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.
ALA Key Communications
- Press Release: Libraries cheer passage of strong open access legislation in U.S. Senate (July 29, 2015)
- Communications and Correspondence Archive
- Open Access on District Dispatch (Blog)
- Digital Divide on District Dispatch
- E-Books on District Dispatch