Advocating in Advance: Keeping Ahead of Legislation and Local Initiatives

Thursday, August 19, 2021, 11:00 am Eastern

Library trustees and staff strive to provide their communities with diverse resources, programming, and services to ensure that the library is a welcoming and inclusive community institution for everyone in the community. Yet many libraries are seeing an uptick in challenges to programs and resources, as well as to library workers' ability to serve their communities. Learn about these challenges and how to proactively respond in order to build local and legislative support for your library. 

Learning Outcomes

Participants will:

  • Learn about current trends in legislation and local policy that  challenge library policies concerning access to information and support for diversity.
  • Learn proactive strategies that prepare library trustees, directors, staff, and supporters to respond effectively to adverse issues and build a climate of support for their library.
  • Explore case studies of successful efforts to build support for the library, its resources, programs, and services.


Megan Cusick
Assistant Director, State Advocacy, ALA Public Policy & Advocacy Office

Megan is Assistant Director of State Advocacy in ALA's Public Policy and Advocacy Office. She supports the advocacy efforts of librarians, library staff, and advocates across the country in cooperation with other ALA offices, state chapters, and affiliates. She also provides training for advocates to strengthen all types of libraries. Prior to joining ALA in 2015, Megan was a high school librarian, teaching in Chicago Public Schools and the Cook County Juvenile Detention Center. She has presented and published on topics such as partnerships, library trends, civic engagement, curriculum development, intellectual freedom and advocacy.

Deborah Caldwell-Stone
Director, ALA Office for Intellectual Freedom

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