Business experts to explore successful entrepreneurship programs in libraries at 2016 ALA Annual Conference

For Immediate Release
Thu, 06/02/2016


Jazzy Wright

Press Officer

ALA Washington Office

American Library Association


ORLANDO, Fla.—The library community does more to promote entrepreneurship than many realize. Libraries provide assistance at every stage of the effort to launch and operate a new venture—from writing a business plan, to raising capital, to managing workflow. Learn about best practices for supporting entrepreneurs in libraries at the 2016 American Library Association (ALA) Annual Conference in Orlando, Fla. During the session “The People’s Incubator: Libraries Propel Entrepreneurship,” a panel of experts will elucidate the value of this assistance to the entrepreneurship ecosystem, and discuss ways in which libraries might make an even greater impact on the innovation economy moving forward.
  • Vanessa Neblett, assistant manager, Reference Central, Orange County Library System (Fla.)
  • Thomas J. O’Neal, associate vice president for research and commercialization, University of Central Florida
  • Jerry Ross, president, National Entrepreneur Center
  • Moderator: Charlie Wapner, senior information policy analyst, Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP), American Library Association
WHEN: Monday, June 27, 2016, 10:30-11:30 a.m.
WHERE: Orange County Convention Center
Room W105B
9800 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819
REGISTER: To attend the conference session as a reporter, email Jazzy Wright, press officer, American Library Association’s Washington Office, at