United for Libraries Resources for Trustees

Library Census Champions

Library Census Champions is a new network of state, local and tribal library Trustees helping their libraries and communities prepare for the 2020 Census.

As elected and appointed leaders, library Trustees are uniquely positioned to ensure a fair and accurate count of their communities in the 2020 Census. Census data are used to make decisions about how and where to spend more than $800 billion each year for services and programs communities rely on, including federal funding for libraries. The Census is also the basis for drawing districts for federal, state, and local offices.

Elected and appointed library Trustees can sign up to become a Library Census Champion at http://bit.ly/LibraryCensusChampions. Library Census Champions will receive free information, resources, and actions to take to ensure a fair and accurate census.

United for Libraries will host a live webinar to introduce the Library Census Champions initiative on Tuesday, Oct. 1, at 2:00 p.m. (EDT). The webinar is free for library Trustees who would like to learn more about the project. To register for the webinar, visit www.ala.org/united/censuswebinar.

For more information on ALA efforts to support a fair, inclusive and complete count in the 2020 Census, visit www.ala.org/census.

To connect on social media, use #CountOnLibraries and #2020Census.

Short Takes for TrusteesShort Takes for Trustees logo

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.

If you have already registered for Short Takes for Trustees, or are part of a statewide group membership, please click here to access the videos (login required).

Power Guide logoPower Guide for Successful Library Advocacy

United for Libraries, along with the Neal-Schuman Foundation, believe strongly that advocacy can and does work.  We’ve seen evidence of it from coast to coast in all types of libraries at the local and the state levels. Developing an advocacy campaign, as you will soon see, is not rocket science but it does take dedication, hard work, a core group of people who are passionate about the cause and the support of many, many people in your community.  This guide will take the mystery out of advocacy, provide you with an organized step-by-step approach, and allow you to develop a set of strategies that will motivate your community to pressure funders to support the library or in the case of a referendum or a bond issue – to vote “yes.”

Working Effectively with Your Library Trustees Webinar

A brand new resource has been posted in the Trustee Zone for Board of Trustees group members and United for Libraries personal members in the Trustee section. A recording of the live webinar, "Working Effectively with Your Library Trustees" is now available for viewing. If you are a member, please login to access the link and additional resources. If you are not a member of United for Libraries, learn more about the great resources and benefits offered to our members.

Trustee Academy 

United for Libraries is currently offering the Trustee Academy, 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.  Read more

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 may purchase the book for $35 (includes Media Mail shipping). All others may purchase from Neal-Schuman Publishers at the list price of $55 plus shipping.

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 LibrariesF 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.

United for Libraries Resources

We've compiled a handy Excel file of the top resources available FREE and for members only. Please note this is a working compilation and resources may be added at any time. Also, it's not possible to list all of the wonderful links and resources we have on our site, so if you are looking for something and can't find it on this list, email Beth (bnawalinski@ala.org) or Jillian (jwentworth@ala.org) and we'll let you know if we have the resource and if so, where to find it.