Association of Connecticut Library Boards, in partnership with the Connecticut State Library presents the 2014 Trustee Leadership Conference:
Friday, 24 October 2014
University of Hartford Gray Conference Center 200 Bloomfield Avenue West Hartford
9:15 a.m. Registration–Coffee and Continental Breakfast
10:00 a.m. KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Advocacy, Activism & Political Action for Libraries
As the economy emerges from the Great Recession, library funding support continues to lag. John Chrastka, executive director of EveryLibrary, will discuss ways to find new advocate support in your communities – and statewide – for our libraries. When asked, voters tend to say YES to the library. Join us for an opportunity to learn new and effective techniques from the best political campaigns to activate advocates, funders, and allies for your library.
John Chrastka is executive director of EveryLibrary, the first nationwide political action committee for libraries. A long-time library trustee, supporter and advocate, Mr. Chrastka is a member and former president of the Board of Trustees for the Berwyn (IL) Public Library (2006 – present) and is a former president of the Reaching Across Illinois Libraries System multi-type library system. He was named a 2014 Mover & Shaker by Library Journal for his work with EveryLibrary.
11:15 a.m. Break-out Sessions
#1 Every Budget is a Referendum
John Chrastka for a rousing discussion of advocacy and libraries, and learn ways to maximize your visibility in the community and new ways to frame your day-to-day work. Every budget is a referendum about your library and your patrons and customers are also voters and constituents of municipal elected leadership.
#2 How to Be a Treasurer
Patty Foley, CPA Are you the Board treasurer? Or might you become treasurer in the future? Patty Foley will describe what a treasurer does, for both municipal and association library boards. Exciting topics like investment management and policies, and less exciting topics like tax and other government forms will be addressed.
#3 Library Board Basics Plus
Betsy McIlvaine, Chair, Brookfield Library Board of Trustees will offer a refresher on the basics of good board governance and practice.
#4 Making the Most of Social Media for Your Board and Library
Adam DeLaura, ACLB webmaster, will discuss ways to improve your communications with the community via social media.
12:00 p.m. Buffet luncheon and Trustee Award Presentations
1:00 p.m. Libraries Transforming Communities
ALA’s Libraries Transforming Communities initiative uses community engagement tools to support their efforts. Learn about the Harwood Institute Public Innovators practice and how it has improved library led community engagement efforts. “Turning outward” is about orienting yourself toward the community rather than toward your institution. Because any change that is meaningful is going to start with the community and they are going to have ownership over it.
Alice Knapp is Interim President of the Ferguson Library in Stamford. She was Director of User Services, including strategic planning, at Ferguson after serving as Executive Director of the New Canaan Library. She was named a Mover & Shaker of 2003 by Library Journal for her work in establishing community partnerships.
2:30 p.m. Wrap Up
Download the Conference Registration Form
Registration: $35 for ACLB member, $50 for non-member.
Register for the conference by sending the registration form with a check payable to ACLB:
ACLB, c/o Lynette Baisden,
Connecticut State Library,
231 Capitol Avenue, Hartford, CT 06106.
Registration ends 17 October 2014