American Library Association – the Wikipedia article

Some of you heard the talk I gave regarding advocacy in library associations last month at the CAUT Librarians’ Conference. Even if you weren’t there, you probably understand that there is a HUGE difference  in approach between the Canadian Library Association and the American Library Association as regards advocacy. I was reading the article on Wikipedia tonight about ALA, and was struck by one of the last paragraphs which reads:

“The ALA advocates positions on United States political issues that it believes are related to libraries and librarianship. For court cases that touch on issues about which the organization holds positions, the ALA often files amici curiae briefs, voluntarily offering information on some aspect of the case to assist the court in deciding a matter before it. The ALA has an office in Washington, D.C., that lobbies Congress on issues relating to libraries, information and communication. It also provides materials to libraries that may include information on how to apply for grants, how to comply with the law, and how to oppose a law.[38]

Enough said.


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