MALF Welcomes Ann Hutton, Sue Hall

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Ann-Hutton-500x500.pngMALF is thrilled and privileged to announce the addition of two new, multitalented individuals to our Board of Directors. Friends of the Library familiar with library governance, long-range planning, or fundraising may already know their names.

First, welcome to Ann Hutton. Ann recently retired as executive director of Rochester-based SELCO (Southeastern Libraries Coordinating). Her library expertise and experience in that area date back to 1984, when she accepted a regional librarian position. She assumed the executive director post in 1996, and her accomplishments in the role are many and varied. Recent achievements include completion of an 11-county Minnesota Digital Newspaper Hub digitization project, and bringing the Bremer Rural Libraries & Literacy Leadership Institute (L3) to SELCO libraries.

Ann is a long-time and active member of the Minnesota Library Association. She served two terms as legislative chair – as well as chair of the Minnesota Library Council during a critical period when the state lacked a State Librarian. She was inducted onto the ALA Advocacy Honor Roll in 2015.

Sue-BW-Photo-V2-500x500.pngWe are also pleased to welcome Sue Hall, outgoing director of Library Strategies Consulting Group (the in-house consulting arm of The Friends of the Saint Paul Public Library). Sue co-founded Library Strategies in 2006; it remains the only library consulting firm in the country imbedded inside a library support organization. As a consultant, Sue has helped American libraries in over 30 states – and Romania and Saudi Arabia, to boot.

Sue co-wrote the ALA Press title Beyond Booksales: Raising Real Money for Your Library (2013), and has played a leadership role in multiple statewide or multi-state initiatives. Recent examples include the Bremer Rural Libraries & Literacy Leadership Institute (L3) and Legacy-funded ‘Once Upon a Reader’ one-read program.

Like What MALF Does? Join Our Board!

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The Minnesota Association of Library Friends is proud to be a Board-driven organization. In other words, not only do we have a volunteer Board of Directors at the helm –– we rely on this body to staff committees and take on much of the day-to-day and project-oriented work that allows MALF to aid and advocate for Friends in Minnesota.

As we approach a new year, we invite interested candidates from across the state to put their names and credentials forward for consideration! Please email us at your leisure, at info@mnlibraryfriends.org. Include your full name and phone number, and preferably a copy of your resume / curriculum vitae. A member of our Nominating Committee will be back to you.

In particular, we welcome queries from candidates with a finance background (nonprofit, corporate, or public sector). Responsibilities of particular note include sitting on MALF’s finance and investment committee, driving internal audits when appropriate, and identifying cost saving opportunities as able.

Furthermore, MALF’s treasurer is slated to rotate out of that important role by 2019. A replacement is sought to take over treasurer duties after a long transitional period. Treasurer’s added responsibilities include budgeting oversight, submitting and tracking payments, and active collaboration with MALF’s president, staff, and accountant.