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Serving With A Purpose

Thursday, May 19 @ 8:30 am - 4:00 pm

Register above for this one-day in-person conference.

CALL is offering a limited number of seats to cover the cost of registration only.

The Serving With A Purpose Conference is a yearly gathering for Friends, Trustees, Foundations, Volunteer Leaders and Library Staff.

About this event

The theme for 2022 is “Representation Matters: Building a Better Board“.

According to 2016 Pew Research Center survey data, Millennials are more likely to have visited a public library in the past year than any other adult demographic. But despite being core library users, millennials and other generations are often underrepresented on library boards and library advocacy groups, including Friends groups and Foundations.  But you can change that with the help of this year’s speakers!  You will learn from their expert advice about:

  • understanding generational differences and commonalities through statistics and analysis of Baby Boomers, Generation X, Millennials and Generation Z/post-Millennials;
  • mastering the ABCs of recruitment and retention, tailoring them to fit your library;
  • crafting several customized pitches, giving you confidence no matter the situation or audience;
  • discovering how to cement buy-in from two key groups, current organization members and your new recruits, thereby ensuring acceptance and enthusiasm all around;
  • work towards defining and managing diversity for your advocacy group;
  • use tried and true methods for successful onboarding of volunteers, including a Board Member Orientation Checklist and guidance on mentoring.

Understanding and using these resources, libraries of all kinds will be empowered to grow and strengthen their recruitment, retention, and training of Trustees, Friends, and Foundation members.

Your registration will include a gourmet continental breakfast, catered sit-down lunch and conference materials.

Keynote Speakers: 

Tess Wilson is the Community Engagement Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region. She has earned a BA in English from Washburn University, an MFA in Creative Writing from Chatham University, and an MA in Library and Information Science from the University of Pittsburgh.

Madeline Jarvis is the Adult and Information Services Manager at the Marion (IA) Public Library. Kosinski is the Member Services and Outreach Manager at Califa Group.

Author: We are excited to announce that our 2022 Author is Ben Raines. His new book, “The Last Slave Ship” is getting rave reviews and you may have seen him on TV or listened to him on NPR. The incredible true story of the last ship to carry enslaved people to America, the remarkable town its survivors founded after emancipation, and the complicated legacy their descendants carry with them to this day—by the journalist who discovered the ships.



Thursday, May 19
8:30 am - 4:00 pm
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