Office of Government Relations

About Libraries

 Key Issues

OGR Staff

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.

Key Issues

About Libraries

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.

Advocacy and Policy Resources

Staff Contacts

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

American Library Association
Washington Office
1615 New Hampshire Ave NW, 1st Floor
Washington, DC 20009-2520
Phone: 202-628-8410
Fax: 202-628-8419        


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