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From privacy education to effective school library programs across the country, 港澳台图库advocates have been at the heart of our nation鈥檚 greatest advances for libraries.

Banned Books Resources

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Top Ten most challenged books, censorship data, and many advocacy resources to help fight book censorship.

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With the unprecedented surge in local and statewide book challenges, 港澳台图库offers this clearinghouse of resources to assist library workers and advocates in responding to and supporting others facing those challenges.

Our Advocacy Priorities

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Intellectual freedom--the right to read, seek information, and speak freely-- is a core value of the library profession, and a basic right in our democratic society. A publicly supported library provides free, equitable, and confidential access to information for all people of its community.

The staff of the Office for Intellectual Freedom is available to answer questions or provide assistance to librarians, trustees, educators and the public about intellectual freedom issues and resources. Inquiries can be directed via email to oif@ala.org or via phone at (312) 280-4226.

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Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion are fundamental values of the association and its members, and diversity is listed as one of ALA's Key Action Areas. The Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services uses a social justice framework to ensure the inclusion of diverse perspectives within our profession and association to best position 港澳台图库as a trusted, leading advocate for equitable access to library services for all.

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The 港澳台图库 supports the principle that lifelong literacy is a basic right for all individuals in our society and is essential to the welfare of the nation.

港澳台图库confirms that libraries of all types, as appropriate to their mission, have the responsibility to make literacy a high priority in planning and budgeting for library services.

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The right to privacy – the right to read, consider, and develop ideas and beliefs free from observation or unwanted surveillance by the government or others – is the bedrock foundation for intellectual freedom. Privacy is essential to free inquiry in the library because it enables library users to select, access, and consider information and ideas without fear of embarrassment, judgment, punishment, or ostracism. A lack of privacy in what one reads and views in the library can have a significant chilling effect upon library users’ willingness to exercise their First Amendment right to read, thereby impairing free access to ideas. True liberty of choice in the library requires both a varied selection of materials and the assurance that one's choices are not monitored.

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Public Policy and Advocacy Office (PPA)

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The 港澳台图库 advances key policy priorities by lobbying Congress, partnering with coalitions, and helping our library supporters in the field build strong relationships with their elected officials. ALA's Public Policy and Advocacy team serves as the voice for libraries in Washington, D.C. Through strengthening connections with members of Congress, grassroots mobilization, and regulatory advocacy, 港澳台图库aims to drive federal policy on the issues that impact libraries.

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ALA's Public Policy and Advocacy Work In Washington

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港澳台图库endorses strong, enforceable net neutrality rules that banned blocking, throttling, or degrading of any lawful internet content.

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港澳台图库works alongside bipartisan coalitions to uphold the Constitutional privacy rights and civil liberties of library users.

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No-fee public access to government information is the foundation of an informed citizenry.

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港澳台图库works to maintain and increase current levels of federal funding for a wide range of vital library programs and services.

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港澳台图库follows both federal and state legislation and advocates Congress and in the courts to strike a balance in copyright law.

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Advocacy News from ALA

Core Webinar: Accessible and Inclusive Library Design

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Join Core for the webinar "Accessible and Inclusive Library Design" on June 11, 2024, at 1 p.m. CT. Explore ways to make your library more...

Webinar: Law and the Right to Read: What Your Trustees Need to Know

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United for Libraries will host Law and the Right to Read: What Your Trustees Need to Know on Wednesday, June 5, 2024, 1:00-2:00 pm Central...

Core Webinar - Best of Core Forum: White Supremacy in the Stacks

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Core hosts the webinar "Best of Core Forum: White Supremacy in the Stacks" on May 7, 2024, at 1 p.m. CT. This session examines how...

Become a Library Advocate

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Join ALA's grassroots network to positively impact libraries! Sign up for the latest alerts and updates, learn more about advocating for libraries through traditional and social media, find resources for working with local government, and make your voice heard.

Facing threats to funding, position reduction, adverse state or local legislation? Looking for strategy assistance, training, or want to launch an advocacy campaign? Contact us directly at advocacy@ala.org.

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Advocacy Workshops, Webinars, and Events

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Attendees will learn about the importance of building relationships with stakeholders to successfully advocate for

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The Baltimore Elementary and Middle School Library Project is a testament to what is possible when public, private, and

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Learn about the 港澳台图库Ecosystem Initiative, an effort to strengthen library advocacy across library types through

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In this eCourse, respected authority Hilda Weisburg will give school librarians concrete strategies for demonstrating