Professional Organizations and Coalitions
The following are links to archival, library, museum, historic preservation, and educational associations’ resource webpages on advocacy.
- American Alliance of Museums (AAM) Advocacy
- American Association of School Librarians (AASL) Advocacy Resources
- American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) Advocacy
- American Library Association (ALA) Office for Library Advocacy
- Association for Career & Technical Education (ACTE) Policy and Advocacy
- Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR) sponsors reports, articles, presentations, and other authoritative publications that can be culled for information useful to making the case for archives
- Council of State Archivists (CoSA) Resources
- Credit Union Central of Canada (CUCC) Government Relations & Advocacy
- Kennedy Center Alliance for Arts Education Network (KCAAEN) Arts Education Advocacy Toolkit
- National Art Education Association (NAEA) Advocacy
- National Assembly of State Arts Agencies (NASAA) Advocacy
- National Council for the Social Studies (NCSS) Advocacy and Policy
- National Humanities Alliance (NHA) Resources for Advocates
- Preservation Action is a national grassroots lobby for historic preservation
- Regional Archival Associations Consortium (RAAC)
Information about how to advocate for appropriate funding of granting agencies and about resources offered by government agencies regarding advocacy:
- IMLS Grants to States includes LSTA Grants to States–profiles for each of the 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico and program goals for 2008-2012
- IMLS National Initiatives and Partnerships planning grants are designed to foster networks among organizations in a state, commonwealth, or territory to provide safe conditions for its collections, develop emergency plans, assign responsibility for collections care, and marshal public and private support for collections care
- National Endowment for the Humanities grants information
- National Historic Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) Project List by State
- National Park Service Fund a Preservation Project—projects include a wide range of activities from bricks-and-mortar rehabilitation to neighborhood surveys and documentation efforts.
Policy and Issues Organizations
The following are links to public policy advocacy and watchdog organizations:
- Center for Responsive Politics: At CRP’s OpenSecrets.org Action Center, archival advocates can identify the ways in which money operates in U.S. politics and its effects on government policies, including those concerning library and archives resources.
- Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW): CREW’s resource page provides a gateway to the mission and activities of this important watchdog agency.
- The National Coalition for History: A consortium of over 50 organizations that advocates on federal, state and local legislative and regulatory issues. The coalition is made up of a diverse number of groups representing historians, archivists, researchers, teachers, students, documentary editors, preservationists, political scientists, museum professionals and other stakeholders.
- EveryLibrary: A political action committee dedicated to building voter support for libraries.