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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Small But Mighty Library Management and Innovation

 Webinar / Last Modified: 07 November 2018

In this webinar, learn how the Millvale Community Library addresses their community's food desert, uses clean energy, offers a tool-lending library, and more.

Revitalizing Library Volunteer Engagement

 Webinar / Last Modified: 18 September 2018

This webinar explores new trends in library volunteerism and presents practical steps to recruit skilled volunteers to help grow your community of library advocates and supporters.

Guiding Ohio Online: Volunteer Technology Instructor Training

 Document / Last Modified: 02 August 2018

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: 17 July 2018

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...

Building a Culture of Learning with Library Boards

 Webinar / Last Modified: 24 May 2018

In this webinar, presented in collaboration with the Association for Rural & Small Libraries, find out how to cultivate a culture of learning with your library trustees.

Toward Tech Savvy Trustees

 Webinar / Last Modified: 09 March 2018

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

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...