Publications Available from United for Libraries

The Complete Library Trustee Handbook

the complete library trustee handbook United for Libraries Executive Director Sally Gardner Reed draws on her years of success as a library director and executive director of Friends of Libraries U.S.A. to provide Trustees with straightforward, easy-to-read guidance on how to make the most of their vital role. She guides readers through important issues such as sustainable fundraising and advocacy, strategic planning, director-Trustee collaboration, and policy development. Readers of The Complete Library Trustee Handbook will be brought up to speed on board effectiveness, board ethics issues, conflicts of interest, and efficient meeting management. A chapter on key issues for libraries addresses intellectual freedom, user privacy, pay equity for library workers, privatization of public libraries, and funding.

United for Libraries personal and group members may purchase the book for $35.00 plus $4.95 shipping & handling. All others may purchase from Neal-Schuman Publishers at the list price of $60.00 plus $9.00 shipping & handling.

To place an order: United for Libraries personal and group members may order by phone with a credit card or can print and mail the order form with payment. To request an invoice, please contact the United for Libraries office at (800) 545-2433, ext. 2161, e-mail united@ala.org, or complete and fax or mail the order form checking off the box for "Please invoice me." Payment must be received before the book is mailed. To pay by credit card, please call the United for Libraries office at (800) 545-2433, ext. 2161.

Even More Great Ideas for Libraries and Friends

book cover for even 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.

United for Libraries personal and group members may purchase the book for $40 plus $4.95 shipping & handling. All others may purchase from Neal-Schuman Publishers at the list price of $74.95 plus $9.00 shipping & handling.

To place an order: United for Libraries personal and group members may order by phone with a credit card or can print and mail the order form with payment. To request an invoice, please contact the United for Libraries office at (800) 545-2433, ext. 2161, e-mail united@ala.org, or complete and fax or mail the order form checking off the box for "Please invoice me." Payment must be received before the book is mailed. To pay by credit card, please call the United for Libraries office at (800) 545-2433, ext. 2161.

A 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.

A 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 United for Libraries 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 $25 plus $2 shipping. The non-member price is $40 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.