ALA News Release

NEWS

For Immediate Release

November 8, 2012

Contact: Jazzy Wright

Press Officer

202-628-8208

jwright@alawash.org

Political strategist Jennifer Duffy to address American Library Association at Seattle Conference

Washington, D.C. - Jennifer Duffy, senior editor of “The Cook Political Report,” will discuss recent changes in the political landscape at the 2013 ALA Midwinter Meeting in Seattle, on Saturday, Jan, 26, 2013. The political expert will detail the ways that the recent presidential and congressional elections will impact library policies and legislation during the Washington Office Update session from 8:30–10:00 a.m. PST.

Duffy, who has accumulated more than 25 years of political campaign experience and polled voters during the recent presidential election, will instruct political activists on how to communicate their issues in ways that resonate with legislators and other decision makers. Duffy will share strategies and tips at the January conference, as well as characteristics about the new Congress and the current political landscape. Duffy is currently is responsible for U.S. Senate and gubernatorial elections as the senior editor of the “Cook Report.”

“The information that Duffy provides will be crucial to ensuring that library advocates communicate their issues to the new Congress in effective ways,” said Emily Sheketoff, executive director of the American Library Association’s Washington Office, adding that Duffy will speak about the interests of political figures who have been recently elected to office. “Based on Duffy’s voter knowledge, she knows how we can talk about our issues in ways that will help our nation’s libraries in the future.”

In addition to her political experience, Duffy has an extensive background in political communication and grassroots advocacy work. After serving as the press secretary of the National Republican Senatorial Committee, Duffy joined the “Cook Report”as an assistant editor in 1988. She later served as an off-air analyst for “NBC News” on Election Nights from 1996 through 2008. Over the years, Duffy has served as a political expert on many outlets, including ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN, PBS, and CSPAN.

Library supporters are encouraged to attend the event to ask questions and discuss features of the newly elected Congress. Additionally, ALA Washington Office staff will provide updates on what library advocates need to know to be effective in the future. Additional guests may attend the Washington Offices session.

For more information about the 2013 ALA Midwinter Meeting, please visit http://alamw13.ala.org/ .