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