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Letter to Biden Administration

AASL, ALA, 48 state-level school library associations, and the leadership of the AASL Chapter Assembly sent a letter to President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition team stressing how school librarians are an equity-oriented solution to some of the most pressing concerns facing educators at this moment.


ALA Public Policy and Advocacy Office

ALA's advocacy and public policy staff work to secure information technology policies that support and encourage efforts of libraries to ensure access to electronic information resources as a means of upholding the public’s right to a free and open information society. Staff work to ensure a library voice in information policy debates and to promote full and equitable intellectual participation by the public

CIPA and School Libraries external link

Information for librarians with questions about CIPA at their libraries, scholars interested in the legislative history of CIPA, or those interested in the ALA's position on CIPA. Includes an FAQ.

ESSA and School Librarians

On December 10, 2015, the Every Student Succeeds Act was signed into law. The bill is a significant victory for ALA’s decade of advocacy efforts, as it includes provisions favorable to libraries. AASL will continue to examine ESSA, unpack the provisions for school libraries within the ESSA, and communicate how they will have impact for the school library community.

Federal Student Loan Forgiveness external link

Information on federal student loan forgiveness for librarians. Page includes the loan forgiveness provisions enacted by the legislation and where further details about loan forgiveness programs for librarians can be found.