Working Relationships Toolkit

This toolkit is designed to help you create a document that best fits your particular circumstances.  Those who use this toolkit are the stakeholders - Friends, Library Board Trustees and library management and staff involved in the process You can call it a Memorandum of Understanding, Terms of Reference,  Affiliation Agreement, or Policy Statement.

Link to tooklit

You can use this toolkit to collect ideas and set goals. It offers a basic framework within which you work to write your own document. It can be both a yardstick used to measure the current status of your group, as well as a goal to attain in the future. Take from our template what applies in your situation.


Links to resources:


Friends of the Sault Ste. Marie Public Library
     Code of conduct
     Friends privacy policy

London Public Library Policy - Policy: Friends of the London Public Library

Loucks, R. (Ed.) (1994) Should our library form a “Friends of the Library” group? Trustee tips #8. Retrieved January 25, 2014 from  http://www.sols.org/files/docs/develop/publications/trusteetips/trusteetipsTip8e.pdf

Loucks, R. (Ed.) (1992) The Role of the Board in Advocacy and Lobbying Trustee tips #5. London: Southern Ontario Library Service. Retrieved January 25, 2014 from  http://www.sols.org/files/docs/ develop/publications/ trusteetips/trusteetipsTip5e.pdf

Loucks, R. (Ed.) (1999) Cultivating your Friends . Trustee tips #16. Retrieved January 25, 2014 from http://www.sols.org/files/docs /develop/ publications/ trusteetips/trusteetipsTip16.pdf

Macnaughton D. and van Haaften, J. (2007) How to form your Friends of the Library group. Sault Ste. Marie: Friends of Canadian Libraries.

Ontario Library Boards’ Association (2012) Leadership by design. Retrieved January 25, 2014 from

http://www.accessola.org/OLAWEB/OLBA/Leadership_by_Design/OLAWEB/OLBA/

Leadership_by_Design/Leadership_by_Design.aspx?hkey=81a464f2-176e-405c-9947-765abe323df2

Ottawa Public Library Memorandum of Understanding 

Oxford County Public Library Board
    Excerpt from Community Engagement Policy Advisory Committees – Friends of the Library  
    Governance Policy - Local Advisory Committees/Friends of the Library

Stratford Public Library A Stratford Public Library Fundraising Protocol

United for Libraries (2012) The role of the Friends Board. Fact sheet for Friends and Foundations #10. Retrieved January 25, 2014 from http://www.ala.org/united/foundations/factsheets

United for Libraries (2012) The role of the Library Trustees. Fact sheet for Friends and Foundations #11. Retrieved January 25, 2014 from http://www.ala.org/united/foundations/factsheets

United for Libraries Sample Memorandum of Understanding Between Friends and Libraries. Retrieved January 25, 2014 from http://www.ala.org/united/sites/ala.org.united/files/content/friends/factsheets/unitedff25.pdf