ALTAFF accepting applications for Trustee awards

Contact: Jillian Kalonick

Marketing/Public Relations Specialist




For Immediate Release

December 1, 2009

PHILADELPHIA – The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is accepting applications for the ALTAFF/Gale Outstanding Trustee Conference Grant, the ALA Trustee Citation and the Major Benefactors Award. Applications are due Dec. 15, 2009.

The ALTAFF/Gale Outstanding Trustee Conference Grant enables a public library trustee to attend the ALA Annual Conference. A grant of $850 is awarded annually to a public library trustee who has demonstrated excellence in support of his or her public library. The Conference Grant, made possible by an annual gift from Gale Cengage Learning, is administered by ALTAFF. Winners will be notified by April of the Annual Conference year. Applicants must have a personal membership in ALA and the Trustee Section of ALTAFF through January 2010. To apply, visit

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. It is presented during the Opening General Session at 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 small, medium and large public libraries. Citations may not be awarded when there is no sufficiently outstanding achievement brought to the attention of the Awards Committee. Applicants must have a personal membership in ALA and the Trustee Section of ALTAFF through January 2010. To apply, visit

The Major Benefactors Award was established to give recognition to individuals, families or corporate bodies who have made major benefactions to public libraries. The award, announced at the ALA Annual Conference and presented locally, consists of two specially prepared citations for the recipient(s) and the beneficiary library. The significance of the gift will be measured from the point of view of the recipient library, rather than by the size of the gift alone. To apply, visit

ALTAFF is a division of ALA with approximately 5,000 Friends of the Library, Trustee, Foundation and individual members and affiliates representing hundreds of thousands of library supporters. Begun in early 2009 with the merger of Friends of Libraries U.S.A. (FOLUSA) and ALTA, the new division brings together Trustees and Friends into a partnership that unites the voices of citizens who support libraries to create a powerful force for libraries in the 21st Century. For more information about ALTAFF, please contact Jillian Kalonick at (312) 280-2161 or