Issue Summaries

ALA Ahead to 2010

Issue Summaries


The following section has summary background information on major policy areas of current interest.This is neither a full list of the areas in which the American Library Association takes action nor a description of the broader Key Action Areas or Priority Areas (Policy 1.3).  In fact, any given issue may impact or be impacted by more than one Key Issue Area or Priority Area – e.g. an issue may related to Equity of Access (Key Action Area), Library Funding (Priority Area, Policy 1.3) and Intellectual Freedom (Key Action Area, Priority Area).   The Key Action Areas, as well as the Priority Areas, are described in policy or in other Council-approved documents.

Access to Government Information

Accreditation of Library Education

Advocacy for Libraries

Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity

Continuing Education and Professional Development

Copyright and Intellectual Property

Digital Divide
Economic Barriers to Information Access (Fees)
Freedom to Read
Internet Content Issues
Library Funding
Library Outreach

Library Personnel - Policies, Promotion, Salaries, Tenure

Literacy & Reading
Outsourcing & Privatization
Preservation of Library Materials
Privacy (including the USA PATRIOT ACT)
Professional Ethics
Professional Tools [tbd]
Research & Statistics [tbd]
Standards & Guidelines [tbd]
Technology & Libraries [tbd]
Using Information: Information and Other Literacies
World Trade Issues & Libraries [tbd]