Statement of Support for the American Library Association

The Southern Adirondack Library System states its support for The American Library Association (ALA) considering the benefits of the work of the association on behalf of SALS, our member libraries, and the residents of the Southern Adirondack region, including:

  1. Its national advocacy and policy work has changed the course of public support for libraries for the better for more than 100 years,
  2. Its professional development has enhanced library services in the profession and
  3. The provision of a platform for the debate of important ideas that have led to standards that call upon libraries to uphold the basic rights of a functioning democracy, including the defense of First Amendment rights.

For these reasons, the Southern Adirondack Library System reaffirms our membership in the American Library Association and our support for its mission to “…provide leadership for the development, promotion, and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.”

Approved at the Regular Meeting of the Southern Adirondack Library System’s Board of Trustees on October 18th, 2024.