Michigan and United for Libraries

Library of Michigan logoThe Library of Michigan has partnered with United for Libraries to provide all Michigan Trustees, Friends groups, and library directors/staff with access through 9/30/18 to the wealth of resources and member publications offered by United for Libraries.

Access/Logging In

As part of your statewide group membership, you now have access to all of the materials and resources linked below. Access requires a login, provided to you by your library director or United for Libraries. If you don't know your login or have any questions about your group membership, please email united@ala.org, or call the United for Libraries office at (800) 545-2433, ext. 2161.

Please note that statewide group members of United for Libraries are members of ALA, but do not receive personal ALA membership benefits.Group members cannot vote, serve on committees, or stand for election to the United for Libraries board. To be more involved with the governance of United for Libraries, join as a personal member.

To learn more about logging in and accessing resources, as well as a tour of all the resources included in your statewide group membership, please watch the welcome webinar for Michigan staff, Trustees, Friends, and Foundations. Access the recording here.

NEW: United for Libraries Resources

We've compiled a handy Excel file of the top resources available FREE and for members only. Please note this is a working compilation and resources may be added at any time. Also, it's not possible to list all of the wonderful links and resources we have on our site, so if you are looking for something and can't find it on this list, email Beth (bnawalinski@ala.org) or Jillian (jwentworth@ala.org) and we'll let you know if we have the resource and if so, where to find it. And don't forget, some of the "Additional Fee" items listed in the Excel file are included FREE in your statewide group membership. Look for the applicable links below.

Friend Your Library graphicNEW! Downloadable "Friend Your Library" Bookmark and Poster Files

United for Libraries is pleased to present NEW downloadable Friend Your Library bookmark and poster files, a value of $48 per library now included FREE for all statewide group members. The downloadable items recognize the importance of Friends groups and can be used to recruit new members and/or celebrate National Friends of Libraries Week. All PDFs feature space to type in your library’s message using Adobe Reader or Acrobat software.

NEW: Troubled Library Boards: Prevention & Survival Webinar

Exclusive FREE access to this recorded webinar (login required) is available to statewide group members of United for Libraries! Troubled library boards are increasingly common. Serving on a troubled board is stressful, and it can take the focus away from a board’s primary mission. What essential practices can prevent or minimize board problems? When a board does become dysfunctional, how can those involved survive and create change? The webinar was led by Sally Gardner Reed, former executive director of United for Libraries; Trustee Jo Beckwith of Illinois, and Stephen Bero; director of the Algonquin (Ill.) Public Library.

With Friends Like These Webinar

Exclusive FREE access to this recorded webinar (login required) is available to statewide group members of United for Libraries! Friends are wonderful assets to their libraries... until they're not! Sadly, some Friends groups fall into cliques, start demanding to determine how the money is spent, start believing that they "own" the money raised rather than understanding their role as "trustees" of the money, and even start wanting a say in the library’s governance and/or operations. Based on her recently published book, The Good, the Great, and the Unfriendly: A Librarian's Guide to Working Effectively with Friends, Sally Gardner Reed discusses ways to work with Friends who go rogue, how to bring them back in line, and what to do when nothing works.

Merging a Friends and Foundation Webinar

Exclusive FREE access to this recorded webinar (login required) is available to statewide group members of United for Libraries! In the library world today, there is a huge need for support organizations – Friends & Foundations – but often the lines between these two groups are blurred and their work counter-productive. In this webinar, presenters Peter Pearson and Sue Hall discuss the difference in the roles of Friends and Foundations and identify areas where there can be conflict – and present strategies for minimizing conflict. They also address the question, “When is it time for the two organizations to merge?” and share solutions for engaging in a merger process that minimizes pain and maximizes potential. Pearson and Hall also talk about national challenges and trends for Friends and Foundations.

Trustee Academy logoNEW & Updated Trustee Academy Courses

The Trustee Academy is a series of online courses to help Trustees become exceptionally proficient in their roles on behalf of their libraries. New and updated courses now available (click on links below).

Short Takes for Trustees

Short Takes logoUnited for Libraries presents Short Takes for Trustees, a series of 10 short videos (8-10 minutes each) that can be shown during Trustee meetings to stimulate discussion about the important role that Trustees play in the governance of their libraries. Topics in the series explain the basics, such as what it means to be a Trustee (discussing the broad fiduciary responsibilities of governing boards as well as the limits of an advisory board), as well as how to set policy, how to evaluate the library director (and why you should!), along with board self evaluation, and the ethical and parliamentary standards for boards — both governing and advisory.

Engaging Today's Volunteers for Libraries and Friends

Engaging Today's Volunteers for Libraries and Friends is a three-part series of webcasts is designed to inform library Friends, Trustees, and staff about this new generation of volunteers — how they are different from volunteers in the past, what they want from service opportunities, and how libraries and Friends can attract them.

Friends & Foundations Zone

The Friends & Foundations Zone provides members-only access to toolkits, current and past issues of The Voice newsletter, publications, webinars, special offers, and more.

Trustee Zone

The Trustee Zone provides members-only access to toolkits, current and past issues of The Voice newsletter, publications, practical guides, webinars, special offers, and more.

Additional Help

If you have any questions or need further assistance, please call United for Libraries at (800) 545-2433, ext. 2161 or email united@ala.org. Emails are also monitored evenings, weekends, and holidays to ensure a timely response.