ALTA approves new bylaws and new name

Contact: Steve Zalusky

Manager of Communications

ALA Public Information Office

(312) 280-1546


For Immediate Release

October 8, 2008

CHICAGO - In a special election, the American Library Association’s (ALA) Association for Library Trustees and Advocates (ALTA) overwhelmingly approved revised bylaws and a new name: Association for Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF). The results were certified Oct. 6.

The new bylaws establish sections within an expanded division, including Trustees, Friends, Foundations and Corporate Friends. Sections are represented on the ALTAFF Board of Directors, along with division-wide officers. There is a provision for liaisons from AASL, ACRL, PLA and COSLA.

The revised bylaws were developed by a task force representing both ALA and FOLUSA (Friends of Libraries USA). A vote by the ALTA Board of Directors at the 2008 Annual Conference sent the bylaws to ALTA membership in a special election.

With this support from ALTA members, the ALA Executive Board and FOLUSA Board will move forward with the next steps, following a year-long process intended to bring together library trustees, friends and advocates, along with corporate friends and library-based foundations in an expanded, strengthened division.

“I think it's very exciting,” said ALTA President Peggy Danhof. “We have worked for over a year on this. The membership is very willing to move forward and increase our outreach within the organization, as well as provide for additional education for Trustees, opportunities for Friends and association with Foundations.”

The vote was 293 in favor, as opposed to 31 against, with 2 votes declared invalid. A total of 1,166 ballots were mailed, while 7 were undeliverable.