Arkansas becomes latest state to provide United for Libraries’ Trustee Academy

For Immediate Release
Tue, 10/07/2014


Jillian Kalonick

Markting/Public Relations Specialist

United for Libraries

PHILADELPHIA — United for Libraries has made special pricing for its Trustee Academy available to state library agencies. The state of Arkansas recently joined Texas, Virginia, Delaware, Maryland, Nevada, North Dakota, South Carolina, Nebraska and Kansas in purchasing the Trustee Academy. Arkansas is making the Trustee Academy  available to its 114 public libraries through a multiple use purchase. 

“Library trustees are a critical part of the overall management of the local public library,” said Arkansas State Librarian Carolyn Ashcraft. “We are pleased to provide this resource to assist the trustees in their efforts.” 

The Trustee Academy is series of online courses to help trustees become exceptionally proficient in their roles on behalf of their libraries. All of the courses are taught by a professional in the field and are priced both à la carte so individual attendees can pick and choose what courses are important to them and as a full curriculum that reflects discounted pricing per course. The courses are “Trustee Basics, Part I,” “Trustee Basics, Part II,” “Working Effectively with the Library Director,” “The Library’s Budget,” “Advocating for Your Library” and “Evaluating the Library Director.” A new course, “Trustee Competencies,” is debuting this fall.

United for Libraries has developed pricing to be attractive to states or regions that want to purchase the series as a way to assist in fulfilling their mission for trustee education. The prices for state- or region-wide purchase are highly discounted.

For complete information about the Trustee Academy, which is also available to individual boards and trustees, visit For information about purchasing the Trustee Academy for a state or region, please contact United for Libraries’ Director of Marketing and Communications Beth Nawalinski at (800) 545-2433, ext. 2161, or

United for Libraries: The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, is a division of the American Library Association that supports those who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for libraries. United for Libraries brings together library Trustees, advocates, friends, and foundations into a partnership that creates a powerful force for libraries in the 21st century. For more information or to join United for Libraries, visit the United for Libraries website or contact Jillian Kalonick at (312) 280-2161 or