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ALA announces Google Policy Fellow for 2018

Heather BraumThe ALA Washington Office is pleased to announce that Heather Braum will serve as ALA’s 2018 Google Policy Fellow. She will spend ten weeks in Washington, D.C. working on technology and internet policy issues through the library lens. As a Google Policy Fellow, Braum will explore diverse areas of the information policy field, joining the Washington Office from June 4 through August 10. Google, Inc. pays the summer stipends for the fellows and the respective host organizations determine the fellows’ work agendas.

“Many colleagues strongly encouraged me to pursue this fellowship,” said Braum. “Anyone who knows me, even a little bit, knows my heart is for library advocacy in the political and policy spheres, as well as technology education for policymakers. This fellowship will be a perfect opportunity to begin to explore both in a more formal manner and learn how the ALA Washington Office accomplishes their important work on a daily basis.”

Currently, Braum is a second-year LIS Ph.D. student at the University of South Carolina (UofSC), where her research interests focus on how and why people use Twitter to acquire information about state-level legislative activity and how they use that information. She has pursued research projects in government information transparency and library advocacy. Braum earned her MLS with a focus on Technology Librarianship from 2008 Emporia State University in Emporia, KS. She completed her bachelors in political science, graduating Summa Cum Laude from Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, OK.

“The Google Policy Fellowship complements all our programs that aim to cultivate policy advocates, much like ALA Policy Corps and National Library Legislative Day,” said Alan Inouye, ALA’s director of Public Policy. “Together, these form the foundation on which we are building and strengthening ALA’s year-round advocacy, specifically our current efforts to develop a more robust presence within Congressional districts.”

ALA is pleased to participate in the 11th year of the Google Policy Fellowship program. We look forward to working with Braum on information policy topics that leverage her strong background and fight for library interests.

Find more information the Google Policy Fellowship Program.

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Emily Wagner

Emily Wagner is the assistant director of knowledge management and communications at the American Library Association's Washington Office. She holds a bachelor's degree from Mount Holyoke College and a master's in library and information science from Catholic University.

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