Legislation and Advocacy
ALA’s Advocacy Efforts
Much of ALA's advocacy efforts are coordinated through the ALA Office for Library Advocacy. The following are links to several of ALA’s library advocacy efforts: Advocacy University, Issues and Advocacy, and Advocacy and Legislation.
In addition, be sure to sign up for the Washington Office’s District Dispatch Blog for news and alerts.
If you are not a member of ALA or an ALA Chapter and would like to advocate for libraries, sign up for our Take Action e-mailing list.
Take Action for America’s and Your State’s Libraries
Capwiz•XC is Capitol Advantage’s leading online legislation and advocacy tool that continues to help ALA, chapters, and Ilovelibraries send constituent messages to congressional and state legislators.
To take action on federal legislation affecting libraries and to take action for libraries in your state, visit CRO’s Take Action for Libraries page. (Although Virginia and Ohio have opted not to participate in Capwiz, their links will direct you to their legislation and advocacy pages.) See also Save Libraries in Your State (CRO) and I Love Libraries.org.
Chapter Relations Office staff are actively involved in I Love Libraries.org, a Web site designed for the people who use and love libraries, and for taking action on their behalf. Part of their responsibilities is developing the I Love Libraries Take Action page.
To help United States Libraries after natural and other disasters, see Helping United States Libraries After Disasters. To help international libraries, please contact the American Library Association International Relations Office at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 3201. Efforts in 2011 include Haiti Library Relief Fund, Chile Library Relief Fund, and the Japan Library Relief Fund
Follow CRO on Twitter at @ALA_CRO.
When you Tweet messages on supporting or saving libraries, include #saveSTATElibraries; for example, #saveconnecticutlibraries, #savemichiganlibraries, #saveohiolibraries.
Also include #savelibraries in the message.
Send comments and questions regarding this page to Don Wood, Chapter Relations Office.