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Essential Friends of Libraries: Fast Facts, Forms, and Tips
Sandy Dolnick
Item Number: 978-0-8389-0856-3
 
Publisher: ALA Editions
Price: $52.00
 
 
 
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97 pages
6" x 9"
Softcover
ISBN-13: 978-0-8389-0856-3
Year Published: 2004
Volunteers in a time crunch need answers—fast. For Friends of Libraries, the popular Friends’ Sourcebook by Sandy Dolnick has provided in-depth answers over three editions. Her new book delivers vital information into easy bites and combines a new CD, packed with over 50 easily customized forms, guidelines, and templates, with 156 text references (keyed to the CD) in a searchable, easy-to-use encyclopedic dictionary.

Developed out of the questions that regularly come into FOLUSA’s main desk, this comprehensive, accessible resource is a one-stop treasure trove. Peppered with the insights and opinions of Dolnick, and refined by her years of conversations with librarians, suppliers, trustees, and leaders from the Friends network, this volume:

  • Offers answers for last-minute emergencies

  • Outlines successful fundraising ideas

  • Shares Friends groups’ best practices

  • Provides often-used documents to customize with a mouse click

For new and experienced Library Friends, library directors, outreach and volunteer coordinators, and anyone who needs information on Friends of Libraries issues, here are the answers. From accounting and advocacy to literacy and lobbying,this is an indispensable quick reference tool for volunteers, trustees, and librarians alike.


Table of Contents

Preface

Acknowledgments
Fast Facts For Friends In a Hurry

Academic Friends
Accounting
Advocacy
Affiliations
Agenda
American Library Association
Annual meeting
Appraisals
Audit
Authors
Awards
Bank accounts
Banner
Best practices
Board job descriptions
Board meeting
Board members, recruiting
Board of directors
Bonding of employees
Book clubs
Book sales
Book sales, customer retention
Book sales, dealers as volunteers
Book sales, dealers at
Book sales, donation of books for
Book sales, etiquette
Book sales, leftovers
Book sales, media attention
Book sales, merchandising
Book sales, online auction
Book sales, online fixed-price
Book sales, preparation for
Book sales, previews for Friends members
Book sales, pricing books
Book sales, pricing policy
Book sales, publicity for
Book sales, selling online
Book sales, smelly books
Book sales, sorting for
Book sales, volunteers
Bookmarks
Bookstores
Branch Friends
Brochures
Budgets
Bulk mail
Bylaws
Capital campaigns
Cause-related marketing
Center for the Book
Charter members
Citywide Friends
Codes of conduct
Coffee shops
Commitment
Committees
Community involvement >
Constitution
Contracts
Control
Corporate support
Correspondence
Craft projects
Demographics
Development office
Diversity
Document storage
Donations
Due diligence
Dues
EIN number
Elections
Embezzling
Endowments
Evaluation of programs
Executive committee
Executive director
Finances
Financial disclosure
Fiscal policy
Fiscal year
Flowchart
Foundations
Friends of Libraries U.S.A. (FOLUSA)
Fund-raising
Fund-raising, prospect list for
Genealogy
Gift baskets
Gift policy
Gift shops
Goals
Grants
Grievances
Historian
Honorary members
Hospitality
Incorporation
Insurance policies
Internet
Issue statement
Junior Friends
Letter writing
Library director
Library Legislative Day
Literacy
Literary Landmarks
Lobbying
Logo
Maintenance
Marketing
Media
Meeting costs
Meetings
Membership
Membership, lapsed
Membership renewal form >
Memorial
Minutes
Mission statement
Murder in the Library
National promotions
Newsletter
Nominating committee
Nonprofit status
Office support
Parades
Partners, business
PayPal
Perks
Planning
Positioning
President
Programs
Programs, book-related
Public service announcements
Publications
Publishers’ websites
Quorum
Raffles
Recognition
Record keeping
Resources
Resumes
Rewards
Scholarships
Secretary
Software
Speakers, fees for
State and local requirements
State Friends of Libraries
State libraries
Steering committee
Strategic planning
Successful Friends Policy
Sunshine laws
Talent show
Tax exemption
Technology
Teen Friends
Term of office
Treasurer
Tributes
Trustees
Vice president
Volunteers

Appendix A: Resource Websites for Friends
Appendix B: State Friends of Libraries Organizations
Bibliography

CD CONTENTS

Folder 1: Running a Board
1-1 Sample agenda—annual meeting and regular meeting
1-2 Sample agenda—board of directors meeting
1-3 FOL proposed budget
1-4 Job description for bookstore manager
1-5 Sample job description for executive director
1-6 Letter of agreement for executive director
1-7 Sample list of purchases for the fiscal year
1-8 Board of directors positions
1-9 Proposed guidelines for branch Friends
1-10 Proposal for relationship guidelines
1-11 Sample minutes, board meeting
< 1-12 Checklist for strategic planning
1-13 Checklist for advocacy
1-14 How to organize a media center/school library FOL

Folder 2: Nomination Process
2-1 About the Friends
2-2 Board criteria grid
2-3 Prospective board member information form
2-4 Nominating committee schedules and form letters
2-5 Application for student board member
2-6 How to organize a teen FOL

Folder 3: Publications
3-1 Friends of Pikes Peak Library District newsletter
3-2 Friends of Tippecanoe County Library newsletter
3-3 FOLUSA sponsors
3-4 Friends of Washoe County Library brochure
3-5 Appraisal day

Folder 4: Donations and Membership
4-1 Letter to recipient describing donations in honor
4-2 Thank-you letter for business membership
4-3 Thank-you letter to donor
4-4 How to organize a Friends foundation

Folder 5: Book Sales
5-1 Sixteen ways to make more money at your book sale
5-2 Book sale floor plan
5-3 Guide to location of books
5-4 Thank-you letter for book donation
5-5 “This is a friendly book sale” rules

Folder 6: Volunteer Management
6-1 Thank-you letter to volunteer
6-2 Volunteer program and procedures handbook
6-3 Volunteer’s receipt of handbook
6-4 Volunteer application
6-5 Student volunteer application
6-6 Employee and volunteer emergency information

Folder 7: Programs
7-1 A tisket, a tasket
7-2 Murder mystery
7-3 The drill team experience
7-4 Drill team information
7-5 Making money and making Friends
7-6 Flowchart for planning an author lecture event
7-7 How to book an author
7-8 Event checklist
7-9 Sample report sheet for event evaluation
7-10 Register of Literary Landmarks
7-11 Designating a Literary Landmark
7-12 Getting involved with literacy programs
7-13 Holding a read-a-thon

Folder 8: Legal Necessities
8-1 Sunshine law top 10
8-2 Sunshine laws
8-3 Articles of incorporation
8-4 Mission statement
8-5 Bylaws
8-6 Raffle—Colorado
8-7 Raffle—North Carolina
8-8 IRS Form SS-4––application for Employer Identification Number

Folder 9: Policy Manuals
9-1 Code of ethics
9-2 Development and fund management policy of the gift
and endowment program
9-3 Code of regulations
9-4 Policies and procedures


About the Author
Sandy Dolnick, founder and newly retired executive director of Friends ofLibraries USA (FOLUSA), is the foremost authority on volunteer support throughLibrary Friends groups. A leading expert on library advocacy and fundraising, she spent her career encouraging community volunteer supporters of libraries. She continues as an active supporter of Friendsgroups and other community organizations. Editor of the classic Friends of Libraries Sourcebook, Dolnick became executive director of FOLUSA in 1985. Under her leadership, FOLUSA grew tomore than 2,500 Friends groups reaching one million members in 50 states while offering a comprehensive program of education, information, and advocacy.
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