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DEADLINE EXTENDED: United for Libraries accepting proposals for Virtual conference through May 24

  • 1.  DEADLINE EXTENDED: United for Libraries accepting proposals for Virtual conference through May 24

    Posted May 19, 2021 09:26 AM

    Hello all,

    This is a fantastic opportunity to strengthen your resume and build awareness of the issues of professional ethics, privacy, and intellectual freedom in public libraries. The primary audience of United for Libraries is trustees, friends, and foundations, who often do not have professional education and training in the core values of librarianship. Think about collaborating with your state's Intellectual Freedom Committee, the Intellectual Freedom Round Table Programming and Events Committee, or other groups.


    Presenting a program like this and working collaboratively is also a great choice for a nomination for the Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award. Off the top of my head, here are some ideas that may be worthwhile.

    • Making the case for Banned Books Weeks
    • The Library Bill of Rights and You
    • Ethics for Trustees


    Comment on this thread if you're interested and see if others would like to join your efforts. I'm cross posting this so if I can help connect people, I will.



    United for Libraries is accepting proposals for its upcoming online conference "United for Libraries Virtual: Trustees – Friends – Foundations," scheduled to be held Aug. 3-5, 2021.

    United invites program proposals on topics of interest to library Trustees, Friends, Foundations, and staff who work with them. Examples of program topics from last year's conference include:

    • Advocacy and Equity: How Library Boards Can Create Lasting Impact through Compelling Cases and Outreach
    • Understanding Donor Data Analytics: Why it Matters and What You Can Do With It
    • Strategies for Solving Board Problems
    • Great Boards Don't Happen by Accident: A Proactive Approach to Building an Effective Board
    • Working with Friends and Foundations: Playing for the Same Team
    • Ask, Listen, Plan: Engaged Planning for Trustees, Directors and Other Library Leaders

    Proposals will be accepted through Mon., May 24; parties who submit proposals by the deadline will receive an acceptance decision by June 1.

    To submit a proposal, visit ala.org/united/virtual/proposals. For questions and concerns, contact united@ala.org.

    United for Libraries
    The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations
    A division of the American Library Association







    Kristin Pekoll, CAE

    Assistant Director

    Office for Intellectual Freedom



    225 N Michigan Ave, Suite 1300, Chicago, IL 60601


    Registration is Now Open!