Trustee Workshop Springfield

Illinois Library Trustee Forum Workshop 
Saturday, March 7, 2020
Illinois State Library
300 S. 2nd Street, Springfield

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Registration Fees
ILA Member: $85 
Non-Member: $95
Register one attendee at the full price and each additional attendee from your institution will receive a $10 registration discount.

Registration includes a full day of programming, a continental breakfast, buffet luncheon, and breaks.  

Plan – Implement – Communicate:  Building Strategic Planning and Storytelling Capacity for Community Impact

Is your library strategically focused for community impact?  Is the Board doing their part to maintain momentum? Are you sharing your success story effectively?  

At this session, you’ll learn how to develop an achievable strategic plan that’s right for your library, not a plan that will sit on a shelf only trotted out once a year for an update.  Your Board-led strategic planning process will result in a plan that has strong buy-in from all stakeholders involved and is rooted in community needs.

With a great plan in place, you’ll learn the Board’s role in implementation and how aligning updates and reports with plan milestones will upgrade your monthly meetings and create clear understanding about progress towards plan goals.

Finally, you’ll see how to connect the plan and implementation to communicate stories of community impact.  You’ll understand how to use these messages to show value and community transformation.

Through these three steps – plan, implement, and communicate – you’ll transform the Board’s capacity to effectively guide the library – and community – to an aspirational future. 


9:00 - 9:30 a.m.                                       
Continental Breakfast and Networking
9:30 - 9:40 a.m. Welcome and Introductions

9:30 a.m. - Noon

Plan – Implement – Communicate:  Building Strategic Planning and

Storytelling Capacity for Community Impact

12:00 - 1:00 p.m. Luncheon 
1:00 - 1:30 p.m.  
Legislative Update
Derek Blaida, ILA Legislative Consultant 
Derek will provide an update on what's 
going on in Springfield and the status of legislation impacting libraries.
1:30 - 2:30 p.m. 

Q&A -- Bring your questions related to strategic planning or strategic 

plan implementation

Workshop Facilitator

Amanda E. Standerfer
Amanda’s passion is helping libraries and nonprofit organizations advance so they can create meaningful impact in their communities.  Since 2002, Amanda has served as a consultant and facilitator, working with libraries and nonprofits on strategic planning, fundraising, organizational development, and capacity building.  Amanda is currently the Director of Development & Promotion for The Urbana (IL) Free Library She’s spent half of her career working in philanthropy (as Program Officer for The Lumpkin Family Foundation based in Mattoon, IL and as Program Director with the Southeastern Illinois Community Foundation, serving Effingham and Mattoon, IL) and the other half in libraries (as Head of the Adult Division at the Decatur (IL) Public Library and as Director of the Helen Matthes Library in Effingham, IL).  She loves melding her library and philanthropy knowledge – calling herself a “philanthro-brarian.” 

Amanda has twice been elected to the Board of the Illinois Library Association (ILA), most recently completing a three-year term in 2016.  Amanda holds a B.A. and an M.A. in history from Eastern Illinois University and an M.S. in library and information science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Hotel Information 
The State House Inn
101 E. Adams
Springfield, IL 62701
Reservations: 217-528-5100
Single/Double: $85
Complimentary parking and full hot breakfast
Reservations must be made by February 6; thereafter reservations will be taken on a space-available basis only.

Cancellations must be received in writing before February 21, 2020. Please e-mail your cancellation request to Cancellations received before February 21, 2020 will receive a refund and are subject to a $15 processing fee.  No refunds will be given for cancellations received after February 21.