Legislation and Advocacy
“Whatever the cost of our libraries, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant nation.”―Walter Cronkite
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. See also Chapter Advocacy Exchange (free webinars presented by the ALA Chapter Relations Office and the ALA Office for Library Advocacy).
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 is a CQ Roll Call online legislation and advocacy tool that continues to help ALA, chapters, and Ilovelibraries send constituent messages to congressional and state legislators. We had anticipated migrating from Capwiz to Engage (see PowerPoint presentation Engage: The New Capwiz, and What Your Chapter Needs to Do; 2014 Annual Conference) by the end of October 2015. However, not all Chapters have migrated as of October 11, 2016.
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. 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.
Ilovelibraries.org is an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA), designed to keep America informed about what’s happening in today’s libraries. Ilovelibraries.org promotes the value of libraries and librarians, explains key issues affecting libraries, and urges readers to support and take action for their libraries.
Each ALA Chapter has a website that includes how to advocate and take action for libraries. See also the pages of the Office for Library Advocacy. Visit also the ALA Legislative Action Center and How to Contact Your Representatives.
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 2015 include Nepal 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.