Advocacy: How to Get Involved
The ALA Washington Office believes that civic involvement is the best way to make a difference for your library. Whether you're a librarian, a business or simply a concerned citizen, there are myriad ways to make your views known to legislators on Capitol Hill.
Federal Advocacy Resources and How to Get Involved
The Washington Office offers a variety of information resources about current federal issues that impact libraries. This page describes the resources and how best to use them.
Online Advocacy Training
In recent months, the ALA Washington Office has worked extensively with advocacy "guru" Stephanie Vance on several online initiatives. Ms. Vance has more than 15 years of experience in Washington, DC, both as a lobbyist and a Congressional aide, holding positions such as legislative assistant, legislative director and staff director for various members of Congress.
Federal Library Legislative and Advocacy Network
As part of our effort to win these legislative battles, we are launching a new initiative to establish a national grassroots advocacy network. Our goal is for every state chapter to designate a representative to contact as federal legislative issues arise. These advocates would, in turn, relay information and calls-to-action to contact persons in each Congressional district and for each Senator. A network of advocates will ensure that we will be able to respond quickly and effectively to legislative issues as they arise. By having this established network in place, we can maximize our efforts on a national level.
Library Business Alliance
In 2002, the ALA Washington Office invited companies that do business with libraries to work with ALA lobbyists and staff in order to achieve complementary legislative goals.
The Library Business Alliance (LBA) was born of this initial meeting between ALA lobbyists and concerned executives, and it continues to help effect legislative change. All members of the library business community are encouraged to join this key group of library supporters and to boost the effort to sustain libraries' invaluable contributions to their communities. To date, the effort has been immeasurably helpful and the LBA would like to continue the terrific work.
ALA Allied Professional Association
The ALA Allied Professional Association is a nonprofit organization chartered in the State of Illinois for the purpose of promoting “the mutual professional interests of librarians and other library workers.” The ALA-APA is a companion organization to the American Library Association (ALA), an educational association chartered in the State of Massachusetts to “promote library service and librarianship.”