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Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners Resource Guide Collection

Trustees: United for Libraries Statewide Group Membership

Information, resources, and advice for library trustees in Massachusetts.

Welcome to United for Libraries Statewide Group Membership


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: 


Access the Statewide Group Membership

  1. Register for an account. You'll be asked to fill out a short form, asking for your library affiliation. There is a space for libraries not listed.
  2. You'll receive an email that the request has been received. 
    Check your email for a message with the subject, "You are now enrolled in Massachusetts Statewide Group Membership"
  3. The Statewide Group Membership is hosted on Teachable. Set up and email address and password to access your account. 
  4. Start learning! 

Recommended Webinars

Here are some curated recorded webinars, Learning Live sessions, or conference events to get you started: 

  • Proactive Advocacy and Communication for Library Trustees and Staff
    Is your library Board and staff prepared for change and any crises that might come your way? Learn simple steps that library boards and staff can integrate into communication processes, using both outward- and inward-facing tools. Find out about these tools and how they can set the stage for dealing more effectively with any crisis your library faces in the future.
  • Friends and Trustees Under 40: Recruit Them, Retain Them, Engage Them

    Millennials are more likely than other adults to have visited the library recently. However, most friends and trustee boards do not have even a single millennial member (Pew 2016, ALA 2018). What accounts for this discrepancy between the demographics of our library users and library civic leaders, and how do we rectify it? The presenters will argue for the importance of developing generationally representative boards and explore common barriers to service for those under 40.

  • 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.


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