Massachusetts Public Library Trustees Handbook
The American Library Association, founded in 1876, spans the interests of all types of libraries: state, public, school, academic, government, industry, arts, armed forces, hospital and prison. Membership includes institutions, librarians, trustees and other interested persons.
The association publishes a monthly journal for the membership, American Libraries, and holds two major conferences each year (usually in June and January).
The American Library Trustee Association (ALTA) is the ALA division primarily concerned with the interests of trusteeship. However, other groups such as the Public Library Association (PLA), Library Administration and Management Association (LAMA) and many others provide cooperative support. Check the ALA web site for more information regarding divisions of ALA.
Five Ways ALTA Can Help Your Library:
LEGISLATION: ALTA works closely with the other divisions of the American Library Association in promoting legislation in the interest of better library service
TOOLS: Publications of library-related literature, periodicals and audio visual materials of importance to trustees
PROGRAMS: Annual conferences and regional meetings include debates, dramatizations and workshops
SPEAKERS: ALTA officers and Speaker's Bureau members will travel, speak and conduct workshops aimed at meeting trustee needs
RECOGNITION: An ALTA jury selects outstanding trustees annually for citation by the American Library Association.
Friends Of Libraries USA (FOLUSA)
FOLUSA is an affiliate of the American Library Association (ALA). Its mission is to motivate and support local Friends groups across the country in their efforts to preserve and strengthen libraries, and to create awareness and appreciation of library services. The association assists in developing Friends of the Library groups in order to generate local and state support. FOLUSA provides guidance, education, and counsel throughout the Friends network; promotes the development of strong library advocacy programs; and serves as a clearinghouse of information and expertise.