Friends, Trustees & Volunteers

Volunteers at awards ceremony

Friends, Trustees and Volunteers are the powerhouses behind libraries. These groups frequently advocate on behalf of libraries and spend hours raising funds and volunteering their time to help make their local library a success. Find great resources on organizing a Friends group, offering training to trustees, recruiting volunteers, and best practices for working with these groups.

Self-paced courses and webinar recordings on this topic are freely available in the WebJunction Course Catalog.

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The Small Community Advantage in Library Fundraising

 News / Last Modified: 05 July 2017

Through the WebJunction webinar, Beyond Book Sales: Practical Ideas for Raising Funds for Your Library, Sue Hall, Director of Library Strategies, reminds us that small libraries can benefit from the "small community advantage" where persona...

Toward Tech Savvy Trustees

 Webinar / Last Modified: 05 June 2017

This webinar, presented in collaboration with the Association for Rural & Small Libraries, explores strategies for building the digital literacy skills of your library trustees.

Geek the Force: Recruiting and Using Volunteers for Library Advocacy

 News / Last Modified: 24 May 2017

Like many libraries, Michigan's Herrick District Library found itself with a leaner staff facing more responsibilities in recent years. HDL staff members remained excited and optimistic about their work, and continued to dream mightily, but the libra...

Working Together

 Document / Last Modified: 15 May 2017

A description of the responsibilities of the library's Director, Board of Trustees, and Friends.

Guiding Ohio Online: Volunteer Technology Instructor Training

 Document / Last Modified: 05 May 2017

Guiding Ohio Online is an AmeriCorps program that places members in rural Ohio libraries to deliver digital literacy training through computer classes, one-on-one computer assistance, outreach, and volunteer recruitment.

Engage Your Community when Planning for Change

 News / Last Modified: 05 May 2017

Your role in your public library elevates you to a community leader and change agent. No matter your formal title or the size of your library, you have the opportunity to meet and evolve with your communities' changing needs. As a central learning an...

Belgrade Community Library: Small and Unstoppable

 News / Last Modified: 03 May 2017

When the Library Journal Best Small Library challenge rolled around, the Belgrade Community Library (BCL) outside of Bozeman, Montana, almost didn’t apply because "we thought we were too small." Their small staff and small budget doesn’t st...