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~June 2011~

Millions of nonprofit organizations are volunteer driven.  Work is done by volunteers, money is raised, recruiting and training is done by volunteers.  Many “Friends” groups fall into this category.  Friends of the Library, Friends of the Museum, Friends of the Swim Team, and the list goes on.

These groups are frequently a fund raising and public relations effort that is registered as a separate nonprofit organization, led by an all-volunteer work force.  If there is a FaceBook or Web page, there is a volunteer behind the scenes.library

Friends of the Connecticut Library have such a site.  Their Web page is an example of something well done for users. It has a resource page with links to online resources for those working with volunteers.  There are calendars, lists of training events, and announcements about conferences.

It serves to promote libraries across the state and is a resource for local library “friends” groups.  It is not flashing, with jumping images or neon colors.  It is straightforward, direct and attractive.  The links work and information is instantly available for those in Stamford or Hartford.  It is an example of a useful Web site.

Web sites or FaceBook pages can seem a daunting task for someone who has never created one.  In that category are many who manage volunteers—paid or unpaid.  This site can serve as a model of a serviceable Web site.  People seeking information online want the information, not bouncing turtles (unless the group is a turtle rescue organization).  Visit Friends of the Connecticut Library and look around. 

Friends of the Connecticut Library

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