Ramp up negotiation skills to advance library agenda

For Immediate Release
Tue, 05/19/2015


Jazzy Wright

Press Officer

ALA Washington Office



SAN FRANCISCO—From the boardroom to City Hall, powerful negotiation skills make a big difference in advancing library goals. Power up your ability to persuade at the 2015 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference interactive session “The Policy Revolution! Negotiating to Advocacy Success!” 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, June 27, 2015. The session will be held at the Moscone Convention Center in room 2016 of the West building.

American Library Association Senior Policy Counsel Alan Fishel will bring nearly 30 years of legal practice and teaching effective and creative negotiation to the program. Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Senior Program Officer Chris Jowaisas will share his experience advocating for and advancing U.S. and global library services. From securing new funding to negotiating licenses to establishing mutually beneficial partnerships, today’s librarians at all levels of service are brokering support for the programs, policies and services needed to meet diverse community demands. The session will jump off from a new national public policy agenda for U.S. libraries to deliver new tools you can use immediately at the local, state, national and international levels.

The Policy Revolution! initiative aims to advance national policy for libraries and our communities and campuses. The grant-funded effort focuses on establishing a proactive policy agenda, engaging national decision makers and influencers, and upgrading ALA policy capacity.


  • Moderator: Larra Clark, deputy director, ALA Office for Information Technology Policy
  • Alan G. Fishel, partner, Arent Fox
  • Chris Jowaisas, senior program officer, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

WHEN: Saturday, June 27, 2015, 1–2:30p.m.

WHERE: Moscone Convention Center (West Building, Room 2016), 747 Howard Street, San Francisco, CA 94103

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