Advocacy Committee

Chair: Dorcas Hand email icon

Staff liaison: Allison Cline email icon

Board liaison: Jody Howard email icon

ALA Connect Community connect icon


To coordinate the advocacy plan of the Association and to recommend a structure for AASL to use in designating responsibility for continuing advocacy work.


  • Act as a coordinating body for tasks forces on specific advocacy issues.
  • Assign representation to the ALA Advocacy Coordinating Group.
  • Develop a comprehensive plan for ongoing advocacy activities in AASL consistent with the new Strategic Plan.
  • Create a process to collect, on an ongoing basis, relevant national data points that members can use in support of national, state, and local advocacy messages.
  • Develop and implement educational opportunities to train members on how to be involved in national, state, and local advocacy.
  • Develop and implement a plan to communicate AASL advocacy messages, resources, and educational opportunities available to members.