For immediate release | May 8, 2012

Parrilli wins ALTAFF/Gale Outstanding Trustee Conference Grant

PHILADELPHIA — The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), has awarded the 2012 ALTAFF/Gale Outstanding Trustee Conference Grant to Karen Parrilli, a member of the Board of Trustees at Skokie (Ill.) Public Library. Parrilli will receive $850 plus full conference registration to attend the 2012 ALA Annual Conference June 21-26 in Anaheim, Calif. A formal presentation to Parilli will be made at the conference.

Parrilli took a position on the Skokie Public Library Board of Trust­ees in July 2009 and was elected to a six-year term in April 2011. She serves as the board’s representative to the Reach­ing Across Illinois Library System (RAILS). RAILS serves library mem­bers in the northern and central part of Illinois (public, school and business li­braries). Parrilli is a member of the Illi­nois Library Association, ALA, the Public Library Association and ALTAFF.

“Board members have an obligation to continue their educational growth with the most current in­formation provided by professional organizations to serve the commu­nity, library, staff and patrons,” says Parrilli. “Attending the ALA Annual Conference in June will be a worth­while opportunity to expand my knowledge vital to the ever-changing information needs of our community in the 21st century.”

The ALTAFF/Gale Outstanding Trustee Conference Grant enables a public library Trustee to attend the ALA Annual Conference. The Confer­ence Grant, made possible by an an­nual gift from Gale Cengage Learning, is administered by ALTAFF. Applications for the 2013 AL­TAFF/Gale Outstanding Trustee Con­ference Grant will be available in Sep­tember 2012. For more information, visit trusteegrant.

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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