ALA Unit/Subunit: ALA
Meeting Type: Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.
Do you have all the funding your library needs? How do you convince voters, community leaders and elected officials to prioritize your library when budgets are tight? Learn how to position your library as a vital and indispensable resource to your community, whether you have designated public affairs staff or are a one-person shop.
Hear from public affairs experts in libraries that receive funding through levies, library districts, county governments and state legislatures. Learn how one library moved from levies to a library district, how another leverages relationships during non-levy years and how another repositioned itself as an educational institution to increase funding even in the depths of the recession. Panelists will provide real-life examples, tips and advice for library leaders seeking to maximize funding. Gain practical strategies to help you build and cultivate relationships with voters and elected officials to get the funding your library deserves.
• Shawn Cunningham, director of communications and strategic initiatives, Multnomah County Library;
• Christie Lassen, director of communications and partnerships, Howard County Library System;
• Rhonda Sewell, manager, External and Governmental Affairs, Toledo-Lucas County Public Library;
• Paul Guequierre, director of communications, Urban Libraries Council, moderator