Office of Government Relations

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The American Library Association (ALA) is the nation’s oldest and -- at over 58,000 members -- the largest organization of library professionals in the nation. Since 1945, the professionals of ALA’s Washington-based Office of Government Relations (OGR) have striven to ensure that libraries are consistently, actively and constructively involved in all relevant federal legislative and policy decision-making processes of importance to the library field and in the public interest. Key issues include: copyright, personal privacy, public access to government information and critical telecommunications resources, open access to research, and federal support for school libraries and other library programs.


As part of the ALA Washington Office, the Office of Government Relations (OGR) is charged with following and influencing legislation, policy and regulatory issues of importance to the library field and its public.


In coordination with its sister office, the Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP), OGR works to ensure that libraries are consistently involved in the legislative and policy decision-making processes by:  

  1. Informing government of the needs and concerns of the library community;
  2. Providing library supporters with up-to-date information on government actions or proposals;
  3. Building coalitions with Washington-based representatives of other groups with similar concerns; and
  4. Developing grassroots networks to lobby legislators and further library interests.

At the direction of the ALA Committee on Legislation, the Office of Government Relations covers a broad range of issues including, but not limited to: appropriations, copyright, library programs, government information, privacy, and telecommunications.

Committee on Legislation (COL)

Staff Biographies

Staff Contacts

Kevin Maher - Deputy Director

Gavin Baker - Assistant Director

Emily Wagner - Information Manager

Lisa Lindle - Grassroots Communications Specialist

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1615 New Hampshire Ave NW, 1st Floor
Washington, DC 20009-2520
Phone: 202-628-8410
Fax: 202-628-8419