Advocacy Assistance

ALA leverages the expertise of its divisions and offices and acts in partnership with state associations to advance the work of libraries, library staff, and library advocates. See below for specific contacts.

Office for Library Advocacy

The Office for Library Advocacy (OLA) supports the efforts of new and veteran advocates working to strengthen communities through libraries of all types. Facing threats to funding, position reduction, adverse state or local legislation? Looking for strategy assistance or want to launch an advocacy campaign? Contact OLA Director Marci Merola or Grassroots Specialist Megan Cusick and let us know how we can help.

Office for Intellectual FreedomReport Censorship Button

The Office for Intellectual Freedom (OIF) is charged with implementing ALA policies concerning the concept of intellectual freedom as embodied in the Library Bill of Rights, the Association’s basic policy on free access to libraries and library materials. For assistance with challenges to materials or programs, please contact OIF Assistant Director Kristin Pekoll. For issues pertaining to filtering, meeting rooms, or privacy, please contact OIF Deputy Director, Deborah Caldwell-Stone. To report a challenge, please click on the "Report Censorship" button.

Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services

The Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services (ODLOS) supports library and information science workers in creating responsible and all-inclusive spaces that serve and represent the entire community. For additional information about resources and training or to request assistance, please visit the ODLOS website or contact Director Jody Gray.