Experts to talk election year opportunities, challenges for 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 presidential election is right around the corner, with the presidency, Congress, and the U.S. Supreme Court in the balance, and a new Librarian of Congress imminent. Learn about actions that the American Library Association (ALA) is taking to prepare for the coming opportunities and challenges at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Fla. Join political and library leaders at the conference session “Taking Libraries Transform and the Policy Revolution! to the New Presidential Administration,” where experts will discuss strategic efforts to influence federal policy initiatives in Washington, D.C., and how these efforts transfer to the state and local levels.



  • Susan Hildreth, former director, Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), ALA Treasurer-elect; and executive director, Peninsula (Calif.) Library System
  • Anthony Sarmiento, executive director of Senior Service America, Inc., member of the ALA Public Policy Advisory Council and past senior official with AFL-CIO 
  • Alan S. Inouye, director, Office for Information Technology Policy (OITP), American Library Association
  • Moderator: Mark Smith, director and librarian, Texas State Library and Archives Commission
This conference session is sponsored by ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy and United for Libraries.
WHEN: Saturday, June 25, 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