Committee on Library Advocacy

Charge

To support the efforts of advocates for all types of libraries; to develop resources, networks and training materials for advocates at the local, state and national levels with particular emphasis on the grassroots level; to work closely with the office for library advocacy in collaboration with the public awareness committee, the chapter relations committee, the committee on legislation, and other ALA offices, divisions, and round tables as well as external groups to integrate advocacy efforts into the overall planning, priorities and policies of the association; and to cultivate future leadership in order to sustain and enhance the advocacy efforts of the association.

Roster

Dr. Steven D. Yates (Chair, July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2023)
Susan Philp Baier (Member, July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2024)
Mr. Glen J. Benedict (Member, July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2024)
Nicanor Diaz (Member, July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2024)
Ms. Eboni M. Henry (Member, July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2024)
Katherine M. Lester (Member, July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2023)
MEGAN PALMER (Member, July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2023)
Kimberly Anne Patton (Member, July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2024)
Kevin Reynolds (Member, July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2024)
Rocco A. Staino (Member, July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2023)
Ms. Julie W. Walker (Member, July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2023)
Lisa L. Wells (Member, April 1, 2022, to June 30, 2023)
Dr. Steven D. Yates (Member, July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2023)
Michael Courtney (Committee Associate, July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2023)
Ms. Dorcas Hand (RMRT Liaison, October 1, 2021, to June 30, 2023)
Mrs. Sara Johns (AASL Liaison, July 1, 2021, to June 30, 2023)
Mrs. Ziba Pérez (YALSA Liaison, July 1, 2022, to June 30, 2023)
Marleen Coleman (Staff Liaison, July 18, 2022, to December 31, 2099)
Megan Murray Cusick (Primary Staff Liaison, December 18, 2015, to June 30, 2023)

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Composition

The Committee on Library Advocacy (COLA) consists of 13 members appointed from the membership at large, serving 2 year terms and led by a chair.