Trustees, Friends, & Foundations
Welcome to the Trustees, Friends, & Foundations Newsletter!
A monthly update on items relevant to those
who work as or with Library Trustees, Friends, and Foundations.
From September 20, 2023
Samuels Public Library in Front Royal will keep its doors open at least three more months under a temporary funding reprieve that the Warren County Board of Supervisors passed Tuesday night, allowing more time for negotiations over control of the library and its policies on LGBTQ books for young readers.
The library was set to run out of operating funds at the end of September because supervisors, under pressure from a group of conservative activists, voted in June to withhold three-quarters of its annual appropriation unless something was done about children’s access to LGBTQ-themed books...
From August 2023
Whether on a university campus, at a local school, or in a metropolitan neighborhood, libraries are continually evolving how they engage with their users to make the most impact within their communities. This evolution recently has included a renewed emphasis on proactively shaping experiences around library spaces, programming, collections, and staff development...
Sign Up with the Virginia Library Association as an Advocate!
Click HERE and sign up for the VLA Advocacy Center Mailing List to make sure you're receiving Virginia action alerts and updates on policy issues related to the library field. This will help you keep abreast of legislation that could affect your local library and community.
UNITED FOR LIBRARIES RESOURCES
Virginia library staff and stakeholders (folks like
you!) have access to a whole host of resources from United for Libraries.
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Available on the ALA eLearning Platform!
You know the value of your library, but elected officials, donors, community leaders, funders, and other important stakeholders may not. How can you make the library a priority for these groups, who may have preconceived notions about what the library does, as you compete with other important community organizations for funding? In this eCourse you'll learn about using The E’s of Libraries® (Education, Employment, Entrepreneurship, Engagement, and Empowerment) to quickly demonstrate why your library is essential and worthy of funding. With the help of worksheets, charts, and prompts, you will learn how to:
- use language designed to win over stakeholders, funders, and partners;
- craft custom messaging in several formats that is easily accessible and memorable, including elevator speeches, budget presentations, and annual appeals; and
- create presentations and other materials tailored to any audience based on the sample documents included.
This package includes the eBook, an introductory webinar, a learning/action plan to facilitate focused work and outcomes, and additional resources. All webinars and resources are accessible through this course.
Introduction to Fundraising Planning
This introductory class will provide you the basic steps for developing a fundraising plan, including tips on:
- Making your case for support
- Diversifying your organization's fundraising base
- Creating a plan of action
(Occurs 9.22.23 - 2p)
Bridgebuilding: Fostering Community Engagement and Dialogue
Bridgebuilding is an approach for promoting engagement and dialog between groups of people with different perspectives and experiences...Join this webinar to learn about the free tools in the Bridgebuilding Resource Hub, including methods for both conducting bridging activities and programs, and for measuring their effectiveness. Public library staff who have offered programs will share their experiences, the partners that they worked with, and what they learned.
Revitalizing Morale: Cultivating a Supportive Library Culture
...this panel discussion delves deeper into essential facets that foster a healthy and supportive library culture, exploring institutional and individual solutions to countering low morale. Examining how organizational culture, library hierarchies, and management styles affect the workplace experiences of library staff, we’ll explore various strategies for library staff working to navigate power dynamics and advocate for positive personal or organizational change...
(Occurs 10.11.23 - 3p)
Trustee, Friends, and Foundation members have access to the Library of Virginia's Niche Academy, a place for online learning. Please note, if you register with a non-library issued e-mail address, someone from the Library of Virginia will follow up with you to verify with which library you're affiliated before you can access the content.
Click on the image to learn more about each title, and then use your local library to request them from the Library of Virginia.
September 11, 2023
In an increasingly digital world, it can sometimes be a challenge to find a place in a new community to connect with people and find services. The Library Development and Networking Division of the Library of Virginia (LVA) is delighted to once again be working with Blue Star Families to connect military families with the great resources at their local public libraries.
Most military families find themselves moving every two to three years, and it can be tough to start over in a new community. With each move comes the same concerns—finding local services, meeting new neighbors, connecting with schools and other resources for kids, and most of all, developing a sense of belonging to a welcoming and supportive community...
Has your library had some outstanding work featured lately in your area that you'd like to share it with the wider Virginia library world?
Share that "Good News" with Public Library Consultant, Reagen Thalacker by sending an e-mail to email@example.com with the link to the article to be highlighted in the next monthly newsletter!
"In an era when you can tell an algorithm not to show you something, it's tempting to imagine continuing to cordon off the public square into 335 million carefully curated walled gardens of the self, an individualized Amerca for every single person. But without public spaces where you can encounter new ideas, even by simply seeing the titles of books you might never read, you can never realize if the garden you're in is the one you want to be in."
Emily St. James, "I Am Being Pushed Out of One of the Last Public Squares, the Library," The New York Times, July 17.
This newsletter is brought to you by the Library Development & Networking Division of the Library of Virginia. Funding for this is provided through the Virginia General Assembly and the Institute for Museum and Library Studies (IMLS).