The ALA Chapter Relations Office (CRO) supports ALA’s advocacy efforts by tracking federal, state, and local legislation and other issues affecting libraries, and by working with the Office for Library Advocacy, the Communications and Marketing Office, the ALA Washington Office, I Love Libraries, other ALA units, and other groups. CRO provides advocacy assistance to ALA Chapters by several means, including helping them develop and maintain their own advocacy websites, which allow their members to contact state and federal legislators. To contact Chapters about state and regional library advocacy, see ALA Chapters Directory.
In addition, the American Library Association (ALA) has adopted a protocol to respond to library crises at the state and local level. The goal of ALA's involvement is to advance the advocacy efforts of the library and/or the appropriate state-level library organization. ALA can only become involved when its efforts are welcomed by and coordinated with the library and/or the state-level library organization. See ALA Protocol for Monitoring and Responding to State and Local Library Crises (PDF).
See also the Advocacy Implementation Plan, which is a result of ALA and its members working with libraries, the broader library community, and members of the public to advocate for the value of libraries and for public support for libraries of all types at the local, state, federal and international level.
Advocacy Resources for Chapters
CRO supports ALA's and Chapter's library advocacy efforts by working with other ALA units and other groups.
ALA and Chapters Partnership
The ALA and Chapters Partnership explains how the ALA and ALA Chapters partnership works, including their advocacy efforts.
ALA Strategic Directions
ALA Mission; Core Organizational Values; Key Action Areas; and Strategic Directions: Advocacy, Information Policy, Professional and Leadership Development, and Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion.
Chapter Advocacy Exchange
Free webinars presented by the ALA Chapter Relations Office and the ALA Office for Library Advocacy, primarily designed to assist Chapters.
Chapters share with each other how they address common issues.
Visit this page to get involved in Chapters (aka state library associations) in a professional capacity (e.g., librarian, library worker, or library student), as the press, or as the general public.
Helping United States Libraries After Disasters
Let us know how ALA can help libraries affected by natural disasters in any way toward recovery by contacting the ALA Chapter Relations Office.
"With growing concentration of media ownership, independent voices decrease and locally produced and locally relevant information, news, and cultural resources diminish. Libraries cannot ensure “the widest possible dissemination of information from diverse and antagonistic sources,” unless they counter the detrimental impact of media consolidation on the diversity of ideas and localism in their communities. When media consolidation restricts the creation and dissemination of multiple perspectives, the public no longer has a healthy, open exchange of information and ideas. In an era when democratic discourse is more essential than ever, the information system is out of balance. Libraries must provide forums—both physical and virtual—that create opportunities for individuals to engage in the open and balanced exchange of viewpoints and ideas."—Fostering Media Diversity in Libraries: Strategies and Actions (PDF).
Save Libraries in Your State
Links to websites, blogs, pages on Facebook, etc., dedicated to advocating for libraries or saving libraries in a state, and more.
Michael Dowling, Director
Chapter Relations Office
firstname.lastname@example.org, 1-800-545-2433, ext. 3200
Don Wood, Program Officer
Chapter Relations Office
email@example.com, 1-800-545-2433, ext. 2429