ACRL Sets 2024-25 Legislative Agenda

Each year, the ACRL Government Relations Committee, in consultation with the ACRL Board of Directors and staff, formulates an ACRL Legislative Agenda. Drafted with input from key ACRL committees, ACRL leaders, and the ALA Public Policy and Advocacy Office, the ACRL Legislative Agenda is prioritized and focuses on issues at the national level affecting the welfare of academic and research libraries. The ACRL Board of Directors recently approved the 2024-25 ACRL Legislative Agenda.

The 2024-25 ACRL Legislative Agenda focuses on six issues that will be the focus of ACRL’s advocacy efforts, listed in priority order:

  1. Upholding Intellectual Freedom
  2. Federal Funding for Libraries
  3. Net Neutrality
  4. Safety and Security of Artificial Intelligence
  5. Open Access to Federally Funded Research
  6. Affordable College Textbook Act

The agenda also includes a watch list of policy issues of great concern to academic librarians. Issues on the watch list are:

  • Proposed Elimination of the IPEDS Academic Libraries Survey
  • Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (DACA)/Immigration Issues
  • Environmental Impact of Data Centers and Emerging Technologies
  • Consumer Data Privacy
  • Accessible Instructional Materials
  • Pending Cases

The full 2024-25 Legislative Agenda is available on the ACRL website.