Strategic Framework and Enabling Strategies: Discussion Thread 2: Information Policy
Professional and Leadership Development
- Information policy
Information policy is comprised of laws, regulations and doctrines, and other decision making and practices, involving information creation, storage, equitable access, communication, accessibility, dissemination, use and preservation.
The American Library Association (ALA), operating in the public interest, focuses at every level on a diverse set of policy areas that includes: intellectual freedom, privacy, civil liberties, telecommunications, funding for education and research programs, funding for libraries, copyright and licensing, government information, and literacy.
Operating on behalf of the public, ALA seeks through libraries to:
- Serve as a knowledgeable resource on policy issues for ALA members and the public at large.
- Lead the advocacy for legislation, regulation, and policies for the public interest.
- Educate library staffs and the public on public policy matters.
- Document the impact of legislation, regulation, and policies on the work of libraries and public access to information.
- Promote coalitions to advance policy positions in advancing ALA’s agenda and mission.
- Enable successful models of information access that support the ALA policy agenda.
- Advocate for effective policies that enable libraries to meet the information needs of all sectors of the public.