Equitable broadband and net neutrality. Copyright and licensing. Privacy and cybersecurity. Access to government information. Federal funding for IMLS and school libraries. These issues are critical to the library profession and involve specialized knowledge. How can the library field advance these policy priorities? And who will make this progress?
Come to this session to learn about one path forward—the ALA Policy Corps. This initiative is coordinated by the ALA Washington Office with funding and guidance with four partners—American Association of School Librarians, Association of College & Research Libraries, Public Library Association, and United For Libraries. Together, the five units have created a vision to build library policy advocacy capacity, as well as a strategic program for selecting candidates, identifying and advancing learning objectives, strengthening networks, and assessing outcomes.
Policy Corps participants learn about targeted policy work at the national level directly from policymakers and allies, then directly engage over the five-year program. This may include testifying before legislative committees, meeting with executive branch leaders and their staff, drafting policy communications, participating in national policy forums, and working with coalition partners.
Come receive an overview of the initiative and hear from Policy Corps members. We'll cover the who, what and why of the initiative and how you can become involved or learn more.
ALA Unit/Subunit: ALA,WO
Meeting Type: Program
Cost: Included with full conference registration.