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Continuing Education Workshops for Directors & Trustees: Campaigning for Your Library

Campaigning for Your Library by Libby Post

Presenter Biography

Libby Post brings a wide range of communications experience, advocacy and political campaign expertise to her clients. Her interest in assisting libraries, health care organizations, advocacy groups and not−for−profits with her marketing, development and public relations expertise led her to start Communication Services in 1984. 2012 marked the 28th anniversary of the firm.

A political consultant by training, Libby managed the successful campaigns of Albany City Comptroller Nancy Burton (1993) and Albany Common Council President Helen Desfosses (1997/2001) and has developed message content and voter contact materials for countless other candidates.

Libby has received numerous honors. In June 2005, she received Community Service Award from the University at Albany Alumni Association. In October 2004, she received the Council Leadership/Lifetime Achievement Award from the Capital District Gay and Lesbian Community Council. In addition to this honor, the Council Leadership Award was named in her honor. In 2000, she was named 1 of the 100 Women of Excellence, by the Albany−Colonie Chamber of Commerce. She completed the Chamber’s 2003 Capital Leadership Program and her business recently received the Chamber’s Small Business Council Community Service Award. In addition, she received the 1997 Council Leadership Award from the Capital District Gay and Lesbian Community Council, Inc., the 1995 Jim Perry Progressive Leadership Award from Capital District Citizen Action, the 1994 Making Waves Award from the Albany Area N.O.W, the 1992 National Association of Social Workers Public Citizen of the Year award, and the 1989 Tribute to Women Award from the YWCA.

From 1999 to 2004, Post served as President of the Capital District Gay and Lesbian Community Council. During her tenure, she provided insightful leadership that enabled the organization to grow in ways never thought possible. The Council’s budget tripled, its board of directors understood its role as policy makers and fund’raisers, it was seen as a resource for the greater community and it greatly expanded its program offerings. As President, Libby put her professional skills to work and shepherded the Council through a rebranding process that has been well received in the local community.