Category Archives: Trustees and Foundations

Webinar Offers Tips to Celebrate Friends of Libraries Week

Plan now for National Friends of Libraries Week, Oct. 15-21, 2017. United for Libraries will host a free webinar on “Celebrating National Friends of Libraries Week: Promoting Your Group and Library” on Tuesday, July 25. Although registration is full, a recording of this webinar will be available by July 28 on the United for Libraries website.

This webinar will offer ideas on how to celebrate the week within your group, library, and community. Hear from Friends of the Glendale (Ariz.) Public Library President Char Sharp, whose group won a National Friends of Libraries Week Award in 2016 for its activities. Learn about the ALA Store’s new customizable products designed specifically for Friends.

 

Fundraising Tasks During the Summer Doldrums

Summer may be a quiet time in the world of fundraising. But that doesn’t mean your library’s Foundation or Friends groups can’t stay busy and make the most of the warmer months. CauseVox offers these six suggestions for ways to keep your fundraising rolling:

  1. Create a fundraising plan
  2. Conduct prospect research
  3. Start planning for year-end fundraising efforts (it’s not too early!)
  4. Prepare for your annual report by gathering stories and photos
  5. Host a simple fundraising event
  6. Conduct a marketing audit

Read the full article for details and ideas on each of these six tasks.

Advocate Wherever You Are With Virtual Library Legislative Day

National Library Legislative Day is an annual two-day advocacy event that brings hundreds of librarians, trustees, library supporters, and patrons to Washington, D.C. to meet with their members of Congress and rally support for library issues and policies. Participants receive advocacy tips and training, along with important issues briefings prior to their meetings. The 2017 event is planned for May 1-2, and registration is already filled to capacity.

If you can’t travel to Washington, you can still participate wherever you are. Virtual Library Legislative Day activities will be held throughout the week of May 1-5, 2017, and will be an opportunity for all library advocates to make their voices heard on a national level. Library advocates who can’t make it to Capitol Hill for the event can be a part of the effort by calling and/or emailing their elected officials any time the week of May 1-5.

Learn more, sign up, and find advocacy resources on the United for Libraries website. The Association for Library Service to Children also offers some great tips to prepare for Virtual Library Legislative Day.