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The American Library Association’s Washington Office will discuss policies that affect libraries and offer hands-on advocacy training during the “Washington Update” session at the 2013 Annual ALA Conference in Chicago. Learn insights about national policy and implications for the library community during the session on Saturday, June 29, 2013, from 8:30—10:00a.m. in the McCormick Place Convention Center Room S502.

Telecommunications policy expert Susan Crawford will anchor the session. In addition to Crawford’s speaking role, the Washington Office will host several breakout sessions:

Gigabit Libraries


Professor Jon Gant of the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign will lead a discussion on a new Gigabit Library Initiative funded by IMLS. The purpose of the project is to help libraries develop applications and services that will meet the needs of the public, leveraging ultra-high-speed Internet service. In particular, the project focuses on socially-inclusive library experiences that meet critical human development needs, particularly for underserved populations. The session will take place in Room N427bc.

How Do I Become A Citizen? Libraries And E-Government: Meeting the Needs of Your Community


Learn how a new website ( can help librarians more easily serve the e-government needs of their communities. Through partnerships with USCIS, the IRS, state library agencies, public libraries, and others, the site brings agencies and libraries together to collaborate and serve the public. Speakers include Information Policy & Access Center leaders John Bertot and Ursula Gorham-Oscilowski. The project is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The session will take place in Room
S402a. This session will serve as the official launch of the e-government web tool.

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Jazzy Wright

Jazzy Wright was a press officer of the American Library Association's Washington Office.

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