CRO | Resources

Please contact CRO Program Officer, Mariel Colbert with questions or comments. 

Resources on COVID-19 for Chapters
ALA resources on Pandemic Preparedness, the CARES Act, State Chapters' resources on COVID-19. 

Advocacy Resources for Chapters
CRO supports ALA's and Chapter's library advocacy efforts by working with other ALA units and other groups.

Libraries Respond
The ALA Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services has created Libraries Respond as a space for us to help keep current events in conversation with libraries' ongoing work in and commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion. This page will be a resource for the library community to share information, find resources, and connect as they serve their communities.

Advocacy Academy 
Building on the success of Advocacy Bootcamp, Advocacy Academy urges attendees to re-think advocacy: to re-define the library community and expand the way we have been advocating for libraries.

ALA Legislative Action Center
The ALA Washington Office advocates at the federal level for legislation that preserves and promotes fundamental library values. Contact your representatives about federal legislation and more. If you are not a member of ALA or an ALA Chapter and would like to advocate for libraries, sign up for our Take Action e-mailing list.

ALA Connect
A useful resource to share ideas and information across Chapters.

ALA Legislative Action Center
The ALA Washington Office advocates at the federal level for legislation that preserves and promotes fundamental library values. Contact your representatives about federal legislation and more. If you are not a member of ALA or an ALA Chapter and would like to advocate for libraries, sign up for our Take Action e-mailing list.

ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference
Select ALA MW and AC schedules for Chapters.

ALA Strategic Directions
ALA Mission; Core Organizational Values; Key Action Areas; and Strategic Directions: Advocacy, Information Policy, Professional and Leadership Development, and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.

Chapter Advocacy Exchange
Free webinars presented by the ALA Chapter Relations Office and the ALA Office for Library Advocacy.

Affiliate and Chapter Planning Calendar
Includes ALA Chapter, ALA Affiliates, and Division conferences, institutes, workshops, religious holidays, and more.

Professional Development and Management Resources 

Chapter Conferences (ALA Connect)
Shared information about and resources to help in planning and accomplishing Chapter Conferences.

Chapter Councilor Answers
Information and resources for and about ALA Chapter Councilors.

Chapter Issues
Chapters share with each other how they address common issues.

Gerald Hodges Intellectual Freedom Chapter Relations Award
Award consists of a citation and $1,000 and recognizes an intellectual freedom focused organization (e.g., ALA Chapter) that has developed a strong multi-year, ongoing program or a single, one-year project that exemplifies support for intellectual freedom, patron confidentiality, and anti-censorship efforts. 

Leadership Development Programs
A shared list of existing state associations' leadership development programs and institutes. These are meant to help assist you in building or redesigning your own. 

Webinars
Free webinars on advocacy, Chapter leaders orientation, Money Smart Week, and more.