I am pleased to announce the appointment of Charlie Wapner as a Senior Research Associate in ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP). In this role, Charlie will provide research and advice on the broad array of issues addressed by OITP, and especially as needed to advocate with the three branches of the federal government and communicate with the library community.
Charlie will be familiar to District Dispatch readers as he was a Senior Information Policy Analyst here in OITP in 2014-16. Among his contributions for ALA included the completion of two major reports. He completed a major report, “Progress in the Making: 3D Printing Policy Considerations Through the Library Lens,” which attracted library and general press coverage (e.g., Charlie contributed to a piece by the Christian Science Monitor), and he was invited to write an article for School Library Journal.
OITP’s work on entrepreneurship was launched by Charlie through the development and publication of “The People’s Incubator: Libraries Propel Entrepreneurship” (.pdf), a 21-page white paper that describes libraries as critical actors in the innovation economy and urges decision makers to work more closely with the library community to boost American enterprise. The paper is rife with examples of library programming, activities and collaborations from across the country. Charlie’s work is the basis for our current policy advocacy and the creation of a brief on libraries and entrepreneurship and small business.
Charlie came to ALA in March 2014 from the Office of Representative Ron Barber (Ariz.), where he was a legislative fellow. Earlier, he also served as a legislative correspondent for Representative Mark Critz (Penn.). Charlie also interned in the offices of Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.) and Governor Edward Rendell (Penn.). After completing his B.A. in diplomatic history at the University of Pennsylvania, Charlie received his M.S. in public policy and management from Carnegie Mellon University.