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The ALA Washington Office was established in 1945 as a conduit between ALA members and federal legislators on Capitol Hill, and now consists of the Office of Government Relations (OGR) and the Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP).

Office of Government Relations (OGR)

OGR acts as a link between ALA members and the federal government, representing library interests and issues, including: funding for federal library and related programs, telecommunications, copyright, access to government information, the status of federal libraries and librarians, and other issues that affect the quality of library and information services available to the American public.

Try out ALA's E-Advocacy site!

Take Action link to Legislative Action Center

Click here or the logo above to:

  • Jump to ALA's Legislative Action Center
  • See what library legislation is hot
  • Send a letter or fax to Congress

We invite you to try out our new site today! If you experience problems with or have questions about the new site, please email Andy Bridges or Erin Haggerty.

And don't hesitate to pick up the phone, too! Call the U.S. Capitol switchboard at 202-225-3121 to contact your Member of Congress.

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Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) 

OITP (est. 1995) promotes the development and use of electronic access to information as a means to ensure the public's right to a free and open information society. Some major areas of interest for OITP include: equity of access, copyright, e-books, E-rate, and the information commons. OITP's primary activities include research & analysis, education, government representation, and strategic outlook activities.

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Contact Information and Staff List

ALA Washington Office
1615 New Hampshire Ave NW
First Floor
Washington, DC  20009-2520

Phone: 202-628-8410
Fax: 202-628-8419

Emily Sheketoff - Executive Director


Office of Government Relations (OGR)

Lynne Bradley - Director

Access and Telecommunications, Government Information, and Privacy

Melanie Anderson - Assistant Director

Appropriations, No Child Left Behind, Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA), and other federal library programs

Don Essex - Legislative Information Specialist

Legislative Information, Library Services, General Research

Erin Haggerty - Government Relations Specialist

Grassroots Advocacy, National Library Legislative Day, E-Advocacy, Legislative Action Center

Miriam Nisbet - Legislative Counsel

Copyright, including Domestic, International and Related Court Cases

Tara Olivero - Assistant Director

Government Information, Federal Libraries

Rosalind Reynolds, CPS - Senior Administrative Assistant

Appointments/Meetings for Emily and Lynne, COL List and Listservs, Meetings at Washington Office

Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP)

Frederick "Rick" Weingarten - Director

Library Connectivity, Cyberinfrastructure, Internet Governance

Mark Bard - Information Technology Specialist

Broadband, Information and Internet Technologies, Copyleft, Second Life, Podcasts

Carrie Lowe - Internet Policy Specialist

E-Rate, Information Literacy and Telecommunications

Kathy Mitchell - Project Coordinator

Appointments/Meetings with Rick, OITP Committees Lists

Carrie Russell - Copyright Specialist

Copyright (non-legal)


Andy Bridges - Communications Specialist

ALAWONs, District Dispatch blog, Podcasts, Internet

And if you're not sure who to contact, please call or email Andy Bridges.

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