For immediate release | October 15, 2019

United for Libraries now accepting nominations for the ALA Trustee Citation

EXTON, Pennsylvania — United for Libraries is accepting nominations for the ALA Trustee Citation through January 10, 2020.

The ALA Trustee Citation, estab­lished in 1941 to recognize public li­brary Trustees for distinguished service to library development, honors the best contributions and efforts of the esti­mated 60,000 American citizens who serve on library boards.

It is presented during the Opening General Session of the ALA Annual Conference. Recipients are expected to be present to accept the award, and expenses for attending must be borne by the recipients or their library orga­nizations.

Trustee service may have been per­formed on the local, state, regional or national level or at a combination of levels. Equal consideration is given to Trustees of libraries of all sizes.

Last year’s Trustee Citation recipient was Alfred E. Martin, President of the State Library Board and 2018 treasurer of Washington County Free Library’s Board of Trustees. Martin, appointed by the Governor, became Maryland’s first President of the State Library Board, a position that he currently holds. In the 1 ½ years that the Maryland State Library Agency (MSLA) has been in existence, Martin has worked with State Librarian Irene Padilla to make MSLA a strong independent state agency, allowing Maryland’s Public Libraries to stand equally with K-12, Community Colleges and Academics in providing equality education for all Marylanders.

To nominate a Trustee for the ALA Trustee Citation, visit

United for Libraries: The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, is a division of the American Library Association with approximately 4,000 personal and group members representing hundreds of thousands of library supporters. United for Libraries supports those who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for libraries, and brings together library trustees, advocates, friends, and foundations into a partnership that creates a powerful force for libraries in the 21st century. To join, please visit or call (800) 545-2433, ext. 2161.


Trish McFadden

Program Coordinator

United for Libraries