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Free Webinar Provides Information on Revitalizing Friends and Volunteer Groups

2015 May 5

raised hands volunteering imageIf you work with Friends or other library volunteer groups, you won’t want to miss this great new webinar:

Revitalizing Your Friends Group & Engaging Volunteers
Thursday, May 28, 10am – 11am Central
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Description: Does it sometimes seem that sustaining and growing Friends groups is harder than establishing such a group in the first place? Do you find your general membership stagnant or even dropping? Do you feel like the work for programs, book-sales, and other activities is always performed by the same small group of people – and they’re not getting any younger? Have your found it more difficult to bring in new officers and new “worker bees” to keep the Friends group active and vital? It’s time to revitalize your group! Learn how today’s volunteers are different from volunteers in the past, what they want from service opportunities, and how libraries and Friends can attract them.

The presenter for this webinar is Sally Gardner Reed, the Executive Director of United for Libraries, formerly Executive Director of Friends of Libraries U.S.A. (FOLUSA). Sally has over 19 years of experience in library administration running small public libraries in New England and the Midwest, and most recently she was the director of the Norfolk (Va.) Public Library. Sally is the author of eight books on library management, advocacy, volunteers, and fundraising and numerous articles for professional library journals.

Don’t miss this opportunity, which is made available to you as part of our public library statewide membership in United for Libraries! Questions about this webinar, our United for Libraries membership, or other continuing education from the State Library? Contact us at, 512-463-5465, or 800-252-9386 (toll-free for Texas).

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  1. Brian Tibbetts permalink
    May 8, 2015

    As a board member of the Friends of the Anacortes (Wa.) Public Library, I am very interested in the webinar. However, my work schedule interferes with the schedule. Will the webinar be available for later viewing?

  2. Christina Manz permalink
    May 15, 2015

    Hi, Brian. Glad you asked! Go ahead and register for the webinar. After the webinar, we’ll send out a link to access the recording.

    You can also find training eligible for CE credit here –
    Online courses:
    Archived webinars:

  3. Sydney Olausen permalink
    June 2, 2015

    I am the Friends President at Anacortes Public Library, I would like to view the webinar, as well, even though it was last week. Can I still view it? Thanks.

  4. Christina Manz permalink
    June 15, 2015

    Yes! It has been converted to an online course, available here: To earn credit, you’ll need to create a free account and log in. Otherwise, you can use guest access to view the courses, but there won’t be a record to generate a certificate of completion. If you have any problems accessing the course, feel free to contact us with questions.

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