Advocacy Resources for Chapters

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The ALA Chapter Relations Office (CRO) supports ALA’s advocacy efforts by tracking federal, state, and local legislation and other issues affecting libraries, and by working with the Office for Library Advocacy, the Communications and Marketing Office, the ALA Washington Office, I Love Libraries, other ALA units, and other groups. CRO provides advocacy assistance to ALA Chapters by several means, including helping them develop and maintain their own advocacy websites, which allow their members to contact state and federal legislators. See also Chapter Advocacy Exchange (free webinars presented by the ALA Chapter Relations Office and the ALA Office for Library Advocacy). See how your can contact state and local representatives with Engage and Capwiz

Advocacy Support for Libraries

The Chapter Relations Office supports ALA's library advocacy efforts by tracking state and federal legislation affecting libraries and by working with the Office for Library Advocacy, the Communications and Marketing Office, the ALA Washington Office, Office of Government Relations, I Love Libraries, other ALA units, and other groups.

Advocacy Bootcamp
Advocacy Bootcamp urges attendees to re-think advocacy: to re-define the library community and expand the way we have been advocating for libraries. Typically held as a pre-conference at state and regional conferences, Advocacy Bootcamp will help library communities prepare to advocate for libraries as fundamental building blocks to democracy.

Advocacy, Legislation & Issues
Press releases and more.

Advocacy University
Advocacy University is a comprehensive clearinghouse of advocacy tools and resources for all types of libraries from the American Library Association.

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.

ALAWON
An e-newsletter from the ALA Washington Office for the purpose of keeping library advocates up to date on major legislative issues in the Nation's Capital that affect libraries and librarians.

District Dispatch Blog
Washington Office’s news and alerts blog.

Everyday Advocacy (ALSC)
Everyday Advocacy, designed by the Association for Library Service to Children, is a grassroots effort that starts with you and the incredible things you’re already doing for the youth and families you serve.  Here you’ll find a dynamic collection of resources empowering you to take action.

Fund Libraries
Contact your members of Congress today and urge them to protect library funding. Let them know how important these centers of literacy, access, lifelong education and learning are to your community.

Get Involved
Visit this page to get involved in Chapters (aka state library associations) in a professional capacity (e.g., librarian, library worker, or library student), as the press, or as the general public.

ilovelibraries
Ilovelibraries.org is an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA), designed to keep America informed about what’s happening in today’s libraries. Ilovelibraries.org promotes the value of libraries and librarians, explains key issues affecting libraries, and urges readers to support and take action for their libraries.

Save Libraries in Your State
Links to websites, blogs, pages on Facebook, etc., dedicated to advocating for libraries or saving libraries in a state, and more.

Take Action for Libraries
Links to where you can take action for the libraries in your state, as well as to take action on federal legislation affecting libraries, and more.

Advocacy Resources Provided by Chapter Relations Office

Advocacy Update
PPT presentation at the Chapter Leaders Forum during the 2017 ALA Annual Conference.

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

Contact Congress
Take action on federal issues for libraries (Washington Office Take Action page) and learn more about policy and advocacy issues by state.

.Helping United States Libraries After Disasters
If you think the ALA can help libraries affected by natural disasters in any way toward recovery, please contact the CRO.

How to Contact Your Representatives
Links to Chapters Engage or Capwiz sites to take action for libraries in their states.

Intellectual Freedom Quotes
A selection of quotes on intellectual freedom, free speech, censorship, and privacy.

Media Concentration
"With growing concentration of media ownership, independent voices decrease and locally produced and locally relevant information, news, and cultural resources diminish. Libraries cannot ensure “the widest possible dissemination of information from diverse and antagonistic sources,” unless they counter the detrimental impact of media consolidation on the diversity of ideas and localism in their communities. When media consolidation restricts the creation and dissemination of multiple perspectives, the public no longer has a healthy, open exchange of information and ideas. In an era when democratic discourse is more essential than ever, the information system is out of balance. Libraries must provide forums—both physical and virtual—that create opportunities for individuals to engage in the open and balanced exchange of viewpoints and ideas."—Fostering Media Diversity in Libraries: Strategies and Actions (PDF).

Model Letters in Response to Issues Affecting Chapters
Links to model letters in response to issues affecting ALA Chapters. Organized under topics.

Model Resolutions in Response to Issues Affecting Chapters
Links to model resolutions in response to issues affecting ALA Chapters. Organized under topics.

Save Libraries in Your State
Links to websites, blogs, pages on Facebook, etc., dedicated to advocating for libraries or saving libraries in a state, and more.

State and Local Resources
The ALA Chapter Relations Office (CRO) supports ALA’s advocacy efforts by tracking federal, state, and local legislation and other issues affecting libraries, and by working with the Office for Library Advocacy, the Communications and Marketing Office, the ALA Washington Office, I Love Libraries, other ALA units, and other groups.

Take Action for Libraries
Links to where you can take action for the libraries in your state, as well as to take action on federal legislation affecting libraries, and more.

Plans, Campaigns, Protocols

Advocacy Implementation Plan. ALA and its members work with libraries, the broader library community and members of the public to advocate for the value of libraries and for public support for libraries of all types at the local, state, federal and international level. Includes link to:

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.

Libraries Transform. Designed to increase public awareness of the value, impact and services provided by libraries and library professionals, the Libraries Transform campaign will ensure there is one clear, energetic voice for our profession. Showcasing the transformative nature of today’s libraries and elevating the critical role libraries play in the digital age. See also the Libraries Transform Toolkit, specifically the State Chapters Toolkit, free Libraries Transform public awareness tools specifically for ALA state chapters in order to facilitate library advocates’ vital work at the state level.

Protocol for Monitoring and Responding to State and Local Library Crises. The American Library Association (ALA) has adopted a protocol to respond to library crises at the state and local level. The goal of ALA's involvement is to advance the advocacy efforts of the library and/or the appropriate state-level library organization. ALA can only become involved when its efforts are welcomed by and coordinated with the library and/or the state-level library organization. See ALA Protocol for Monitoring and Responding to State and Local Library Crises (PDF).

How to Contact ALA

About ALA (includes staff contact information, core values, ALA governance resources)

ALA Committees

ALA Divisions

ALA Offices

ALA Round Tables

Send comments and questions regarding this page to Don Wood, Chapter Relations Office.