United for Libraries discussion groups
The Future of Library Fundraising: Tips and Best Practices
Sunday, January 24, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Central
How did 2020 reframe your fundraising plans for the library? If you have a Foundation and/or Friends group, how did your strategies change? Join other library fundraisers to discuss successes, exchange ideas, and topics related to fundraising, including relationship building, crafting a case for support, annual giving, virtual fundraisers, and more.
Fighting Budget Cuts and Finding Funding
Sunday, January 24, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM Central (*new date/time)
Share how you are navigating reduced budgets, staff layoffs, furloughs, and increased expenses due to COVID-19, and discuss ways to find new, alternative funding, as well as continue and further advocacy efforts.
Programs of interest for Trustees, Friends, & Foundations
The Road Ahead: Libraries in an Uncertain Future: Part One
Monday, January 25, 10:00 AM -- 11:00AM Central
Libraries face an uncertain future in a time of dramatic change and disruption such as the Covid pandemic, social movements on race and equity and climate change to name a few. In Part One of this workshop session, exploring future scenarios through the lens of a renowned change strategist with reaction from leading practitioners and policy stakeholders will provide an engaging and thought provoking session that will shed light for a resilient future. Featuring Will Shorter, Chairman of the Anne Arundel County Public Library Board of Trustees.
Navigating Advocacy in a Virtual World
Available on demand
You pivoted brilliantly to serve library users throughout 2020. Now it’s time to pivot your approach to advocacy. How can you most effectively share your library’s value while your library, and your elected leaders, are working remotely? Courtney Laudick, Senior Legislative Assistant for Rep. Andrew Levin (MI-9), and Clinton-Macomb (Mich.) Public Library Director, Larry Neal, will share their experience communicating virtually, including excerpts from Rep. Levin’s live virtual tour of Clinton-Macomb Public Library. Join ALA Committee on Library Advocacy Chair, Justin De La Cruz for a discussion on engaging with legislators in a virtual environment, and learn valuable tips on how to maximize social media and other digital communications to make your voice heard establish meaningful relationships with your newly elected officials. Pair this session with 'New Directions from State and Federal Policy Makers' to reinvigorate your advocacy at all levels of government during COVID restrictions.