General Information


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 works to ensure a library voice in information policy debates and to promote full and equitable intellectual participation by the public by:

  • Conducting research and analysis aimed at understanding the implications of information technology and information policy for libraries and library users,
  • Educating the ALA community about the implications of information policy, law, and regulation for libraries and library users,
  • Advancing ALA’s information policy interests in non-legislative government policy forums, and
  • Engaging in strategic outlook to anticipate technological change, particularly as it presents policy challenges to libraries and library users.

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Gavin Baker

Gavin Baker, MSLIS
Assistant Director,
Government Relations
Rosalind Bradley

Rosalind Bradley
Assistant Director,
Larra Clark

Larra Clark, MSLIS
Deputy Director,
Public Policy/PLA

Shawnda Hines

Shawnda Hines
Assistant Director,
Alan Inouye

Alan Inouye, Ph.D.
Public Policy


Kevin Maher

Kevin Maher
Deputy Director
Government Relations


Contact Information
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Washington DC 20009-2520
Phone: 202-628-8410
Toll-Free Number: 1-800-941-8478