2022 CONFERENCE THEME
Building a Better Board
According to 2016 Pew Research Center survey data, Millennials are more likely to have visited a public library in the past year than any other adult demographic. But despite being core library users, millennials and other generations are often underrepresented on library boards and library advocacy groups, including Friends groups and Foundations. But you can change that with the help of this year's speakers! You will learn from their expert advice about:
understanding generational differences and commonalities through statistics and analysis of Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials and Generation Z/post-Millennials;
mastering the ABCs of recruitment and retention, tailoring them to fit your library;
crafting several customized pitches, giving you confidence no matter the situation or audience;
discovering how to cement buy-in from two key groups, current organization members and your new recruits, thereby ensuring acceptance and enthusiasm all around;
work towards defining and managing diversity for your advocacy group;
use tried and true methods for successful onboarding of volunteers, including a Board Member Orientation Checklist and guidance on mentoring.
Understanding and using these resources, libraries of all kinds will be empowered to grow and strengthen their recruitment, retention, and training of Trustees, Friends, and Foundation members.
Tess Wilson is the Community Engagement Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region. She has earned a BA in English from Washburn University, an MFA in Creative Writing from Chatham University, and an MA in Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh.
Madeline Jarvis is the Director of the Two Harbors Public Library in northern Minnesota. She is passionate about community engagement, the power of public libraries, and her lifelong quest for the perfect slice of pizza.
We are excited to welcome author Ben Raines. His new book, "The Last Slave Ship" tells the incredible true story of the last ship to carry enslaved people to America, the remarkable town its survivors founded after emancipation, and the complicated legacy their descendants carry with them to this day—by the journalist who discovered the ship’s remains.
Our keynote speakers are both authors of a new book published by ALA titled " All Ages Welcome". Their book will be available for purchase at the conference.
(Subject to Change)
followed by Q&A
followed by Q and A
and Book Signing
Holiday Inn Ontario Airport
2155 E. Convention Center Way
Ontario, CA 91764
Ontario Convention Center
has ample parking available.
Conference attendees receive FREE parking!