Local Friends Group ($50) $____________ (provided benefits for up to five local Friends members)
Premium Membership($100) $___________
Silver Membership($250) $___________
Gold Membership ($500) $ ___________
Platinum Membership ($1000) $___________
Additional Gift $___________
Friends of Georgia Libraries, Inc. keeps all personal information private and does not share members’ phone numbers, addresses, or e-mail addresses with third parties. Friends of Georgia Libraries is a non-profit 501-c-3 organization. Your donations are tax deductible.
whose staff best exemplifies the qualities needed to positively impact the lives of residents in the communities it serves.
Nominations for library systems that include multiple locations must demonstrate the integration of each facility to the overall impact of the system as a whole.
Georgia Public Librarian of the Year will
be presented to a full-time and professionally licensed practicing
public librarian whose innovative and creative talents are instrumental
in the delivery of outstanding library service to his or her library and
the communities it serves, as well as dedication and commitment to the
state and profession as a whole. The winner must be employed by a public
library for at least 9 months of the award year.
Georgia Public Library Champion of the Year will
be presented to an outstanding advocate whose support significantly
raised the profile of libraries and improved services during the award
year. Honorees may include, but are not limited to, elected officials,
authors, library board members or members of Friends of Georgia
Libraries or local Friends groups who were not employed in any capacity
by a library during the award year.
Special emphasis is placed on the long-lasting impact of their work:
nominees must be retired from full-time work for three years before
being nominated. Given these special requirements, this award may not be
presented each year.
submit your nominations by clicking on the award titles above.
Nominations may be submitted by public library directors, trustees,
members of Friends groups, and GPLS staff members. If you need more
space or have additional support materials, please submit via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline for nominations is October 31, 2016.
The awards selection
committee comprises five members of the GPLS team. The selection
process will be conducted in November and winners will be notified in
award presentations will be scheduled for early 2017 at times and
locations based on the preferences of each winner and for ensuring the
maximum amount of local publicity for each award.
The 11th annual National Friends of Libraries Week will be held Oct. 16-22, 2016. Two Friends groups will be awarded $250 each in honor of their celebrations during the week.
With the support of the Lana and Michael Porter Foundation, five
Friends Groups were awarded $250 each in honor of their celebrations in 2007, 2008, and 2009. In 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015, two groups were awarded $250 each.
National Friends of Libraries Week Award applicants must provide a
one- to two-page summary of all activities and efforts in conjunction
with the celebration of National Friends of Libraries Week. Applicants
will be judged on creativity and innovation; involvement of Friends,
library staff, Trustees, and/or advisory committee; recognition of
Friends group, and promotion of Friends group to the community, school,
students, and/or faculty.
United for Libraries has created a variety of resources to help Friends, Trustees, and library staff celebrate in their community.
Applications for the 2016 National Friends of Libraries Week Award must be received by Dec. 2, 2016. Applicants will be notified on or before Dec. 16, 2016. Click the link below for the application.
What ultimately justifies the
creation of an academic Friends group? Why are Friends important?
Here are my 10 reasons why an
academic library might want a Friends group.
Friends promote collaboration and
cooperation.Friends’ activities and
programs offer opportunities for collaborative planning with faculty, staff,
and your surrounding community and local community organizations.
Friends provide opportunities for networking.
Act local, think global.
Friends can expand networking
opportunities through participation with other local Friends groups and also
state and national groups. For example, United for Libraries, the Friends (trustees,
advocates and foundations) division of the American Library Association, has excellent
opportunities for getting involved in national library activities.
Friends can assist with marketing
and promoting your library.Since the
Friends work to support your library’s services, they can adopt the library’s service-oriented
message as part of its message.
Friends can offer opportunities for
fundraising.Friends have volunteers
with talents and skills that can raise funds for those extra “dollops of
library services” that your operating budget might not accommodate.
Friends can lift you up when you are
down.Friends can be what the name
implies: a Friend! Friends can share your concerns, help you when times are
tough, provide a shoulder to cry on, and ease the burden.
Friends can help you celebrate.When was the last time you had a “Love Your
Library” celebration in your library? Friends can assist with planning
receptions, recognition events, and other celebrations. People love a reason to
Friends can speak (sometimes loudly)
in support of your library.
Sometimes Friends speak quietly, by
bringing in notable authors and writers at a Speakers Series which keeps the
library as a recognized participant in the academic community.
Friends can maximize professional
development and involvement.
Friends can help support library
staff attendance at conferences and workshops and give recognition to
outstanding achievement through the placement of honor books in the library.
Friends can provide a sense of pride
If you want your library to be a
center of activity and a showcase of exemplary learning, the Friends can
sometimes assist with special programs (e.g., Gaming Night at the Library).
The Friends’ mission is strongly
aligned with the academic library’s mission.The Friends volunteer their time in support of the library service
mission and in support of the university’s values and vision.
Love your library? Not sure where to start when being a great library advocate? The guide at the link below is a very valuable resource for library advocates. This free guide is a "step-by-step guide to developing an advocacy campaign. As you go through
the Power Guide, come back to this page to see examples of talking
points, flyers, petitions, and more."
Every year, FOGL
offers the following awards, designed to support your friends groups
activities, and to help fund your author appearances:
FOGL AUTHOR APPEARANCE GRANT. This $500 grant is
in support of author appearances/events sponsored by local friends groups
that are current FOGL members. Proposals must be received by
February 28, 2017.
FOGL's 2017 "BEST FRIEND" AWARD. We
seek to recognize those who strengthen Georgia's libraries through their
advocacy efforts. To this end, the "Best Friend" award is
presented to an exemplary library advocate at our annual membership
meeting. Deadline for nominations is December 31, 2016.
FOGL's 2017 "FABULOUS FRIENDS" AWARD.
Similar in nature to the above, these outstanding nominees will have made
a significant contribution to statewide advocacy efforts on behalf of
Georgia's libraries, or will have substantially contributed to the
development of their local library or libraries. Deadline for
nominations is also December 31, 2016.
We are in need of applications for the above three awards. So please, when
you're able, take a moment to review these opportunities and their applications
While you're at our site, consider becoming a member! It's hands down the
least expensive professional organization out there to be involved with, for
both individuals and group members.
Our mission is
to support and develop your friends groups, and to build a grassroots network
of local advocates who believe in the importance and power of our public
libraries. Thank you for your time and consideration.