ALA Washington Office
Washington DC 20009-2520
Phone : 202-628-8410
Toll Free Number: 1-800-941-8478
Fax : 202-628-8419
MissionThe American Library Association's Washington Office was established in 1945 to represent libraries on Capitol Hill, and now consists of the Office of Government Relations (OGR) and the Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP).
ALA Washington Office in the News
Popular resourcesLibraries: The Place of Opportunity (pdf)
Ensuring that librarians deliver quality library services to the public impacts many issues. For this reason, the ALA Washington Office offers this helpful guide to highlight these issues for non-librarian audiences. In "Libraries: The Place of Opportunity," you'll find out which issues concern libraries most and how those issues impact the public. This resource also includes information on how library users can join our efforts to build coalitions and promote the role libraries play in our communities.
The Legislative Scorecard outlines votes and support of legislation that is important to and has an impact on the library community. We hope you will use this scorecard as a tool to gauge your elected official's support of library related legislation.
Government agencies at the local, state, and federal level are
increasingly moving online to provide services directly to the public,
resulting in new opportunities as well as challenges for the nation’s
libraries. Recognizing the importance of this development, the American
Library Association (ALA) Committee on Legislation (COL) works with
members from all types of libraries to assist them in determining
national public policy priorities and in designing local programs and
services that reflect current E-Government practices. COL’s
E-Government Subcommittee works with various ALA units to consider
federal legislation opportunities and assess the impact of E-Government
services on local libraries. The Subcommittee produced this toolkit with
tips and guidance to assist librarians in planning, managing, funding
and promoting E-Government services. The ALA Washington Office also
E-Government site on
ALA Connect that contains background, sources, and information on legislative and other activities of the Subcommittee.
There's an App for That!
There’s an App for That! Libraries and Mobile Technology: An Introduction to Public Policy Considerations
OITP's latest policy brief takes a look at how the adoption of mobile technology alters the traditional relationships between libraries and their users.
The brief, authored by OITP consultant Timothy Vollmer, explores the
challenges to reader privacy, issues of access to information in the
digital age (including content ownership and licensing), digital rights
management, and accessibility.
Despite these challenges, Vollmer said libraries are embracing the growing capabilities of mobile technology and providing new, innovative services that extend the way libraries serve their existing patrons. Read more.... (pdf)
ResponsibilitiesThe ALA Washington Office provides executive leadership and administrative support to OGR and OITP, in addition to conducting media outreach and public relations efforts. The Washington Office also builds coalitions and partnerships with Washington-based representatives of other groups with interests similar to the library community.
Emily Sheketoff - Executive Director
Office of Government Relations (OGR)
Lynne Bradley - Director
Don Essex - Legislative Information Specialist
Corey Williams - Associate Director
Jessica McGilvray - Assistant Director
Kristin K. Murphy - Government Relations Specialist
Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP)
Alan S. Inouye - Director
Carrie Russell - Director, Program on Public Access to Information
Kathy Mitchell - Project Coordinator
Marijke Visser - Information Technology Policy Analyst
Communications & MediaJenni Terry - Press Officer
Jacob Roberts - Communications Specialist
Pat May - Director, Administration
Rosalind Reynolds - Assistant Director, Administration
Aaron Clamage Photography
News for friends of libraries from the ALA Washington Office
Latest Posts from District Dispatch
- MacArthur, IMLS announce plans to create 30 new learning labs
- Department of Education to release funds for literacy program, State Literacy Teams
- Libraries awarded stimulus funds in latest investments announced by U.S. Commerce Secretary
- Tell Congress to strengthen Whistleblower Protection Act as session nears end
- GPO awards the FDLP consultant contract
Legislative Action Center (LAC)
Issues & Advocacy: How to Get Involved
Libraries and the PATRIOT Act
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