Library Advocates

ALA Washington Office

The American Library Association's Washington Office tumblr. We post about federal policies that affect libraries, including copyright, privacy and access. We also post about ebooks and, admittedly, the occasional library fluff.

Library Advocates

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Apr 15
“As libraries begin exploring ways to deliver legally obtained and responsibly monitored content to patrons, we will have to offer a counterpoint to the concept of “free” as the automatic enemy of rights holders. While we know that it is anything but free to provide these services (no-fee or no-charge is perhaps a better description), the public often perceives it as such, and simply banning phrases like “read for free” or “watch for free” from the world’s largest Internet index will not reduce infringement.” Abby Lull (transformativetidbits), Indexing the internet and searching for “free”

How will you celebrate National Library Workers Day?! Find resources, nominate a star, and purchase merchandise offered by the American Library Association-Allied Professional Association and be sure and show your appreciation for library workers all over the world. Today is the day to remind people that “Libraries work because we do!”

How will you celebrate National Library Workers Day?! Find resources, nominate a star, and purchase merchandise offered by the American Library Association-Allied Professional Association and be sure and show your appreciation for library workers all over the world. Today is the day to remind people that “Libraries work because we do!”


Apr 10
Now’s the time to stand up for libraries
With all that’s happened in Washington in the past year—threats to eliminate the federal agency that administers funding to libraries, legislation to stifle open access and the government shutdown—now is the time, more than ever, to stand up for libraries. If you appreciate the critical roles that libraries play in creating an informed and engaged citizenry, register now for this year’s National Library Legislative Day (NLLD), a two-day advocacy event where hundreds of library supporters, leaders and patrons will meet with their legislators to advocate for library funding.

Now’s the time to stand up for libraries

With all that’s happened in Washington in the past year—threats to eliminate the federal agency that administers funding to libraries, legislation to stifle open access and the government shutdown—now is the time, more than ever, to stand up for libraries. If you appreciate the critical roles that libraries play in creating an informed and engaged citizenry, register now for this year’s National Library Legislative Day (NLLD), a two-day advocacy event where hundreds of library supporters, leaders and patrons will meet with their legislators to advocate for library funding.


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Mar 26
“We should expect more – not less – from our libraries in the digital age, as technologies both expand and limit who has access to information. But this won’t happen in isolation, and it won’t happen without keeping libraries open, staffed and connected to our community partners.” How US libraries are becoming community problem solvers

“We must fundamentally change how we view libraries and move from a historical idea of libraries as merely physical repositories to seeing them as an opportunity for proactive community engagement.” How US libraries are becoming community problem solvers

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