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Washington Office at Annual 2018: A policy update and a copyright game

ALA’s Washington Office is gearing up for the Annual 2018 Conference (June 21-26). Our lineup includes policy-related sessions as well as a full Libraries Ready to Code youth and technology track. We hope you’ll click on the links and add these sessions to your 2018 Annual scheduler!

National Policy and Libraries: What’s Going On
Saturday, June 23, 2018 (2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.), Morial Convention Center Room 393
The national policy landscape continues to bubble and boil – creating challenges and opportunities for libraries. Our expert panel will discuss the issues most central to libraries: funding, digital inclusion, broadband, copyright, improving economic opportunities and more. How might the 2018 election outcomes and new political environment impact federal policies that libraries care about? What is the Census Bureau and ALA doing to prepare for the 2020 U.S. Census? How is the ALA Policy Corps been involved in advocacy at the federal level? Based on decades of inside-the-beltway experience, panelists will provide insider insights of what is really taking place, what is on the horizon, and what we need to do about it to advance the library mission and services.

Speakers: Marc Gartler, manager, Madison (Wisc.) Public Library; Ellen Satterwhite, telecommunications expert and Vice President of the Glen Echo Group; Lisa Varga, executive director, Virginia Library Association; and Alan Inouye, director of public policy, ALA

Play the Copyright Game: a groovy way to learn!
Sunday, June 24, 2018 (4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.), Morial Convention Center Room 391
Join copyright experts in discussions focused on actual copyright situations that librarians face, and then participate in one of the most popular regular ALA conference sessions: the copyright game. This year’s game will consist of a lightning round of “Name that Exception” to learn about the many allowances afforded in U.S. copyright law. In the second round, vote on lawful vs infringing copyright case studies. And for the final round, pose your own real-life copyright scenarios for the audience to vote on and discuss. We also will distribute copyright education materials and groovy swag, including the popular “four coasters of fair use.”

Speakers: Kyle Courtney, copyright advisor, Harvard University; Martin Brennan, copyright librarian, University of California, Los Angeles; Carrie Russell, director of ALA Program on Public Access to Information

Keep reading District Dispatch this week for details about ALA’s Libraries Ready to Code session offerings.

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Shawnda Hines

Shawnda Hines is an assistant director of Communications at ALA's Washington Office. She earned a bachelor’s degree in English from Evangel University in Missouri. Before joining the ALA in 2016, Shawnda worked as press secretary and local media organizer for the national advocacy group Bread for the World.

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