Contains resources for funding library services, financial management, personnel management, planning library service, policies, surveys, construction and trustee/friends relations.
Maine State Library Development Office provides infromation and resources for library construction projects.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
This is a list of resources for libraries interested in promoting diverse, equitable, and inclusive library programs and services. It includes Maine organizations engaged in DEI work, a book list, and continuing education materials. See the Maine State Library’s commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion on the Library Development webpage.
Fundraising Resources - Capital Campaigns
This page offers tools and help finding funding resources with a focus on capital campaigns. Donation Receipt: [Word, 50 KB] Includes date, library name, donor, donation, received by, reference to where donor can find values for donation (thanks to Bridgton Public Library)This file requires either Microsoft Word 2007 or the Word Viewer.
Freedom of Thought and the Right to Read resources.
Links to resources about federal and state laws pertinent to libraries such as copyright, ADA, labor law and more.
Non Profit Resources
This page contains links to state and federal rules for non-profits and other useful resources.
Personnel Policy Issues like salaries and position classifications, benefits, conditions of work, staff development, vacation and leave and employee performance evaluation.
- Job Descriptions: Sample job descriptions to facilitate writing your own or use one shared by a colleague.
- Share a job description.
- Performance Appraisal and Job Evaluation Forms: Sample performance appraisals for boards to evaluate directors and directors to evaluate employees at all levels.
Sample policies including for eReaders, templates of policies, links to other libraries' policies.
Rules for the disposition of local government records established by the Maine State Archives.
Public Library Standards & Definition. Rule Regarding Responsibilities of Public Libraries
The information in the Annual Statistics Report is designed to help librarians and trustees assess how well their libraries are performing, identify areas for improvement and make long range plans.
Resources from the Montana State Library for planning for the exit of a key member of management.
Guidelines for designing different type surveys: things to consider when developing, designing , and distributing a survey; sample surveys
Trustees and Friends
Public library trustee boards and Library Friends organizations may wish to consult the following Maine and regional resources.
Volunteers serve as an important link between the library and the community. They help the community to understand how the library works, as well as its importance as a community cultural, educational and recreational resource.
The Department of Justice has issued Guidance on Web Accessibility and the ADA. This guidance explains how state and local governments (entities covered by ADA Title II) and businesses open to the public (entities covered by ADA Title III) can make sure their websites are accessible to people with disabilities in line with the ADA’s requirements. Libraries are required by ADA to have accessible websites.