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Learn and network at ALA’s National Policy Convening

ALA's first-ever National Policy Convening.
ALA will hold a National Policy Convening on April 12th and 13th in Washington, D.C.

Come join us for ALA’s first-ever National Policy Convening in Washington, D.C. on April 12-13. Given that a new Administration and Congress will be coming to town, it is timely to discuss and debate information policy and the public interest:

  • How can we advance creative and innovative learning for our children?
  • What can be done to advance entrepreneurship and small business in local communities?
  • What are the big issues for the digital age and how could the Library of Congress be best leveraged for the public interest?

Come join us for some answers! ALA’s president, Sari Feldman, will chair this National Policy Convening with featured policy players from the public, private and non-profit sectors, including:

Youth Engagement with Technology

  • Senator Angus King, I-Maine
  • Alan Fishel, Partner, Arent Fox, LLP
  • Tiffany Moore, Vice President, Congressional Affairs, Consumer Technology Association
  • Stephan Turnipseed, Executive Vice President & Chief Strategy Officer, Destination Imagination

Advancing Economic Opportunity in Communities

  • Maureen Conway, Vice President, Aspen Institute
  • Darryl L. DePriest, Chief Counsel, Office of Advocacy, U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Sari Feldman, President, American Library Association
  • Russell D. Greiff, Managing Director and General Partner, 1776 Ventures
  • Emily Robbins, Principal Associate, National League of Cities
  • Moderated by Larra Clark, Deputy Director, Office for Information Technology Policy, American Library Association

Future Directions for the Library of Congress

  • Robert Darnton, Carl H. Pforzheimer University Professor and University Librarian, Emeritus, Harvard University
  • Katie Oyama, Senior Policy Counsel, Google, Inc.
  • Sascha Meinrath, Palmer Chair in Telecommunications, The Pennsylvania State University
  • Moderated by Alan S. Inouye, Director, Office for Information Technology Policy, American Library Association.

Convening Schedule

Tuesday, April 12, 2016:

  • 5:00 – 5:30 pm           Registration and Check-In
  • 5:30 – 6:30 pm           Youth Engagement with Technology
  • 6:30 – 8:00 pm           Reception

Wednesday, April 13, 2016:

ALA appreciates in-kind and financial support from Arent Fox LLP, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Google, Inc.

Logos of the sponsors of ALA's Policy Convening.

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Alan Inouye

Alan S. Inouye is the director of ALA's Office for Information Technology Policy. Previously, he was the coordinator of the President's Information Technology Advisory Committee in the Executive Office of the President and a study director at the National Academy of Sciences. Alan completed his Ph.D. at the University of California at Berkeley.

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