For immediate release | June 18, 2013

United for Libraries welcomes all 83 libraries in North Dakota as members

PHILADELPHIA — All 83 libraries in North Dakota are now group members of United for Libraries, thanks to a statewide membership purchase by the North Dakota State Library.

“The North Dakota State Library has enrolled the public libraries of the state in United for Libraries with the expectation that the resources made available in the program shall be of great benefit, increasing the development of libraries, library workers, and library friends groups, especially for the small and rural libraries across the state,” said North Dakota Librarian Hulen Bivins.

United for Libraries’ 2013-2014 president, Rod Wagner, who is director of the Nebraska Library Commission, encourages other states to purchase United for Libraries memberships. “The Nebraska Library Commission has been purchasing group membership in United for Libraries for all the public libraries in the state for the last seven years,” said Wagner. “I believe, and our librarians agree, that this association is important and unique in providing a national network of information and best practices for small and rural libraries and their supporters. In my upcoming presidential year with United for Libraries, I will be encouraging other states to follow suit. I welcome North Dakota into the fold.”

North Dakota libraries will receive membership for both their boards of trustees and their friends group and/or foundation. In addition to the standard United for Libraries membership benefits, statewide purchases include full access to the Trustee Academy, a series of online courses to help library Trustees become exceptionally proficient in their roles on behalf of their libraries; the Baby Boomer webcast series and a live webinar with United for Libraries Executive Director Sally Gardner Reed. A librarian or library staff member at each location also receives full access to all digital resources.

For a complete list of United for Libraries membership benefits, and to join as an individual, group or library, visit United for Libraries offers discounted pricing for states or library systems that want to purchase membership for their libraries. For information about purchasing United for Libraries membership for a state or library system, please contact United for Libraries’ Director of Marketing & Communications Beth Nawalinski at (800) 545-2433, ext. 2161, or

United for Libraries: The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, is a division of the American Library Association that supports citizens who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for libraries. United for Libraries 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 or to join United for Libraries, visit the United for Libraries website or contact Jillian Kalonick at (312) 280-2161 or



Jillian Kalonick

Marketing/Public Relations Specialist

United for Libraries