Loida Garcia-Febo ALA President

Librarians and information professionals

together, we can bring change!

Let’s work together to take action to advance library concerns on national and local agendas focusing on four important pillars:

Advocacy
Information Policy
Career Development
Diversity  & Equity

   You are ALA -- I am ALA -- We are ALA!

As your President, I am committed to work with ALA, its Divisions, units and members, and with our Librarian of Congress, Dr. Carla Hayden and our President Julie Todaro to build on the work done by ALA Past Presidents and ALA to advance our profession and the future of libraries. Together we can take action to continue placing libraries on the national agenda. We can bring change to benefit our members and overall, the communities we serve.

ADVOCACY

advocacy

Every library worker is an advocate! Together, we can bring change with our powerful force to advocate for:

  • Services for all in our communities,
  • Equity, 
  • Information Policies, 
  • Funding to keep libraries open,
  • Raise awareness about the value of libraries,
  • Position academic, school, public and all librarians as leaders.

I am proud to have been able to advocate on behalf of libraries on sidewalks of my local city, at the United Nations, at my local City Hall, and during the National Legislative Day in Washington.

I am bringing my experience strategizing and advocating in different fronts: providing testimony at New York City Council Budget Hearings about libraries, speaking at the United Nations to raise awareness about the role of libraries in providing access to public information and advocating for libraries with U.N. Member States, standing on a sidewalk holding signs to fight budget cuts, meeting with lawmakers in Washington DC to explain why libraries matter. 

I am inspired by the Libraries Transform campaign, the work of ALA Divisions, the Office of Library Advocacy, and the Washington Office to build on their successful efforts.

  • Lines of Action: We must use multiple online and in-person platforms to advocate for libraries and grow advocate leaders.
  • Concerted advocacy efforts will include ALA Divisions, units, chapters and members.
  • Partnering and creating coalitions with different stakeholders such as civic society groups, elected officials and NGOs will bring success. Stay tuned for more.

Career Development

career

Together, we can bring change to meet the needs of library workers and information professionals in academic, public, school and special libraries, and those in non-traditional library careers.

My experience mentoring new members for the NMRT, developing global webinars presented by ALA and IFLA’s New Professionals and the Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning Section, producing and moderating an online training for new REFORMA leaders, educating LIS students on subjects such as diverse populations, outreach, library programs and services allows me to understand our need to strengthen career development programs. 

I am inspired by the work of the ALA Divisions and the ALA-APA to build on their initiatives.

  • Lines of Action: We must equip our members with professional and leadership skills needed to flourish in the current moment they are experiencing in their careers, to lead from where they are, and to serve libraries, library users and communities.
  • Our content should be available in different online platforms according to our members' needs. Stay tuned.

information policies

Together, we can bring change by placing libraries on the agenda of decision makers to develop mechanisms that would help us to stop creating digital divides, and help libraries provide access to information and continue promoting reading and research. We are a strong voice leading efforts addressing:

  • Filters
  • Censorship
  • Privacy
  • Access to ebooks and databases
  • Copyright matters
  • Net neutrality
  • Broadband access

My experience developing curricula to train library workers on access to information on the Internet based on the UNESCO/IFLA Internet Manifesto Guidelines, teaching workshops in the USA and in other regions of the world about access to information on the Internet and censorship, supporting efforts related to copyright matters, net neutrality, and increasing broadband access will serve us well to move forward our members’ concerns about information policies which impact all types of libraries. 

I am inspired by the work of the ALA Divisions, the Office for Information Technology Policy, the Office for Intellectual Freedom, and the Center for the Future of Libraries to build on their successful campaigns.

  • Lines of Action: We will train, educate and strategize with members, partners, elected officials, and NGOs to reach decision makers.
  • We must use multiple online and in-person platforms to deliver our message. Stay tuned for more.