Library Advocacy

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 »

ALA hosts 2016 Google Policy Fellows

Google Policy Fellowship graphic

guest post by Nick Gross, OITP’s 2016 Google Policy Fellow Last Friday, the Washington Office of the American Library Association (ALA) hosted a luncheon for the 2016 Google Policy Fellows to discuss ALA’s public policy work. The Google Policy Fellowship gives undergraduate, graduate, and law students (like me) the opportunity to spend the summer working at public interest groups engaged in ... 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 »

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 »