OGR Fact Sheet

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Contact: ALA Washington Office

Office of Government Relations (OGR)

As part of the ALA Washington Office, the Office of Government Relations (OGR) is charged with following and influencing legislation, policy and regulatory issues of importance to the library field and its publics. In coordination with its sister office, the Office of Information Technology Policy (OITP), OGR helps ensure that libraries are consistently involved in the legislative and policy decision-making processes by:

  • informing government of the needs and concerns of the library community;
  • providing library supporters with up-to-date information on government actions or proposals;
  • building coalitions with Washington-based representatives of other groups with similar concerns; and
  • developing grassroots networks to lobby legislators and further library interests

At the direction of the ALA Committee on Legislation, OGR covers a broad range of issues including, but not limited to copyright, appropriations, library programs, privacy issues, government information, and telecommunications.

American Library Association
Office of Government Relations
1615 New Hampshire Avenue NW
First Floor • Washington, D.C. 20009
202.628.8421 • 800.941.8478 toll free • 202.628.8424 fax