The Washington Office advances ALA’s public policy activities by helping secure information technology policies that support and encourage efforts of libraries to ensure access to electronic information resources as a means of upholding the public’s right to a free and open information society. It works to ensure a library voice in information policy debates and to promote full and equitable intellectual participation by the public by:
- Conducting research and analysis aimed at understanding the implications of information technology and information policy for libraries and library users,
- Educating the ALA community about the implications of information policy, law, and regulation for libraries and library users,
- Advancing ALA’s information policy interests in non-legislative government policy forums, and
Engaging in strategic outlook to anticipate technological change, particularly as it presents policy challenges to libraries and library users.