, ALA 2018). What accounts for this discrepancy between the demographics of our library users and library civic leaders, and how do we rectify it? The presenters will argue for the importance of developing generationally representative boards and explore common barriers to service for those under 40.

Friends and Trustees Under 40: Recruit Them, Retain Them, Engage Them is an intensive follow-up to the Monthly Member Forum presented by United for Libraries in January, “Recruiting Younger Board Members for Trustees, Friends, and Foundations.” This webinar will expand on the information that was overviewed in January’s forum. Participants will leave with practical strategies for identifying and recruiting the right millennials to serve and for adapting board cultures to engage and retain them.

Individual registration is $65 per non-member; $60 per ALA member; $40 per United for Libraries member; and FREE for Statewide Group Members. Group Registration (any number of people viewing from a single physical location) is $195 for non-members; $180 for ALA members; $150 for United for Libraries members; and FREE for Statewide Group Members.

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 and helping the library serve as a catalyst for community development.

Tess Wilson is the Community Engagement Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Middle Atlantic Region. She serves as YALSA Blog Manager and Youth Services Division Chair for the PA Library Association. She was a 2018 ALA Emerging Leader and is an active privacy advocate with the Library Freedom Project. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Chatham University and her MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh.

Lina Bertinelli is the Workforce Librarian at the Enoch Pratt Free Library and Maryland State Library Resource Center in Baltimore, MD.

Kathy Kosinski is the Member Services and Outreach Manager at Califa Group. Previously, she worked at the Library of Michigan as the Statewide Library Services Analyst. She began working with United for Libraries in the 2018 ALA Emerging Leader Program.

Use this form to register for this series. If you are a United for Libraries Statewide Group Member, register here.

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.