Sessions 2022

We're continuously adding new sessions and presenters so stay tuned to see who you'll be learning from.

Attracting Audacious Grants

This talk will examine 15 initiatives over the past 100 years that have attracted multiple grants of $10 million or more, including the roll out of libraries across the U.S.. We'll break down the type of grants that have appealed to donors (from r...

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Getting the Most Out of Political Direct Mail with New USPS Tools

Direct mail remains an essential component of political campaigns. It is uniquely targetable, and people really do read – or at least look at – their mail. Few political campaigns succeed without mail as a part of their strategy. The Postal Servic...

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Building Relationships With Your Legislator

Have you ever wondered about the best process for engaging with your state political leaders? Assemblywoman Jean-Pierre will be sharing her experience becoming an assemblywoman and how she came to be the chair of the New York Library Committee. Sh...

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Empowered Against Book Bans

Get to know the current state of book challenges across the US with a look at what led to this particular censorship movement. This presentation will offer not only the terminology and groups associated with book challenges in public schools and l...

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Build Political Power and Influence with NationBuilder!

Are you interested in learning how EveryLibrary has used NationBuilder to build the nation's largest voter file of library supporters? In this session, Sorcha Rochford, NationBuilder's Head of Strategic Partnerships will take you through the basics of using a sophisticated digital tool that will help you build political power and influence for your organization or campaign.

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Intro to Integrated Ad Campaigns for Advocacy

Learn the basic advertising channels available to communicate your message and how to integrate them into a more comprehensive strategy.

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How to run your referendum 101

Pick up the skills you need to start your ballot referendum (fundraising, ballot petitioning, campaign organization, volunteer recruitment/retention, paid communications, etc)

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Diversifying Your Revenue through Cannabis, Gambling, and Oil Wells

This program will detail the ways that tax revenues from recreational cannabis are currently structured in states with legal sales and provide pathways for library leaders to lobby for inclusion. The presenters will also share insights on how states use gaming revenue and fees on oil, gas, mineral, and timber in similar ways.

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School Legislation that Wasn't Terrible in 2022

In this session we will review legislation from several states that focused on information and media literacy, the staffing at state Departments of Education, and new funding for PD or collection development.

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Sparking Local Government Support for Public Libraries Through Data-Driven Research

The Center for an Urban Future shares how its data-driven and actionable public policy research about the importance of libraries, along with robust communication strategies and tools, have influenced leaders in New York City to bolster public libraries for an equitable economy.

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The Model for Building Community Support through Engagement: A "Go to Them" model of Inclusion, Equity and Diversity

Learn new ways to build community support through a community engagement process that creates community ownership while translating community input into recognizable and tangible programs and designs while simultaneously increasing support of library initiatives and ballot measures.

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Best Practices in Digital Fundraising and Advocacy

In this session, you'll learn some best practices to meet the moment and implement engaging and effective digital organizing, advocacy, and fundraising strategies.

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The Library Advocacy Gap: Increasing Librarians' Political Self-efficacy

In this session, learn about this research exploring: the relationship between librarians’ political self-efficacy and library advocacy participation; whether librarians believe advocacy is a professional responsibility; whether librarians engage in library advocacy activities; and if they believe LIS education and professional development opportunities prepared them to advocate.

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Digital Advocacy for Libraries

Introduction / overview 101 on what is digital advocacy: how to do it, what are your goals, how do you find supporters, and how to get them to take action.

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Content Creation & Optimization for Connection & Influence

This session is a straightforward guide to fixing your current marketing strategy.

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Planning Finances to Meet the Library's Strategic Objectives

Check out this Library Advocacy and Funding Conference Session: Planning Finances to Meet the Library's Strategic Objectives

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Troublemaker Training

Join one of our virtual trainings to learn how to effectively organize and fight extremism in your community.

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The Censoring of Sexual Freedom

In the United States, we are facing a wave of increased censorship from book bans, to shadowbanning on social media, from restrictions on our sexual expression online to what’s taught in schools.

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Building Your Organization and Coalition

This session will help you find partners and build a coalition of support for your library in your community

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Communicating from your authentic self

In this session, Rachel will share a technique that will teach you how to prepare to speak while eliminating tension and awakening authenticity.

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Advocacy Tips & Tools for the Non-Lobbyist

This session will provide an introduction to advocacy and lobbying for 501 c 3 public charities.

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Time to Wake Up Again: Advocacy and Engagement in Response to New Laws Regulating Libraries

In this session, these authors will discuss their decade old arguments and recommendations against the backdrop of current events - what has changed since then and what has remained the same? - and share their thoughts about what (LIS researchers and library professionals) can do now to wake up the nation to this most recent round of threats to intellectual freedom.

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Library District Formation: Essential Considerations

The decision to create a library district needs financial, legal, and management support that goes beyond annual plans of service or even strategic planning. While forming a library district is one way to fund public libraries, it also creates a n...

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Fighting for the First Amendment: Some Thoughts On Religiously Based Censorship

Conservative religious groups have long sought to control what people may see, read and experience. While many Americans may believe we've thrown off the yoke of religiously based censorship, experience says otherwise: Attacks on public libraries ...

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Mitigating the Library Ebook Conundrum

Learn more about copyright and find out how to create legislation to ensure equal access to eBooks and digital materials

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Participatory Budgeting for Libraries

Have you ever wondered what sharing real decision-making power could look like within your community? Or do you already use democratic practices internally, but want to turn those practices into budgeting action?

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Wait, What Happened? Crisis Communications for Libraries

This session will help you be more prepared for a potential crisis.

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Board Effectiveness: Ten Questions Boards Need to Ask Themselves.

Library Boards have but four critical and unique roles. If you want to get on the fast track to greater effectiveness, consider this your roadmap.

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Advocacy: The Lessons Learned and the Next Steps.

Advocacy is a planned, deliberate, sustained effort to develop understanding and support, incrementally, over time. But to what end? And how? By what measures?

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How to Safely and Effectively Spend Your Fundraising Dollars

Stephen will walk you through three easy ways your organization can safely and effectively spend money, so your nonprofit can stay compliant and demonstrate fiscal responsibility to your board and donors. Steven Garten/Charity Charge Stephen is th...

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The Data Behind the Bans

In this exciting and groundbreaking session, our partners at Embold Research, will be releasing our national public opinion polling data on voter attitudes towards book banning.

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Where Did You Get that Book 2022

In this session, Tim shares insights from the forthcoming September 2022 Freckle Project report

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Book Banning: A bit of history and law

This session introduces the historical evolution of book banning from obscenity law to book challenges.

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Establish a political digital campaign 101

This session will provide: (1) The basics of who, what, where, when and how to establish a strategy for a political digital media campaign, (2) Finding and working with a vendor, (3) Media buying techniques, and (4) Audience targeting options. Ada...

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