Public Policy and Advocacy (PPA)

ALA, PLA Select First Round of Libraries Lead with Digital Skills Awardees: 20 Pennsylvania Public Libraries Receive Funding for Workforce Development

Today the American Library Association (ALA) and Public Library Association (PLA) announced the names of 20 libraries* in Pennsylvania selected to receive funding from Libraries Lead with Digital Skills, an initiative of ALA and PLA, sponsored by Grow with Google.

ALA releases new resources on digital storytelling for National Library Week

As a part of National Library Week and ALA's year-round advocacy work, ALA released two new tools to help library advocates and libraries across the country share their story on digital platforms: a Live Stream and Video Storytelling Checklist and a Social Media Advocacy Toolkit. The resources are being rolled out in conjunction with the #MyLibraryMyStory initiative, a video and social media effort that aims to encourage library advocates and users to creat

ALA, Library Copyright Alliance Applaud Appointment of Karyn A. Temple as Register of Copyrights

WASHINGTON - The American Library Association, a member of the Library Copyright Alliance, congratulates Karyn Temple on her appointment to Register of Copyrights by Dr. Carla Hayden, Librarian of Congress. In her more than two-year tenure as Acting Register, Temple has been open-minded and even-handed during a period of dramatic change at the U.S. Copyright Office and the Library of Congress.

ALA names James Neal senior policy fellow

Today, the American Library Association (ALA) appointed James G. (Jim) Neal as a senior policy fellow. Neal will advise the ALA Public Policy & Advocacy Unit (Washington Office) on copyright and licensing matters and provide leadership on selected priority initiatives, including the ALA Policy Corps established in 2017 as one of his presidential initiatives.

ALA President to Speak at U.S. Census Bureau Press Conference

On April 1, 2019, ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo will give remarks at a public briefing held by the U.S. Census Bureau to mark the one year out milestone from the 2020 Census.

ALA Supports Restoration of Strong Open Internet Protections

Democratic leaders of the House and Senate today announced legislation that will reverse the disastrous repeal by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in late 2017 of critical net neutrality protections. The FCC’s action eliminated rules that required internet service providers to treat all internet traffic equally. The American Library Association (ALA) released the following statement by ALA President Loida Garcia-Febo:

ALA, Grow with Google kick off economic opportunity initiative in public libraries nationwide

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today the American Library Association (ALA) and Google launched a national tour of libraries as part of the Grow with Google initiative. The Grow with Google tour will consist of free, one-day events hosted at local libraries in cities and towns across the country, where Grow with Google experts will deliver in-person workshops for job seekers, small businesses, and library staff. 

Applications open for Oakley Memorial Copyright Scholarship

The American Library Association is now accepting applications for the Robert L. Oakley Memorial Copyright Scholarship. The $1,000 scholarship is awarded annually to an individual or a team of individuals who meet eligibility criteria.