The presidential election is right around the corner, with the presidency, Congress, and the U.S. Supreme Court in the balance, and a new Librarian of Congress imminent. Learn about actions that the American Library Association (ALA) is taking to prepare for the coming opportunities and challenges at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Fla. Join political and library leaders at the conference session “Taking Libraries Transform and the Policy Revolution! to the New Presidential Administration,” where experts will discuss strategic efforts to influence federal policy initiatives in Washington, D.C., and how these efforts transfer to the state and local levels. The session takes place on Saturday, June 25, 2016, 10:30-11:30 a.m.,in the Orange County Convention Center in room W105B.
Speakers include Susan Hildreth, former director, Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS); ALA Treasurer-elect; and executive director of the Peninsula (Calif.) Library System; Anthony Sarmiento, executive director of Senior Service America, Inc., member of the ALA Public Policy Advisory Council and past senior official with AFL-CIO; Alan S. Inouye, director of the American Library Association Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP); and Mark Smith, director and Librarian of the Texas State Library and Archives Commission. This conference session is sponsored by ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy and United for Libraries.