ALA Committee on Library Advocacy (Standing, Council)

Charge: To support the efforts of advocates for all types of libraries; to develop resources, networks and training materials for advocates at the local, state and national levels with particular emphasis on the grassroots level; to work closely with the Office for Library Advocacy in collaboration with the Public Awareness Committee, the Chapter Relations Committee, the Committee on Legislation, and other ALA offices, divisions, and roundtables as well as external groups to integrate advocacy efforts into the overall planning, priorities and polices of the association; and to cultivate future leadership in order to sustain and enhance the advocacy efforts of the association.

The Committee on Library Advocacy comprises 13 ALA members. It becomes active at the close of the 2008 Annual Conference. Terms last for two years, on a staggered basis, so that 6 members would end their term at the close of the 2009 Annual Conference, and the remaining 7 would end their terms at the close of the 2010 Annual Conference.

Subcommittees of the ALA Committee on Library Advocacy

Advocacy Training Subcommittee: The purpose of the Advocacy Training Subcommittee of the ALA Committee on Library Advocacy is to create in-person and online training and other opportunities to improve the advocacy skills of library advocates nationwide. The Advocacy Training Subcommittee will work on efforts at both the national level (at ALA conferences) as well as the state and local level.

Advocacy Coordinating Group: The purpose of the Advocacy Coordinating Group of the ALA Committee on Library Advocacy is to foster communication and cooperation among all interested committees, units, and divisions in order to develop programs and activities in support of library advocacy and the Association's advocacy plan. The Advocacy Coordinating Group will exchange information and share ideas for coordination of programming and training; develop and promote strategies for increased advocacy activity; promote cooperation and enhance the effectiveness of advocacy activities throughout the Association; and strengthen ALA's national, state, local and international advocacy efforts.