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Trustee Orientations

Upcoming Trustee Orientations:

Thurs Sep 11, 6-8 pm
Newbury Town Library

Mon Sep 22, 6:30 - 8:30 pm
Boyden Library, Foxborough

See Programs & Events page for more information and future sessions.


MBLC Trustee Handbook

As the MBLC prepares a revised and updated Trustee Handbook we invite you to use this 2012 transitional draft to replace your 2000 handbook. In this draft, selected information has been updated such as addresses, phone numbers and web addresses in addition to agency name changes and changes to Massachusetts law pertaining to libraries. We welcome your feedback as we revise the Trustee Handbook. Please contact Erin Williams-Hart, Trustee/Friends Information Specialist, with your comments.


From the MBLC Library

To request items from the MBLC library and your library is part of NOBLE simply click on the title and request it online. If your library is not a part of NOBLE you may use the Virtual Catalog.

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The Successful Library Trustee Handbook - Mary Y. Moore
ISBN: 9780838910030
Publication Date: 2009-08-01

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The Ultimate Board Member's Book - Kay Sprinkel Grace
ISBN: 9781889102184
Publication Date: 2003-09-01

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Getting the Money - Kenneth E. Dowlin
ISBN: 9781591585978
Publication Date: 2008-11-30
Get your library the funds you need! Guided by his lifetime of fundraising experience, Ken Dowlin offers suggestions that range from tips for community programs such as story hours and simple book sales to ideas for influencing referendum issues to gain increased or dedicated funding.



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Web Resources

  • United For Libraries
    A division of the American Library Association, formerly known as ALTAFF, United for Libraries' mission is to support citizens who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for all types of libraries. There is a wealth of information here!
  • BoardSource
    BoardSource provides nonprofit board leaders with an extensive range of tools and resources — including Webinars, in-person training sessions, original publications, consulting services, and customized diagnostics — to increase their effectiveness and magnify the impact of their mission.
  • Board Cafe
    Short enough to read over a cup of coffee, Board Café has everything you need and want to know to help you give and get the most out of board service.
  • Boards That Excel
    BoardsWorks, LLC promotes successful nonprofit organizations by helping boards practice good governance, interface effectively with their staffs and volunteers, and create a culture of achievement.


While some of these articles are not specifically about library boards, you may find them of interest.

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NPR Special Series on Libraries

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