For immediate release | May 8, 2012

Rod Wagner 2012-2013 ALTAFF vice president/president-elect

PHILADELPHIA — Rod Wagner, director of the Nebraska Library Commission, has been elected 2012-2013 vice president/president-elect of the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA).

Wagner has served as secretary/treasurer for ALTAFF and was also on the board of Friends of Libraries U.S.A. (FOLUSA). He has also served on ALA Council and on the board of the Association of Specialized & Cooperative Library Agencies. He served as president of the Nebraska Library Association, on the board of the Chief Officers of State Library Agencies, as president of the Western Council of State Libraries and as president of the Academic Freedom Coalition of Nebraska. He has worked for the Nebraska Library Commission since 1972. He earned an MA in library science from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

“My commitment to ALTAFF will continue to be promoting ALTAFF’s assets and directing them toward ALTAFF’s essential mission — supporting citizens who govern, promote, advocate and fundraise for all types of libraries,” Wagner said. “ALTAFF has a great track record in presenting excellent educational programs, providing a rich array of helpful information resources and advocating on behalf of America’s libraries. Building on ALTAFF’s strengths will result in better informed, capable and active library supporters, all devoted to a greater purpose of supplying the kind and quality of library services beneficial to library customers everywhere.”

Two additional ALTAFF board positions were filled during the 2012 election. Diane Sarantakos was elected to the position of trustee at large. Sarantakos is the director of development for the Metropolitan Library System, Oklahoma City, Okla. She has served on ALTAFF Annual Conference Committee, the ALTAFF Public Library Association (PLA) Conference Planning Committee and the ALTAFF Trustee Ethics Policy Task Force.

Deborah Doyle was elected to the position of foundation at large. Doyle is interim executive director of the Friends of the San Francisco Public Library. She has served on the ALTAFF Newsletter and Website Committee. She is the National Library Legislative Day coordinator for the state of California and has also been active in PLA and the Library Leadership & Management Association. She earned an MLIS from San Jose State University.

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