Experts to discuss national library public policy at 2015 ALA Midwinter Meeting

For Immediate Release
Tue, 01/20/2015


Jazzy Wright

Press Officer

Washington Office


CHICAGO—Library and policy leaders will discuss Policy Revolution!, an initiative to advance national policy for libraries, during the 2015 American Library Association’s (ALA) Midwinter Meeting in Chicago. The session, titled “What is a Policy Revolution! Anyway?,” takes place from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, February 1, 2015.

In a time of dramatic technological advances and increasing competition for federal resources, the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP) launched the Policy Revolution!, a grant-funded effort that focuses on establishing proactive policy priorities, engaging decision makers and influencers and upgrading the organization’s policy capacity. Come to learn more about the initiative, discuss a preliminary policy agenda and how it all relates to the ALA’s overall strategy.

WHEN: Sunday, February 1, 2015, 1:00–2:30 p.m.

WHERE: McCormick Convention Center, Chicago, Room W196A

-    Alan G. Fishel, partner, Arent Fox and Senior Counsel to the ALA Office for Information Technology Policy
-    Chris Jowaisas, senior program officer, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
-    Dan Lee, director, Office of Copyright Management & Scholarly Communication, University of Arizona; chair, ALA Office for Information Technology Policy Advisory Committee; member, Policy Revolution! Library Advisory Committee
-    Jim Neal, university librarian at Columbia University and member of ALA’s Executive Board
-    Vailey Oehlke, director, Multnomah County Library; executive board member, Urban Libraries Council; and president-elect, Public Library Association; member, Policy Revolution! Library Advisory Committee
-    Alan S. Inouye, director, ALA Office for Information Technology Policy; co-principal investigator, Policy Revolution! Initiative
-    Kendall Wiggin, State Librarian of Connecticut; president, Chief Officers of State Library Agencies; and member of the Library Advisory Committee

REGISTER: To attend the conference session as a reporter, email Jazzy Wright, press officer of the American Library Association’s Washington Office, at

About the American Library Association

The American Library Association is the oldest and largest library association in the world, with approximately 55,000 members in academic, public, school, government, and special libraries. The mission of the American Library Association is to provide leadership for the development, promotion and improvement of library and information services and the profession of librarianship in order to enhance learning and ensure access to information for all.