ALTA names Prentice and Green 2008 Trustee Citation Award Winners

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For Immediate Release

June 3, 2008

ALTA names Prentice and Green 2008 Trustee Citation Award Winners

CHICAGO – The Association for Library Trustees and Advocates (ALTA), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), named Barbara Prentice and Donald W. Green as the 2008 Trustee Citation award winners.

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

Prentice has proven library board leadership ability at the national, state and local levels. A long-time ALTA leader and past president, she has worked tirelessly on the Pima County Public Library’s Advisory, Friends and the Foundation boards. She has been an advocate for the library on many issues, including becoming a library district and fundraiser for the 21st Century Library Campaign. Prentice was also founder of the statewide Friends, helping to support many smaller communities to create Friends groups. Prentice has created a record of leadership and achievement in service on ALA, FOLUSA and ALTA committees.

The other winner of this year’s Trustee Citation Award, Green,, has been a trustee at the Clinton-Macomb Public Library from 1996 to 2008. Under his leadership the library has been transformed from a corner in a local school to one of the largest library systems in Georgia in just 10 years. His advocacy efforts convinced two independent municipalities to form a library district to offer greater combined services with greater efficiency. A successfully passed millage issue increased annual operating revenues with his guidance. He negotiated a gift of 10 acres of land for the Main Library and oversaw the construction of several libraries. In nominating Green, Library Director Larry Neal said, “He is a mover and shaker in the community and is not shy about using all of his connections to help the library grow. He is a brilliant strategist, hard worker and exemplary library supporter.”

During each ALA Annual Conference, up to two trustees are presented with citations in recognition of distinguished service to library development. The awards are presented at the ALA Opening General Session, and symbolize the best contributions and efforts of volunteers who serve on library boards.