For immediate release | August 7, 2013

New Jersey State Library renews its subscription to United for Libraries’ Trustee Academy

PHILADELPHIA — The New Jersey State Library has renewed its statewide subscription to United for Libraries’ Trustee Academy, a series of online courses to help Trustees become exceptionally proficient in their roles on behalf of their libraries.

“Due to the overwhelmingly positive response to the Trustee Academy online training series last year, the New Jersey State Library is delighted to be able to offer this webinar suite once again from ALA’s United for Libraries,” said New Jersey State Librarian Mary L. Chute. “This is an excellent opportunity for both new and experienced trustees to learn together about basic library trustee roles and responsibilities. The Trustee Academy provides trustee boards with a great foundation for the basic training they need to begin and continue service to their library and to their community with knowledge and skill.”

Trustee Academy subscriptions such as the one for New Jersey are available to states and regions at deeply discounted prices. Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota, Utah, and Kansas are among the states that also purchase access for their libraries. The standard pricing for the full series of Trustee Academy courses is $300 per board of trustees ($225 United for Libraries members).

Trustee Academy courses are taught by a professional in the field and are priced both à la carte so individual attendees can pick and choose what courses are important to them and as a full curriculum that reflects discounted pricing per course. The courses are “Trustee Basics, Part I,” “Trustee Basics, Part II,” “Working Effectively with the Library Director,” “The Library’s Budget,” “Advocating for Your Library” and “Evaluating the Library Director.”

For complete information about the Trustee Academy, which is also available to single trustees or boards of trustees at a single library, visit For information about purchasing the Trustee Academy for a state or region, please contact United for Libraries’ Director of Marketing & Communications Beth Nawalinski at (800) 545-2433, ext. 2161, or

United for Libraries: The Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations, is a division of the American Library Association that supports those who govern, promote, advocate, and fundraise for libraries. United for Libraries brings together library trustees, advocates, friends and foundations into a partnership that creates a powerful force for libraries in the 21st century. For more information or to join United for Libraries, visit or contact Jillian Kalonick at (312) 280-2161 or


Jillian Kalonick

Marketing/Public Relations Specialist

United for Libraries