Professional Development

Advocacy Bootcamp Advocacy Bootcamp logo

A joint effort of ALA's Office for Library Advocacy and Office for Intellectual Freedom, Advocacy Bootcamp will help participants prepare to advocate for libraries as fundamental building blocks to democracy. View a schedule of trainings around the country.


Chapter Advocacy Exchange

Chapter Advocacy Exchange logoIn partnership with ALA's Chapter Relations Office, these webinars address current issues and provide an opportunity for chapter leaders to showcase best practices, share ideas, ask questions and learn about ALA resources. 


Advocacy Events

National Library Legislative Day

National Library Legislative Day, Washington, DC, May 7-8, 2018 National Library Legislative Day is a two-day advocacy event that brings hundreds of librarians, trustees, library supporters, and patrons to Washington, D.C. to meet with their members of Congress rally support for library issues and policies. Participants will receive advocacy tips and training, along with important issues briefings prior to their meetings.


Public Awareness Events

Library Card Sign-up Month

Each September thousands of public and school libraries come together in a national effort to remind parents and children that a library card is the most important school supply of all. Library Card Sign-up Month was launched in 1987.

National Library Week

national library promotions and eventsCelebrate National Library Week April 8-14, 2018  with the theme, "Libraries Lead." Misty Copeland serves as 2018 National Library Week Honorary Chair!

Visit the National Library Week web page for print and digital PSAs, a sample proclamation, press release and scripts for audio PSAs.  Be sure to tell us about your plans!

The National Library Week 2018 celebration will mark the 60th anniversary of the first event,  sponsored in 1958.

ALA sponsors a variety of library promotions throughout the year that libraries of all types all across the country can get involved with to promote libraries and create awareness of library issues, such as Banned Books Week, Choose Privacy Week, Preservation Week, School Library Month and Teen Tech Week. Check out the list of all ALA promotional events.