ALA invites library advocates to apply to join the ALA Policy Corps. The deadline for applications is November 16. The corps initiative aims to strengthen advocacy related to key national library policy areas—ranging from broadband equity and copyright, to federal funding and STEM education, to privacy and cybersecurity. The corps’ goals include developing policy experts available to the library community, ALA and the ALA Washington Office, creating longevity in expertise and engagement in early to mid-career library and information professionals, and positively impacting national public policy in areas key to ALA’s strategic goals. The ALA Washington Office has partnered with ACRL, the American Association of School Librarians (AASL), Public Library Association (PLA) and United for Libraries (UNITED) to develop and support the program.
ALA is seeking to recruit up to 12 participants with diverse representation from across library types and geographies. Participants will cultivate their passion and deep expertise for a public policy issue; create or enhance the skill set needed to impact legislation and policy; mentor others on a given policy issue of interest; participate in a cohort to share challenges and successes; and ultimately impact national, state and local policymaking. Selected candidates will join the inaugural cohort in policy advocacy efforts on behalf of libraries.
The application process for the 2019 ALA Policy Corps is now open. Applications will be accepted through Friday, November 16, 2018. Selected finalists will subsequently be asked to submit a two-minute recorded video presentation about a sample policy issue. More information, including current members and working group members, is available on the ALA website.