For immediate release | December 14, 2010

Applications available for ALA President’s Award for Advocacy, sponsored by ALTAFF

PHILADELPHIA - Applications are now available for the American Library Association (ALA) President’s Award for Advocacy, sponsored by the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of ALA. Applications are due March 15, 2011.

This award honors and recognizes statewide advocacy for libraries with a $1,000 grant for the development of a program or programs for Friends and Trustees at the state library association conference. The winner will receive honorable mention by the ALA president at the Opening General Session of the 2011 ALA Annual Conference in New Orleans.

The winning campaign will have been successfully implemented during 2009 or 2010 and will have engaged citizens and librarians from across the state to make the case for state library funding.

In 2009, the first ALA President’s Award for Advocacy, sponsored by ALTAFF, went to the Florida Library Association for its quick response to a proposal to eliminate all state aid to libraries, as well as its ongoing public awareness campaign.

For more information, visit and click on “Grants & Awards.”


ALTAFF is a division of the American Library Association (ALA) with approximately 3,500 Friends of the Library, Trustee, Foundation and individual members and affiliates representing hundreds of thousands of library supporters. Begun in 2009, the new division brings together Trustees, Friends, and Foundation members into a partnership that unites the voices of citizens for libraries to create a powerful force for libraries in the 21st century. For more information about ALTAFF, please visit or contact Jillian Kalonick at (312) 280-2161 or


Jillian Kalonick