The ALA Washington Office recently unveiled its Grassroots Advocacy webpage, which is located in the Getting Involved section of the Washington Office website. The site is intended to lay out very clearly exactly what resources are available from the Washington Office’s Internet pages, along with some strategies for optimizing those resources.
For example, users can utilize:
ALA Washington Office Newsline (ALAWON)
Receive action alerts and updates about federal issues in your email inbox by subscribing to ALAWON: the American Library Association Washington Office Newsline. The news alerts give you an overview of the issue and contain links back to the Washington Office webpages where you can get background information or the history of an issue.
Legislative Action Center
A short version of each ALAWON is reprinted here in the form of “TAKE ACTION” alerts. Simply click on the alert of your choice and view the text of the alert. Then, using the email form provided on the website, send an email about the alert to your Members of Congress. You can copy the text of the alert into your email, but be sure to type in a personalized story or description about how the legislation you are writing about impacts your library.
Federal Library Legislative & Advocacy Network (FLLAN)
FLLAN is a rapid-response grassroots network made up of individuals and groups who have made a commitment to actively and immediately respond to calls for action related to federal issues. For example, the ACRL grassroots network is part of the FLLAN network, but individual academic librarians, who may or may not be part of the ACRL grassroots network, also participate in FLLAN.
To learn more about these methods, please visit the ALA Washington Office website at www.alawash.org.