For immediate release | May 29, 2012

ALTAFF to host ‘Nuts & Bolts for Academic Friends Groups’ at ALA Annual Conference

PHILADELPHIA — The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), will host “Nuts & Bolts for Academic Friends Groups” from 10:30 a.m. - noon PDT at the Anaheim Convention Center, 205B, on Saturday, June 23 at the 2012 ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim,Calif.

Join this discussion to learn about starting a Friends group in an academic setting, discuss best practices and share materials. The session will be lead by Charles Hanson, director of library services, Kettering University, Flint, Mich. Hanson’s library career has included management positions in university, public and special libraries, including involvement in fundraising and support. He is currently president of the Friends of Michigan Libraries and its Trustee Alliance. Hanson served on the ALTAFF board from 2008-2001 and on the board of Friends of Libraries U.S.A. from 2005-2008. He received an award of excellence from the Michigan Library Association in 2010.

Members of Friends of the Library groups, Boards of Trustees and representatives from library Foundations can attend ALTAFF’s nonticketed programs for as little as $35. For more information about registering and ALTAFF events at the conference, visit

For general information about the ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, Calif., June 21-26, 2012, visit Use the Conference Scheduler to plan your time, create your calendar, and find out about many other highlights as they’re added —speakers, events, networking opportunities, and more.

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. As of Sept. 4, 2012, ALTAFF will be known as "United for Libraries." For more information or to join ALTAFF, visit, or contact Jillian Kalonick at (312) 280-2161 or



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