United for Libraries Virtual Schedule

Schedule

Tuesday, August 17, 2021

  • 10:30 am Eastern - Zoom Room Opens
  • 11:00 am Eastern - Session 1 - Life Cycle of a Board Member: How to Build a Powerhouse Board
  • 12:00 pm Eastern - Session 2 - Tips, Tricks & Tools: Building a Better Budget
  • 1:00 pm Eastern - Session 3A - Auditing Diversity in Library Collections
  • 1:00 pm Eastern - Session 3B - Book Buzz: Book Club Picks - Sourcebooks, Mariner Books, Penguin Random House
  • 2:15 pm Eastern - Roundtables (ends at 3:00 pm Eastern)
     

Tuesday's sessions brought to you by Data Axle Reference Solutions.


Wednesday, August 18, 2021

  • 10:30 am Eastern - Zoom Room Opens
  • 10:30 am -11 am Eastern - Book Buzz: Simon & Schuster
  • 11:00 am Eastern - Session 4 - How to Be an Inclusive Leader: Your Role in Creating Cultures of Belonging Where Everyone Can Thrive
  • 12:30 pm Eastern - Book Buzz: Baker & Taylor, Ingram
  • 1:00 pm Eastern - Session 5 - PGCMLS Vaccine Hunter Hotline: A Case Study in Advancing Equity with Library Foundation and Corporate Philanthropy
  • 2:00 pm Eastern - Session 6 - Every Volunteer an Advocate: Empowering Boards and Friends for Action (ends at 3:00 pm Eastern)
  • 3 pm Eastern - Book Buzz: Macmillan, HarperCollins

Wednesday's sessions brought to you by Penguin Random House.


Thursday, August 19, 2021

  • 10:00 am - 11:00 am Eastern - Book Buzz: Harlequin, Workman, Hachette, and W.W. Norton
  • 11:00 am Eastern - Session 7 - Advocating in Advance: Keeping Ahead of Legislation and Local Initiatives
  • 12:00 pm Eastern - Session 8A - What’s More Punk than the Public Library? Fundraising as a Friends Group
  • 12:00 pm Eastern - Session 8B - Policies and Practices for LGBTQIA+ Inclusive Libraries: What Trustees Need to Know
  • 1:00 pm Eastern - Gala Author Tea sponsored by Data Axle (ends at 2:00 pm Eastern)

Thursday's sessions brought to you by Data Axle Reference Solutions.


 

Program Descriptions

 

Session 1: Life Cycle of a Board Member: How to Build a Powerhouse Board

Tuesday, August 17, 2021, 11:00 am Eastern
Speakers: Jonna Ward (Seattle Public Library Foundation), Charity Tyler (Cedar Rapids Public Library Foundation)

An effective board is at the heart of every successful organization. Library Foundation, Friends, and Trustees play a crucial role for your organization, and these relationships need to be nurtured. This session will cover an approach to board building based on a lifecycle concept. From recruitment to board member "terming out," come learn how to build a board that will support your work and helps you achieve the goals you have for your library or supporting organization. This session will cover prospecting and recruiting with a focus on diversity, on-boarding new members via a cohort approach, identifying leaders quickly, and growing your stakeholders and ambassadors through term limits. You will leave this session with information, including sample tools you can use right away to improve your board recruiting and stewardship processes.

 

Session 2: Tips, Tricks & Tools: Building a Better Budget

Tuesday, August 17, 2021, 12:00 pm Eastern
Speakers: Beth Davis (Chicago Public Library Foundation), Kate Nardin (Chicago Public Library Foundation), Mary Ellen Messner (Chicago Public Library)

A budget is a plan -- and it starts with a story. In this session, the Chicago Public Library Foundation (CPLF) team will share a collaborative budget development model that engages program, development, and finance staff in shaping compelling cases for support supported by thoughtful numbers. Then, we will break into small groups - if available - to discuss the challenges we've experienced in developing budgets and the solutions we've identified along the way. Participants will walk away with templates from the CPLF process as well as good ideas from their peers that they can put to use in their own work.

 

Session 3A: Auditing Diversity in Library Collections

Tuesday, August 17, 2021, 1:00 pm Eastern
Speakers: Sarah Voels (Cedar Rapids Public Library)

In 2018, the Cedar Rapids Public Library piloted a diversity audit of the young adult fiction collection to determine a baseline of representation throughout the collection. The team conducted the audit again in 2019 and saw a significant increase in representation in line with the diversity of the community served by the library. Since that time, a focused assessment on the diverse representation of the collection has continued while also conducting nationwide conversations and gathering various methodologies in approaching this arduous but necessary work.   

 

Session 3B: Book Buzz: Book Club Picks

Tuesday, August 17, 2021, 1:00 pm Eastern
Speakers: Robin Hokklotubbe

Hear about the season's latest book club picks from publishers during this session. Hosted by Robin Hokklotubbe of Friends of the Corona (Calif.) Public Library.

Robin Hokklotubbe is a past president of California Public Library Advocates and serves on the 2021 committee of the Serving With a Purpose conference. She is a longtime member-leader with United for Libraries.

 

Session 4: How to Be an Inclusive Leader: Your Role in Creating Cultures of Belonging Where Everyone Can Thrive

Wednesday, August 18, 2021, 11:00 am Eastern
Speaker: Jennifer Brown

We know why diversity is important, but how do we drive real change at work? Diversity and inclusion expert Jennifer Brown, author of How to Be an Inclusive Leader: Your Role in Creating Cultures of Belonging Where Everyone Can Thrive, provides a step-by-step guide for the personal and emotional journey we must undertake to create an inclusive workplace where everyone can thrive.

 

Session 5: PGCMLS Vaccine Hunter Hotline: A Case Study in Advancing Equity with Library Foundation and Corporate Philanthropy

Wednesday, August 18, 2021, 1:00 pm Eastern
Speakers: Nicholas A. Brown (COO for Communication and Outreach, PGCMLS), Shelley R. O'Brien (Director of Development and Donor Engagement, PGCMLS), Lia Jones (Principal Associate, Community Impact and Investment, Capital One Foundation)

In April 2021, the Prince George's County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) in Maryland and PGCMLS Foundation launched a bilingual (English/Spanish) COVID-19 Vaccine Hunter Hotline to assist customers with direct vaccine bookings, pre-registrations, and eligibility/access questions. The hotline was made possible by the Capital One Foundation and PGCMLS Foundation, which supported the Library's vaccine education efforts and hiring temporary staff to operate the hotline. The principal aim of the hotline was to assist non-English speakers, senior citizens, and individuals with digital literacy limitations with accessing life-saving vaccinations as quickly as possible. This panel will discuss the hotline as a case study for how library foundations, library staff, and corporate philanthropy can combine to rapidly develop and deploy emergency relief services. The concept and funding proposal for this program was developed within 72 hours, funding secured within 10 days, and the program launched within 2 weeks, including hiring temporary staff and promoting the service, which received significant earned media attention throughout the Washington, DC region and national financial press.

 

Session 6: Every Volunteer an Advocate: Empowering Boards and Friends for Action

Wednesday, August 18, 2021, 2:00 pm Eastern
Speakers: Steven Yates (Assistant Director and Assistant Professor, University of Alabama SLIS; Member, Friends of Tuscaloosa Public Library), Dr. Jessica Ross (Director of the Washington County (AL) Public Library)  

Join a library educator and a public library director as we share and discuss strategies for helping board members and friends groups to develop dynamic relationships in the communities we serve. Our volunteers often have varied community connections, so why not leverage those relationships to make sure the library remains the hub of learning and workforce development when local, state, and federal funding decisions are made.

 

Session 7: Advocating in Advance: Keeping Ahead of Legislation and Local Initiatives

Thursday, August 19, 2021, 11:00 am Eastern
Speakers: Megan Cusick (Assistant Director, State Advocacy, ALA Public Policy & Advocacy Office), Deborah Caldwell-Stone (Director, ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom)

Library trustees and staff strive to provide their communities with diverse resources, programming, and services to ensure that the library is a welcoming and inclusive community institution for everyone in the community. Yet many libraries are seeing an uptick in challenges to programs and resources, as well as to library workers' ability to serve their communities. Learn about these challenges and how to proactively respond in order to build local and legislative support for your library.

 

Session 8A: What’s More Punk than the Public Library? Fundraising as a Friends Group

Thursday, August 19, 2021, 12:00 pm Eastern
Speakers: Betsey Suchanic, Carlos Izurieta, Chelsea Kirkland

In Spring 2021, the Mt. Pleasant Library Friends in Washington, DC designed a shirt that received international attention and resulted in more than 5,000 sales internationally. In addition to tripling the fundraising budget for local library programming, the team behind the shirt used the opportunity to celebrate the role of the public library as an open-access and disruptive force. This outreach also showcased the advocacy that a Friends group can undertake to celebrate their local library. The t-shirt design, which featured a handwritten design that said “What’s More Punk than the Public Library?” was inspired by the DC Punk Archive, hosted by the DC Public Library. The original concept was created by a DCPL outreach librarian and launched as a t-shirt through the involvement of multiple board members. In this session, these individuals will share how the shirt and design was inspired, how online sales were able to scale and how the Friends group used the shirt to celebrate the role of the library in the community.

 

Session 8B: Policies and Practices for LGBTQIA+ Inclusive Libraries: What Trustees Need to Know

Thursday, August 19, 2021, 12:00 pm Eastern
Speakers: David Paige (Libraries Unlimited), Dr. Lucy Santos Green (University of South Carolina), Dr. Vanessa Kitzie (University of South Carolina), Dr. Jenna Spiering (University of South Carolina), and Julia Erlanger (Sacramento Public Library)

Libraries striving to be LGBTQIA+ inclusive deal with a pervasive fear of pushback and challenges. Oftentimes, discussions held with colleagues and community members about inclusive libraries result in tense conversations focused on what cannot be done in any given library setting, versus the proactive steps we want to take. For those committed to making their libraries more inclusive, it can be frustrating to focus on constraints rather than possibilities. To uphold our commitment to inclusion, Boards of Trustees and library administrators must work together actively to make LGBTQIA+ identities and issues more visible in our libraries and be prepared to defend not only our collections from challenges and censorship, but also our practices, policies and programs. Much of the work in developing inclusive libraries must happen at the board level through the development of library policies and procedures. LGBTQIA+ people, especially children, youth, and the children of LGBTQIA+ adults, quickly notice the impact of policies and procedures on the library. They may use their perception of this impact to judge you and your library as a space that is safe (or not safe) for them. The great news about LGBTQIA+ inclusive policies, systems, rules, and spaces, is that they adhere to the principles of universal design and will contribute toward making your library more inclusive for everyone, regardless of their identity. In session we will explore:

  • The policies and procedures that serve as the necessary foundation for creating an LGBTQIA+ positive culture in your library
  • The different kinds of protests and pushback that could potentially occur in your library (both from inside and outside the institution)
  • Different strategies for preparing and dealing with challenges to materials, programming, and practices.

 

Gala Author Tea Sponsored by Data Axle

Thursday, August 19, 2021, 1:00 pm Eastern

Daniel Black (Don't Cry for Me), David Wright Falade (Black Cloud Rising), Meg Waite Clayton (The Postmistress of Paris), and Ruth Ozeki (The Book of Form and Emptiness: A Novel will discuss their writing lives and forthcoming books. Barbara Hoffert, editor of LibraryJournal's Prepub Alert, will moderate.

This event will be livestreamed via Facebook and presented free for all to attend. 

 

Special thanks to our sponsors: Penguin Random House, Data Axle Reference Solutions, Carl Bloom Associates, and Baker & Taylor.