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United for Libraries - - Information and Memberships

All Nebraska public libraries are members of United for Libraries, a division of the American Library Association. The Nebraska Library Commission has purchased memberships to ensure that public library staff members, Friends, Trustees, and Foundations can take advantage of United for Libraries' services to enhance fundraising, advocacy, and public awareness. To access United for Libraries' resources, contact the Nebraska Library Commission Reference and Information Services for username and password at 402-471-4016 or 800-307-2665.

United for Libraries, formerly the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF) "is a national network of enthusiastic library supporters who believe in the importance of libraries as the social and intellectual centers of communities and campuses. No one has a stronger voice for libraries than those who use them, raise money for them, and govern them. By uniting these voices, library supporters everywhere will become a real force to be reckoned with at the local, state, and national levels."

Membership in United for Libraries provides Nebraska public libraries with subscriptions to The Voice, the newsletter of United for Libraries with in-depth articles on successful fundraising, advocacy, trustee news, and public awareness, access to awards, discounts on library resources, and global networking opportunities with others who support libraries.

Nebraska Public Library Friends & Foundation groups are listed here.

Trustee Academy (please contact Laura Johnson on these courses, through December 31, 2013)

Citizens for Libraries Publications available from the Library Commission:
            Even More Great Ideas for Libraries and Friends
            Getting Grants in Your Community
            Making Our Voices Heard: Citizens Speak Out for Libraries
                    Please contact the reference desk to borrow these publications.

Citizens for Libraries Conferences

Citizens for Libraries & Paula Poundstone See how you can utilize Paula to help raise awareness of your Friends of the Library groups

NCompass Live Archived Online Session: All About ALTAFF: A conversation with Sally Gardner Reed 6/20/12
Sally Gardner Reed is the Executive Director of the Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF). Sally will share her ideas about ALTAFF's mission and vision and how Nebraska and its libraries can benefit and fully use the resources available through this dynamic ALA division. Learn how Nebraska's unique statewide membership, including the online Trustee Academy which is available free to all Nebraska public libraries, can benefit Nebraska - its libraries and people.

NCompass Live Archived Online Session: A Conversation with Sally Reed, ALTAFF/FOLUSA 11/18/2009
Sally Reed is the Executive Director of the American Library Association's newly re-designed Association of Library Trustees, Advocates, Friends and Foundations (ALTAFF). ALTAFF is the result of the merger of Friends of Libraries USA (FOLUSA), which Reed headed, and the former Association of Library Trustees and Advocates (ALTA). Sally shares her ideas about ALTAFF's mission and vision and how Nebraska and its libraries can benefit and fully use the resources available through this dynamic ALA division. Learn how Nebraska's unique statewide membership can benefit Nebraska - its libraries and people.

Training Workshop presented by Sally Reed, April 2008
Great Ideas for Libraries and Friends with Sally Reed, Executive Director, FOLUSA, Videoconference PowerPoint Slides

Handouts from FOLUSA Training Workshops presented by Sally Reed, March 2007:

Advocacy Campaigns - Legal Limits on Spending for Non-Profits
Checklist for Advocacy
Friends Board Development
Getting and Keeping Members
How to Organize a Friends Group
Model Friends' Cooperative Network