Advocacy and Legislation Committee


To provide tools and information to empower members in support of grassroots advocacy efforts on behalf of libraries, children and families. To serve as a channel of communication on legislative matters among the ALA Legislation committee, the Division Leadership, and its members, recommending to the ALSC Board changes as necessary in federal, state and local legislation proposed by the ALA Legislation committee, and advise on ALSC interests in the proposals before ALA Council.


Mr. Nathaniel Halsan Halsan (Co-Chair, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2020)
Sarah Okner (Co-Chair, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2020)
Mrs. Bridgid Kathleen Gallagher-Sauter (Virtual Member, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2020)
Barbara A. Genco (Virtual Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Erica M. Ruscio (Virtual Member, June 7, 2018, to June 30, 2019)
Joel Shoemaker (Virtual Member, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2020)
Christine D. Caputo (Consultant, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2020)
Dr. Africa S. Hands (Board Liaison, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2020)
Angela Hubbard (Staff Liaison, June 1, 2015, to July 31, 2020)

Displaying active committee roster as of 05/20/2019. Last retrieved on 05/20/2019. Members can log in to view full contact information for committee members.


The Advocacy and Legislation committee consists of two co-chairs plus five members appointed from the ALSC membership at large, serving two-year terms. The co-chairs also serve two-year terms and are appointed in alternating years. The "Everyday Advocacy" member content editor serves as an ex-officio member. (2 co-chairs + 5 + 1)


Established in 1974 at the request of the ALSC Board of Directors.

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ALSC and ALA value committed and active committee members. Qualified ALSC members are welcome to volunteer to serve on ALSC's committees. Committee members must have an interest in the work of the committee; be able to attend Annual Conferences and Midwinter Meetings to participate in the meetings and activities of the committee; and be able to work between conferences via e-mail and ALA Connect. Express your interest in serving on this or other ALSC committees by filling out an ALSC committee volunteer form. Depending on the committee, appointments take place either in the spring or fall. Accordingly, committee service begins either following Annual Conference or Midwinter Meeting.

Staff Liaison