Public Policy and Advocacy (PPA)

AASL, ALA, and 48 state-level school library associations post letter to President-Elect Biden

CHICAGO – Today, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), the American Library Association (ALA), 48 state-level school library associations, and the leadership of the AASL Chapters Assembly sent a letter to President-Elect Joe Biden’s transition team stressing how school librarians are an equity-oriented solution to some of the most pressing concerns facing educators at this moment. The full letter can be read 

ALA condemns violence on Capitol Hill, calls for advocacy

WASHINGTON, DC — The Executive Board of the American Library Association (ALA) gives thanks for the safety of the staff in our Public Policy and Advocacy Office in Washington and ALA members who work on Capitol Hill, as well as for elected legislators, congressional staff and other government workers who put themselves in jeopardy to defend the seat of our federal government on January 6, 2021.  

ALA welcomes eighth consecutive budget increase for IMLS in FY21 federal appropriations

Libraries bypassed for emergency funding in omnibus spending package  

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Library Association (ALA) welcomed the eighth consecutive increase in federal fiscal year (FY) appropriations to the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). The regular FY 2021 budget bill, passed on December 21 alongside the $900 billion Emergency Covid Relief spending package, includes an additional $5 million for IMLS, including $2 million for the Library Services and Technology Act.  

Final push for COVID relief: ALA issues broad call for library advocates

ALA is urging library advocates to contact their U.S. representatives and senators with an ask to provide funding for libraries in a COVID relief package as House and Senate members work to pass an emergency assistance plan before adjourning for the year.

ALA decries latest FCC failure on net neutrality

WASHINGTON, DC — On Tuesday, October 27, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) majority approved an order responding to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit's remand in Mozilla v. FCC. The court ordered the FCC to address the impact of its Restoring Internet Freedom Order, particularly the Order’s reclassification of broadband Internet access service on three key issues: 1) public safety; 2) competitive access to pole attachments; and 3) support for the agency’s Lifeline program, which provides broadband subsidies for low-income Americans.

‘Advancing Your Library Agenda Post-Elections’ webinar to offer strategies for early engagement with elected leaders

Panel to feature internet pioneer Larry Irving

WASHINGTON – On Wednesday, October 21, the American Library Association (ALA) Public Policy and Advocacy Office will host a panel of thought leaders and advocates on how library workers and advocates can prepare to engage with (re)elected officials and candidates. Register to attend the webinar, which will be held from 3:00-4:00 p.m. (EDT). 

ALA awards additional 100 Library Census Equity Fund grants

WASHINGTON — The American Library Association (ALA) announced the names of 100 additional libraries receiving Library Census Equity Fund mini-grants of $2,000 to bolster their service to hard-to-count communities and help achieve a complete count in the 2020 Census.  

ALA, libraries nationwide celebrate National Voter Registration Day

WASHINGTON -- The American Library Association (ALA) is recognizing September 22, 2020, as National Voter Registration Day, a nonpartisan civic holiday dedicated to promoting voter registration and voter readiness. ALA is a Premier Partner of National Voter Registration Day, and nearly 500 libraries nationwide have signed up to participate in the event through ALA.

Tribal libraries, partners leverage federal E-rate to deliver high-speed connections to six pueblos, new ALA case study shows

Washington, DC – Built by E-Rate: A Case Study of Two Tribally-Owned Fiber Networks and the Role of Libraries in Making It Happen (Full reportExecutive summary), published today by the American Library Association (ALA), details tribal libraries’ role in creating two broadband consortia owned, operated by, and serving