Library and policy leaders will discuss Policy Revolution!, an initiative to advance national policy for libraries and our communities, during the 2015 American Library Association’s (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Chicago. The session, titled “What is a Policy Revolution! anyway?,” takes place from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 1, 2015, in the McCormick Convention Center, room W196A.
In a time of dramatic technological advances and increasing competition for federal resources, the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) launched the Policy Revolution!, a grant-funded effort that focuses on establishing proactive policy priorities, engaging decision makers and influencers and upgrading the organization’s policy capacity. Come to learn more about the initiative, discuss a preliminary policy agenda and how it all relates to the ALA’s overall strategy.
Speakers include Alan G. Fishel, Partner, Arent Fox and senior counsel to ALA OITP; Alan S. Inouye, ALA OITP director; Chris Jowaisas, senior program officer for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation; Dan Lee, director of the University of Arizona’s Office of Copyright Management & Scholarly Communication and chair of the ALA OITP Advisory Committee; James Neal, university librarian at Columbia University and member of ALA’s Executive Board; and Vailey Oehlke, director of the Multnomah County Library, executive board member of the Urban Libraries Council and president-elect, Public Library Association.