ACRL Government Relations Committee


Work with the ACRL Board and staff to formulate the ACRL legislative agenda seeking input from other ACRL committees and leaders. Assists the ACRL Board in efforts to incorporate the ACRL legislative agenda into the ALA legislative agenda. Serves in an advisory role to the ACRL Government Relations Specialist.


Dani Brecher Cook (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Jeremy Darrington (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Peter L. Kraus (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Mr. Nicholas A. G. Lamb (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Ms. Bethany S. McGowan (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Joyce L. Ogburn (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)

Displaying active committee roster as of 07/01/2018. Last retrieved on 02/20/2018. Members can log in to view full contact information for committee members.

Specific Tasks

  • Recommend an ACRL legislative agenda to the Board before the Spring Executive Committee Meeting;
  • Keep the ACRL Board up to date on the activities and discussions of the ALA Committee on Legislation;
  • Monitor the Legislative Advocacy Plan and make suggestions for improvement as needed


  • A minimum of five members (i.e. a chair, vice-chair, and three members)
  • Chair will serve as ex-officio member on the ALA Legislative Assembly
  • Ex-officio members will include the Chapters Council Library Legislation Network Coordinator (appointed by Chapters Council)
  • Additional appointments at the discretion of the Vice-President/President-Elect and Appointments Committee


The ACRL Board approved a revised charge for the Government Relations Committee in 1996. In 2005, the ACRL Board approved a revised charge that includes a revised statement on legislative agenda specifying the committee is "seeking formal input from the Scholarly Communications Committee, the Copyright Committee, and other committees and ACRL leaders as appropriate." The charge was also updated to say, "The Committee will monitor the Legislative Advocacy Plan and make suggestions for improvement as needed. In addition, the Committee will support the ACRL Government Relations Specialist to ensure success of that position Members of the GRC may be asked to write position papers expanding on Legislative Agenda items." In 2005, the Government Relations Committee was included as a component committee of the Advocacy Committee. In 2009, the charged was revised a second time to change the timing of the Legislative Agenda. It was also redefined as a stand-alone divisional committee when the coordinating committee was reclassified as a standard committee, with no coordinating committee umbrella structure.

Get Involved

Volunteers will need to complete the volunteer form by February 15 for committee service that begins July 1. More information, including volunteer requirements, can be found on the ACRL volunteer site.

Staff Liaison

Kara Malenfant
Senior Strategist for Special Initiatives
Association of College & Research Libraries
American Library Association
50 East Huron Street
Chicago, IL  60611-2788
Work: 312-280-2510