The revolution in libraries creates many new opportunities for serving communities and campuses. But those in power—decision makers and influencers—often do not understand these new roles and possibilities for libraries. And without this understanding, the needed funding and other forms of support are not likely to flow. What can library leaders do to accelerate this understanding for the benefit of all?
The Policy Revolution!, an initiative of the American Library Association (ALA) and sponsored by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, provides some insight into this challenge. The initiative, in its second year, just completed a national public policy agenda and strategic communications plan, which also provides a framework for state and local policy advocacy.
Come learn about the current state of this initiative and how it may apply to your locality and state at “Policy Revolution: Federal Dollars for Local Libraries,” a conference session that takes place during the 2015 ALA Annual Conference. An interactive program will be held from 3:00 to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 28, 2015. The session will be held at the Moscone Convention Center in room 2022 of the West building.
- JULIE TODARO, Incoming ALA President-elect and Dean, Library Services, Austin Community College
- KEN WIGGIN, State Librarian of Connecticut and President, Chief Officers of State Library Agencies (COSLA)
- ALAN S. INOUYE, Director, ALA Office for Information Technology Policy, Washington, D.C.