For immediate release | December 29, 2015

Harvard’s Jonathan Zittrain to lead panel on creativity, innovation and transformation at Midwinter Meeting

BOSTON – Jonathan Zittrain, co-founder, director, and faculty chair, Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, will be a featured speaker, along with American Library Association (ALA) President Sari Feldman and other ALA leadership, in a discussion on how library professionals can further emphasize the critical value of libraries to decision-makers and influencers.

In his remarks, Zittrain will focus on the work at Harvard’s Library Innovation Lab on developing new concepts, services and tools for libraries. Educating decision makers and influencers about such innovation is an important part of policy advocacy for the library community from the local to international levels.

The other panelists will talk about the ALA context, connecting Zittrain’s presentation to the recently launched Libraries Transform public awareness campaign and other relevant ALA initiatives and activities and provide further texture from their personal and varied experience.

“Creativity, Innovation and Change: Libraries Transform in the Digital Age!” takes place from 1 - 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2016 at the Boston Convention and Exposition Center, Room 153 AB during the ALA's Midwinter Meeting & Exhibits. Zittrain will be joined by ALA President Sari Feldman, ALA President-Elect Julie Todaro, and Alan S. Inouye, Director of ALA’s Office for Information Technology Policy.

It is an open meeting for all conference registrants. Add this event to your online scheduler.

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Joaquin Falcon

Communications Specialist

American Library Association

Office for Library Advocacy