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Office of Government Relations

Office of Government Relations


As part of the ALA Washington Office, the Office of Government Relations (OGR) is charged with tracking and influencing legislation, policy and regulatory issues of importance to the library field and its publics. In coordination with its sister office, the Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP), OGR works to ensure that libraries are consistently involved in the legislative and policy decision-making processes by: informing government of the needs and concerns of the library community; providing library supporters with up-to-date information on government actions or proposals; building coalitions with Washington-based representatives of other groups with similar concerns; and developing grassroots networks to lobby legislators and further library interests. At the direction of the ALA Committee on Legislation, the Office of Government Relations covers a broad range of issues including, but not limited to: copyright, appropriations, library programs, government information and telecommunications.



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