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NCompass Live: Advocates of All Ages: Recruiting and Retaining Younger Generations as Trustees and Friends - Online 


Millennials are more likely than other adults to have visited the library recently. However, many friends and trustees 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 from the Millennial and Gen-Z generations, and for adapting board cultures to engage and retain them.


  • David Paige is a library trustee at Conway (NH) Public Library, the president-elect of the American Library Association's United for Libraries division, and the director of Libraries Unlimited publishing.
  • Lina Bertinelli is the Workforce Librarian at Enoch Pratt Free Library in Baltimore, MD.
  • Madeline Jarvis is the Adult and Information Services Manager at the Marion (IA) Public Library and is a 2019 graduate of the Marion Citizens' Fire Academy.
  • Kathy Kosinski is the Statewide Library Services Analyst for the Library of Michigan and a member of the Michigan eLibrary team.
  • Tess Wilson is the Community Engagement Coordinator for the National Network of Libraries of Medicine, Middle Atlantic Region and the Youth Services Division Chair of the Pennsylvania Library Association.

NCompass Live is broadcast live on Wednesdays, from 10am - 11am Central Time. Convert to your time zone on the Official U.S. Time website or use the World Clock Time Zone Converter. In the Time Zone Converter, NCompass Live is broadcast from U.S.A - Nebraska - Lincoln.

Sessions are recorded for anyone who may want to see them again or who cannot attend them at the scheduled time. Registration is not required to view the archived recordings.

NCompass Live is presented online using the GoToWebinar online meeting service. GoToWebinar login instructions are sent to registered attendees after registration for a session has closed. The Registration End date is listed on each session page, but usually closes on the Monday night before the date of the session. Please see the NLC Online Sessions webpage for detailed information about GoToWebinar, including system requirements, firewall permissions, and equipment requirements for computer speakers and microphones. 

Class Format
Date Time
12/18/2019 10am - 11am  (Central Time)
No Charge
Kathy Kosinski
CE Hours
Capacity Available Seats
1000 957
Registration Starts Registration Ends
11/21/2019 12/16/2019
For Further Information Sponsor
Christa Porter
402-471-3107 or 800-307-2665
Nebraska Library Commission
Registration Closed