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Just think of the convenience of learning new skills and information in the comfort of your own home (or at your local library) when it is easily accessible to you and at a pace that fits your needs. No better way than through a webinar, a web-based seminar, many of which are offered free and are about an
hour in length. And most can be archived for reviewing later or even saved to your computer permanently. They often come with downloadable handouts that you can share with others in your Friends chapter.

The American Library Association offers a variety but two excellent examples are:

The best single place to explore other options is through the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives’ Continuing Education calendar. Some of these are “in-house” training modules, but others link you to outside organizations.

Recent webinars offered through WebJunction, a nonprofit online community where more than 61,000 librarians learn and share, include such topics as:

Another provider is NonProfit Webinars, where you can learn about governance, marketing, fundraising, and more.

  • Strategies for Success: Board Member Recruitment& Retention addresses how to recruit and ways to retain outstanding board members.
  • How to Overcome Your Board’s Fear of Fundraising, Once and for All trains you to think through the process of getting your board involved with fundraising.

Articles -FKL gathers articles of interest to Friends chapters, and welcomes your suggestions for articles to add here.

Starting a Friends Chapter - Every library needs Friends! Whether you are a community member or librarian, by starting a Friends group you'll be giving an important gift to the community. This Fact Sheet from Friends of Libraries USA offers step-by-step guidance.

Chart of Responsibilities - Whose responsibility is it to apprise the board of the need for a new policy? Who should ensure that the library has an active marketing program? Find answers to these questions and more on this handy chart on the roles of a library's Director, Trustees, and Friends - prepared by the Connecticut State Library.

Event Planning Tips - Planning a groundbreaking, grand opening or other significant occasion in the life of your library? Special events may also be created for other targeted purposes such as a jobs fair, awards banquet, or logo contest. These tips and a checklist are offered by Friends and Foundations of California Libraries.

25 Writers on Libraries - "Libraries are like the mountain, or the meadows behind the goat lady’s house: sacred space.” - Ann Lamott. Wonderful quotes about libraries from great writers the world over. You'll find something here to use in your next advocacy piece.

12 Ways to Save Your Library - "A couple of years ago I had to join the fight to keep our library alive at all. It was slated for closing due to budget cuts. Since it was in a rural part of the county, it was deemed “disposable,” or at least more disposable than the branches in the more affluent part of the county." So begins Jennifer Derrick's excellent article on fighting cutbacks and closures.

12 Ways Libraries are Good for the Country - Originally published as a cover story in American Libraries, December 1995, this great advocacy piece by Leonard Kniffel is still valuable today.

I Believe in Libraries - "Even though there are many things that intrigue me about libraries ...what impresses me most is that libraries are places of community and acceptance." This beautiful piece aired on NPR's 'This I Believe' program.

I Believe Libraries are Community Treasurers - In another essay from 'This I Believe', the author shares her experience of coming to love libraries as a child, and carrying the tradition to her children.

Links -

Kentucky Public Library Association - The Kentucky Public Library Association is a part of the Kentucky Library Association.  Membership to KPLA is available through KLA.  Librarians, library staff, library trustees,  supporters, and others interested in the efforts of Kentucky’s public libraries to serve people of all ages across the Commonwealth are encouraged to join.   

Kentucky Library Association - The Mission of the Kentucky Library Association (KLA) is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance and ensure access to information for all. KLA is a chapter of the American Library Association.

American Library Association - The American Library Association (ALA) is the oldest and largest library association in the world, providing association information, news, events, and advocacy resources for members, librarians, and library users. Founded on October 6, 1876 during the Centennial Exposition in Philadelphia, the mission of ALA is to provide leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.

United for Libraries - United for Libraries is a national network of enthusiastic library supporters who believe in the importance of libraries as the social and intellectual centers of communities and campuses. No one has a stronger voice for libraries than those who use them, raise money for them, and govern them. By uniting these voices, library supporters everywhere will become a real force to be reckoned with at the local, state, and national levels.

I Love Libraries - the American Library Association's (ALA's) website for the public, designed to keep America informed about what's happening in today's libraries. is produced by the ALA Office for Library Advocacy, and it's brought to you by ALA staff from all corners of the association, who come together to volunteer their time and brilliance. is truly a labor of love!


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