For immediate release | May 8, 2012

Kentucky becomes latest state to provide ALTAFF’s Trustee Academy for their trustees

PHILADELPHIA — The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has made special pricing for its Trustee Academy available to state library agencies. The state of Kentucky recently joined Missouri, Nebraska, Kansas and Utah in making the Trustee Academy available for its libraries through a multiple use purchase.

“Effective trustees have never been more important to the success of our libraries,” said Kentucky State Librarian and Commissioner Wayne Onkst. “The Trustee Academy will provide tools and resources to help our trustees carry out their duties to the benefit of our libraries and our communities.”

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” and “Advocating for Your Library.”

ALTAFF 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 – as low as $59 per library for the full board of trustees and the library director to complete all five Trustee Academy courses. Standard pricing for the full series of Trustee Academy courses is $300 per board of trustees ($225 ALTAFF members).

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



Jillian Kalonick

Marketing / Public Relations

United for Libraries (United)

800-545-2433 ext.2160