[Michlib-l] Dec. 14 United for Libraries Learning Live to educate on building strong library policies

Membiela, Clare (MDE) MembielaC at michigan.gov
Tue Dec 7 11:17:55 EST 2021

Please see United For Libraries program announcement below.  Many libraries in Michigan and across the country are experiencing a uptick in problems with new board members.

The Library of Michigan provides access to United For Libraries to all Michigan Libraries  through federal IMLS and LSTA funds.


Clare D. Membiela, MLS, J.D.
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Subject: Reminder: Dec. 14 United for Libraries Learning Live to educate on building strong library policies

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Please see below for information on the United for Libraries Learning Live on Dec. 14 - please promote among your networks. As a United for Libraries Statewide Partner, your groups can both participate live and access the recording.

United for Libraries' monthly virtual series, Learning Live, will continue on Tues., Dec. 14 at 2 p.m. Eastern<https://gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fairtable.com%2Fshr9ywbtfgntftKxK&data=04%7C01%7CMembielaC%40michigan.gov%7Cf9edab149d284038e07f08d9b98d2762%7Cd5fb7087377742ad966a892ef47225d1%7C0%7C0%7C637744839195596649%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000&sdata=YZ9qDboFSbZ3YqvC8vkdpDEypgFWX0WpLSKP1tCr6%2FI%3D&reserved=0>. The Learning Live program is presented free to United for Libraries members and those with all-access statewide training. Register<https://gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fairtable.com%2Fshr9ywbtfgntftKxK&data=04%7C01%7CMembielaC%40michigan.gov%7Cf9edab149d284038e07f08d9b98d2762%7Cd5fb7087377742ad966a892ef47225d1%7C0%7C0%7C637744839195596649%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000&sdata=YZ9qDboFSbZ3YqvC8vkdpDEypgFWX0WpLSKP1tCr6%2FI%3D&reserved=0>

According to a recent article in American Libraries ("A Conflict of Values<https://gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Famericanlibrariesmagazine.org%2F2021%2F11%2F01%2Flibrary-trustees-conflict-of-values%2F&data=04%7C01%7CMembielaC%40michigan.gov%7Cf9edab149d284038e07f08d9b98d2762%7Cd5fb7087377742ad966a892ef47225d1%7C0%7C0%7C637744839195606603%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000&sdata=hOq7%2B02d63mqEjFU3JsAopV%2F6ude1qMK2LXA9lhm5Ts%3D&reserved=0>," Nov. 1), "Public libraries are facing a wave of trustee candidates whose goals challenge intellectual freedom, community service, and other core values of librarianship." How can you protect your library and board from finding itself in a position where a board member's ideologies oppose core library tenets? This session will focus on preparedness strategies, community building, and how to create strong policies that address programming, budgeting, and services.

Speakers will include Megan Cusick of ALA's Public Policy & Advocacy Office, Deborah Caldwell-Stone of the ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom, Deborah Doyle of the Sonoma County Library Commission, and Beth Nawalinski of United for Libraries.

Megan Cusick is the Deputy Director for State Advocacy in ALA's Public Policy and Advocacy office. She coordinates ALA's state and local advocacy efforts in partnership with ALA offices and divisions; state chapters and affiliates; and librarians, library staff, and advocates across the country. Prior to joining ALA, Megan was a librarian in Chicago Public Schools and the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center; she is a co-founder of the Chicago Teachers Union librarians committee. She has presented and published on topics such as partnerships, library trends, civic engagement, intellectual freedom, and advocacy.

Deborah Caldwell-Stone is Director of ALA's Office for Intellectual Freedom and Executive Director of the Freedom to Read Foundation. She is a recovering attorney and former appellate litigator who works closely with library professionals and library trustees on a wide range of intellectual freedom issues. She advises ALA's Intellectual Freedom Committee and its Privacy Subcommittee on law and policy issues, and has served on the faculty of the ALA-sponsored Lawyers for Libraries and Law for Librarians workshops.  She is a contributor to the 10th edition of the Intellectual Freedom Manual and has contributed articles on law, policy, and intellectual freedom to American Libraries and other publications.

Deborah Doyle is a writer, editor and fundraiser as well as an active library advocate at local, state and national levels. She played board and staff roles at Friends of the San Francisco PL and was actively involved in helping to create SF's well-funded modern library system. She has served as President of the California Library Association and is the only person to receive CLA's President's Award twice- the highest honor given to an individual for significant contributions to libraries. She currently sits on the United for Libraries board, the ALA Committee on Legislation, the CLA Advocacy and Legislative Committee and chairs the Sonoma County Library Commission. Deborah holds a BA from University of Virginia (high honors) and an Executive MLIS from San Jose State University.

Beth Nawalinski is the Executive Director for United for Libraries. She has pursued a 25+ year career supporting libraries and literacy, first as Community Relations Coordinator with Barnes & Noble, followed by Public Relations Specialist with the Norfolk (Va.) Public Library, Marketing & Public Relations Coordinator with Friends of Libraries U.S.A. (FOLUSA), and Director of Marketing & Communications for United for Libraries. She is the co-author of 101+ Great Ideas for Libraries and Friends and Even More Great Ideas for Libraries and Friends.

To register for the December Learning Live session, click here<https://gcc02.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Fairtable.com%2Fshr9ywbtfgntftKxK&data=04%7C01%7CMembielaC%40michigan.gov%7Cf9edab149d284038e07f08d9b98d2762%7Cd5fb7087377742ad966a892ef47225d1%7C0%7C0%7C637744839195606603%7CUnknown%7CTWFpbGZsb3d8eyJWIjoiMC4wLjAwMDAiLCJQIjoiV2luMzIiLCJBTiI6Ik1haWwiLCJXVCI6Mn0%3D%7C3000&sdata=%2BCbtFiDxfkU2vi9yEvUDXSItemb1ComavHVrWA2oUog%3D&reserved=0>.
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