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.
Head of Library Advisory and Development
Phone: 617-725-1860 x237
Erin Williams Hart
Trustee/Friends Information Specialist
Phone: 800-952-7403 x232
Massachusetts Friends of Libraries (MFOL)
MFOL is sponsoring two Friends Sharing with Friends workshops this spring. You can register for either workshop by emailing Sharon Zitser, or calling Sharon at 800-952-7403, ext. 252.
The workshops will be held on the following days:
- Saturday, March 21, 2015 at the Newburyport Public Library
- Saturday, April 11, 2015 at the South Hadley Public Library
Details about each workshop are available at http://guides.mblc.state.ma.us/friends/FSWF
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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.
- 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.
- Massachusetts Library Trustees Association (MLTA) Website
- 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 (Facebook page)
An affiliate of the Massachusetts Library Association, MFOL is a non-profit dedicated to helping friends groups across the state.