Library Politics

"Library Politics: Better Dealings With Your Elected and Appointed Officials"
Part of the Library 2.0 "Essential Library Leadership" Series with Dr. Steve Albrecht


All library politics is local... Or is it? As a library leader, how you interact with the various political leaders in your circle of influence can make or break your current and future success. You may deal with local elected or appointed officials, like Library Boards; with City Council members and the county Board of Supervisors; with Planning Boards; with Community Development Boards; with Friends of the Library; and even with the Friends of Trees. You may have to make your case for capital improvements, more budget dollars or personnel, or changes in policies, to elected or appointed people who know a lot or a little about running a library. You may have to work with the administrators of federal government programs; with state library associations; or with local community groups. You will need to present your needs, often in a public forum, using data, documentation, and justifications they can agree upon, vote on, and sign-off on. How you manage these relationships will require tact, communication skills, and good Social Intelligence (the ability to read the room and say or do the right things based on who is in that room).

This is a 60-minute training webinar presented by Library 2.0 and hosted by ALA author and library service, safety, and security expert, Dr. Steve Albrecht. This overview session is another in our “Essential Library Leadership Series,” for all library leaders. A handout copy of the presentation slides will be available to all who participate.


  • Every local, state, or federal politician has two personal agendas. Do you know what they are?
  • How can you make it easier for them to say yes? Preparing your facts and figures.
  • Matching your work and goals to your city or county’s Strategic Plan.
  • Presentation skills overview: speaking in public has its own stressors.
  • Observing visible, overt political agendas versus invisible, covert political agendas.
  • Working with volunteer boards, Friends of the Library, and oversight groups.
  • What do you do when board members don’t get along with each other?
  • Using tradeoffs versus concessions with politicians.
  • Answering the “impact questions”: fiscal, community, service, (and their reputation).

DATE: Thursday, September 22, 2022, at 2:00 pm US - Eastern Time


  • $99/person - includes any-time access to the recording and the presentation slides and receiving a participation certificate. To arrange group discounts (see below), to submit a purchase order, or for any registration difficulties or questions, email
  • FREE for those on individual or group all-access passes (see below).


Click above to pay. You can pay by credit card, and will receive an email within a day with information on how to attend the webinar live and then your permanent access to the webinar recording. If you have any trouble registering for a webinar, if you need to be invoiced or pay by check, or if you have any questions, please email NOTE: please check your spam folder if you don't receive your confirmation email right away.

SPECIAL GROUP RATES (email to arrange):

  • Multiple individual log-ins and access from the same organization paid together: $75 each for 3+ registrations, $65 each for 5+ registrations. Unlimited and non-expiring access for those log-ins.
  • The ability to show the webinar (live or recorded) to a group located in the same physical location or in the same virtual meeting from one log-in: $299.
  • Large-scale institutional access for viewing with individual login capability: $499 (hosted either at Library 2.0 or in Niche Academy). Unlimited and non-expiring access for those log-ins.


  • All-access annual passes include unlimited access to the recordings of all of Dr. Albrecht's previous Library 2.0 webinars, plus live and recorded access to his new webinars for one year. These are hosted either at Library 2.0 or Niche Academy (if preferred).
  • For a $499 individual all-access annual pass to all of Dr. Albrecht's live webinars and recordings for one year, please click here
  • Inquiries for all-access organizational contracts should be directed to

Since 2000, Dr. Steve Albrecht has trained thousands of library employees in 28+ states, live and online, in service, safety, security, and supervision. His programs are fast, entertaining, and provide tools that can be put to use immediately in the library workspace with all types of patrons. In 2015, the ALA published his book, Library Security: Better Communication, Safer Facilities. He is currently writing the sequel, The Safe Library: Keeping Users, Staff, and Collections Secure, for Rowman & Littlefield.

Steve holds a doctoral degree in Business Administration (D.B.A.), an M.A. in Security Management, a B.A. in English, and a B.S. in Psychology. He is board-certified in HR, security management, employee coaching, and threat assessment.

He has written 24 books on business, security, and leadership topics. He lives with six dogs, two cats, and three chickens. (Not all in the same room, of course.)