Training and Speaking

EveryLibrary Institute trainers are frequent speakers, presenters, conveners, and keynoters for library conferences and symposia across the country. We provide a wide range of workshops for staff, advocates, trustees, volunteers and anyone interested in building and understanding political acumen to benefit libraries. These workshops include topics such as advocacy, fundraising, managing volunteers, political activism, holistic digital strategies, social media, developing strong coalitions and partnerships, and building effective messages.

"The speaker was very organized and easy to follow. There were many practical ideas for use given for participants to take back to their libraries and not just reasons why something needs to be done. I also liked specific examples of information needed/questions to be used instead of just a broad theme that perception of librarians is important. It narrows down what the perception may consist of and what libraries should be aiming for." - RIPL Webinar Attendee (2018)


For more details about our speaking and training opportunities, please click here to download our speakers guide.


Nearly 90% of library funding is dependent on the will of the local voters and local politicians. In this era of anti-tax and anti-government rhetoric, we need well-trained library staff and library supporters to understand their role in ensuring that libraries remain well-funded and able to provide services to their community. Our wide range of trainings, workshops, and presentations help you, your staff, and your advocates understand a wide variety of the tools and strategies that are available to build support for library funding. We can consult with your organization to design our courses that complement the needs of your library, association, or conference attendees to help ensure the long term financial success of libraries.

"This is a timely, unique, and useful workshop. I hope we can bring them back to do more similar education and workshops. Libraries need to build up supporters and do so effectively. Great use of LSTA funds!" - Statewide Training for Washington State (2018)

Because our speakers and trainers are typically hired as independent contractors their rates and subject specialties may vary. Topics and training subject areas are compatible with a wide range of federal and other grant restrictions, such as those associated with LSTA. They can typically work with you to create a program that suits your organization’s needs across a wide range of subject areas beyond politics and advocacy.

Topics and Presenters

  chrastka-slj-podiumJohn Chrastka, Executive Director
Library Advocacy and Activism, Library Elections, Strategy and Campaigns, Messaging, Coalition Building, Library Governance, Library Trustees, Negotiations
Illinois – Nationwide
john.chrastka@everylibraryinstitute.org
  Sweeney VLA14 1Patrick “PC” Sweeney, Political Director
Library Activism, Managing Volunteers, Holistic Digital Strategies, Political Strategy and Tactics, Community Organizing, Curating Political Power and Influence, Effective Messaging, Advocacy, Library Elections and Strategy, Innovative Library Collections, Managing for Advocacy.
East Coast – Nationwide
For more information or a more complete list of topics, please visit pcsweeney.com/speaking
patrick.sweeney@everylibraryinstitute.org
  Erica Findley - March 13Erica Findley, Board Member
Library Advocacy, Associations and Nonprofits, Collaboration, New Graduates, 21st Century Skills
Oregon – Nationwide
erica.findley@everylibraryinstitute.org
  aaeaaqaaaaaaaaopaaaajgfkyjzjmmq1ltjkotytngu3ys1hmtywltlhmtnimtg3ntixygBrian D. Hart, EveryLibrary Board 
Library advocacy, digital strategies, effective messaging
North Carolina – Nationwide
brian.hart@everylibrary.org
  pete_expect_more_April_2015Peter Bromberg, EveryLibrary Board
Leadership Development, Influence and Identity, Staff Engagement
Utah – Nationwide
Please book via Bromberg Consulting