Training & Consulting

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.

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.

Additional Webinars

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.

In Person Workshops, Seminars, and Trainings

United for Libraries offers workshops, seminars, training, and technical assistance in a wide range of areas. Services can be customized to meet the needs of your library community and its supporters. Download a brochure with more details. Contact the United for Libraries office at (800) 545-2433, ext. 2161 or by email at to discuss fees and scheduling.

What Past Participants Have Said about Workshops

  • “Great new ideas for membership and advocacy.”
  • “We are just organizing so the presentation was excellent and will be very helpful when we go back to the library.”
  • “Fell asleep during a FOL workshop 6 years ago - this is the first time I’ve been back - stayed awake the whole time! Terrific and useful!”
  • “Stimulating new ideas.”

Comments from a series of regional workshops for Friends and Trustees across the state of Florida.

Skype Consulting Services

United for Libraries offers libraries, Trustees, and Friends a budget-friendly alternative to on-site consulting -- Skype sessions. Groups of all sizes can receive professional consultation services via Skype at an affordable price. United for Libraries staff has more than 50 years of combined experience in the areas of library governance, advocacy, marketing, fundraising, Friends development, establishing a social media presence, strategic planning, conflict resolution, and more.

In addition, United for Libraries board members can provide professional expertise in such areas as academic Friends group development, board recruitment, financial management, and more.  Pricing includes the Skype session, along with specialized handouts and up to 30 minutes of consultation with the convener prior to the event.  If you have Skype capabilities and are interested in learning more, contact United for Libraries at (800) 545-2433, ext. 2161 or email to discuss fees and scheduling.

Rachel Ziegler, director of Plainfield-Guilford Township (Ind.) Public Library, recently coordinated a Skype session for her library’s Trustees with United for Libraries director Sally Gardner Reed. “My Trustees really enjoyed hearing about advocacy from Sally,” said Ziegler. “It definitely sparked positive discussion and ideas!”