Magazine article American Libraries

ALTA Works to Expand Community Reach

Magazine article American Libraries

ALTA Works to Expand Community Reach

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If the many goals of our profession--equity of funding, unfettered access to information, service to diverse communities, intellectual freedom, and literacy--are to be realized, they must be translated into policy and supported by members of the community. That is the role library trustees and advocates play.

New membership category

The Association for Library Trustees and Advocacy is working with ALA's Public Information and Washington offices to build a national network of advocates to speak out for America's libraries and librarians. A recent development in this effort is the proposed ALA/ALTA Public Advocate Membership, designed to support ALA'a advocacy mission and to serve as a link between ALA and local-level advocates.

Public Advocate members would have access to new resources for use at the local level including a quarterly e-news-letter, databases of best practices and key messages, and an online toolkit of materials--all designed to give everyday citizens who support libraries an opportunity to get information and become actively involved in their community's library issues. For updates on this proposed new membership, visit www.ala.org/alta/.

Mark your calendars

An educated trustee is a librarian's best friend, and education remains at the core of ALTA's mission. Listed is a sampling of ALTA's 2004 educational and social programs at Annual Conference.

* ALTA/PLA Preconference, June 25, 9 a.m.-5:30 p.m. "Librarians and Trustees: Teamwork for the Community's Benefit. …

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