Form a Friends Group
Athletic teams and bands have their boosters. Even Harley Davidson riders have a strong users group. Why shouldn’t your library have a Friends group?
Many public, school and academic libraries have discovered the advantages of having a Friends’ group to assist with fundraising, provide volunteer assistance and advocate support. It is also a good way to nurture a core group of advocates in good times, as well as bad.
Friends of Libraries USA, a national organization that provides support to local Friends groups, offers the following advice for organizing a Friends of a School Library.
- Determine the purpose of the group.
- Identify and develop a core of leaders, who will work closely with library administrators.
- Acquaint the Friends with the basic philosophy and requirements for an effective library. Define organizational structure, dues structure.
- Plan an orientation program/welcome event for new members. Explain policies and procedures, pertinent state and national standards.
- Develop a membership recruitment campaign with strategies for reaching out to potential members.
- Keep records and periodically evaluate the program.
- Recognize and thank your Friends and volunteers.
How to Organize a Friends Group
Starting a State Friends Group
Starting a Branch Friends Group
How to Organize a Friends of a School Media Center/Library
How to Organize an Academic Friends Group
How to Revitalize Your Friends Group