United for Libraries Advocacy Resources
Explore the resources available fromUnited for Libraries to help your Trustees, Friends, and Foundation coordinate advocacy efforts on behalf of your library.
Trustee Tip Sheets
Based on the popular Fact Sheets for Friends and Foundations, the all new Trustee Tip Sheets address a variety of concerns and issues faced by Trustees. New Tip Sheets will be added in the coming months.
National Friends of Libraries Week
Friends of Libraries groups now have their very own national week of celebration! United for Libraries will coordinate the seventh annual National Friends of Libraries Week Oct. 21-27, 2012. The celebration offers a two-fold opportunity to celebrate Friends. Use the time to creatively promote your group in the community, to raise awareness, and to promote membership. This is also an excellent opportunity for your library and Board of Trustees to recognize the Friends for their help and support of the library.
United for Libraries Outreach Programs
Friends groups often reach out to their communities to promote the library and enhance both literacy and literary awareness. "Books for Babies" has been one tried and true method of working to combat illiteracy at its roots. By providing literacy kits and a baby's board book to new parents, Friends can both promote future use of the library by the family and get the baby and parents off to a good literacy start! Literary Landmarks™ provide Friends, Trustees and libraries with an opportunity to honor the literary heritage in their community by commemorating important local or national author sites with a plaque. These commemorative activities are also great ways to promote the library.
Become a Better Advocate Fact Sheet - Involve your Community Partners: Friends, Staff & Trustees (PDF) or word document
Available from ALA Editions
Essential Friends of Libraries: Fast Facts, Forms, and Tips
Volunteers in a time crunch need answers—fast. For Friends of Libraries, the popular Friends’ Sourcebook by Sandy Dolnick has provided in-depth answers over three editions. Her new book delivers vital information into easy bites and combines a new CD, packed with over 50 easily customized forms, guidelines, and templates, with 156 text references (keyed to the CD) in a searchable, easy-to-use encyclopedic dictionary. Peppered with the insights and opinions of Dolnick, and refined by her years of conversations with librarians, suppliers, trustees, and leaders from the Friends network. For new and experienced Library Friends, library directors, outreach and volunteer coordinators, and anyone who needs information on Friends of Libraries issues, here are the answers. From accounting and advocacy to literacy and lobbying,this is an indispensable quick reference tool for volunteers, trustees, and librarians alike. Visit the ALA Store.
Even More Great Ideas for Libraries and Friends
The first edition of this breakthrough book was a huge success, so FOLUSA (Friends of Libraries U.S.A.) collected 101+ more terrific ideas and best practices to help you and your team connect with your community with Even More Great Ideas for Libraries and Friends. Following an introduction which sets the stage for effective library/community partnerships, you’ll discover ideas for innovative programs, successful fundraising, strategic advocacy, powerful public relations, memorable membership campaigns and more. As in the first book, each idea is presented with practical instructions, graphics, and implementation tools so you can adapt these programs successfully and creatively to match your library’s specific needs and opportunities.
ALTAFF members and affiliates may purchase the book for $40 (includes media mail shipping). All others may purchase from Neal-Schuman Publishers at the list price of $69.95 plus shipping.
To place an order: ALTAFF members and affiliates may order by phone with a credit card or can print and mail the order form with payment. To request an invoice, please contact the ALTAFF office at (800) 545-2433, ext. 2161, email email@example.com, or complete and fax or mail the order form checking off the box for "Please invoice me." Payment must be received before the book is mailed. To pay by credit card, please call the ALTAFF office at (800) 545-2433, ext. 2161.
A Library Board’s Practical Guide To Self-Evaluation
by Nicholas Spillios (Lifetime Member, Alberta Library Trustees, Canada) and Sally G. Reed (Executive Director, ALTAFF). Committee members included; Donna McDonald (Library Director, Arkansas River Valley Regional Library System) and Alan Smith (Trustee, Contra Costa County Library)
Trustees and Library Commissioners make important fiscal and administrative decisions critical to the functioning of their library. Board members commit their time and skills for effective governing. It is important that they understand their roles and responsibilities and possess the information necessary to make wise decisions as a Board. This annual self-evaluation tool can assist Trustees to assess the competencies essential to their performance as Board members. Further, it will assist them in seeking opportunities for training and continuing education and adjust individual perception of operation and gaps in information. Trustee section members and Trustee Board affiliates may receive this publication free of charge as a PDF (email firstname.lastname@example.org). A published version will be available for purchase at a future date.
A Library Board’s Practical Guide To Hiring Outside Experts
by Christine Lind Hage, Rochester Hills (MI) Public Library; Mary Pergander, Deerfield (IL) Public Library; and Jean Tabor, Canton (MI) Public Library
Library boards are volunteer organizations made up of individual trustees with myriad skills and expertise. During their tenure on the board, trustees are often faced with difficult, complex issues outside the realm of their experience. Undertaking a feasibility study, passing a millage/levy, and evaluating compensation packages for staff are but a few of the challenges that boards face. Based on individual skill levels as well as their time to devote to the library, some boards will choose to undertake these issues on their own using subcommittees or the board as a committee of the whole. Others will decide to invest in hiring a consultant to assist in these endeavors. This guide, part of a series written by ALTAFF Trustee members, provides a practical approach for boards to follow when they choose to hire a consultant. Trustee section members and Trustee Board affiliates may receive this publication free of charge as a PDF (email email@example.com). A published version will be available for purchase at a future date.
Getting Grants in Your Community
by Sally Gardner Reed and Beth Nawalinski
This step-by-step guide will show you how to find and apply for grants in your community -- no matter how large or small. The accompanying CD-ROM includes sample grants and cover letters along with a fill-in-the-blank template so that even first time grant writers can develop a professional proposal. Using MS-Word format, simply fill in the template, cut and paste verbiage from sample grants included as needed, and print! Everything you need in one complete toolkit to start bringing local grant money into your library! ALTAFF members and affiliates may receive a downloadable version of this publication free of charge by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. A limited supply of hard copies is available for purchase. ALTAFF member and affiliate price is $25 plus $2 shipping. The non-member price is $40 plus $2 shipping. Please contact the ALTAFF office at (800) 545-2433, ext 2161 or by email at email@example.com to order.
Making Our Voices Heard: Citizens Speak Out for Libraries
by Sally Gardner Reed and Beth Nawalinski
Thanks to a grant from the American Library Association, FOLUSA published a highly usable how-to-do-it guide on library advocacy for Friends called Making Our Voices Heard: Citizens Speak Out for Libraries. Published in CD-ROM format with an accompanying workbook, this guide will take you and your group through the advocacy process step-by-step. The CD-ROM will tell you how to engage in advocacy for your local library and the workbook will allow you to design your own plan for action. ALTAFF members and affiliates may receive a downloadable version of this publication free of charge by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. A limited supply of hard copies is available for purchase. ALTAFF member and affiliate price is $20 plus $2 shipping. The non-member price is $30 plus $2 shipping. Please contact the ALTAFF office at (800) 545-2433, ext 2161 or by email at email@example.com to order.