McCusker Lecture 2015 Featuring John Chrastka

Wednesday, October 14, 2015 - 6:00pm
Martin Recital Hall

This event is free and open to the public with registration required--RSVP below.
John Chrastka

John Chrastka will deliver the 2015 McCusker Memorial Lecture on Wednesday, October 14, 2015, 6:00 p.m., titled "The Accidental Candidate: Updating Voter Nostalgia about Librarians and Libraries on the Campaign Trail." The Lecture is free and open to the public, and will be followed by a reception. Please use the form below to register.

Chrastka is executive director and founder of EveryLibrary, the first nation wide political action committee for libraries. Since 2013, EveryLibrary has provided pro-bono support to library staff and leadership about how to talk to the public about tax measures, and to local citizen committees on how to activate voter support for the library--and the librarians--in their communities. Under Chrastka's guidance and direction, EveryLibrary has helped more than 25 libraries take referenda for building bonds and operating levies to ballot, winning 21 campaigns and securing over $55 million in stable revenue at these elections. Chrastka will share his successful experiences, as well as some challenges.

A long-time library trustee, supporter, and advocate, Mr. Chrastka is a former partner in AssociaDirect, a Chicago-based consultancy focused on supporting associations in membership recruitment, conference, and governance activities. Prior to that work, he was Director for Membership Development at the American Library Association (ALA). He is a former president and current member of the Board of Trustees for the Berwyn (IL) Public Library (2006–present),  is a former president of the Reaching Across Illinois Libraries System (RAILS), a multi-type library system, and was a board member for the Suburban Library System.  He is a member of ALA,  the Illinois Library Association (ILA), and the American Political Sciences Association (APSA). He tweets @mrchrastka.