Chapter Relations Office

Mission

The Chapter Relations Office (CRO) promotes a sense of identification between the national Association and the 57 ALA Chapters; facilitates communication between the Chapters and all ALA units (e.g., The ALA and Chapters Partnership, Chapter Answers, Chapter Issues, Chapter Advocacy Exchange, State of the Chapter Annual Report; Helping United States Libraries After Disasters, Overview of ALA Select Resources for Chapters), coordinates leadership development for Chapter officers (e.g., Chapter Leaders Forum), Chapter Councilors, Chapter Relations Committee, chief paid staff members, and other Chapter leaders; strengthens membership promotion activities for ALA and the Chapters (e.g., joint membership program); coordinates the ALA Student Chapters and the ALA Student-to-Staff program and Money Smart Week; and helps raise awareness throughout the ALA of and sensitivity to Chapter advocacy and other needs (e.g., Engage, advocacy software ALA provides to Chapters; Chapter Issues, where Chapters share how they address common issues). In addition to CRO, the interests of Chapters are represented within ALA by the Chapter Relations Committee (CRC), which meets each Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference, and serves as an advisory committee to the CRO.

Advocacy Implementation Plan. ALA and its members work with libraries, the broader library community and members of the public to advocate for the value of libraries and for public support for libraries of all types at the local, state, federal and international level.

Libraries Transform. Designed to increase public awareness of the value, impact and services provided by libraries and library professionals, the Libraries Transform campaign will ensure there is one clear, energetic voice for our profession. Showcasing the transformative nature of today’s libraries and elevating the critical role libraries play in the digital age. See also the Libraries Transform Toolkit.

Protocol for Monitoring and Responding to State and Local Library Crises. The American Library Association (ALA) has adopted a protocol to respond to library crises at the state and local level. The goal of ALA's involvement is to advance the advocacy efforts of the library and/or the appropriate state-level library organization. ALA can only become involved when its efforts are welcomed by and coordinated with the library and/or the state-level library organization. See ALA Protocol for Monitoring and Responding to State and Local Library Crises (PDF).

Finding What You Need (and Want!): Navigating the Chapter Relations Office Site

Facebook logo Twitter logo Find your ALA committees, round tables, other groups; start new communities. Take action for America's libraries. Partial Map of United States and links to Chapter contacts A book button linking to the ALA Student Chapters Directory Calendar image links to calendar of Chapters at Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference Image depicting E-mail links to SYMPA so you can subscribe to e-lists of ALA

Icons above, left to right, Facebook, Twitter, ALA Connect, Take Action for Libraries (federal)Contact Information for Chapters, Contact Information for Student Chapters, Calendar of Events at Conferences, and ALA E-lists.

Find more social networking resources for Chapters.

Begin by exploring this site with the links above, use the "mini-pods" above, or use the pods on the right-hand side (on this page and other CRO pages) to navigate to pages directly related to the ALA Chapter Relations Office. In addition, general questions are answered at Chapter Answers.

Visit this page of topics related to the office and the ALA Chapters

CRO Staff

Michael Dowling, Director
Chapter Relations Office
mdowling@ala.org, 1-800-545-2433, ext. 3200

Don Wood, Program Officer
Chapter Relations Office
dwood@ala.org, 1-800-545-2433, ext. 2429

Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference | ALA Conference Planning Calendar | Advocacy | Hot and Other Important Topics related to the Chapter Relations Office and the Chapters in General |

Calendar image links to calendar of Chapters at Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference

Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference Schedules

The Select ALA Midwinter Meeting and Annual Conference Schedule for CRO and CRC meetings, events, and programs during these annual conferences.

ALA Conference Planning Calendar

ALA's Affiliates Conference & Event Planning Calendar is now online as Affiliate and Chapter Planning Calendar. To include your ALA Chapter, ALA Affiliates, and Division Conferences, Institutes, or Workshops in this calendar, please contact Don Wood, Chapter Relations Office, with names, titles, URLs, dates, and locations. Report additions or errors to Don Wood. It is highly appreciated when the subject line contains the word calendar.

ALA Connect and the Chapters

Creating an ALA Connect Community is a useful resource to share ideas and information across Chapters. For example:

Chapter Conferences (ALA Connect)
Shared information about and resources to help in planning and accomplishing Chapter Conferences.

Webinars and Other Presentations

These are free webinars conducted by the ALA Chapter Relations Office. They are listed in alphabetical order by topic.

Chapter Advocacy Exchange — Free webinars, presented by the ALA Chapter Relations Office and the ALA Office for Library Advocacy.

Advocacy

Select Map of USA; Links to Legislation and Advocacy

The Chapter Relations Office supports ALA's library advocacy efforts by tracking state and federal legislation affecting libraries and by working with the Office for Library Advocacy, the ALA Washington Office, I Love Libraries, other ALA units, and other groups. For links to resources and other information, visit CRO's Legislation and Advocacy page, which includes Take Action for Libraries and Save Libraries in Your State (which includes Helping U.S. Libraries after disasters).

Advocacy Implementation Plan. ALA and its members work with libraries, the broader library community and members of the public to advocate for the value of libraries and for public support for libraries of all types at the local, state, federal and international level.

Libraries Transform. Designed to increase public awareness of the value, impact and services provided by libraries and library professionals, the Libraries Transform campaign will ensure there is one clear, energetic voice for our profession. Showcasing the transformative nature of today’s libraries and elevating the critical role libraries play in the digital age. is designed to increase public awareness of the value, impact and services provided by libraries and library professionals, the Libraries Transform campaign will ensure there is one clear, energetic voice for our profession. Showcasing the transformative nature of today’s libraries and elevating the critical role libraries play in the digital age. See also the Libraries Transform Toolkit.

Protocol for Monitoring and Responding to State and Local Library Crises. The American Library Association (ALA) has adopted a protocol to respond to library crises at the state and local level. The goal of ALA's involvement is to advance the advocacy efforts of the library and/or the appropriate state-level library organization. ALA can only become involved when its efforts are welcomed by and coordinated with the library and/or the state-level library organization. See ALA Protocol for Monitoring and Responding to State and Local Library Crises (PDF).