Friends of Tennessee Libraries

Resources by Topic

What Is FOTL?

Welcome to Friends of Tennessee Libraries: 2018–19

About FOTL

Newsletters

Membership Application

Legislative Day Handouts

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Starting a Friends Group

A Comparison of Responsibilities (rev. 2017; Local Library Board of Trustees, Local Library Director, Regional Library, and Friends of the Library)

The Ethical Dozen for Friends of the Library

Getting Started: How One Friends’ Group Came into Being

How friends can become Friends

How Seymour Friends Revitalized Their Group

Ideas Kit for Developing & Revitalizing a Friends of the Library Group

Organizing a Friends Group: A Basic To-Do List

Sample Bylaws of Tennessee Friends Groups

Tool Kit for Building a Library Friends Group

What One Small Group Can Do

 

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Finances and Fundraising

What Every Board Member Should Know: A Guidebook for Tennessee Nonprofits (rev. 2016)

A Brief Guide to Government Forms

2018 Fundraising Ideas

 

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Public Libraries

A Comparison of Responsibilities (rev. 2017; Local Library Board of Trustees, Local Library Director, Regional Library, and Friends of the Library)

Libraries: An American Value

Library Bill of Rights

Public Library Laws of Tennessee (rev. 2018)

Value & Vision: Public Libraries Must Create Public Value Through Renewal and Reinvention

 

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Advocating for Libraries

Citizens-Save-Libraries Power Guide (United for Libraries)

How Public Libraries Help Build Healthy Communities

Rethinking Advocacy as Year-Round Mission

The Small But Powerful Guide to Building Support for Your Rural Library

Ten Top Tips for Occasional Lobbyists

Tennessee Friends of Libraries Week — An Ideas Tool Kit (2016)

 

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Engaging Your Members

How Friends Add Value to Their Libraries

Top Ten (+1) Ways to Attract New Friends of the Library Members

Why Don’t Board Members Do What They’re Supposed to Do?

 

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Working With Volunteers

A Comparison of Responsibilities (rev. 2017; Local Library Board of Trustees, Local Library Director, Regional Library, and Friends of the Library)

The Ethical Dozen for Friends of the Library

Should You Join the Board of a Nonprofit?

When Friends Go Rogue

Why Don’t Board Members Do What They’re Supposed to Do?

 

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Communicating With Friends

Annual Reports

Friends on Facebook (selected pages)

Websites (selected sites)

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Supporting Imagination Library

FOTL and Imagination Library

Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation

Help for Parents

TSLA Videos on YouTube

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Tennessee State Library and Archives

TSLA Website

Tennessee Public Library Trustee Resources

Held in Trust: Tennessee’s Library and Archives (video)

Tennessee State Library and Archives Breaks Ground on New Building (December 2017)

Tennessee State Library and Archives: The New Building

Watch the Building Grow

 

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