Learning Live

United for Libraries Learning Live sessions take place on the second Tuesday of each month at 2 p.m. Eastern Time. Each month’s session will cover a hot topic of interest to Trustees, Friends and/or Foundations, followed by Q&A and/or discussions. Sessions are open to all personal and group members of United for Libraries.

Statewide Training Opportunities

United for Libraries offers flexible, online training opportunities for statewide and regional purchase at deeply discounted rates. Short Takes and/or Trustee Academy currently available statewide in ID, MA, MD, MI, NE, NJ, NV, SC, SD, and TX; and regionally in IL and WI. For more information, including pricing, please contact Beth Nawalinski by phone at (800) 545-2433, ext. 2161 or by email at bnawalinski@ala.org.


United for Libraries offers a variety of free and fee-based webinars. Some are available to members only, while others are accessible as part of statewide group memberships.

Short Takes for Trustees

Short Takes for Trustees is 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.

The courses are: What It Means to Be a Trustee; Board Meetings; Board Ethics; Library Advocacy; Library Policies; Strategic Planning; Working with Friends; Evaluating the Library Director; Board Self Evaluation, and Succession Planning and New Board Orientation. Learn more about the series, pricing, and how to register.

Trustee Academy

The Trustee Academy is a series of online courses to help Trustees become exceptionally proficient in their roles on behalf of their libraries. All of the online courses are taught by a professional in the field. Courses include Trustee Competencies, Working Effectively with the Library Director, The Library's Budget for Trustees, Standing Up for Intellectual Freedom, and Everyday Advocacy - Why the Library Matters.