Friends: Know an Exceptional Library Trustee? Nominate Them for ALA’s 2014 ‘Trustee Citation’

Here’s your trivia for the day. MALF’s national-level counterpart, United for Libraries, is formally known as “United for Libraries: the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations.” It’s a long name, but one that accurately reflects the situation on the ground. Friends of the Library customarily enjoy a close relationship with their system’s Board of Trustees.

In recognition of this relationship, United for Libraries strongly encourages Friends of the Library to consider nominating a local trustee for ALA’s prestigious 2014 “Trustee Citation.”

This special honor is bestowed annually in recognition of “exemplary service to library development” on the local, state, and/or national level. While some 60,000 Americans serve as library trustees each year, only a small fraction are strong candidates for the citation.

If you would like to nominate someone your organization works closely with (including a trustee who doubles as an active Friends member), you will need to prepare:

  • A one- to five-page statement of support describing, in roughly chronological order, the nominee’s library-related activities.
  • A supplementary list of the candidate’s library-related achievements to date.

Baseline eligibility requirements include: membership in ALA and the trustees section of United for Libraries, and active participation as a trustee within the preceding year. Applications must be received by Tuesday, December 31, 2013. Visit the United for Libraries website for more information. (A complete list of winners to date can also be found on the site.) Email direct questions to