Since 1945, ALA’s office in Washington, DC. has provided our members with a direct link to congress, the executive and regulatory bodies about issues affecting libraries. The Washington Office sponsors ALA’s National Legislative Day each May, Freedom of Information Act Day and Sunshine Day each March, and our online Legislative Action Center at http://capwiz.com/ala/home/
A National Voice
Within the Washington Office, the Office of Government Relations (OGR) addresses issues which affect the quality of library and information services available to the American public. OGR acts as a link between ALA members and the federal government, representing library interests and issues including:
funding for federal library and related programs, telecommunications, copyright, access to government information, the status of federal libraries and librarians, and other areas.
In addition, the Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) promotes the development and use of electronic access to information as a means to ensure the public's right to a free and open information society. Some major areas of interest for OITP include:
equity of access, copyright, e-books, E-rate, and the information commons. OITP's primary activities include research & analysis, education, government representation, and strategic outlook activities.
While the American Library Association is ably represented in Washington, the voices heard from around country make the difference in the success or failure of legislation. Visit the Legislative Action Center at www.capwiz.ala to get started today.
Subscribe to the District Dispatch blog from the ALA Washington Office at http://www.wo.ala.org/districtdispatch/ and stay up to the minute on bills before Congress and issues around the Capitol.
Top issues addressed by our Washington Office:
Intellectual Freedom and 1st Amendment Issues
Copyright and Intellectual Property Advocacy
Federal Library Programs
Federal Legislation and Funding
Government Information and Access to e-Government
Broadband and Telecom Policy
Ways to get more involved
Each division and most round tables have a legislative advisory committee that works on ‘type of library’ specific issues within federal legislation. In addition, ALA’s legislative committees are the place where members can personally make a contribution to policy, regulatory and legislative issues that affect us all.