Open Access

Libraries are major sources of information for society and they serve as guardians of the public’s access to information more generally. The advent of the digital world has revolutionized how the public obtains information and how libraries provide it. Libraries help ensure that Americans can access the information they need – regardless of age, education, ethnicity, language, income, physical limitations, or geographic barriers – as the digital world continues to evolve. Core values of the library community, such as equal access to information, intellectual freedom, and the objective stewardship and provision of information, must be preserved and strengthened.

In addition to these efforts supporting access to information, ALA also actively prioritizes equity of access.

2016 Government Information / Open Access Fact Sheet

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About OGR

The American Library Association is the nation’s oldest and, at over 55,000 members, the largest organization of library professionals in the nation. 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 the public. In coordination with its sister office, the Office for Information Technology Policy, OGR’s mission is to ensure that libraries are consistently, actively and constructively involved in all relevant federal legislative and policy decision-making processes.

Staff Contact Information

Emily Sheketoff
Executive Director
ALA Washington Office

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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