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.

Please contact:

Cindy Roach
Head of Library Advisory and Development
Phone: 617-725-1860 x237

Erin Williams Hart
Trustee/Friends Information Specialist
Phone: 800-952-7403 x232

Upcoming Workshops

None 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


For Trustees:

  • 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.
  • Director Search Packet - PDF or MS Word
    Includes guidance on the search process as well as sample job descriptions, job postings, and interview questions.

For Friends:

  • 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.
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Page last updated on 06/12/2015