A panel of experts will address common issues that arise among library Boards, Friends groups, and Foundations at the United for Libraries Learning Live session on Feb. 13 from 2-3 p.m. ET. Featured panelists include Brenda Langstraat Bui, President & CEO, Chicago Public Library Foundation; Nicolle Davies, Colorado State Librarian, and Dr. Andrew Smith, Associate Professor, School of Library and Information Management at Emporia State University in Kansas, and past chair of the Emporia Public Library. Each panelist will present an in-depth scenario and provide tips and best practices. During a “lightning round” session, speakers will field questions from attendees. Register now
Brenda Langstraat Bui, President & CEO, Chicago Public Library Foundation, joined the Foundation in 2019, her personal and professional values aligning with the library’s commitment to “the freedom to read, to learn, to discover.” For more than 20 years, Brenda has led organizations in the public/private sector for parks, schools and libraries. She previously served as CEO of Working in the Schools (WITS), Chicago Public Schools’ largest literacy partner. She serves on the board of United for Libraries.
Nicolle Davies is the Colorado State Librarian, a position she has held since 2019. Nicolle previously served as the Executive Director of Charleston (SC) Public Library and before that was the Executive Director of Arapahoe (CO) Libraries. She was named Library Journal’s Librarian of the Year in 2016, for “her leadership in building and developing a committed and passionate staff dedicated to patron service,” and “her unequivocal belief that libraries are essential services, not just ‘nice’ assets, and the best medium to achieve an informed citizenry.” Nicolle serves on the board of United for Libraries.
Dr. Andrew Smith, an Associate Professor in the School of Library and Information Management (SLIM) at Emporia State University in Kansas, studied at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, Georgia State University, and the University of Aberystwyth in Wales. He was appointed a Trustee of the Emporia Public Library in 2016 and served until 2022, as Vice-Chair from 2016-2020 and as chair from 2020 until 2022. He has presented extensively on the creation and maintenance of library policy and on the recruitment and education of library board members. He serves on the board of United for Libraries.