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2018 Public Library Academy

In order to receive financial support, you have to begin with trust, buy-in and a sense of optimism on the part of the funder, whether that funder is a grantor, an individual donor or an institution that oversees your finances.

In the 2018 Public Library Academy, we will explore key elements to arm you with the skills you need and insights into the challenges you face in convincing funders that your institution is worthy of their resources.

Be ready to think hard, examine your own roadblocks and push them out of the way!

The Public Library Academy is geared toward public library directors. 

Each director is encouraged to bring a second staff member along as part of their team to build the case for a well-funded library.

When and Where

Prior to the 2018 FLA Annual Conference
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.  
Caribe Royale Orlando Hotel


Maxine Bleiweis will be sharing her strategies to help you make the case for library funding.

She is an experienced executive director of award-winning public libraries in Connecticut and the 2015 recipient of the Charlie Robinson Award for a public library director who has proven to be “a risk taker, an innovator and/or a change agent in a public library.”

Contact Us

For more information contact Sandy Newell at or 850.245.6624. 

imls180.for.panel.jpgMany of these resources and programs are funded under the provisions of the Library Services and Technology Act from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Florida's LSTA program is administered by the Department of State's Division of Library and Information Services.