“Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.”―Walter Cronkite
If you came to 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, you came to the right page!
Learn more about Chapter Relations Office by visiting Chapter Relations Office, CRO Answers, and Chapter Answers, which provide information and resources related to the Chapter Relations Office and Chapters.
For more information, contact the Chapter Relations Office via its Contact CRO page.
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 Public Awareness Office, the ALA Washington Office, Office of Government Relations, I Love Libraries, other ALA units, and other groups. See also other ALA Offices, units that also address broad interests and issues of concern to ALA members, libraries, and the general public.
Select advocacy resources created by the Chapter Relations Office, by another office specifically for the Chapters, or of interest to advocacy and Chapters.
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 Resources for Chapters
Find out ways to support your libraries and ALA's and Chapter's library advocacy efforts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
State and local advocacy resources throughout ALA.
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.
ALA and Chapters Partnership
The ALA and Chapters Partnership explains how the ALA and ALA Chapters partnership works.
Information and resources related to the Chapter Relations Office.
Information and resources for and about Chapters.
Chapter Councilor Answers
Information and resources for and about ALA Chapter Councilors.
Student Chapter Answers
Information and resources for and about ALA Student Chapters.
ALA Chapter Relations Committee
Mission, roster, and more.
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.
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.
The District Dispatch blogs about library policy news from the American Library Association Washington Office.
Money Smart Week
CRO encourages libraries nationwide to offer financial literacy programming to help patrons better manage personal finances.
Social Networking, Membership Blogs, ALA Connect, and ALA Electronic Discussion Lists
Links for following CRO on Facebook and Twitter, subscribing to ALA e-lists, ALA Connect, and ALA member and ALA student member blogs.
Subscribe to the ALA Action Center
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State of the Chapter Annual Report
Each year Chapters complete an online survey to provide an overview of their past year's activities.
Joint Student Membership Program
Forty-four Chapters partner with ALA to allow students to join ALA and one Chapter for one membership fee.
State and Regional Chapters Directory
Contact information for Chapter leaders, including presidents, presidents-elect, councilors, and executive directors, and more.
Celebration Weeks & Promotional Events
ALA's offices and divisions sponsor a variety of library promotions throughout the year that libraries of all types all across the country can get involved with to promote libraries and create awareness of library issues. Check out the links below to see how you can bring these promotions to your library.