Recruiting Younger Board Members for Trustees, Friends, and Foundations

Presented Live: January 8, 2020

Millennials are more likely than other adults to have visited the library recently. However, most friends and trustee boards do not have even a single millennial member (Pew 2016, ALA 2018). What accounts for this discrepancy between the demographics of our library users and library civic leaders, and how do we rectify it? The presenters will argue for the importance of developing generationally representative boards and explore common barriers to service for those under 40. Participants will leave with practical strategies for identifying and recruiting the right millennials to serve and for adapting board cultures to engage and retain them.


Tess WilsonTess Wilson is the Community Engagement Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine – Middle Atlantic Region. She serves as YALSA Blog Manager and Youth Services Division Chair for the PA Library Association. She was a 2018 ALA Emerging Leader and is an active privacy advocate with the Library Freedom Project. She earned her MFA in Creative Writing from Chatham University and her MLIS from the University of Pittsburgh.

Madeline JarvisMadeline Jarvis is the Adult and Information Services Manager at the Marion (IA) Public Library. She and her team cultivate collections, services, and partnerships to serve the Marion community. She is passionate about identifying and eliminating barriers to resources for her patrons; helping the library serve as a catalyst for community development; and finding the perfect slice of pizza.

About Monthly Member Forums

United for Libraries members are invited to a monthly member forum on the second Wednesday of each month at 2 pm eastern. All sessions will be recorded and posted in the members' only area of the United for Libraries website. Each month we'll feature a hot topic of interest to Trustees, Friends, and/or Foundations. A guest speaker will share highlights and information about the month's topic, followed by a Q&A with the speaker. At the half-hour mark, the format will switch to an open discussion among webinar participants. Sessions are open to all personal and group members of United for Libraries.