Advocacy Library

ALA Advocacy Library

A new and comprehensive collection of advocacy resources available from the American Library Association.
Know a resource that should be added to the Advocacy Library? Let us know . Questions? Email

Browse by topic or search the collection for a specific issue.

American Association of School Librarians Advocacy Resources

Materials to facilitate school library advocacy from the American Association of School Librarians (AASL) including advocacy brochures, infographics, and toolkits; definitions developed by the AASL Advocacy Committee; information on school library specific legislation and the ongoing legislative efforts; and information on AASL sponsored events including Banned Websites Awareness Day and School Library Month.

AASL Intellectual Freedom Brochure (PDF)

Brochure created by the AASL Intellectual Freedom Committee available for download, duplication, and distribution. It describes why intellectual freedom is important in a school library program, the difference between selection and censorship, what to do before a challenge occurs, where to obtain assistance during a challenge, why schools filter and how it affects students intellectual freedom, and how the ALA Code of Ethics affects school librarians.

AASL National School Library Standards One-Pagers for Stakeholders

Use these one page handouts to educate school administration, teachers, and parents about AASL's National School Library Standards and the important role of school librarians: A Guide for Administrators: Your School Library in the Learning Community, Understanding the National School Library Standards; A Guide for Educators & Classroom Teachers: What School Library Standards Mean to Educators; Amplify the power of your teaching, support your curriculum, and help your learners to Think, Create, Share and Grow!; A Guide for Parents and Guardians: How Does the School Library Support Your Child? Tips to help support learning in school and at home.

American Association of School Librarians National School Library Standards

AASL’s new integrated standards are designed to empower leaders to transform teaching and learning. The new National School Library Standards for Learners, School Librarians, and School Libraries reflect an evolution of AASL Standards, building on philosophical foundations and familiar elements of previous standards while featuring the new streamlined AASL Standards Integrated Framework for learners, school librarians, and school libraries.

Three previously separate publications—AASL Standards for the 21st-Century Learner, Standards in Action, and Empowering Learners—are now framed within a single text, emphasizing the importance of all three standards sets while ensuring that standards-related activities are mutually reinforcing. The National School Library Standards enable school librarians to influence and lead in their schools, districts, and states and to develop plans that meet today’s educational landscape for learners, school librarians, and the school library. Among the innovations:

American Association for School Librarians Standards Framework for Learners Pamplet

The AASL Standards Framework for Learners pamphlet presents the Integrated Framework (Learner, School Librarian, and School Library) featured within the National School Library Standards.  This pamphlet is the ideal collaborative and advocacy piece to introduce your stakeholders to this student-focused segment at the heart of AASL’s standards. In addition to the framework for learners, this convenient pamphlet includes Common Beliefs reflecting current learning environments and professional best practices that form the foundation of the standards. Share the frame work for Learners at: District school board meetings; PTA/PTO meetings; and Teacher in-service days.

ACRL Libraries Scholarly Communication Resources

The Association of College and Research Libraries is committed to creating increased access to scholarly information; fostering cost-effective alternative means of publishing, especially those that take advantage of electronic information technologies; and encouraging scholars to assert greater control over scholarly communications. Resources include; Scholarly Communication Toolkit; ACRL RoadShow: "Scholarly Communication: From Understanding to Engagement"; discussion list and forum; and white papers.

ALA Literacy Clearinghouse

The ALA Literacy Clearinghouse  brings together resources from across the American Library Association that promote literacy across the lifespan. Topics include: Family Literacy, Adolescent Literacy, Digital Literacy, Information Literacy, ALA Member Groups & Divisions, Early Childhood Literacy, Adult Literacy, Literacy for English learners, ALA Literacy Publications, Select Literacy Policies & Statements.

ALA Policy on Privatization

ALA affirms that publicly funded libraries should remain directly accountable to the public they serve. Therefore, ALA opposes the shifting of policy making and management oversight of library services from the public to the private for-profit sector.

ALSC Everyday Advocacy Website

Advocacy for children's librarians is anything but a quiet affair! Visit the Association for Library Service to Children's Everyday Advocacy website to get inspired and learn how to be the voice of your library. Tips for creating an elevator speech, crafting your message, using print and electronic media, conducting one-on-one meetings with local stakeholders and policymakers or group advocacy efforts that capture state and national attention.

Banned Books Week

Banned Books Week is an annual event, usually the last week in September, that brings together the entire book community — librarians, booksellers, publishers, journalists, teachers, and readers of all types — to draw national attention to the harms of censorship. The books featured during Banned Books Week have all been targeted with removal or restricted in libraries and schools. By focusing on efforts across the country to remove or restrict access to books, Banned Books Week draws national attention to the harms of censorship. The ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom offers ideas for how to get involved, free downloads, and display ideas.