ALA leverages the expertise of its divisions and offices and acts in partnership with state associations to advance the work of libraries, library staff, and library advocates.
Funding, positions, legislation, privatization, and advocacy strategy
The Public Policy and Advocacy Office supports the efforts of new and veteran advocates working to strengthen communities through libraries of all types. Facing threats to funding, position reduction, adverse state or local legislation? Looking for strategy assistance or want to launch an advocacy campaign? Contact Megan Cusick, Deputy Director, State Advocacy, and let her know how ALA can help.
Challenges, privacy, filtering, and meeting rooms
The Office for Intellectual Freedom is charged with implementing ALA policies concerning the concept of intellectual freedom as embodied in the Library Bill of Rights, the Association’s basic policy on free access to libraries and library materials. For assistance with challenges to materials, displays or programs, please use the challenge form. For issues pertaining to filtering, meeting rooms, or privacy, please contact OIF Director, Deborah Caldwell-Stone.
Equity, diversity, and inclusion
The Office for Diversity, Literacy, and Outreach Services supports library and information science workers in creating responsible and all-inclusive spaces that serve and represent the entire community. For additional information about resources and training or to request assistance, please visit the ODLOS website or contact Director Kevin Strowder.