In 1998 the ALA Council voted commitment to five Key Action Areas as guiding principles for directing the Association’s energies and resources: Diversity, Equity of Access, Education and Continuous Learning, Intellectual Freedom, and 21st Century Literacy. With the development of a series of strategic plans, beginning with ALA Goal 2000 ,  ALAction2005 and ALA Ahead to 2010, these principles have expanded to eight Key Action Areas which are supplemented by  ALA Ahead to 2015, the Association’s current strategic plan.

The current key action areas are:

  • Advocacy for Libraries and the Profession
  • Diversity
  • Education and Lifelong Learning
  • Equitable Access to Information and Library Services
  • Intellectual Freedom
  • Literacy
  • Organizational Excellence
  • Transforming Libraries

Find out more about the Key Action Areas here