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Washington Office at Annual 2017: Report from the swamp

“We live in interesting times” has never been truer in the realm of national policy and libraries. There are a lot of headlines in the news, but what’s going on specifically with respect to library interests? How can we separate the wheat from the policy chaff? And what’s happening —or likely to happen—in the swamp that’s not widely reported?

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Experts in the OITP session “Report from the swamp” at ALA Annual 2017 will share insights on national policy issues that matter to library professionals. Photo credit:

Report from the swamp: Policy developments from Washington (Sunday, June 25, 3:00 – 4:00 p.m.)

Come to this session to learn about what’s happening in Washington and what you and ALA can do about it. Experts will address diverse issues from net neutrality and the status of threatened federal agencies to E-rate, infrastructure, small business, health care and more. The session will point you toward resources from ALA and elsewhere to help you and your library patrons learn more about national policy issues—and some of these resources translate to the state and local contexts as well.

Beltway insider Ellen Satterwhite, a vice president with Glen Echo Group (and former staffer at the Federal Communications Commission), will provide her insights alongside OITP policy experts Larra Clark and Alan Inouye. Marc Gartler, chair of OITP’s Advisory Committee, will moderate.

We will also provide suggestions for action. You can make a difference, for example, by submitting comments on net neutrality to the Federal Communications Commission. We will explain how. And, of course, bring your questions!

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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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