Texas and United for Libraries

Texas State Library LogoThe Texas State Library and Archives Commission has partnered with United for Libraries to provide annual group membership benefits and resources for all Texas public libraries with Friends, Foundations, advisory boards, and/or Trustees.

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.

Library directors, library staff, Trustees, Friends, and Foundations can all access the resources linked from this page using the provided login. If you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the United for Libraries office.

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 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 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.

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 Academy logoTrustee Academy

The Trustee Academy is a series of seven online courses to help Trustees become exceptionally proficient in their roles on behalf of their libraries.

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.

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.