EveryLibrary is governed by a Board of Directors who provide volunteer time, attention, and service to help us realize our goals for library advocacy, voter engagement, and public awareness. You can contact any member of the Board by email via:
John Chrastka, Executive Director
EveryLibrary’s founder is John Chrastka, 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. He is a former president and member of the Board of Trustees for the Berwyn (IL) Public Library (2006 – 2015) and is a former president of the Reaching Across Illinois Libraries System (RAILS) multi-type library system. Prior to his work at AssociaDirect, he was Director for Membership Development at the American Library Association (ALA). He is a member of ALA as well as the Illinois Library Association (ILA), and the American Political Sciences Association (APSA). He as named a 2014 Mover & Shaker by Library Journal and tweets @mrchrastka.
Erica Findley, Development Director
Erica Findley is a passionate library supporter and is influential in the broader library advocacy ecosystem. Ms. Findley is the Cataloging/Metadata Librarian at Multnomah County Library (OR) and is a 2008 MLS graduate from Emporia State University. She is an active member of the American Library Association where she is an at-large member of their governing Council. She was a 2012 ALA Emerging Leader and was recently appointed to the ALCTS Leadership Development Committee. Ms. Findley is a co-convener of the ALA Think Tank and regularly hosts “pop-up libraries” when traveling by train or plane. Ms. Findley can be found online at www.ericafindley.com.
Patrick Sweeney, Political Director
Patrick Sweeney is a tireless and innovative advocate for libraries. A 2007 graduate of the San Jose School of Library and Information Sciences, Mr. Sweeney is the a former Administrative Librarian of the Sunnyvale (CA) Public Library and was Executive Director of EveryLibrary California, a statewide initiative to support library Propositions. He is active in the California Library Association and across library social media as a co-founder of the Think Tank. His library blog is well respected, and he is a sought-after speaker and presenter. A recent project, the Story Sailboat, worked to provide library services and materials – by boat – in the San Francisco Bay area. He tweets at @pcsweeney.
Brian D. Hart, Director of Special Projects and Initiatives
Brian Hart is at the confluence of a national conversation about the image of librarians and librarianship among the public. He is a 2012 MLIS graduate from the University of South Carolina, where he was was awarded the Ethel Bolden Minority Scholarship. He is formerly the Assistant Director for Middle Georgia Regional Library System in Macon, GA., and is currently pursuing a Masters of Public Administration from Georgia College and State University. Mr. Hart was selected as a 2014 Emerging Leader by the American Library Association, where he co-founded the ALA “Librarians Build Communities” MIG to coordinate skilled volunteer efforts and celebrate the diverse ways librarians enrich, educate and enhance their local communities. He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Black Caucus of the ALA (BCALA) and is a member of the North Carolina Library Association (NCLA). He tweets from @BrianDHart.
Peter Bromberg, Board Member
Peter Bromberg deeply believes in the potential of every person, and believes that libraries play a significant role in helping us unlock and develop our abilities and move in the direction of our dreams. He is a 1992 MLS graduate of Rutgers University and is Associate Director for Public Services at the Salt Lake County Library. He understands the crucial role libraries play in supporting democracy by creating a neutral space for respectful civic discourse, and by offering access and guidance to unbiased information. Mr Bromberg is a member of the Utah Library Association board and has held leadership roles in state and national associations for the last 20 years, including helping to inaugurate the Emerging Leaders program for ALA. He can be found online at peterbromberg.com.
Mel Gooch, Board Member
Mel Gooch understands the ecosystem of library advocacy, from front-line staff to citizen leadership. A 2002 MLIS graduate from Rutgers University, she is Librarian III – Main Library 5th Floor Manager for the San Francisco Public Library. Ms. Gooch is active in the American Library Association where she is an at-large member of their governing Council, serves on the Library Leadership and Management Association (LLAMA) Program Committee and the Library and Information Technology Association (LITA) Program Committee. She is a co-founder of Bay Area Off Desk, a professional group created to promote and support libraries, library staff, and librarianship in the Bay Area. She tweets at @mel_gooch.