For immediate release | February 27, 2012

Applications for ALTAFF/LexisNexis Outstanding Friend Conference Grant due April 15

PHILADELPHIA – LexisNexis, a Silver Friend corporate sponsor of the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), has announced it will fund an annual grant that will enable a Friends of the Library member to attend the ALA Annual Conference, which will be held this year in Anaheim, Calif., June 21-26.

“In keeping with the LexisNexis commitment to meeting the research needs of librarians and promoting information access to their patrons, we are excited about sponsoring a Friend to attend annual ALA Conference,” says Mary Dilenschneider, director of segment management for LexisNexis Academic & Library Solutions.

“Without institutional support, Friends of the Library members are rarely able to afford registration and travel to conferences,” says ALTAFF Executive Director Sally Gardner Reed. “We are very grateful to LexisNexis for making this opportunity possible.”

The ALTAFF/LexisNexis Outstanding Friend Conference Grant will enable a person who is active in his or her local Friends of the Library group to attend the ALA Annual Conference. A grant of $850, plus full Annual Conference registration, will be awarded to the recipient. The winner will be required to write an article chronicling their experience at the conference for The Voice.

The deadline for submitting the application is April 15. The winner will be notified by May 1. For a complete list of requirements and to apply, visit

With more than 15 million users nationwide, LexisNexis provides access to more than 10,000 credible sources of legal, business and news information through easy-to-use online research solutions. LexisNexis helps libraries consolidate resources without compromising content and saves users valuable research time. For more information, visit or contact Christian Burke at (301) 760-9009 or

ALTAFF is a division of the American Library Association that supports citizens who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for libraries. ALTAFF 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, visit, or contact Jillian Kalonick at (312) 280-2161 or



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