Library Advocacy

Registration opens for National Library Legislative Day 2017

Attendees of National Library Legislative Day 2016 in a photobooth-style shot

We are happy to announce that registration for the 43rd annual National Library Legislative Day is open. This year, the event will be held in Washington, D.C. on May 1-2, 2017, bringing hundreds of librarians, trustees, library supporters, and patrons to Washington, D.C. to meet with their Members of Congress and rally support for libraries issues and policies. As with ... Read More »

New season, new entrepreneurship opportunities

A young girl works in the "Fab Lab" at Orange County Library System's Dorothy Lumley Melrose Center.

This is a strange time of year. The days are still long and hot – at least here in D.C. – but the Labor Day promos and pre-season football games signal the start of a new season. It’s around this time that I usually reflect on the waning summer. Having just gotten back from a long vacation at the beach, ... Read More »

Video series makes the case for libraries

Gwen Abraham, featured in the new video series focusing on the E's of Libraries

U.S. libraries—120,000 strong—represent a robust national infrastructure for advancing economic and educational opportunity for all. From pre-K early learning to computer coding to advanced research, our nation’s libraries develop and deliver impactful programs and services that meet community needs and advance national policy goals. This message is one that our Washington Office staff bring to federal policymakers and legislators every ... Read More »

Dear RNC and DNC: Libraries are essential to achieving national priorities

Photo by www.GlynLowe .com via Flickr.

Today, the Republican National Convention (RNC) kicks off in Cleveland, and the Democratic National Convention (DNC) begins next Monday in Philadelphia. In the latest installment of the Policy Revolution! initiative, ALA submitted comments to the Republican and Democratic Party Platform Committees. A party platform is a formal set of value statements and goals to guide the direction of a political ... Read More »

Thank your Senators for the new Librarian of Congress

A pen in hand, spelling out Thank You

“Yeas 74, Nays 18”: with those few magic words yesterday, Dr. Carla Hayden was confirmed overwhelmingly by the United States Senate to serve as the nation’s 14th Librarian of Congress. ALA strongly endorsed Dr. Hayden’s nomination, worked hard for her confirmation as an organization, and is proud to have enabled tens of thousands of Americans (librarians and many others alike) ... Read More »