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December?2019:?Intellectual Freedom: What Library Friends, Trustees, and Foundations Need to Know

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Kristin Pekoll of ALA’s Office for Intellectual Freedom will discuss what library Trustees, Friends, and Foundations need to know to defend intellectual freedom throughout the library. Attendees will learn what the role of each group should be in the event of a program or material challenge, and how to support the library in such cases.

Kristin Pekoll is Assistant Director of the American Library Association’s Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF). She is dedicated to promoting the right to read and providing education about intellectual freedom and the First Amendment. She is the author of "Beyond Banned Books: Defending Intellectual Freedom throughout Your Library," published by ALA Editions in 2019. Kristin shines a light on current challenges in libraries and schools and advocates for access to information through blogs, social media and presentations. As a former public librarian, she is most passionate about supporting teachers and librarians on the front lines.?

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November 2019:?Friends, Foundations, Trustees, and the Future of Libraries

Wednesday, Nov. 13th at 2 p.m. ET

Miguel Figueroa of ALA’s Center for the Future of Libraries will talk about some of the free resources available to help libraries consider the changes and trends that will affect libraries’ futures – and how Friends, Foundations, and Trustees can support libraries as they change with their communities. And get a sneak peek at the upcoming Symposium on the Future of Libraries at the 2020 ALA Midwinter Meeting.

Miguel Figueroa works at the Center for the Future of Libraries, an initiative from the American Library Association. He has previously held positions at the American Theological Library Association; ALA’s Office for Diversity and Office for Literacy and Outreach Services; NYU’s Ehrman Medical Library; and Neal-Schuman Publishers. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona’s Knowledge River Program, an initiative that examines library issues from Hispanic and Native American perspectives.

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October?2019:?Annual Giving Campaigns

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Join 2019-2020 United for Libraries President Peter Pearson, Founder/Senior Consultant of Library Strategies Consulting Group, who will discuss end-of-year giving campaigns for Friends of the Library groups and library Foundations. Hear tips and advice, and share your ideas with other United for Libraries members.?

Peter PearsonPeter Pearson is the 2019-2020 President of United for Libraries. He is lead consultant and co-founder of Library Strategies Consulting Group. He was president of the Friends of the Saint Paul (Minn.) Public Library for 25 years, and was a founder of Library Strategies. As president of the Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, he led three capital campaigns and coordinated an annual grassroots advocacy campaign that added millions of dollars of public funding to the library's budget. He also served as a Trustee for the Twin Cities Regional Library System for 10 years.

September?2019:?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?- United for Libraries members are invited to a monthly member forum on the second Wednesday of each month at 2 pm 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.

Broadening the Scope of Small/Mid-Sized Library Foundations

Did you think library Foundations were really only for large libraries?? Think again – library Foundations have become increasingly important for libraries of all types and all sizes. In fact, mid-sized and smaller libraries are finding ways to partner with library staff to create greater community awareness and engagement in the library’s financial future.? To learn more about how working with a library foundation can benefit your library, join United for Libraries for this important webinar featuring Paula Beswick, director of the Bozeman (Mont.) Library Foundation. Login to access the link.

Leaving a Legacy Through Planned Giving

Liz Boyd, Director of Individual and Planned Giving for The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library, leads this informative webinar that covers what is a planned gift, the benefits to donors, best prospects, creating and growing a planned giving program, 10 steps to a successful planned giving program, most popular methods, and additional resources. Liz Boyd is a graduate of the University of Iowa College of Law. She spent several years in practice specializing in probate and estate planning.? Liz was hired by The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library in 2007 as Planned Giving Officer. She now serves as Director of Individual and Planned Giving for The Friends and is in charge of all individual fundraising and donor relations. Originally recorded October, 2013. Login to access the link.

Member Benefit Webinar

New (and current) members are invited to watch a short webinar that shows you the various resources and benefits of membership, including how to login to the Friends & Foundations Zone and where to find all the great resources that come with your membership.

How to Login to the Friends & Foundations Zone

Welcome to United for Libraries' resources for members of the Friends section and Foundation section as well as Friends group members. You must login to the Web site to access these resources:

  • If you are an ALA member?and a member of United for Libraries (must be member of both) in either the Friends section or Foundation section, you will login using your ALA Website login.

  • If you are a Friends Group Member?you will login using the username and password provided in your welcome letter.

  • If your state library has purchased a statewide group membership, you will login from your state landing page or from her using the username and password provided by your library director or United for Libraries.

  • If you see the word "Login" in the upper right of this screen you are currently logged out. Please?login now to access the Friends & Foundations Zone.

  • If you see the word "Logout" in the upper right of this screen you are currently logged in and you can simply click on any of the links in the left hand menu under "Friends & Foundations Zone" to access your member benefits and resources.

  • If you do not login first, you will receive an error message when you click on any of the links to members' only pages/resources. If you are logged in and you receive an error message, please contact the United for Libraries office at or (800) 545-2433, ext. 2161 so that we may verify your current membership status and provide further assistance.

  • If you have previously logged in successfully and have forgotten your login, you may request a new one using the email address provided when joined. Follow the login link and look for the option titled, "Forgot your username or password." Click that link and you will be prompted for your email address. You will then receive an email with a link to reset your password. Check your spam folder if the email does not arrive within a few minutes. If you experience problems, please contact the United for Libraries office for assistance.