Public Policy and Advocacy (PPA)

ALA encourages library workers to ascertain eligibility and apply for Public Service Loan Forgiveness waiver before October 31

PSLF Coalition webinar series begins February 2

WASHINGTON–The American Library Association (ALA) encourages library workers with federal student loans to review their eligibility under the U.S. Department of Education’s Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. Library workers in all contexts—school, public, academic and others—with federal student aid may be eligible for the waiver, known as the Temporary Expanded PSLF (TEPSLF).

ALA publishes state legislative toolkit for legislative advocacy

CHICAGO, IL - The American Library Association (ALA) has published a State Legislative Toolkit to help organizations advance state legislation that supports libraries, library workers, and the communities they serve.  Authored by the Public Policy and Advocacy Office, in partnership with the Office for Intellectual Freedom, the toolkit reflects input from ALA member groups across the association and was developed in conjunction with the state legislative summit in October.

ALA disappointed in New York Governor's rejection of ebook equity legislation

WASHINGTON, DC — On Dec. 29, 2021, New York Governor Kathy Hochul vetoed legislation that would require publishers to offer licenses for electronic books to libraries under reasonable terms (S2890B / A5837B). The bills had passed the New York state senate and assembly with overwhelming bipartisan support in June 2021. ALA President Patricia “Patty” Wong issued the following statement: 

ALA extends application for national Policy Corps to Dec. 15th

Washington, D.C. – The American Library Association is extending the application deadline for the fourth cohort of the Policy Corps to Dec. 15, 2021. The ALA will recruit up to 12 cohort members for the Corps, an initiative aimed at strengthening advocacy related to key national library policy areas ranging from broadband equity and copyright/licensing to federal funding, privacy, and cybersecurity.  

ALA Welcomes Removal of Offensive ‘Illegal aliens’ Subject Headings

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The American Library Association (ALA) praised the Library of Congress’s decision to update the cataloging subject headings “Aliens” and “Illegal aliens.” The Policy and Standards Division of the Library of Congress, which maintains Library of Congress Subject Headings, announced the decision to replace the terms with new subject headings “Noncitizens” and “Illegal immigration” at its regularly scheduled meeting on November 12.

ALA seeks applicants for national Policy Corps

Deadline set for Dec. 1, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The American Library Association (ALA) invites library advocates to apply online to join the fourth cohort of ALA Policy Corps members. The deadline for applications is Dec. 1, 2021. The Corps initiative aims to strengthen advocacy related to key national library policy areas—ranging from broadband equity and copyright/licensing to federal funding and privacy and cybersecurity.

ALA President Patty Wong to host Connectivity Corner Instagram Live series on libraries, broadband access and digital equity

WASHINGTON, DC – The American Library Association (ALA) will host a bimonthly series of live conversations between ALA President Patty Wong and library practitioners who are keeping their communities connected with high-speed broadband, technology and digital skills training.  

ALA praises passage of Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act, inclusion of library broadband funding


Libraries gain access to gigabit internet service

WASHINGTON, DC – The American Library Association (ALA) today praised the passage of the Infrastructure Investment & Jobs Act (H.R. 3684), a bipartisan infrastructure bill, by the U.S. Senate, which would provide critical funding for libraries to expand high-speed broadband service and provide digital skills training to patrons.