Academic Friends

Resources for Getting Started

Academic Library Friends: A Toolkit for Getting Started – You Can Do This! (PDF, 165 kb) by Charles D. Hanson, Director of Kettering Library Services, Kettering University, is a free toolkit from United for Libraries geared toward starting a Friends group at a community college or university. Includes a list of the top 10 reasons why an academic library may want to start a Friends group.

The Friends of Academic Libraries LibGuide is a gathering of resources for library Friends groups associated with academic libraries compiled by and hosted by Kettering University Library.

See also our Fact Sheets on How to Organize an Academic Friends Group, Making the Case for an Academic Friends of the Library Group, and the full list of Fact Sheets for Friends groups.

United for Libraries/SAGE Academic Friend Conference Grant

The United for Libraries/SAGE Academic Friend Conference Grant enables a person who is active in his or her college or university Friends of the Library group, or a library staff member who works in development, to attend the ALA Annual Conference. Applications are due Jan. 9. The winner receives a grant of $850, plus full ALA Annual Conference registration.

Friends on Campus

In each issue of United for Libraries' bi-monthly newsletter, The Voice, a Friends on Campus article is featured providing information and details about important issues for Academic Friends groups as well as highlights of what Academic Friends are doing at colleges and universities around the country. Below are links to several sample articles. Members of United for Libraries receive our bi-monthly newsletter and also have access to the full archive of Friends on Campus articles in the Friends & Foundations Zone (requires login to access).

Making “the Ask”

This three part series was featured in News Update, the newsletter of Friends of Libraries U.S.A.