Library Advocacy

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

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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 »

Dr. Hayden one vote away from confirmation

Carla Hayden speaks at a podium

The Senate Rules Committee voted unanimously this afternoon to recommend that the full Senate approve the nomination of Dr. Carla Hayden to serve as the nation’s next, first female, first African American and just fourteenth Librarian of Congress in history. As the Committee’s vote was announced, ALA launched a large-scale grassroots and social media campaign to encourage all Senators to ... Read More »

Emily Sheketoff to join advocacy panel at ALA Annual

A megaphone and text which reads "speak up"

With years of hard-won experience under their belt, retired librarians and library workers are well-positioned to put their advocacy skill to use for libraries. Their years in the field have given them a wealth of knowledge and stories that need to be shared with legislators, and in retirement they have the added advantage of being able to speak up as ... Read More »

Putting libraries front and center during the presidential election

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The presidential election is right around the corner, with the presidency, Congress, and the U.S. Supreme Court in the balance, and a new Librarian of Congress imminent. Learn about actions that the American Library Association (ALA) is taking to prepare for the coming opportunities and challenges at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Fla. Join political and library leaders ... Read More »