Office for Library Advocacy

Office for Library Advocacy

American Library Association
50 East Huron Street
Chicago, Illinois 60611-2795
Phone: 312.280.2428
Fax: 312.280.3255 


The Office for Library Advocacy (OLA) supports the efforts of advocates seeking to improve libraries of all types by developing resources, a peer-to-peer advocacy network, and training for advocates at the local, state and national level. In order to achieve this goal, OLA works closely with the Public Awareness Office, the Chapter Relations Office, the Office for Government Relations, and other ALA units involved in advocacy on behalf of particular types of libraries or particular issues, in order to help better integrate these efforts into the overall advocacy planning and strategies of the association. OLA also works to cultivate future leadership in order to sustain the advocacy efforts of the association.

Oversight Groups

  • ALA Committee on Library Advocacy (Standing, Council)
  • Advocacy Coordinating Group                                                                                                                             

Information on Office for Library Advocacy oversight groups.


Marci Merola
312.280.2431; 800.545.2433, ext. 2431

Joaquin Falcon
Communications Specialist
312.280.2428; 800.545.2433, ext. 2428

Megan Murray Cusick
Grassroots Specialist
312.280.2423, 800.545.2433, ext. 2423

Jan Carmichael
Web/New Media Specialist
312.280.5041, 800.545.2433  ext. 5041