January 2023
Thanks to the financial support of the South Carolina State Library, all South Carolina library Friends have access to United for Libraries member benefits.
Learn how to get the most out of your free United for Libraries membership on
January 18th at 10:30 AM
Join Dr. Curtis Rogers, professional library consultant, and Tiffany Hayes, Library Development Director for the South Carolina State Library, to learn how to log into your account and access the valuable resources available. This free program will be held online on Wednesday, January 18, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m.

United for Libraries, a division of the American Library Association, 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.

Live Webinar: Sat., Jan. 21, 2023, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Eastern (recording available after Jan. 24)

Tara Michener, two-time TEDx Speaker, award-winning author, past library Board President
Clare Membiela, Library Law Consultant, Library of Michigan

Crafting and revising library policies with an equity, diversity, and inclusion lens is essential for public libraries. Learn how the library board and the director can work together to ensure that the library’s policies are inclusive to those who identify as BIPOC, disabled, and/or LGBTQ+, etc. Find out how to identify problematic issues in current policies, and how to ensure your policies follow legal guidelines. Attendees will also learn tips on demonstrating the importance of inclusive policies to board members and library staff. A Q&A will be included in the presentation.

More info and speaker bios: https://www.ala.org/united/policies

FREE for library directors/staff, Trustees/board members, Friends, and Foundations in South Carolina.

Registration required for live and/or on-demand access; choose the option below that best meets your needs:

Option 1: If you are registered in the South Carolina Statewide Course at https://elearning.ala.org:
•            Click here and you'll be automatically registered in the 2022 United for Libraries Virtual course
•            Complete the alternate registration form
Option 2: If you are *not* registered in the South Carolina Statewide Course at https://elearning.ala.org:
•            Complete the alternate registration form

United for Libraries
The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations
A division of the American Library Association
Email: united@ala.org
Website: www.ala.org/united
News & Updates: united.ala.org
Renew Your FOSCL Membership

Why should you or your Friends Group join the Friends of South Carolina Libraries in 2023?

  • Purchase discounted tickets to the Annual Conference in April 2023

  • Opportunity to nominate candidates for annual awards

  • Apply for FOSCL grants in support of Friends projects

  • Receive support with statewide membership benefits with ALA's United for Libraries, the national Friends of the Library association

  • Leadership opportunities to serve as a FOSCL board member

  • Share ideas and connect with other library Friends groups and members from across South Carolina
Speakers and Presenters Needed!
The Friends of South Carolina Libraries is accepting proposals for program speakers on topics relevant to library Friends including:

  • Board recruitment and engagement
  • Membership campaign
  • Community outreach

Share your experience and expertise !

The Friends of South Carolina Libraries are now accepting applications for 2023 Awards! To nominate a deserving library employee, volunteer, public official, or Friends group you must be a current FOSCL member.
The deadline to submit is February 14th!
FOSCL's Annual Conference:
Saturday, April 29, in Aiken
Registration Opening March 15th
All current FOSCL members will receive a discounted rate.
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