The library community does more to promote entrepreneurship than many realize. Libraries provide assistance at every stage of the effort to launch and operate a new venture—from writing a business plan, to raising capital, to managing workflow. Learn about best practices for supporting entrepreneurs in libraries at the 2016 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference.
During the session “The People’s Incubator: Libraries Propel Entrepreneurship,” a panel of experts will elucidate the value of this assistance to the entrepreneurship ecosystem, and discuss ways in which libraries might make an even greater impact on the innovation economy moving forward. The session takes place on Monday, June 27, 2016, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. in the Orange County Convention Center, room W105B.
Speakers include Vanessa Neblett, assistant manager in Reference Central in the Orange County Library System (Fla.); Thomas J. O’Neal, associate vice president for research and commercialization at the University of Central Florida; Jerry Ross, president of the National Entrepreneur Center; and Charlie Wapner, senior information policy analyst for the American Library Association’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP).