The American Library Association's Washington Office was established in 1945 to represent libraries on Capitol Hill.
The ALA Washington Office is charged with following and influencing legislation, policy and regulatory issues of importance to the library field and its public. The Washington Office works to ensure that libraries are consistently involved in the legislative and policy decision-making processes by:
- Informing government of the needs and concerns of the library community;
- Providing library supporters with up-to-date information on government actions or proposals;
- Building coalitions with Washington-based representatives of other groups with similar concerns; and
- Developing grassroots networks to lobby legislators and further library interests.
At the direction of the ALA Committee on Legislation, the Washington Office covers a broad range of issues including, but not limited to: appropriations, copyright, library programs, government information, privacy, and telecommunications. The Washington Office also works to advance ALA's public policy activities by helping secure information technology policies that support and encourage efforts of libraries to ensure access to electronic information resources as a means of upholding the public’s right to a free and open information society. It works to ensure a library voice in information policy debates and to promote full and equitable intellectual participation by the public.
Finally, the Washington Office also builds coalitions and partnerships with Washington-based representatives of other groups with interests similar to the library community.
Kathi Kromer - Associate Executive Director
Public Policy Team
Alan S. Inouye - Director
Larra Clark - Deputy Director
Marijke Visser - Associate Director
Carrie Russell - Director, Program on Public Access to Information
Communications & Media
Shawnda Hines - Press Officer
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