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National Friends of Libraries Week Webinar


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This webinar offers ideas on how to celebrate National Friends of Libraries Week within your group, library, and community. Speakers Judy Bentzen (Friends of the San Juan Island Library) and Katie Norris (Friends of the Charleston Public Library) will discuss their National Friends of Libraries Week Award-winning projects from previous years. Learn about the ALA Store’s new customizable products designed specifically for Friends.

Judy Bentzen currently serves as Treasurer of the Friends of the San Juan Library. She is also known as a salty accountant with a love for books and libraries. She is a mother of four and grandmother of five. Katie Norris is a client account manager who lives and works in Charleston, South Carolina. In her current role as Past President of the Charleston Friends of the Library, Katie sits on the Executive Committee, chairs the Nominating Committee, and spearheads the effort to write the next strategic plan for the organization.



2020 Census: What Trustees, Friends, and Foundations Need to Know


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The 2020 Census will begin in March and the results will shape economic and political opportunity for the next decade. More than $800 billion in federal funds will be allocated to states and communities based on the census results every year, along with seats for every level of government from Congress to school boards. Around the country, libraries are working with their communities to help achieve a complete count, from delivering accurate information about the Census to providing computers and internet for residents to respond online. In this webinar, learn about free resources from the American Library Association and opportunities for Trustees, Friends, and Foundations to get involved.

Gavin Baker is assistant director of government relations at the American Library Association and co-lead for ALA’s work to prepare libraries for the 2020 Census. Gavin earned his M.S. in library and information studies from Florida State University. He worked as a census-taker in the 2010 Census.

NEW monthly member forums on the second Wednesday of each month at 2 p.m. eastern. All sessions will be recorded and posted in the members’ only area of the United for Libraries website. Each month we’ll feature 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.

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What’s Your E?™ – The E’s of Libraries®


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You know that your library is vital to your community, but how do you communicate its importance to elected officials, community leaders, funders, and other key stakeholders? How can you talk about what your library does using their language? Learn how to use The E’s of Libraries® – Education, Employment, Entrepreneurship, Empowerment, and Engagement – to demonstrate why your 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.

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