Committee on Library Advocacy

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 round tables as well as external groups to integrate advocacy efforts into the overall planning, priorities and policies of the association; and to cultivate future leadership in order to sustain and enhance the advocacy efforts of the association.

Roster

Mr. Justin Paul De La Cruz (Chair, July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021)
Dr. Jason K. Alston (Member, July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2022)
Ms. Victoria Alissa Blackmer (Member, July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2022)
Cassandra Marie Bland (Member, July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2021)
Mr. Anthony S. Chow (Member, July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2021)
Cynthia Czesak (Member, July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2022)
Catherine Davenport (Member, July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2021)
Mr. Justin Paul De La Cruz (Member, July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2022)
Ms. Eryn Duffee (Member, July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2021)
Athanasia Fitos (Member, July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2021)
Crystal Hutchinson (Member, July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2022)
Katherine M. Lester (Member, July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2021)
Ms. Tatanisha Love (Member, July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2022)
Mr. Raymond Pun (Member, July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2022)
Mrs. Cindy Bhatti (Committee Associate, July 1, 2020, to June 30, 2022)
Alexander Geller (Committee Associate, July 1, 2019, to June 30, 2021)
Kristen Edson (LIRT Liaison, February 1, 2020, to June 30, 2021)
Megan Murray Cusick (Primary Staff Liaison, December 18, 2015, to June 30, 2023)
Alisha Dixon (Staff Liaison, June 1, 2019, to June 30, 2023)
Kathi J. Kromer (Staff Liaison, June 1, 2019, to June 30, 2023)
Carrie Russell (Staff Liaison, June 1, 2019, to June 30, 2023)

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Composition

The Committee on Library Advocacy (COLA) consists of 13 members appointed from the membership at large, serving 2 year terms and led by a chair.