ALA Governance Institute at LibLearnX


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Whether you’re currently engaged in association governance, or whether you want to learn more as you plan your career and leadership development, the ALA Governance Institute (AGI) will offer the leadership and professional development skills needed for impactful leadership and effective decision-making.

The AGI is inspired by the recognition that association leaders and prospective leaders face, increasingly complex leadership situations, and high expectations for responsiveness to a wide range of constituents and stakeholders. Seasoned ALA leaders, staff, and other subject matter experts will serve as Institute faculty. 

  • The in-person AGI session will take place Friday, January 19, 2024, 1:00-5:00PM, and is open to the first 200 LLX registrants who sign up. 
  • There is no separate registration process for AGI. Just sign up when you register for LibLearnX.


  • 1:00 – 1:20 Welcome
  • 1:30 – 3:00 Breakout Session I
  • 3:00 – 3:30 Networking Break
  • 3:30 – 5:00 Breakout Session II

Select from the following breakout topics:

Fundraising 101: Best practices for finding, engaging, and stewarding donors 

Learning Outcomes:

  • Participants will be able to explain the significance of fundraising to ALA’s operations
  • Participants will be able to identify successful strategies for cultivating and stewarding donors
  • Participants will be able to construct a plan for one way that they can support ALA’s fundraising efforts

Tools & Tactics for Effective Crisis Communication

Learning Outcomes:

  • Participants will better understand the fundamentals of crisis communication and how to prepare for worst-case scenarios.
  • Participants will learn best practices, including developing a thorough crisis communication plan.
  • Participants will learn how to respond effectively and gain helpful tools, tactics, and strategies to discuss hot-button topics or issues.

Parliamentary Debate and Deliberations

Learning Outcomes:

  • Participants will practice and learn how to make effective arguments, and develop an understanding of how to manage debate.
  • Participants will explore the relationship between delegated authority and the limitations of units (committees, the Council, the Executive Board) in governing an organization.  

Library Leader Perspectives on Advocating for Intellectual Freedom

Learning Outcomes:

  • Participants will better understand the fundamentals of intellectual freedom legal principles and relevant ALA policies and positions
  • Participants will better understand the range of attacks employed against libraries, library workers, and library organizations (including ALA)
  • Participants will better understand the range of possible responses to attacks on intellectual freedom and how and when to deploy responses
  • Participants will better understand the roles of various ALA units and how they interrelate

"I always come back with tools for the library system and for state library association. The Governance Institute provided some great ideas to put on an agenda at an upcoming state library association meeting as we work on strengthening our organization after some difficult years following COVID.  I was also delighted to hear about the Intellectual Freedom Syllabus and already have plans to apply for continuing education and use in my library system."

— 2023 LibLearnX Participant

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