Save the Date for MALF's Statewide Workshops


The Minnesota Association of Library Friends is pleased to present "Drafting the Blueprint: Strengthening Relationships Between Library Friends and the Community" a workshop series designed to help all in the library community (friends, advocates, staff and supporters) develop the tools they need to better support the library.



COST: $10

REGISTRATION: Open to all members of the community. Register here!

The workshop will be presented by Brenda Hough, nationally recognized library consultant and trainer, and Diana Weaver, Director of the Basehor (Kansas) Community Library. Each of the five workshops across the state will help participants draft a plan to better support their library in through the development of strong relationships in the community.

The workshops will take place across the state in July and August:

METRO: Saturday, July 21 at Brookdale Library

NORTHEAST:  Monday, July 23 at Grand Rapids Area Library

SOUTHEAST: Wednesday, July 25 at the SELCO office

NORTHWEST: Wednesday, August 22 at Perham Area Library

SOUTHWEST: Friday, August 24 at Redwood Falls Public Library


Here is an idea of what the workshop will cover to help you become a better library friend, trustee, staff person or just an involved community member:

What's your Advocacy Goal?
Each workshop participant should arrive with an advocacy goal. We will discuss these goals and work with the presenters to make them SMART (Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant and Timely)

Public Perceptions
We will discuss recent research related to public perceptions of the library and how the research can help inform their plans for achieving their advocacy goals. The research includes some very surprising findings that will give participants an edge in understanding the role of the library in the community.

Telling the Library's Story
Each participant will work on their own "parking lot speech." Who is your target audience? What types of messages are effective with those audiences? Participants will work with the presenters to hone their presentation skills and set goals using tools provided.

Building Relationships
Strong partnerships and community relationships are important and can help the library achieve its advocacy goals. Each participant will brainstorm about existing and potential partnerships they could form in their community.

Planning for Action
Each participant will develop a plan for achieving his or her advocacy goal, along with an outline with next steps and key milestones for the project.

Each workshop takes place from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm with a break for lunch. Advanced registration is $10 for Library Friends Members and includes lunch. Register now!



Brenda Hough is a library consultant and trainer. She currently works for the Northeast Kansas Library System, teaches adjunct courses for Empria State University, and is a trainer in the Public Library Association's Turning the Page 2.0 Online Advocacy course. Her past experience includes working with the Lake Agassiz Regional Library, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, WebJunction, and TechSoup for Libraries.

Diana Weaver is the Director of the Basehor (Kansas) Community Library, where she has been recognized for her innovative approaches to both advocacy and e-content. She receiveed her Masters in Library Science from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. She has been involved with libraries for over 40 years in various capacities including Friend, Trustee, and library user.

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