The Annual FOCL Conference will be held at Central Connecticut State University on Saturday, November 19, 2016.
This theme is Membership. There will also be an important presentation on the out year State budget and how it can impact our libraries
10 Steps to Grow Your Friends Group
Today, there are many challenges in creating and maintaining an active group of dedicated volunteers. While finding the right people is the first step, you need to do more to cultivate and help your group flourish. Learn ten tips and best practices that will help you recruit and engage members and grow a strong and vibrant Friends Group.
Presenter, Deb Hoadley is Owner, Consultant & Trainer for Hoadley Consulting. Her primary library focus centers on strategic planning, leadership, advocacy, community building, engagement, customer service and resource sharing. She is the President of the New England Library Association. Hoadley has presented at numerous local, state and regional conferences
Advocacy 101: What to do while the State budget crisis continues
Kate Robinson, CLA’s principal lobbyist, will present an analysis of the last Legislative Session and the trends we face in the coming few years. How should library stakeholders craft advocacy programs during years when resources are meager and unpredictable? What should we do to keep libraries in the picture while legislators deal with competing needs and dwindling revenue? How can every library contribute to our advocacy efforts?
Kate Robinson is a partner of Gallo and Robinson LLC which advocates for the non- profit community. Kate has lobbied on issue relating to education, housing and mental health
Friends Membership in CT 2016
Having an active membership is vital to success of our Friends groups. Therefore, every 3 or 4 years, FOCL conducts a survey of the member groups to check on their health and vitality. Carl Nawrocki will present the results of the survey and discuss trends and changes since the last survey in 2012. The presentation will be followed an open discussion of membership.
Carl Nawrocki has been involved with Friends groups at the local and state level for over 25 years. He served as president of FOCL for four years and is the current Program Chair.
Experimenting with Square Up
A number of Friends groups has been using Square Up to accept credit card payments at their Used Book Sales. They have reported an increase in the volume of books sold and thus the use of this device is of interest to all. After the formal part of the conference, a number of Square Up users will make themselves available to give demonstrations and answer questions.
Registration Cut-off Date: postmarked no later than November 11,2016
Questions: Carl Nawrocki at Carlybilly@aol.com or 860-859-1641