The ALA Washington Office invites participation in a short survey to share the ways your library supports democracy and civic engagement in your community. To offer a bit of background, in 2000, ALA released a resource for librarians and elected leaders, highlighting numerous ways libraries were supporting democracy and civic engagement in their communities through voter registration drives, candidate forums, voter guides, and other initiatives. This was part of then-ALA President Nancy Kranich’s presidential theme, Libraries: The Cornerstone of Democracy.
Eighteen years later, libraries continue to offer these opportunities and more. This survey is an undertaking to report on the numerous ways that libraries continue to support and strengthen democracy in their communities through leading civic engagement efforts, hosting elected and government official town halls, serving as polling sites and offering many other opportunities. Stories – even more than lists of events – are especially appreciated, but lists are also welcome.