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May 21-23, 2017

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Welcome to the official site for ALADN 2017: Connecting in Cleveland! This year's conference, hosted by the Kelvin Smith Libarary at Case Western Reserve University, is taking place in downtown Cleveland, at the Mariott Hotel at Key Center. We hope this gathering will provide opportunities to participate, network and learn more about best practices in development strategies. Get started by selecting the 'Register Now' button that will direct you to Eventbrite, where you may begin the registration process. This site will continue to be updated as more information becomes available, so keep checking back. Please contact us with any questions. We look forward to seeing you in "The Land"!

Registration ends on Friday, May 12th! Remember that reimbursements for cancellations should be requested 30 days prior to conference date!

Pre-Conference Keynote Speaker

Beth Herman, formed EBH Consulting LLC in 2010 to help high-achieving professionals better understand and lead themselves so they can better understand and lead their teams to change the world.  She's spent 25+ years leading higher education advancement teams; helping philanthropists make large, useful gifts; staffing presidents, deans, and board members; and conducting successful comprehensive campaigns.  

Combining coaching, training, strategic planning, and human relations skills, EBH and her associates can help you assess your program’s strengths and vulnerabilities and design and support a forward path for you and your team.

Pre-Conference Panel

In the second half, a panel of ALADN's most experienced fundraisers: Julie Seavy - University of Pittsburgh, Dwain Teague - University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Karlene Jennings - University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and Gay Jackson - The Ohio State University, will discuss topics fundamental to library fundraising such as soliciting major gifts, working with Special Collections, building a constituency, working with Central, renovation and special projects, events, working with your director or dean and working through the challenges. The final hour will be reserved for your specific questions.

Karlene Noel Jennings MSIS, PhD, CFRE

Karlene currently serves as Executive Director of Library Development at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She has previously served at the program chair and conference chair for ALADN. After a two year hiatus from ALADN, she is pleased to be back! She has raised funds for libraries for more than 15 years and has also served a public library trustee and Friends of the Libraries Board Member. Jennings has co-authored two books about library advancement, and other writings about library development. She is a frequent presenter and has also taught for both the University of Tennessee and the College of William & Mary about advancement issues. In her spare time, Karlene is a fan of shoes, baseball, traveling, and statistics (in that order)!  

Julie M. Seavy

Julie is the Sr. Director of Development at University of Pittsburgh. In this role, Julie is responsible for fund-raising efforts for the University Library System and Heinz Memorial Chapel. In addition, she has a portfolio of campus-wide leadership gift prospects. Julie’s entire development career has been with the University of Pittsburgh and she is in her 30th year at Pitt. In that time, she has been involved in nearly every aspect of fundraising including budget and personnel, prospect management, campaign planning and major gift fundraising. 

She is a frequent speaker on fundraising issues relating to libraries as well as major gift fundraising. She has been a speaker at both national library and CASE conferences and has done consulting with universities including the University of Warwick (England) and West Virginia University. An active ALADN member, she only missed two conferences since attending her first one in 2000 in Pacific Grove, CA. Her roles have included conference chair in 2013, program chair in 2004 and 2011 and a speaker at seven (or eight) conferences. Julie is a graduate of Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania.                                                          

Dwain Posey Teague

Dwain has served as an academic library fundraiser since 1998 and raised funds for the East Carolina University Libraries, the University of Central Florida Libraries, the North Carolina State University Libraries, and currently, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Libraries. He has served as a presenter at ALADN, the American Library Association Annual Conference, and the Fundraising for Libraries: Bootcamp held at Rutgers University. In addition to ALADN, Dwain is an active member of the American Library Association, the North Carolina Library Association, the Florida Library Association, the Association of Fundraising Professionals, and the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education. He co-authored an article for Technical Services Quarterly and wrote a chapter for Successful Library Fundraising Best Practices. Dwain holds an M.A. in English and a B.S. in Communications, both from East Carolina University. He is pursuing his M.L.S. at North Carolina Central University and will graduate this summer. 

Gay Jackson

Gay Jackson has worked at The Ohio State University Libraries since 2003. She led the fundraising campaign to raise $30M to renovate the Thompson main library and recently finished working on a campaign to open a new home for the world’s largest cartoon library. The recent OSU university wide capital campaign, But For Ohio State, concluded this fall, and the libraries exceeded the $25M goal and raised $38M. At the Libraries, she works with three different groups of volunteers: a Capital Campaign Committee, a Friends of the Library Board and the advisory group, the Buckram Circle. Before Ohio State, she worked as the Director of Development and Marketing at the Marshall University School of Medicine and was an Adjunct Faculty member at the Marshall Department of History. She has a BA and MA from Marshall.  

Karen Hillman

Karen is the Director of Library Development and Donor Relations for Kent State University Libraries and served four years as Director of Marketing, Communications & Public Relations. In this role, Karen worked with library faculty, staff and administration to build a constituency for the library on campus and off campus.  On behalf of the library, Karen is a member of five local chambers of commerce and holds a seat on the board for the Kent Area Chamber of Commerce. Working with the Division of Institutional Advancement, she collaborates with other university advancement officers in support of their fundraising efforts as well for the benefit of library fundraising. Karen is the executive director of the University Libraries National Advisory Council, and serves as advisor to the Friends of University Libraries.


Opening Keynote Speaker

Ed Rossman is the author of "40+ New Revenue Sources for Libraries and Nonprofits," published by ALA Editions. He has been involved with libraries and broadcasting since 1980. Currently he is an adult service librarian in Shaker Heights, Ohio, and is a member of and past chair of the Business Reference in Public Libraries committee of BRASS. He is the author of Castles Against Ignorance: How to Make Libraries Great Educational Environments (2006). He has taught courses on the internet and mass media for the Kent State School of Journalism, and is currently teaching online courses on Business Writing for libraries at Kent State University’s School of Library and Information Science. As a business manager of radio stations in two major markets, he coordinated dozens of sponsorship campaigns, as well as produced over 200 hours of sponsored specialty programming. 

Closing Keynote Speaker

Maureen Ischay With more than 17 years of fundraising and nonprofit management experience, Maureen is currently Sr. Director of Development at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, in addition to providing consulting services for a variety of clients. In the area of fundraising, she has a broad background in foundation and government support, corporate solicitation, individual giving, major gifts, and special event planning.  Within the realm of organizational effectiveness, Ms. Ischay has worked on business planning; financial budgeting, modeling, and forecasting; board development and recruitment; strategic planning; and database migration, procedures, and protocols. She is an invited speaker at conferences and seminars locally and nationally and was selected as one of 25 participants nationally to participate in the first National Arts Education Leadership Institute (July, 2010) as a next generation arts leader in the country. Ms. Ischay pursued doctoral work in Medieval Musicology at Northwestern University, during which time she worked on the creation of the International Dictionary of Black Composers through the Center for Black Music Research at Columbia College.

Title of talk: I Get By With a Little Help From My Friends.

Abstract: this interactive address will discuss a variety of ways in which development officers can find unique, and often overlooked, opportunities to engage donors in supporting their mission.

The Closing Keynote speaker program is generously sponsored by The Ohio State University Libraries.

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