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Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners Resource Guide Collection

Friends of Libraries: Recruitment and Engagement

Information, resources, and advice for library friends groups in Massachusetts.

Recruitment and Engagement

This guide is for friends of libraries, library foundations and other fundraising organizations that support libraries. 

The content in this guide is informational only. The inclusion of any links or services is not an endorsement. 

Additional Resources

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.