Advocacy Committee

Charge

Serves as a support to those who advocate for library services to the Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, and Transgender communities, families, and their allies at the local, state, and national level. Provides support through a variety of means, such as providing resources, developing toolkits, and establishing connections to other organizations or individuals. Works with other ALA units, including divisions, the Chapter Relations Committee, and the Committee on Library Advocacy to integrate GLBT advocacy into their planning and advocacy strategies. Provides continuity for advocacy efforts such as June is GLBT Book Month. Cultivates future leadership to sustain the advocacy efforts of the GLBTRT.

Roster

Vanessa Kitzie (Chair, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2019)
Ms. Grace E. Atkins (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Becca Bastron (Member, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2020)
Max Bowman (Member, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2020)
Amanda Lea Breu (Member, July 1, 2018, to June 30, 2020)
Mr. Michael David MILLER (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Ms. Holly Okuhara (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Brandon J. West (Member, July 1, 2017, to June 30, 2019)
Briana Jarnagin (Staff Liaison, November 1, 2017, to June 30, 2021)

Displaying active committee roster as of 07/01/2018. Last retrieved on 08/20/2019. Members can log in to view full contact information for committee members.

Composition

The committee will consist of 7 to 8 members, a board liaison, and will be led by a chair.  Ideal candidates will have a background in ALA advocacy, communication, and digital skills.

Subcommittees & Task Forces

The committee will consist of 7 to 8 members, a board liaison, and will be led by a chair.  Ideal candidates will have a background in ALA advocacy, communication, and digital skills.

Origin

The committee was originally charged at the November 2013 GLBTRT Executive Board meeting as an ad-hoc committee. Slight amendments were made to the charge during the meeting that are captured in the November meeting document comments area. At ALA Annual 2015, the GLBTRT Executive Board voted to make the Advocacy Ad-hoc Committee a permanent standing committee.

Get Involved

Serving on a GLBT Round Table committee requires membership in ALA and GLBTRT. Learn more by visiting our membership page. To volunteer for a committee, visit our volunteer form page.