Sally Gardner Reed is the executive director of United for Libraries, a division of the American Library Association. United for Libraries provides support, education, and consultation to those groups affiliated with their local libraries to help increase and maximize their support—such as Friends, Trustees and Foundation members—along with library directors who work with them. Prior to accepting this position in 2002, she spent nearly 20 years in library administration. She is the author of nine books on library management, advocacy, volunteering, and fundraising, as well as numerous articles for professional library journals. She has presented programs and workshops to hundreds of Friends of Library groups, library boards, and librarian groups, nationally and internationally. She was the 2000 recipient of ALA’s Herbert and Virginia White Award for promoting libraries and librarianship, and was honored with the 2018 Joseph W. Lippincott Award for her distinguished service to the profession.
- About the Authors
Give your trustees the tools needed to translate their experiences and interests into strong results on behalf of their libraries. Current executive director of the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF) and former public library director Sally Gardner Reed draws on her years of success leading Friends of Libraries USA to provide trustees with straightforward, easy-to-read guidance on how to make the most of their vital role. She guides readers through important issues, including sustainable fundraising and advocacy, hiring and evaluating a library director, strategic planning, director-trustee collaboration, and policy development.
Readers of The Complete Library Trustee Handbook will be brought up to speed on optimizing board effectiveness, board ethics issues, conflicts of interests, and efficient meeting management, and a chapter on key issues for libraries addresses intellectual freedom, user privacy, pay equity for library workers, privatization of public libraries, and funding.