November 21, 2017

Sally Gardner Reed on 15 Years of Uniting for Libraries

As executive director of United for Libraries (UFL), the American Library Association (ALA) division that supports library trustees, advocates, friends, and foundations, Sally Gardner Reed has been the organization’s driving force since 2002. Reed will be retiring at the end of July, having seen the organization grow and change greatly over the past 15 years.

The Politics of Being a Trustee

November’s presidential election led to a surprising result for many. Even among those who voted for the current president-elect, a lot of people did not actually expect him to prevail over a former senator and secretary of state. And almost immediately, everyone from regular people to media pundits were chiming in on what the election will mean for the country.

Building an Advocacy Team and Getting It Engaged | Trustees’ Corner

If there’s anything the 2016 presidential election cycle taught us, it’s be prepared. We can never underestimate the groundswell of support for an issue, institution, or person who may not support what a library provides to its community; the reliance on fake news rather than on facts (and how easy it is to have it go viral); or the power of emotion over reason.

Making the Library an Asset for Your Local Elected Officials

While we’re all dealing with presidential election overload and exhaustion, we can’t ever lose sight of the importance of making our libraries an asset to our local elected officials.

Making the Advocacy Decision

Library trustees—whether elected or appointed—have the fiduciary responsibility to ensure that the library has the resources to provide the programs and services the community wants.

Nebraska Bill Could Make All Libraries City Departments

A bill that would place every library in Nebraska under the direct control of its city rather than a board of trustees is likely to be considered by that state’s legislature this winter, state senator Tyson Larson (R-40) told LJ. Such a bill, if passed and signed into law, would give municipalities of every size the power to manage library budgets, set hours, and hire and fire directors.

Library Board Appoints New Trustees Despite Past Book Challenge

The library board in the Chicago suburb of Downers Grove has appointed a new board member, attorney Arthur Jaros, Jr., in spite of controversy over his leading role in challenging a book in the supplementary reading curriculum of a local school district more than a decade ago. In 1999, Jaros and other members of the […]

Planning Your Library Vote | Trustees Corner

Resistance from taxpayers. Reluctance from board members. Friends not ready to be advocates. It’s no secret: waging a successful budget/funding vote, building referendum, or redistricting campaign can be challenging for any library.

Rick Osen, Bellingham Public Library’s Newest Trustee

Rick Osen is the newest member of the five-person board of trustees at Bellingham Public Library (BPL), WA, but he is no stranger to the library world. Osen served as interim dean of libraries and assistant dean for library administration and planning at Western Washington University for 35 years, retiring in 2014. In February he joined chairman J. Robert Gordon, Rachel Myers, Marilyn Mastor, and Tom Barrett to serve a five-year term on the BPL board, and LJ caught up with him to find out more about his transition from academic librarian to public library trustee.

ALTAFF To Support Itself; Changes Name to United for Libraries

The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), is losing its $56,000 subsidy from ALA. The subsidy currently makes up more than 10 percent of ALTAFF’s approximately $450,000 budget. However, before it ends in fiscal year 2015, Sally Reed, ALTAFF executive director, hopes the organization will have become self-supporting. “I am feeling pretty […]