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For Immediate Release
November 1, 2006

Mary Jo Ryan
402-471-3434, 800-307-2665

Beth Nawalinski

FOLUSA Welcomes Nebraska Library Members

The Nebraska Library Commission recently purchased memberships in Friends of Libraries U.S.A. (FOLUSA) for all Nebraska public libraries to ensure that their library staff, Friends, Trustees, and Foundations can take advantage of FOLUSA's services to enhance fundraising, advocacy, and public awareness. FOLUSA now offers statewide membership packages and  Nebraska is the first to take advantage of statewide membership pricing for its more than 275 local libraries.

"Friends of Libraries U.S.A. provides a wide variety of materials and services that can enhance promotion and fundraising efforts by Friends of Library groups and Trustees. Providing Nebraska libraries with membership in FOLUSA is an extension of our services to them," said Nebraska Library Commission Director Rod Wagner.

The FOLUSA membership will provide each of these libraries with subscriptions to News Update (a bi-monthly compilation of best practices for Friends, Trustees, and Foundations from across the country with in-depth articles on successful fundraising, advocacy, and public awareness), access to awards, discounts on library resources, and global networking opportunities with others who support libraries. In addition, in March 2007 FOLUSA Executive Director Sally G. Reed will provide training for Nebraska librarians and library supporters to discuss ways to maximize the value of their memberships.

Sally G. Reed, FOLUSA Executive Director commented, "I am very excited to be working with the Nebraska Library Commission, and now with all Nebraska libraries, to help them develop and strengthen citizen support for their services. Friends, Foundation members, and Trustees in the state will all have access to our toolkits and resources to help them work effectively with librarians and on libraries' behalf. Citizens who love libraries can be leaders in the community to assure adequate funding at the local level and to help promote the library to everyone."

FOLUSA is a national organization with approximately 2,000 Friends groups, Boards of Trustees, Foundations, and individual members representing hundreds of thousands of library supporters. For more information see, or call 800-936-5872.


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,

For more information, contact Tessa Terry.