Sessions 2024

We'll be announcing sessions and presenters soon so stay tuned to see who you'll be learning from.

Full session information coming soon!

We know from attending political, advocacy, and funding conferences outside of the library industry that libraries are falling behind the latest advocacy trends, tactics, and strategies. We have learned from many of the organizations that are currently attacking libraries and we know that those organizations are utilizing much more advanced tools and tactics than are available to libraries from within the industry. We also know that many of the advocacy strategies and tactics being taught within the industry are not effective at building long-term political power and influence and that the training and instruction coming from within the industry is often repetitive with the same few speakers and trainers providing the same content repetitively. 

Through this conference we are seeking to provide the opportunity for libraries to gain insight from some of the most advanced organizations, consultants, political operatives and community organizers. We are bringing in presenters and experts from outside of the library industry. This helps us also ensure that the conference will largely provide new content that libraries have not heard before. 

These presenters will provide content on a wide range of topics within the fundraising, advocacy, and political space such as:

  • Book Bans and Bad Legislation (new in 2024)
    • (Alliance track)
    • Organizing principles
    • Rules for Radicals in 2025
    • Local and Statewide Coalitions
    • Lawsuits - First Amendment
    • Civil Rights in Schools
    • Tool Kit Roundup
    • Putting authors into the discussion
    • FOIA and Public Records
    • School Librarian Advocacy (
  • Campaigns and Elections
    • Ballot initiatives
    • Ballot committees
    • Voter Files
    • Voter ID, GOTV
    • Getting on the ballot
    • Legal issues
    • Polling
    • School Board Elections
    • Library Board Elections
  • Democracy and Voting
    • Candidate Surveys
    • Candidate Forums
    • Election Administration
    • Voter Registration
    • Non-Partisan Electon Information
  • Philanthropic Funding
    • Grant Writing
    • Individual giving (large and small)
    • Sponsorships
    • Business giving
    • Fundraisers/fundraising
  • Digital advocacy
    • Social media
    • Influencer
    • Big data
    • Digital political tools (petitions, pledges, etc…)
  • Field work
    • Canvassing
    • Phonebanking
    • Text messaging
    • Direct mail
  • Messaging
    • Dem, Rep, Libertarian panel
    • Three languages of Politics
  • Coalition building
    • Education coalitions
    • Population coalitions
    • Issue coalitions
  • Community organizing
  • Form and Function of Advocacy Organizations
  • Union partnerships 
  • Political Fundraising
  • Earned media
  • Paid media
  • Volunteer management
  • Lobbyist 101
    • What they should do
    • Auditing your lobbyist
    • 2025 state preview session
  • New modes of legislative advocacy
    • Consensus building within the sector
    • Educating legislators
    • Model Legislation
    • Veto Sessions
    • Post-legislative advocacy
    • Lobbying v. Issue Education
    • Direct action
  • Library Board and Local Relationships
    • Roberts Rules and Bylaws (Power of Parliamentary Procedure)
    • How to ID new Board Members
    • Managing difficult meetings
  • Library Financial Expertise
    • Bond proceeds
    • Investment strategies
    • PPP
    • Financial forecasts and cash flow
  • Funding Pathways 
    • DEA
    • Block Grants
    • Education