Advocacy Committee

On January 12, at the 2016 Midwinter Meeting, the ALA Council adopted Resolution Supporting the 2015 Advocacy Implementation Plan (DOC). This resolution encourages all divisions, round tables, state chapters, school affiliates, other affiliate organizations, and individual libraries and library staff to adopt the Advocacy Implementation Plan (PDF) in order to move forward the advocacy goals and ensure the success of libraries and the profession across the nation; and urges cross division and organizational collaboration to galvanize the membership and advance the Advocacy Implementation Plan and Libraries Transform campaign through the power of collective impact. SCLA will be focusing on using the same goals and strategies for advocacy as stated by the before mentioned plans. Below are Goals and Strategies from the Advocacy Implementation Plan.


  • There is deep public understanding of the value and impact of libraries of all types on the communities they serve, the broad range of services offered by libraries, and the indispensable role of the librarian and library staff in providing these services. 
  • Decision-makers and stakeholders see a nationwide network of library advocates, advocating for libraries of all types. 
  • The library is a hub of community engagement and continual learning: a place to form the critical thinking skills fundamental to learning in a technologically evolving world, to access information, and to create and share new knowledge. 
  • Libraries are funded with staff and resources to meet the needs of their communities. 
  • Across a diverse library community, there is a shared focus and common understanding of advocacy and a sustained commitment to work collaboratively to reach common advocacy goals. 
  • Advocacy is integrated into the daily work of librarians and library staff. 
  • Advocacy is part of educational preparation for librarians and library staff. 
  • All libraries and all states have an advocacy plan. 
  • ALA plays a key role in formulating legislation, policies, and standards that affect libraries and is recognized in the U.S. as the voice for libraries and librarianship. 
  • ALA works with a wide range of partners and stakeholders to achieve library advocacy goals. 
  • ALA equips the library community with resources and training, available in a wide variety of formats and venues.


  1. Develop a sustained national advocacy campaign to increase public awareness of the value, impact and services provided by librarians and libraries of all types. 
  2. Provide coordinated resources and training to keep library advocates informed and engaged. 
  3. Recruit, mobilize and inspire a growing network of library advocates at the local, state, national and international levels. 
  4. Gather, develop, and disseminate research documenting the value, outcomes and impacts of libraries of all types. 
  5. Explore funding, organizational and governance structures and their impact on libraries of all types in order to ensure the sustainability and future of libraries. 
  6. Identify advocacy best practices, using research and evidence to increase support and funding for libraries of all types. 
  7. Identify and work with partners and stakeholders to achieve advocacy goals for all types of libraries.

For more information, please visit the below links:

ALA Advocacy Website
Libraries Transform Tool Kit
Letters to Senators
ALA Advocacy ToolKit

2017 Officers

Jonathan Newton
Greenville County Library System


Chris Rogers
Middle Tyger Library
(864) 439-4759

Virginia Alexander Cononie
USC Upstate Library
(864) 503-5735

Terry Elsey
Branch Librarian
Inman Library
50 Mill St.
Inman, SC 29349