ALADN 2024
Transforming Tales into Treasure

June 27, 2024, 8:30am-4:30pm, University of California San Diego, Geisel Library

About The Event

About the Meet-Up

Graciously hosted by UC San Diego Library and SDSU Library, ALADN 2024 is an informal and free day-long gathering scheduled for June 27th, the day before the main ALA conference kicks off. While not the full ALADN annual conference that folks are familiar with, it is meant to keep us in community with each other until the next formal ALADN annual conference takes place in Tennessee in 2026.

The program for the meet-up will be built around the submissions received, so we encourage creativity. Since there will not be breakout rooms or program tracks, we also encourage prospective presenters to think about the universality of their message - this will be a meet-up by the people, for the people; library deans will be in the room with first-time development staff. This is a wonderful opportunity for us to find common ground and share our stories, ideas, brainstorms, and solutions for “transforming tales into treasures” - for finding innovative ways to tell the story of our libraries in a way that leads to donor investment.

Conference CO-CHAIRS

Tywanda L. Cuffy, Director of External Relations, Communications and Development Initiatives University of Delaware
tywanda@udel.edu

Nicole Hernandez , External Relations Coordinator University of Delaware
nicolemh@udel.edu

CONFERENCE VENUE AND LUNCH GENEROUSLY HOSTED BY

Erik Mitchell, The Audrey Geisel University Librarian, University of California, San Diego
etm@ucsd.edu

Scott Walter, Dean, University Library, San Diego State University
slwater@sdsu.edu

CONFERENCE WEBSITE GENEROUSLY HOSTED BY

Kathleen Schmand, Dean, James E. Walker Library, Middle Tennessee State University
Kathleen.Schmand@mtsu.edu

CONFERENCE PLANNING COMMITTEE

Tami Back, William & Mary
Jéanne Brooks, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona
Jennifer Brown, University of California, San Diego
Tywanda L. Cuffy, University of Delaware
Joyce Garcynski, Towson University
Julie George, Eastern Kentucky University
Taylor Haglund, University of California, San Diego
Nicole Hernandez, University of Delaware
Mary Irwin, Smith College
Katie Jordan, University of Texas at Austin
Megan Lawrence, Oregon State University
Rodney Lippard, University of Central Arkansas
Erik Mitchell, University of California, San Diego
Mary Moser, University of Massachusetts Boston
Patty Odle, Arizona State University
Elena Pernicano, University of California, San Diego
Kathleen Schmand, Middle Tennessee State University
Sheryl Stiefel, University of Washington, Seattle
Susan Thomas, Indiana University South Bend
Scott Walter, San Diego State University
Meghan Whitfield, University of Waterloo

Event Speakers

Here are some of our speakers

Erik Mitchell, PhD

Erik Mitchell, PhD

Audrey Geisel University Librarian

Jennifer Brown

Jennifer Brown

Director of Development for The Library

Chelsea Knott

Chelsea Knott

Director of Development, Library

Ashley Todd-Diaz

Ashley Todd-Diaz

Assistant University Librarian for Special Collections

Suzanna Yaukey

Suzanna Yaukey

Dean of University Libraries

Essraa Nawar

Essraa Nawar

Assistant Dean, Library DEI Initiatives

Taylor J. Greene

Taylor J. Greene

Chair of Research and Instructional Services

Virginia Wright

Virginia Wright

CFRE Director of Development

Michael Meth

Michael Meth

Dean, Dr. Martin Luther King

Justine Zahara

Justine Zahara

Managing Director, Advancement, Library

Michal Biletzki

Michal Biletzki

Assistant Director of Major Gifts

Tami Back

Tami Back

Senior Director of Communications & Engagement

Lisa Nickel

Lisa Nickel

Associate Dean of Research & Public Services

Scott Walter

Scott Walter

Dean of Libraries

Event Schedule

Here is our event schedule

Proposals due date

Meetup registration opens

Notification of proposal acceptance, waitlist, or rejection

Welcome and Check-In

Opening Remarks

Erik Mitchell, PhD
Jennifer Brown

Crafting Multi-Year Fundraising Strategies to Enhance Donor Engagement and Increase Gifts
Erik Mitchell, PhD & Jennifer Brown

Follow one donor's journey through our pipeline in an engaging discussion led by University Librarian Erik Mitchell and Director of Development Jennifer Brown. Learn how strategic collaboration within the UC San Diego library nurtured a long-term partnership, leading to sustained support from top donors. Explore personalized multi-year strategies, culminating in a success story where a donor generously contributed gifts from $10,000 to $10 million over five years. Uncover communication strategies and engagement opportunities that kept the donor involved, transforming them into an advocate who amplifies our impact and inspires others to join our cause.

Chelsea Knott

Tid Bits of Tech Library
Chelsea Knott

Discover how the "Tid Bits of Tech Library" podcast series revolutionizes fundraising at Georgia Tech Library. As the inaugural development director, I share insights on collaborating with regional and international development officers for fundraising success. Learn how narrative-based approaches and innovative mediums like podcasts empower colleagues to advocate effectively for library initiatives beyond traditional methods.

Break

Ashley Todd-Diaz
Suzanna Yaukey

Transforming Lives into Legacy: Sharing the Stories of Underrepresented Community Members to Improve Awareness and Spark Donor Engagement
Ashley Todd-Diaz & Suzanna Yaukey

Presenters will highlight a cross-departmental oral history program that brings the underrepresented voices of our community to light and details how this program has increased donor engagement with the library and the campus. Through this project, we’ve attempted to build or re-build a sense of belonging on our campus and value lived experience as expertise, while engaging current and potential donors on a personal level. We will share our challenges and successes, including the telling of previously suppressed stories alongside the seeding of much larger advancement campaigns and the renewed connection to many of our alumni and retired faculty.

Essraa Nawar
Taylor J. Greene

Uniting for Impact: A Journey of Partnerships - Chapman University Case Study
Essraa Nawar & Taylor J. Greene

This presentation highlights a decade-long collaboration between the Assistant Dean for Development and the Performing Arts Librarian at Chapman University's Leatherby Libraries, resulting in over $3 million in transformative contributions. Central to their success is the acquisition of the Henri Temianka Archives, a treasure trove of 20th-century classical music history. Through strategic stewardship, they secured this significant gift, enhancing research and cultural exchange. Additional achievements include the Ronald B. Broadwell Antique Musical Instruments collection, a Legacy gift, and an Endowed Fund for Music Collections. This partnership exemplifies the strategic impact of librarian-fundraiser collaborations, bridging divides and yielding enduring benefits for libraries.

Virginia Wright
Michael Meth

Uniting for Impact: A Journey of Partnerships - San Jose State University Case Study
Virginia Wright & Michael Meth

San José State University's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Library is a testament to the transformative power of collaboration, given its genesis in a partnership between the University and the City of San José. The Library has seen strong growth in donor engagement and financial support in recent years. Successes include partnerships with community-based organizations, College of Humanities and the Arts, University Advancement, and offices of the President and Mayor. We find that donors are inspired by people - inside and outside the university - working together for the common good. This talk explores how partnerships have been integral to our success.

Lunch

Justine Zahara

Turning Complaints into Possibilities: How to Turn your Biggest Critics into your Library’s Largest Supporters
Justine Zahara

Sometimes our largest potential donors are hiding in plain sight disguised as our biggest critics. Justine will explore this concept and present a case study on how listening to a donor’s passionate critique became the key to converting a critic into an enthusiastic supporter thereby unlocking a transformational gift that would become the largest in the University of Alberta Library’s history. This transformational gift led to the recent opening of a cutting edge health sciences library at the University of Alberta. Following the presentation we will have time for a Q & A session with the audience.

Michal Biletzki
Tami Back
Lisa Nickel

Strengthening Support through Storytelling – Recruiting Staff, Students, Alumni, and Faculty as Fundraisers
Michal Biletzki & Tami Back & Lisa Nickel

The academic library is traditionally the hub and heart of any campus and as such, its story is relevant and meaningful to all. Advancement and library staff at William & Mary and Northeastern University have found that by sharing the library’s story with different groups, they were able to leverage their existing communities to create a culture of philanthropy and an atmosphere in which others became allies of and advocates for the library. By telling the library’s story to students, alumni, Advancement staff, and library staff, Michal, Tami, and Lisa were able to create an “army” of fundraisers for their respective libraries.

Break

Scott Walter

The Mission is the Message: Using Distinctive Collections and Services to Build Collaboration Supporting Library Advancement
Scott Walter

This presentation will focus on strategies that may be employed, especially within libraries with smaller advancement operations, to focus on distinctive elements of institutional mission, academic programs, or local communities to build collaboration with college or central advancement offices to extend the reach of the message around value of giving to the library. The focus for this presentation will be on recent developments in library advancement at San Diego State University, including calls to promote support for student success, enhance the range and impact of international initiatives, and support distinctive academic programs such as the Center for Comics Studies.

Closing Remarks

Event Venue

Event venue location info and gallery

2024 Meet-Up
Transforming Tales into Treasure

When:
June 27, 2024, 8:30am-4:30pm


Where:
University of California San Diego, Geisel Library
9701 Hopkins Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093


Transit Information:
Directions for getting to UC San Diego and Geisel Library


San Diego Trolley
From downtown: Use the Blue Line to travel to UC San Diego. Fares are $2.50 each way and a day pass is $5.00. Riders can install the Pronto app on their cell phone in lieu of purchasing a paper ticket.


Image courtesy of the UC San Diego, Copyright ©️ the Board of Regents of the University of California

Submission Guidelines

You will receive an email confirmation when you submit the form. We encourage you to share this Call widely with your networks.

Please submit your proposal via the form linked here submission

Lodging

We look forward to having you join us for the 2024 ALADN Meet-up on June 27th at UC San Diego.

Many of you that are attending ALA might have already made your reservations. If you haven’t yet, you can find ALA Conference Hotels available here: 2024.alaannual .

There are no hotel room blocks for the 2024 ALADN Meetup, but there are a plethora of options near UC San Diego campus in La Jolla and in downtown San Diego, closer to the ALA Conference.
The Conference Co-Chairs and some other planning committee members are staying at the Embassy Suites La Jolla.
We invite you to also make your reservation here as well.