ALA and FOLUSA agreement

Contact: Keith Fiels

Executive Director

American Library Association

For Immediate Release

September 12, 2007

ALA and FOLUSA agreement

CHICAGO - Effective immediately, the American Library Association (ALA) and Friends of Libraries USA (FOLUSA), have agreed that FOLUSA will provide executive management for the Association of Library Trustees and Advocates (ALTA) for a period of 12-months ending August 31, 2008, with the expectation that FOLUSA and ALTA will seek to combine into an expanded division of the ALA on August 31, 2008.

During the interim period, a team representing ALTA, FOLUSA and ALA leadership will engage in a series of discussions about increased scope and services of an expanded and more visible division.

In his message to the FOLUSA Board of Directors, 2007-2008 FOLUSA President John Carson (Brodart Inc.) said, “the combination would bring the premier trustee organization and the premier friends organization together, so that the united voices of trustees, friends and other library supporters would be exponentially more powerful for libraries.”
Don Roalkvam (Allstate Insurance Company), 2007-2008 ALTA president, also noted that an expanded array of products and services would help the enlarged division “move our combined vision of library advocacy forward with new membership and resources.”

Sally Reed, executive director of FOLUSA, will provide administrative services for ALTA during the interim year, and will work with both the FOLUSA and ALTA Boards of Directors.