Apply now for ALTAFF’s Baker & Taylor Awards

Contact: Jillian Kalonick

Marketing/Public Relations Specialist




For Immediate Release

April 27, 2010

PHILADELPHIA – The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), is accepting applications for the Baker & Taylor Awards, which recognize Friends groups for outstanding efforts to support their library. Applications must be postmarked by May 3, 2010.

Awards are given for a specific project culminating in the year prior to application (2009), or based on the full scope of the group’s activities during that year. Applications are judged on the following:

  • Planning: Friends, library, and community involvement, use of resources, appropriateness of the activity, and measurable goals and objectives.
  • Implementation: Use of resources, public relations, task monitoring, and broad membership involvement.
  • Evaluation: Assessment of activity or program, measurable results.
  • Innovation: New idea or implementation, creative involvement of people, fresh use of public relations.
  • Community Involvement: Broad support by the community in planning and implementation.

The five winning Friends groups will receive $1,000 and a plaque, which will be presented during the ALTAFF’s Gala Author Tea at the ALA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

For more information and to apply, visit and click on “Friends Groups,” then “Grants & Awards.” Applications must be postmarked by May 3, 2010. Applicants must be ALTAFF Friends Group Affiliates or part of a Librarian Plus membership through June 2010. Please contact the ALTAFF office at (800) 545-2433, ext. 2161, or by e-mail at for verification of eligibility prior to preparing a submission.

Baker & Taylor, a leading distributor of books, videos, and music products to libraries, institutions and retailers, has sponsored these awards for Friends groups since 2000.

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 the Association for Library Trustees and Advocates (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