Friends Groups & Trustees

ALA Resources

  • Involve your Community Partners: Friends, Staff & Trustees
    Tips on how to involve library staff, Friends groups, and trustees in advocacy efforts.  Also available as a PDF or word document
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Citizens-Save-Libraries Power Guide for Successful Advocacy                                                                                  This free guide will take the mystery out of advocacy, provide you with an organized step-by-step approach, and allow    you to develop a set of strategies that will motivate your community to pressure funders to support the library or in the case of a referendum or bond issue - to vote "yes."
  • Virtual Library Legislative Day
    Virtual Library Legislative Day allows library advocates to contact Congress from home

Online Learning

Trustee Academy: Advocating for Your Library (United for Libraries)
This course will cover how to design and implement an advocacy campaign, how to collaborate with stakeholders, etc.

 


Publications Available from ALA

Essential Friends of Libraries: Fast Facts, Forms, and Tips Essential Friends
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.

 


Even More Great Ideas for Libraries and FriendsEven 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.


Library board's practical guide to self-evaluationA Library Board’s Practical Guide To Self-Evaluation
by Nicholas Spillios (Lifetime Member, Alberta Library Trustees, Canada) and Sally G. Reed (Executive Director, United for Libraries). 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 personal members and Board of Trustees group members can access this publication free of charge as a PDF. Log in to the Trustee Zone to access.


Library board's practical guide to hiring outside expertsA 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 personal members and Board of Trustees group members can access this publication free of charge as a PDF. Log in to the Trustee Zone to access.


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!

United for Libraries personal and group members may receive a downloadable version of this publication free of charge by accessing the Friends & Foundations Zone or the Trustee Zone. A limited supply of hard copies is available for purchase. The member price to purchase is $20 plus $2 shipping. The non-member price is $30 plus $2 shipping. Please contact the United for Libraries office at (800) 545-2433, ext 2161 or by e-mail at united@ala.org 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.

United for Libraries personal and group members may receive a downloadable version of this publication free of charge by accessing the Friends & Foundations Zone or the Trustee Zone. A limited supply of hard copies is available for purchase. The member price to purchase is $20 plus $2 shipping. The non-member price is $30 plus $2 shipping. Please contact the United for Libraries office at (800) 545-2433, ext 2161 or by e-mail at united@ala.org to order.