Becoming an effective advocate who can clearly articulate the needs of law libraries and the legal information industry is especially important during these uncertain times. The AALL Advocacy Toolkit provides resources to help you strengthen your legislative advocacy skills and influence policy solutions to today’s legal information issues.
Know the Issues
AALL advocates on many critical information policy issues at the federal level, including funding for the legal information industry; greater access to government information; balanced copyright laws; and privacy for library users.
Law librarians and legal information professionals add their voices and personal stories to advocacy efforts by building relationships with lawmakers and taking action on advocacy campaigns.
AALL works with chapters and individuals to ensure greater access to government information at the state level. AALL members and chapters have advocated in favor of access to official electronic legal materials and to support funding for county libraries. We also advocate in favor of enactment of the Uniform Electronic Legal Material Act (UELMA), a priority issue of AALL.
Influence Your Lawmakers
Members of Congress listen to the needs and opinions of constituents like you to make decisions about legislation. Building relationships with lawmakers and their staff and telling engaging stories about the impact of legislative proposals on your law library and community make lasting change.
- Master your elevator pitch to effectively deliver your message.
- Email or call Congress on legislative issues.
- Host a library tour for your lawmakers. Library tours may be done virtually.
- Visit your Representative and Senators when they’re in Washington, DC; when they’re home; or even virtually. A personal visit is the most effective means of communicating with Congress.
Former Speaker of the House Thomas “Tip” O’Neill is famous for the phrase, “All politics is local.” AALL strongly believes that getting the participation of members and chapters is essential to public policy successes for law libraries.
We invite you to read the latest Washington eBulletin, join the AALL Advocates Community, and take action on our current alerts. Please contact Emily Feltren, AALL’s director of government relations, with any questions.