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March 10, 2000

Mary Jo Ryan


The American Library Association's Association for Library Trustees and Advocates (ALA/ALTA) recently instituted the National Advocacy Honor Roll to identify and celebrate individuals and groups who actively supported and strengthened library services at the local, state, or national levels over the past one hundred years. The Nebraska Library Commission and the Nebraska Library Association (NLA) nominated the following individuals and groups to represent Nebraska:

  • Senator LaVon Crosby
  • Laureen Riedesel, Beatrice Public Library
  • Maggie Harding, Nebraska Library Association Executive Director and Libraries for the 21st Century Coordinator
  • Libraries for the 21st Century Initiative Coalition
  • South Sioux City Public Library Planning Group
  • Jane Geske, former Nebraska Library Commission Director and Nebraska Center for the Book Founding Member, posthumously

The noteworthy accomplishments of these Nebraskans provide models for others who wish to expand library advocacy efforts. Honorees will be recognized at a celebration banquet to be held at the ALA Annual Conference in Chicago on July 7, 2000. These advocates were also honored at the recent NLA Legislative Day luncheon in Lincoln.


As the state library agency, the Nebraska Library Commission is an advocate for the library and information needs of all Nebraskans. The mission of the Library Commission is statewide promotion, development, and coordination of library and information services, bringing together people and information. The most up-to-date news releases from the Nebraska Library Commission are always available on the Library Commission home page. Point your World Wide Web browser to, search on news releases.

For more information, contact Tessa Terry.