United for Libraries
Local, State, and National Library Advocacy: A Grasstop Approach


Jun 10, 2019 12:27 PM

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Skip Dye
President @United for Libraries
Skip Dye, is Vice-President, library marketing and digital sales at Penguin Random House and the 2018-2019 president of United for Libraries: The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, a division of the American Library Association. Dye has been a corporate at large member of the United for Libraries board since 2015. Prior to his position at Penguin Random House, he was VP, adult library and academic marketing, Random House, LLC, and VP, sales director, Random House Publisher Services, Random House, LLC. Dye was co-founder of the Penguin Random House Literacy Award for Teachers, and co-founder of Penguin Random House Innovation Awards for Libraries.
Kathi Kromer
Associate Executive Director, Public Policy and Advocacy @American Library Association
Kathi Kromer is the Associate Executive Director of the Public Policy and Advocacy Office of the American Library Association (ALA). ALA's advocacy and public policy staff work to secure information technology policies that support and encourage efforts of libraries to ensure access to electronic information resources as a means of upholding the public’s right to a free and open information society. Prior to joining ALA, Kromer was vice president of strategy and outreach for the Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Association for 11 years. While with the ALS Association, she created and executed public policy and outreach strategy, with the goals of raising awareness, improving the lives of people with ALS, advancing ALS research, increasing organizational and government funding, and creating strategic partnerships. She worked collaboratively in cross-functional teams to integrate mission priorities of advocacy, care services, and research.
Julius Jefferson, Jr.
Section Head, Congressional Research Service @Library of Congress
Julius C. Jefferson Jr., section head of the Congressional Research Service at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C., was recently elected as the 2020-2021 president of the American Library Association. An active member of ALA for 15 years, Jefferson currently serves on and has been a member of ALA Council since 2011, and most recently completed a three-year term on the ALA Executive Board (2015–2018). He has also served on a number of critical committees, including the Finance and Audit Committee (2017–2018); the Budget Analysis and Review Committee (2014–2018); the Intellectual Freedom Committee (2010–2014), serving as the 2010–2011 chair; and is currently chair of the Chapter Relations Committee, as well as on numerous other committees and task forces of the Association.