Trustees & Friends
The Public Library Advisory and Development program provides advice and assistance in the following areas: Massachusetts laws & regulations, trustee responsibilities, library administration, and library support.
Erin Williams Hart
Trustee/Friends Information Specialist
Phone: 800-952-7403 x232
Upcoming WorkshopsNone are scheduled at this time.
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Massachusetts Library Trustees Association (MLTA)
MLTA holds annual meetings in November. Please check back for updates. For questions about MLTA, please contact Teena Cherry, President, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- United for Libraries (formerly ALTAFF)
- 2012 Library Trustees Handbook (PDF)
Note: This 2012 transitional draft is based on the 2000 handbook. The handbook is currently being revised and the new version will be made available when completed.
- 2015 Trusty Trustee Pocket Guide (PDF)
This short Pocket Guide is adapted from the above Handbook.
- MBLC Trustees Resource Guide
Access to a variety of helpful resources, including handouts from the recent Trustee Focus: The Library Director event.
- Massachusetts Public Library Trustees Discussion List
An electronic information forum for Massachusetts trustees to share ideas, topics of interest, and best practices.
- Director Search Packet - PDF or MS Word
Includes guidance on the search process as well as sample job descriptions, job postings, and interview questions.
- MBLC Friends Resource Guide
Access to a variety of helpful resources, including handouts and presentations from the most recent Friends Sharing with Friends 2013 program.
- MBLC Friends of Libraries Discussion List
A forum for members of Friends groups associated with Massachusetts public libraries to share ideas, ask questions, and post announcements.
- Massachusetts Friends of Libraries
An affiliate of the Massachusetts Library Association, MFOL is a non-profit dedicated to helping friends groups across the state.