For immediate release | March 25, 2020

United for Libraries opens online discussion forums to non-members to help provide COVID-19 resources

EXTON, Pennsylvania — As part of the broad American Library Association effort to provide resources to library communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, United for Libraries is working to support library Boards of Trustees, Friends groups, and Foundations during this time. As part of this initiative, United for Libraries is currently making its online discussion forums accessible to non-members.

United for Libraries’ four online discussion forums allow Trustees, Friends, statewide Friends groups, and Foundation staff/board members, and library employees who work with them, to share tips, ask questions, get advice, and more.

Formerly, access to these forums was restricted to members of United for Libraries. Through June 30, 2020, the United for Libraries membership requirement to participate in online discussion forums will be waived. Current discussion topics include best practices, questions, and tips on policies and procedures related to COVID-19, but the forums are also a rich source of information on general policies, board development, fundraising, programs, community partnerships, and more.

To join United for Libraries' discussion forums for Boards of Trustees, Friends groups, and Foundations, visit http://www.ala.org/united/forums.

United for Libraries: The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, is a division of the American Library Association with approximately 4,000 personal and group members representing hundreds of thousands of library supporters. United for Libraries supports those who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for libraries, and brings together library trustees, advocates, friends, and foundations into a partnership that creates a powerful force for libraries in the 21st century. To join, please visit www.ala.org/united or call (800) 545-2433, ext. 2161.

Contact:

Trish McFadden

Program Coordinator

United for Libraries

tmcfadden@ala.org

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