ALTA Can Play Vital Role in Libraries

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Library trustees and advocates can play an important role in achieving the many goals of our profession. Within ALA, they find a home in the Association for Library Trustees and Advocates (ALTA), which stands alone as the only national association for library trustees and advocates and provides a unique perspective on the issues and trends facing libraries.

Advocacy registry

With a $25 annual subscription, the new ALA/ALTA Advocacy Registry is open to community library advocates, former library trustees, Friends, current and former ALA members, and chapter members. Subscribers have access to a quarterly e-newsletter, databases of best practices and key messages, and an online toolkit of materials. To join, visit www.ala.org/advocacyregistry.

Join ALTA at the following 2005 Annual Conference programs:

* "Grassroots Library Advocacy: Creating Raving Fans"--June 24

The preconference, featuring Ellen Miller and Patricia Fisher, will provide an opportunity for participants to practice delivering key messages.

* Second National Advocacy Honor Roll Banquet--June 24

ALA and ALTA will honor the achievements of extraordinary library advocates. Tickets are $75 per person.

* "Elected Officials: How to Get Their Attention on Library Needs"--June 25

ALTA's opening session program, featuring Illinois State Senator Donne E. …