Public Policy and Advocacy (PPA)

New ALA tools guide libraries in applying for more than $1 billion in federal Digital Equity Act funding

New ALA webinars to help libraries understand and analyze the Digital Equity Act

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Library Association (ALA) released the second in a series of resources to guide libraries in all contexts to apply for more than a billion dollars in federal funding through the Digital Equity Act (DEA) for digital inclusion and equity, especially in historically underserved communities. 

ALA welcomes passage of FY 2024 federal budget, braces for FY 2025

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Fiscal Year (FY) 2024 federal budget signed into law by President Biden on Saturday, March 23, contained level funding for the two dedicated federal funding programs for America’s libraries.

New 'Field Guides' column from policy experts to explore key library issues

WASHINGTON — The American Library Association (ALA) announced today a new column in American Libraries magazine, “Field Guides.” Featuring experts in policy areas ranging from artificial intelligence and copyright to digital access and equity, the new column will provide ALA members, library advocates, and library professionals in all settings with insights into the policy issues facing the field today – and tomorrow.  

ALA Announces New Members of the Unite Against Book Bans Cadre for Proactive Advocacy Opposing Book Banning

Today, the American Library Association (ALA) is pleased to announce the addition of five new members to the Policy Corps’ Unite Against Book Bans cadre: Kate Alderete, Carolyn Foote, Jamie M. Gregory, Tyler Hahn, and Jennie Pu. 

ALA to Launch New Digital Inclusion Working Group for Library Workers

The American Library Association (ALA) Public Policy and Advocacy Office and the National Digital Inclusion Alliance (NDIA) today announced a new Digital Inclusion Working Group for library workers to exchange knowledge around digital equity work taking place in all library contexts.   

New ALA Report Maps Increasingly Complex Digital Public Library Ecosystem

WASHINGTON, D.C. — With a 34 percent increase in digital book borrowing since 2019, the size and scope of the digital content ecosystem for public libraries and patrons have made transparency more important than ever, according to a new report released today by the American Library Association (ALA).

ALA welcomes federal E-rate support for Wi-fi hotspots

Washington — The American Library Association (ALA) today welcomed the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) to permit use of E-rate funding for Wi-Fi hotspots and wireless internet access services.

New ALA report: Gen Z & Millennials are visiting the library & prefer print books

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Gen Z and Millennials are using public libraries, both in person and digitally, at higher rates compared to older generations, according to a new report released today by the American Library Association (ALA).