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National Library Advocacy Organization ALTAFF Is Now “United for Libraries”

Earlier this year, the voting member base of ALTAFF – the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations – elected to change the organization’s formal title to “United for Libraries: the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations.”


The name change took effect officially Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012. Henceforth, in ALA publications and elsewhere, ALTAFF will be known as United for Libraries, for short.

In the coming months, the group will transition the new “United for Libraries” name and logo onto its website and promotional materials.

The organization’s mission and service offerings will remain largely unchanged. United for Libraries will continue to provide its members, which include Friends of the Library, trustees, foundations and library advocates, with the best possible specialized resources aimed at “empowering them to support and advocate for their libraries.”

 “Those who support, govern and raise money for libraries many times work independently, often reinventing the wheel in every city and town,” said United for Libraries President Donna McDonald. “Our name change mirrors the work this important division of ALA does – that is, uniting the voices of library lovers everywhere to strengthen, support, share best practices and to ensure that libraries of all types thrive.”

For more information on United for Libraries, please visit them online at www.ala.org/united/. You can also follow them on Twitter at @ala_united.  

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