Welcome to MBLC's United for Libraries Statewide Group Membership. This membership is brought to the library community in part with funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency that fosters innovation, leadership, and a lifetime of learning.
United for Libraries is the division of the American Library Association for library supporters, like trustees, advocates, friends and foundations. The Statewide Group Membership is open to all library staff, trustees, friends and foundations who work in or support libraries in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.
Here are some of the highlights of the content that is available:
These in-depth toolkits were developed to help boards and groups learn more about a variety of issues and concerns. From getting a new Friends group off the group to understanding roles and working effectively with the library and Trustees, these publications will help your group become more effective at supporting your library.
Here are some curated recorded webinars, Learning Live sessions, or conference events to get you started:
Communication and Dispute Resolution Strategies for Board Problems
Board tenure shouldn't feel like a punishment. It is common for there to be tension between library boards and directors - and even between board members themselves. However, recent events have tended to exacerbate existing problems by increasing stress levels and inviting further divisions among people, including boards and directors. This presentation will provide communication and dispute resolution strategies to help board members work with each other (and their director) to navigate through disagreements, personality differences, political problems and other uncomfortable situations, and focus on the one thing everyone has in common: the welfare of the library.
Challenges & Crises: Preparing Your Board of Trustees
Presented Live: June, 2021
What training and preparation does your Board of Trustees need to be prepared for a crisis? Do your policies properly address intellectual freedom issues? How do you handle it when a board member speaks against a board decision? What happens when a board member's values clash with a board decision? Learn how to be proactive in developing a well-prepared board, and what best practices, policies, and procedures need to be developed or revisited. A panel of experts will include a library director and a member of that library's Board of Trustees.
Facing the Challenge: Intellectual Freedom in Libraries
Welcome to this virtual town hall's course page in ALA eLearning. Originally presented live on March 4, 2022, the recording is available for on-demand viewing. Scroll down to watch the recorded webinar, complete the post-event evaluation, and download your certificate of completion.
Session 1: Intellectual Freedom Challenges: How to Strengthen Your Library's Response
Session 2: Practical Policy Management: A Guide for Trustees
Session 3: Diversity in Library Boards, Friend Groups, and Foundations: Successes and Struggles in Recruiting and Retaining Diverse Members
Session 4: Our Collection & DEI: A Richmond Public Library Story
Session 5: Preparing for a Material Challenge
Session 6: Successful Bequest Fundraising: Planned Giving Lessons from the Field
Session 8: Community Needs Assessment: Informing Library Goals and Strategy
Session 9: Political Advocacy: The Most Important Kind of Fundraising
Session 10: Tweeting to Congress: Library Social Media Advocacy