Office of Government Relations (OGR)

The American Library Association is the nation’s oldest and, at over 55,000 members, the largest organization of library professionals in the nation. 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 the public. In coordination with its sister office, the Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP), OGR’s mission is to ensure that libraries are consistently, actively and constructively involved in all relevant federal legislative and policy decision-making processes.

Key Legislative Issues

  • Copyright (PDF)
    • Response from the Library Copyright Alliance to the U.S. Copyright Office's Notice of Inquiry on Copyright Protection for Certain Visual Works (July 23 2015)
    • Response from the Library Copyright Alliance to the Copyright Office's Orphan Works Report (June 15 2015)
    • Press Release: ALA president calls for digital transformation of Copyright Office (June 12 2015)
    • Coalition Letter to President Obama in Support of Marrakesh Treaty (February 12 2015)
  • Government Information Access (PDF)
    • Coalition Letter to House and Senate Rules and Administration Committees in Support of Expanded Public Access to CRS Reports (August 24 2015)
    • Press Release: Libraries cheer passage of strong open access legislation in U.S. Senate (July 29 2015)
    • Written Statement before the Subcommittee on Government Operations, House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, "Ensuring Government Transparency Through FOIA Reform" (February 27 2015)
    • Coalition Letter to Senators Cornyn and Leahy and Representatives Issa and Cummings in support of FOIA modernization (H.R.653; S.337) (February 5 2015)
  • Library Funding (PDF)
    • Press Release: ALA advocates for library funding at congressional hearing (April 29 2015)
    • Testimony submitted by Emily Sheketoff, Executive Director, ALA Washington Office, before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (April 29 2015)
  • Telecommunications (PDF)
    • Coalition Letter to FCC Chairman Wheeler Urging Commission to Adopt an Order on Lifeline Modernization (June 10 2015)
    • Coalition Letter to House Appropriations Committee opposing interference with Net Neutrality rules (June 16 2015)
    • Coalition Letter to Senators Thune and Nelson in Support of Wi-Fi Innovation Act of 2015 (S. 424) (June 3 2015)

Mission

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 public.

Responsibilities

In coordination with its sister office, the Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP), OGR works to ensure that libraries are consistently involved in the legislative and policy decision-making processes by:
 

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

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

Staff

Adam Eisgrau - Managing Director
Email: aeisgrau@alawash.org

Jessica McGilvray - Deputy Director
Email: jmcgilvray@alawash.org

Kevin Maher - Assistant Director
Email: kmaher@alawash.org

Lisa Lindle - Grassroots Communications Specialist
Email: llindle@alawash.org

Stephen Mayeaux - Information Manager
Email: smayeaux@alawash.org

Address, Phone and other Contact Information

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1615 New Hampshire Ave NW 1st Floor
Washington DC 20009-2520

Phone : 202-628-8410
Fax : 202-628-8419