Nebraska and United for Libraries

Through a statewide partnership between the Nebraska Library Commission and United for Libraries, all Trustees, Friends groups, and library directors in Nebraska have access to the wealth of resources and member publications offered by United for Libraries.

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.

NEW! Merging a Friends and Foundation Webinar

Exclusive FREE access to this recorded webinar 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.

Short Takes for Trustees

Short Takes for Trustees 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.

Trustee Academy

trustee academy Nebraska library Trustees, library directors, and library staff have FREE access to all five courses in the Trustee Academy series. Click Trustee Academy and when prompted, use the login provided by the Nebraska Library Commission or email united@ala.org if you need the login. After logging in, click on the course title in the left hand navigation of the course you wish to access. Note: If you are already logged in, you will be redirected to the landing page without being prompted to login again. You can also access the courses directly from here (login if prompted). If you experience any problems logging, please call the office at (800) 545-2433, ext. 2161 during business hours, email bnawalinski@ala.org after business hours, and/or check our step-by-step login instructions (PDF, 752 kb).

Engaging Today's Volunteers for Libraries and Friends

Nebraska library directors, staff, and Friends groups have FREE access to all three courses in the Engaging Today's Volunteers for Libraries and Friends series. Click Engaging Today's Volunteers Webinars and when prompted, use the login provided by the Nebraska Library Commission or email united@ala.org if you need the login. After logging in, click on the course title in the left hand navigation of the course you wish to access. Note: If you are already logged in, you will be redirected to the landing page without being prompted to login again. You can also access the courses directly from here (login if prompted). If you experience any problems logging, please call the office at (800) 545-2433, ext. 2161 during business hours, email bnawalinski@ala.org after business hours, and/or check our step-by-step login instructions (PDF, 770 kb).

Friends & Foundations Zone

Nebraska Friends of the Library groups and library directors have access to the Friends & Foundations Zone with current and archived newsletters, toolkits, electronic publications, special offers, and much more. Follow this link to login and reach the Friends & Foundations Zone. Use the login provided by the Nebraska Library Commission or your group specific login provided by United for Libraries. Email united@ala.org if you have any problems logging in. Note: If you are already logged in, you will be redirected to the welcome page without being prompted to login again.

Trustee Zone

Nebraska Friends of the Library groups and library directors have access to the Trustee Zone with current and archived newsletters, toolkits, electronic publications, special offers, and much more. Follow this link to login and reach the Trustee Zone. Use the login provided by the Nebraska Library Commission or your group specific login provided by United for Libraries. Email united@ala.org if you have any problems logging in. Note: If you are already logged in, you will be redirected to the welcome page without being prompted to login again.

If you have any questions, please contact united@ala.org.