Office of Government Relations
The American Library Association (ALA) is the nation’s oldest and -- at over 55,000 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.
Used by an estimated 200 million Americans more than 1.5 billion times annually for reasons as diverse as our nation, libraries of every kind are trusted more than any other public institution. Wherever they may be, libraries consistently are at the cores of their communities. In the digital age more than ever before, 21st century libraries are engines of societal and personal change and progress. By fostering education, literacy, research, government benefits distribution, business incubation, job training, civic involvement and much, much more libraries transform learning, local economies and the lives of millions every day.
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:
- Informing government of the needs and concerns of the library community;
- Providing library supporters with up-to-date information on government actions or proposals;
- Building coalitions with Washington-based representatives of other groups with similar concerns; and
- 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.
Advocacy and Policy Resources
Adam Eisgrau - Managing Director
Issues: Copyright, Privacy/Surveillance
Jessica McGilvray - Deputy Director
Issues: Education, Government Information, Open Access
Kevin Maher - Assistant Director
Issues: Appropriations, Telecommunications
Emily Sheketoff - Executive Director, Washington Office
Issues: Education, Workforce Innovation
Lisa Lindle - Grassroots Communications Specialist
Stephen Mayeaux - Information Manager
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