Managing the Friends Group and Library Foundation

Date(s) - 03/31/2020
10:00 am - 11:00 am


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Fund-raising, community advocacy, and volunteer recruitment are the three main roles of a library Friends group. As an independent tax-exempt nonprofit corporation, it operates under rules different from a public library or the academic and school libraries it might serve as an auxiliary organization. The biggest issue? How to serve the library and the greater community by working with the library’s personnel, stakeholders, and the library board.

Topics include the obligations of a nonprofit organization, the pros and cons of book sales, making it more than a social club, the legal, financial, and ethical relationships between a library and a Friends groups, and dealing with conflict.

Ensuring your Friends group is conducting business legally and ethically
Recruiting and keeping volunteers
Fund-raising and the different kinds of money
Community advocacy: Speaking out on behalf of the library
The relationship between the board and the Friends group: Who is in charge?
Managing conflicts: Why written contracts are a necessity?

Biography ~ Pat Wagner
Pat Wagner has been a trainer and consultant for libraries since 1978 using e-mail, platforms, and now social media to serve clients across the United States (and the solar system) who she has never met face-to-face.. She presents at state and national library conferences as well as working with libraries of all types from Alaska to Florida. She has been a frequent visitor to Florida libraries and was a facilitator for the Sunshine State Library Leadership Institute for several years. Pat focuses on skills needed to support better productivity and workplace relationships, from personnel issues to strategic planning. She is known for her practical and good-humored programs.

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